Jojoba oil for skin
Jojoba oil for dry, oily, uneven skin & for scars

Author: Dr. Michael Tyler
Date: 24.07.2020
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The versatile natural properties of jojoba wax offers optimal skin support with its extensive range of functions. It protects the skin against a spectrum of underlying negative conditions, from oily to dry, or blemished skin, and uneven complexion.

With the powerful properties of natural jojoba wax, skin care is simple and convenient. The state of our skin is genetically determined; it depends on age and gender and diet but a host of environmental influences also play a role.Illness and old age contribute greatly.

The ingredients of jojoba oil help to protect the skin and keep it functioning holistically, and some things, such as small wrinkles, indents, etc. Can be repaired with regular use of jojoba oil. It binds moisture and improves the elasticity of the skin. Vitamin A as well as beta-carotene regenerates and maintains cell integrity which together with vitamin E and its antioxidant effects, destroys free radicals.

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Dry skin

The cause of dry skin lies in decreased production of natural oils by the sebum glands and poor regulation of skin oisture. This can be influenced by genetic predisposition, age, poor nutrition, dry air, frequent showering, aggressive soaps and medication. But alcohol and nicotine also impact skin moisture and lipid content. Dry skin tends to predispose to the development of fine wrinkles and cracked skin. Simultaneously, people often experience an uncomfortable tension in the skin, which is alleviated rapidly after treatment with conventional moisturizers. Jojoba oil binds the skin naturally moisturises, and with regular use over a longer period of time, the skin stores more moisture, looks firmer and youthful.

The long-chain wax esters of jojoba, penetrate deep into the skin’s foundation layers, bind moisture there and promote collagen production. Jojoba wax forms a long-lasting lipid protection on the skin surface, which maintains moisture levels in the skin and protect it from drying out from the outside. Small skin faults heal, and the natural pH of the skin rebalances. The skin is enriched, looks firmer and more elastic.

Combination skin

With this skin type, oily areas of the skin are found on the forehead, nose and chin, while other areas are prone to drying out. Since liquid jojoba wax is suitable for both dry and oily skin, it can be spread over the entire face. The oil penetrates into the deeper skin layers in dryer areas and facilitates their moisture regulation.

In greasy areas, where too much sebum (natural skin oils) is produced, the jojoba oil combines with the excess skin oils and forms a fine lipid film. The excess skin oils can easily be removed with a cotton ball. When used over a long period of time, jojoba oil normalises sebum production.

Natural sun protection

Jojoba oil contains a natural sun protection factor, SPF 3 - 4. The oil is not sufficient sun protection individually, but because of the vitamins A, B and E, and its potent natural preservative properties it is often used as a base or an addition to sun protection creams.

The oil is also very effective for post-treatment after sunbathing or sunburn due to its regenerative properties.

Scarring

Jojoba wax is ideal for scar prevention. In cases of newly emerging scars, mix jojoba wax with almond oil and care for the skin daily with small massages that provide elasticity and promote circulation in skin tissues.

Gentle pressure during the massage activates the lymph flow in the tissue and prevents blockages. The skin should be adequately cared for, especially after showering or bathing, when the skin and scar tissues are still soft. Gentle peels and zinc ointment also improves wound healing. Jojoba can only alleviate chronic, clearly visible scars, but not completely eliminate them. A dermatologist may be able to improve the complexion with peeling treatments, or with dermabrasion.

Scarring prevention needs to take place while the wound is healing. Ie the edges of the wound should be gently massaged with jojoba oil every day to keep them soft and elastic. If the wound has a closed scab, a few drops can also be dabbe onto on this area.

During pregnancy

Stretch marks, Latin “striae cutis”, arise when the skin has to stretch considerably, and does not have enough natural elasticity. In the last trimester of pregnancy, the skin on the abdomen has to expand rapidly and subsequently contract to normal size again in the 9 months after birth. After pregnancy, more than 75% of women are affected by stretch marks. The reasons for this are both the excessive abdominal circumference and genetic differences influencing the very nature of the skin and the elasticity of the tissue.

Development of stretch marks

When stretch marks develop, elastic skin fibers are destroyed, which are visible as small tears in the connective tissue; initially reddish, and later a shimmering silvery white. These can increase over time and eventually their ability to be healed is significantly reduced. They are prely aesthetic. However, rapid weight fluctuation and intensive size training can also cause stretch marks.. As with pregnancy, care must be taken in early on, to use the right skin care protocol and thus prevent the development of stretch marks.

Preventing stretch marks

Since stretch marks cannot be treated: it is crucial to prevent them. There are numerous methods to do so! During pregnancy, the body is precisely aware of its nutrient levels: which nutrients it needs and which it does not. The body craves certain foods, while others are strongly disliked. Your body tells you which nutrients it needs right now.

  • Eat healthy and as fresh and as possible!
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, sugar, too much white flour!
  • Avoid fast food!
  • Expose yourself to fresh air!
  • Take short sunbaths!
  • Get enough sleep!
  • Alternate between hot and cold water showers!
  • Massage your skin daily with natural jojoba oil!

Pure, natural, cold-pressed vegetable oils are the ideal care before and during pregnancy. They contain no chemical additives and are very similar in structure to the body's own natural oils.

Jojoba for stretch marks

Jojoba oil, which is becoming increasingly popular, is particularly valuable during pregnancy. It is actually a liquid wax that becomes liquid at over 7 ° C. Because of its structure, composed of long-chain wax esters, it is very similar to human skin sebum and also contains plenty of vitamins E and A, as well as other trace elements and nutrients.

It regulates the hydrolipid layer, binds the body's own moisture and activates collagen production. This can usually be seen in the skin after only one week: the skin is firmer, more elastic and has a soft, smooth surface. It is very easy to use because it absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy film of oil on the skin. Allergies to jojoba have not been documented.

Start as early as possible in pregnancy: form the 5h month in the very latest. Massage the skin on the abdomen, breasts and thighs daily with jojoba oil and prepare for their stretching and growth during pregnancy. History has shown that the combination of almond oil is an effective addition to jojoba, and effectively protects against stretch marks. Almond oil has a high percentage of oleic acid - it contains iron, calcium, vitamin B, magnesium and potassium.

In the last trimester of pregnancy, you can also use an elastic belly Band to discourage the extreme overstretching of abdominal skin. Some gynaecologists also recommend the belly band to aid in coping with the immense load on the lumbar spine during pregnancy. Massage your skin for at least 9 months after pregnancy. Thereafter, it is sufficient to simply use jojoba oil as a body lotion, as a regular treatment with other skin care creams or vegetable oils.

Jojoba oil for babies

Because jojoba oil’s natural structure is similar to the skin’s natural oils, it is suitable for the sensitive skin of infants. For use as a bath additive, add 5 - 10 drops to the bath water to prevent the skin from drying out and is to alleviate rashes in the diaper area. Additionally, use it for care after the bath, for daily facial care, especially in cold weather in winter or for a baby massage.

Since jojoba is not oil but liquid wax, it does not clog skin pores and also helps with inflamed and sensitive skin in the diaper area. In neurodermatitis, it soothes the skin and prevents inflammation with its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial effects. In the latter case, however, it is recommended to first test on a small area of skin on your baby’s inner arm, to see whether your baby tolerates the oil, or may be allergic to jojoba. Thus far, no allergic reactions to jojoba oil have been proven.

Consider purchasing a larger amount if you will be using the oil both for yourself and the baby. When buying the oil pay special attention to the quality of the oil. The terms “controlled, organic cultivation”, “cold pressed”, “pure”, “natural”, “100% jojoba oil” should be found on the label.

With skin diseases

Liquid jojoba wax is effective against inflammatory skin diseases such as acne, eczema, neurodermatitis and psoriasis because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Although it does not contain any inherent antibacterial agents, it prevents common microorganisms - such as Candida albicans, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Propionibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus, etc. - from breaking down dead skin cells, causing them to die and the skin to heal. 

Neurodermitis

Neurodermitis Neurodermatitis is a very uncomfortable skin disease that can also affect babies and children. The skin becomes dry, thin, and covered with eczema.

The strong urge to itch forces you to scratch, which initially brings relief, but then triggers further more itching. This cycle leads to open scratch wounds that can become infected. Neurodermatitis is partly a genetically predisposition, but is aslo triggered by external factors such as food, medication, stress and mental conditions. To date, it has not yet been clarified whether stress is caused by neurodermatitis and itchy skin or vice versa.

An allergy test is recommended to eliminate the various possible causes of eczema. Sometimes, it is simply enough to test the most common allergic triggers such as cow's milk, wheat and citrus fruits. Nevertheless, it is important to soothe the irritated skin, treat the eczema and to reduce inflammation.

The liquid wax soothes the skin and small imperfections are closed by the texture of the wax. The thin itchy skin gains additional resilience and elasticity and no longer tears as easily. Healing of scratch wounds and eczema is boosted, and bacteria are killed by omega-9 acid, while inflammation is prevented. Collagen formation is activated and the skin cells are nourished by the tocopherols it contains.

When using it, it is important to apply jojoba wax carefully with one hand in small circular movements without tugging on the skin in order not to cause new skin breakages. If the skin is very resilient, it can then be covered with sterile gauze bandages. Otherwise cotton clothing should be worn. Synthetic fibers or small loose woollen fibers stick to the open wound and cause even more itching and pain.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a widespread, non contagious disease. Approximately two million people suffer from this chronic inflammatory skin disease. A genetic predisposition is usually the underlying cause for psoriasis, but it needs a trigger such as a mental disease or stressful episodes to present. The mechanism of disease involves the body's immune system attacks its own skin tissue and simulating inflammation. The body forms new skin cells rapidly and produces them prematurely. They overlap on the surface of the skin and form hard scales that become cornified, dry and cracked. The increase in dead skin cells, and hardness of the skin causes calluses and ultimately triggers severe itching, which makes scratching unavoidable and consequently leads to open wounds.

Liquid jojoba wax can not cure psoriasis, but it significantly relieves the symptoms by moisturizing the dry, itchy skin and softening the keratinized (corny) and crusted areas of the skin. The skin surface becomes elastic and soft again. It soothes areas of inflamed, angry, dry skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects help to heal inflammation and prevent new infections. It replaces the initial lack of sebum, and promotes healty cells lining the surface of the skin. Finally, sebum production normalizes again and these natural oils reform their protective lipid layer on the skin surface.