Genetically flawless skin is a blessing. Acne and pimples are one of the most common ailments worldwide. Four out of five adolescents suffer from acne, and adults can also be affected. In 15 percent of acne patients, the skin is so significantly inflamed that medication is necessary. Multiple underlying factors contribute to the disease.
For blemished skin, pimples and acne, jojoba oil is an ideal care product due to its antibacterial properties. It does not contain any inherent antibacterial agents, but rather prevents the bacteria that are found on the skin - such as Candida albicans, Propionibacterium acnes (acne pathogen) and Staphylococcus aureus etc - from being able to metabolize and starves them of their resources. These bacteria no longer reproduce, and their population numbers are severely reduced. This, coupled with its anti-inflammatory properties, make it a perfect natural remedy for all inflammatory skin diseases such as acne, neurodermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.
The skin consists of many skin pores: small depressions with fine hairs in the middle, at the roots of which lie glands - the so called ‘hair follicles’. These produce sebum - the natural oil of the skin - which is released onto the skin surface. There it forms an oily film that protects the skin from drying out against harmful substances. The amount of sebum produced depends on gender, age and genetics. In most cases, blemished skin, acne and pimples develop during puberty during hormone level fluctuations. Often, male-centric hormones like testosterone promote the growth of sebaceous glands to produce more sebum and induce them to releasing more of their harder corny layer.
The hair follicles become clogged. They fill with a mixture of natural oil and dead cells that pop up as small black or white nodules on the surface of the skin. Colloquially, these are called ‘blackheads’. This mixture of sebum and dead cells is a wonderful breeding ground for the acne bacteria, the propionibacterium acnes, which is a commensal: a bacterium found on all skin. This germ multiplies rapidly is this mixture of sebum and old skin cells and so develops a purulent pimple.
Other commensal germs found on everyone's skin are actually independently harmless. However, they break down and loosen excess sebum with their enzymes, therefore attracting new bacteria, which then multiply in large numbers.
Göttingen researchers examined the genetic makeup of these germs and came to the conclusion that they not only feed off of fats, but also attack skin cells themselves. This then leads to a loss of skin cells, which cannot be restored during wound healing, and there are deepening or increased scar tissues that remain permanently visible.
There are several types of acne:
Most treatments for these forms of acne involve the use of intense, aggressive cleaning agents that ironically dry out the skin further, and increase sebum production. The skin's natural protective functions are massively hindered and the skin becomes even more susceptible to germs and inflammation. This creates a vicious cycle that exacerbates the underlying inherent deficiencies of the skin and the increases suffering for those affected.
For acne and pimples, jojoba wax is an effective and natural alternative treatment. It soothes and cares for stressed skin without clogging the pores. In contrast to vegetable oils, the skin pores of jojoba wax are not clogged and no blackheads are formed - because the wax is not comedogenic! On the contrary: long-chain esters that make up the wax resemble the body's own natural oils in terms of structure, which unclogs the pores in acne patients.
Jojoba wax softens the hard corny structures, built up in these pores, binds the sebum and removes it together with dead skin cells. The wax regulates the production of natural oil and prevents the development of inflammation on a microscopic level. Furthermore existing inflammation is negated by the anti-inflammatory effect of the oil. The bacteria, especially Propionibacterius acnes, the germ that triggers acne, cannot metabolize jojoba wax and dies. This property makes the liquid vegetable wax massively successful in fighting acne. The oil facilitates the production of new collagen fibres, which support the skin in the formation of new skin cells, regenerates the skin and prevents scarring.
Jojoba oil can also be used on impure, oily skin. With its emulsifying properties - the ability to combine with other fats - it mixes easily with the skin's own sebum and natural oils and forms a light protective film on the skin that very effectively binds moisture and reduces sebum production.
Skin care is central to improvement for all acne patients. Before starting treatment with jojoba oil, you need to stop cleaning with aggressive skin cleansers and peels. Avoid scrubbing the skin vigorously, and rather gently care for your skin! Dermatologists recommend mild facial cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers. Jojoba wax accomplishes both: mild facial cleansing and fragrance-free moisturizing. Before applying the oil, the skin must first be gently and carefully cleaned of dirt and dead skin cells without destroying the skin'snatural hydrolipid protective layer. Ideally this should be accomplished with lukewarm water, or chamomile tea and with the use of small facial towels that can be changed daily. Even single use sterile wound dressings that can be bought inexpensively are suitable.
Subsequently, apply the wax to the skin with the clean fingertips in small circular movements. Massage your skin gently for a few minutes until the wax is absorbed. The skin will feel soothed and well cared for without the formation of a greasy film.
The wax can also be used in acute treatment of purulent, inflamed pimples. Apply 1 - 2 drops of undiluted oil to the individual pimples and leave it on for at least half an hour. During this time, the wax combines with dead skin cells and sebum. Then you simply dab the excess wax that has come out of the pores with a facial tissue. You can apply the wax again thereafter, as a day or night care to the affected skin as described above.
Use liquid jojoba wax even after acne has subsided: it regulates sebum production and the delicate moisture balance of the skin. Depending on the type and severity of the acne, it may be necessary to see a specialist to prevent permanent scarring and skin damage. Antibiotics, vitamin A derivatives, peeling preparations and hormones are currently all used for the treatment. Antibiotics (tetracyclines) kill the acne bacteria and reduce the size of the sebaceous glands. The vitamin A acid removes calluses and reduces sebum production. The skin is renewed.
Before you start treatment with vitamin A acid, ensure that you are not pregnant. Risks of foetal deformities do exist.The hormones estrogen and progesterone, which can be taken in the form of the birth control pill or applied as a cream, often aid acne treatments in adult women. These inhibit male sex hormones and the acne regresses. This treatment is obviously unsuitable for men. After all forms of treatment, you can switch to natural care with jojoba wax to alleviate scars and pigment spots, regenerate the skin and prevent new acne bacteria from developing.
Comedones are sebum deposits in the skin pore; closed blackheads that lie under the skin and have no actual black head. They also result from an overproduction of sebum, which accumulates in the space of the pore is not transported to the skin surface. This forms a permanent backlog of oils stored under the skin, commonly on the forehead, nose and chin. The cause of such deposits is often hormone-related causing the overproduction of the sebaceous glands. This couples with dead skin cells or cornification (hardening) of the pore exit, which hinders the outflow of sebum. Inflammation and pimples can develop from untreated comedone, and scars in very deep inflammations. Acne can also develop from deeper layers.
Closed blackheads also expand the pore size and lead to a large-pored complexion. Here, too, you can achieve good results with jojoba wax, which has a regulating effect on oil production. Before use, a chamomile steam bath is recommended to clean facial skin and activate the removal of the sebum. Apply pure jojoba wax and leave it on for 30 minutes. Thereafter, remove excess skin grease with a sterile facial tissue. If the closed blackheads have not opened after 2 - 3 treatments, have the comedone opened by a beautician and continue to use jojoba oil. The regulating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects should help prevent the formation of new deposits in deeper layers in the long term.
Permanent scars can develop after severe acne with nodules. There are two different types: atrophic scars and hypertrophic scars. Atrophic scars are deeper depressions that result from actual loss of tissue during wound healing.
Hypertrophic scars are protruding ridges that are formed during wound healing. They consist of inferior skin tissue with a poor structure compared to healthy skin tissue. Such scars also appear after burns or cuts.
The formation of scars should be prevented during acne treatments so that scars do not even occur. This means that the skin should be cared for daily during existing acne, in order to keep the skin soft and elastic. Regular care, consisting of mild cleaning and massage, increases blood circulation, keeps the wound edges soft and prevents them from drying out and scarring.
Reddening of the skin is skin irritation and inflammation that often remains after an acne episode but usually disappears after a short while. However, this inflammation can also remain visible for months or years. Sometimes the spots are not red, but rather a shade darker than your own skin - almost looking like dirt.
This is uncomfortable, but the skin structure itself is still intact and smooth - and you can cover these spots well with makeup until the spots completely disappear.
However, you can shorten the recovery period by massaging the skin with jojoba wax for a few minutes daily. Blood circulation always accelerates healing and the substances contained in jojoba promote collagen formation and skin regeneration. Pamper your skin an additional 2 - 3 times a week for half an hour with a mask made from 1 tsp jojoba oil, 1 tsp almond oil and 1 tsp healing earth.
Oily, blemished skin could indicate overuse of an aggressive, non-greasy cleaning products in order to rid skin pores of excess sebum and germs.
The skin is excessively dried - therefore causing it to produce even more sebum (oils, lipids and fats of the skin). In addition, the protective lipid coat of the skin is often destroyed in the process, allowing bacteria to easily penetrate the skin.
The jojoba liquid wax of is ideal care for skin prone to regreasing. These nourishing oils from the act externally to regulate lipid production internally. They make the skin smoother and stabilize the pH.
Furthermore, the structure of jojoba wax is very similar to the body's own skin lipids. It combines with natural oils and removes excess skin fats and dead body cells without clogging skin pores. Bacteria and germs can no longer metabolize and are essentially starved by the wax. This prevents the formation of new skin blemishes without drying out the skin. The many valuable ingredients such as vitamin E, provitamin A and squalene calm and regenerate the skin.