Jojoba Oil is the fatty liquid wax found in the seeds of the jojoba plant, native to the American southwest and northern Mexico. Similar to human skin oil (sebum) and the once popular but now-banned whale oil, jojoba oil is widely used in the cosmetics and skin care industries. It does not evaporate like water-based lotions or moisturizers, allowing it to combat dryness all day. In addition to topical uses on the skin, jojoba oil is used as a biodiesel fuel and as a fungicide to control the growth of mildew.
Jojoba Oil for the Treatment of Eczema
Rub a small amount (just a few drops) onto affected areas once or twice daily. You may also safely add jojoba oil to your bathwater for a soothing soak.
Why it Works
Jojoba oil helps to treat the dry, scaly skin associated with eczema. Regular use between eczema bouts can help prevent future outbreaks, as it helps promote balanced oil production in the skin. This is thought to be because of its similarities to sebum, the oil produced naturally in human skin.
Jojoba oil has no known health risks when applied topically. Avoid using more than 5 or 6 drops, as this can lead to a slightly shiny or oily appearance.