For people suffering from eczema, jojoba oil can be a true godsend. Jojoba oil is highly effective, and it’s light and easy to apply. It’s also usually rather expensive! Personally I stick to using jojoba oil just on my face. Jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant’s seeds, which are excellent sources of vitamins B and E, fatty acids, and beneficial trace minerals like zinc, copper, and chromium. All of the nutrients in jojoba oil are highly effective at moisturizing dry skin, speeding up recovery from skin injuries, and improving overall skin health.
Jojoba oil is also a potent anti-inflammatory, which will surely be appreciated by eczema sufferers! (how are psoriasis and eczema different) It has anti-bacterial properties as well. Jojoba oil doesn’t clog pores, making it non-comedogenic. It improves the skin’s ability to retain vital moisture thanks to its ample stock of ceramides. Jojoba oil can be used to minimize the appearance of scars. It’s packed with natural tocopherol compounds which give it its store of vitamin E.
I don’t always feel that jojoba oil is strong enough to completely resolve dryness on its own, but I can admit I’m in the minority here. I may be thrown off by the fact that the oil is absorbed by the skin very rapidly. One factor that might contribute to jojoba oil’s great effectiveness as a skin treatment is that it is chemically very similar to sebum, the natural oily substance our skin secretes to protect itself. This is probably why it absorbs so quickly and leaves behind no greasy residue. Jojoba oil is even prescribed as an effective substitute for individuals who are suffering from reduced sebum production levels. Studies show that the moisturizing effects of jojoba oil can be enhanced and prolonged (for up to 24 hours) by hydrolizing it and combining it with glycerol.
It’s very important to use only jojoba oil that has been cold pressed for skin care. This production process preserves the maximum amount of beneficial nutrients. Jojoba oil is gentle enough for use on infants suffering from skin problems like eczema, nappy rash, and cradle cap. Since it’s produced from seeds, this oil doesn’t aggravate nut allergies. Jojoba oil even makes for a mild natural sunscreen, equivalent to an SPF level of 4.