Jojoba Oil: 8 Ways It Can Benefit Your Skin And Hair

Medically reviewed by Dr. Jeanny Kim, Naturopathic Doctor
by Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant. The plant is a shrub native to southern California, southern Arizona, and northwestern Mexico. What’s unique about the oil is how brilliantly your skin absorbs it.

It also offers amazing benefits. Do you have acne? Or do you feel your skin is drying out? Any other common skin or hair problems you are worried about? Then, jojoba oil may do the trick.

What Is Jojoba Oil? How Does It Work?

As discussed, jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant. It is extracted from the nut of the jojoba plant.

This oil is gentle enough to be used as a carrier oil. You can also use the oil alone. This oil is scientifically called Simmondsia chinensis. At room temperature, the shelf life of jojoba oil is about two years.

Jojoba oil has a slightly nutty aroma. It contains some powerful fatty acids, including oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids. The oil also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. These help treat a variety of skin infections and wounds and may help delay the signs of aging (1).

There are other ways this oil can solve your skin and hair issues. Most of them have some research backing. This shows that jojoba oil is well researched, and its benefits are worth checking out.

How Does Jojoba Oil Benefit You?

The moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of jojoba oil make it ultra healing for most common skin and hair issues. Using the oil is simple – just a few drops can go a long way in treating acne, dry skin, and fungal infections.

Jojoba oil may also boost hair health and appearance.

1. Jojoba Oil Helps Treat Acne

Jojoba oil is a very common ingredient in various skin care products. Studies show the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the oil (2).

A German study showed the healing properties of jojoba oil face masks. These clay facial masks were part of a cosmetic procedure and could treat lesioned skin and mild acne (3).

Jojoba oil contains wax esters that make it a good repair option for skin conditions like acne (4).

Some anecdotal evidence suggests the use of jojoba oil along with bentonite clay to treat acne. Since actual evidence of this method is lacking, we suggest you check with your doctor before proceeding. You may mix equal parts of jojoba oil and bentonite clay (buy the clay here). Once you have achieved a smooth consistency, apply it to your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with normal water.

You can follow this method two to three times a week. Your skin might look red for a while after you wash the clay off. Hence, do this at night before you go to sleep.

Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic as well, i.e., it doesn’t block pores (5).

2. Moisturizes Your Skin


Jojoba oil is often used in skin moisturizers. The oil can help maintain the skin’s outer layer of keratin and keeps your skin supple (6).

What’s truly unique about the oil is it moisturizes your skin without clogging the pores. In fact, the oil is an important ingredient in most skin moisturizers as well (6). Using it is simple. After cleansing and toning your face, pour 5 to 6 drops of the oil on your palm and spread onto your face in circular motions.

Anecdotal evidence states the use of jojoba oil for treating chapped lips, but this is not established. The oil, however, is well absorbed into the skin and is resistant to evaporation, unlike most chemically-enhanced products (7).

Jojoba oil may also help in treating rosacea. Although no concrete research exists to support this statement, it is safe to assume the anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties of jojoba oil can help treat the condition. Check with your doctor before you use the oil for this purpose.

3. Treats Fungal Infections

Jojoba oil was found to exhibit antifungal activities against various pathogens. In studies, jojoba oil had shown effective action against certain fungal species – including Salmonella typhimurium and E. Coli (8).

Dermatological research also suggests that jojoba oil can help relieve the inflammation associated with fungal infections (9).

Though there is no direct research, you can use jojoba oil to treat nail or foot fungus. Apply a few drops over the affected area two to three times every day.

4. Helps Delay Aging

The moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of jojoba oil may also help delay aging signs. Jojoba oil has a similar texture as human sebum and may help fight the early signs of aging – including fine lines and wrinkles. More research is warranted, though.

Dry skin is another serious concern that develops with age. The moisturizing properties of the oil can play a role here.

The biggest benefit of jojoba oil with respect to aging is its ability to improve collagen synthesis (10). This property can also help heal wounds.

5. May Help Treat Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is the formation of crusty and yellowish scales on a baby’s scalp. This is caused by excess sebum production.

There is no research supporting that jojoba oil can treat cradle cap. But its moisturizing properties and resemblance to human sebum might help relieve the symptoms.

But, check with your child’s doctor before using jojoba oil on their skin.

6. Helps Remove Makeup


The non-comedogenic and moisturizing properties of jojoba oil make it one of the ideal makeup removers.

Using the oil to remove makeup is simple. Add a few drops of jojoba oil to a damp cotton ball and rub over your makeup-laden skin. You may use multiple cotton balls if you have a lot of makeup on.

To remove makeup from your lash lines, you can repeat the procure using a cotton swab.

Once you are done removing all traces of makeup, rinse your face with water. You can wipe your face with a clean cloth and then apply a few drops of jojoba oil to your face.

7. Thickens Eyelashes And Acts As A Lip Balm

Jojoba oil is gentle and can be used around your eye area without any qualms. Rub a dash of the oil over your eyelashes using your fingertips. You may use a cotton swab for this purpose. You can use the procedure to thicken your eyebrows too.

Jojoba oil also works wonders as a lip balm. It can treat chapped lips and leave them feeling soft and supple. Dabbing a bit of the oil on your lips before you get started with your makeup routine will do the trick.

Note: There is no research suggesting these methods work. These uses are based on anecdotal evidence.

8. Promotes Hair Growth

Anecdotal evidence suggests using jojoba oil on your hair as it has moisturizing properties.

You can add jojoba oil to your hair conditioner. This can give you added protection against hair dryness and split ends.

The moisturizing properties of jojoba oil also treat scalp dryness and dandruff. The vitamin E in the oil is good for your hair and scalp health (11).

There is no concrete evidence to show that jojoba oil strengthens hair. But here’s the logic – the oil can moisturize hair follicles, and this prevents dryness that may otherwise lead to hair loss.

Certain patents of shampoos include jojoba oil (or its wax) as one of the important ingredients (12).

Some sources suggest jojoba oil as a potential treatment for alopecia (baldness). This is not backed by research yet. Hence, we recommend not to rely solely on the oil for treating or preventing baldness. Please check with your doctor.

Jojoba oil contains important fatty acids that render it its healing properties. Let’s look at them in detail.

What Is The Composition Of Jojoba Oil?

The most abundant fatty acids in jojoba oil include oleic, palmitic, and eicosanoic acids (13). It also contains crude protein, crude fiber, and limiting amino acids, namely lysine, methionine, and isoleucine (14).

Though all of these nutrients are safe, they may cause reactions in certain individuals. Hence, it is important you do a patch test before using jojoba oil.

Doing the test is simple. Apply 3 to 4 drops of jojoba oil to your inner forearm. Cover the area with a band-aid and wait for a day (24 hours). Remove the band-aid and check the skin underneath. If you find no signs of allergy, you are good to go.

But even before you do the patch test, it is important you pick the right jojoba oil. With a lot many products on the market shelves, you need to be careful.

How To Buy The Right Jojoba Oil

Identifying the right jojoba oil is simple. Go for 100% organic jojoba oil. Ensure it is cold-pressed (this means the oil hasn’t lost any of its beneficial properties).

The oil must also be 100% pure. Don’t pick an oil that is mixed with other oils or refined.

You can buy your bottle of jojoba oil either at your nearest supermarket or health store or online at Amazon. You can start using it right away, but with certain precautions in mind.

What Precautions Should You Take?

The most important precaution you must take is not to ingest the oil. Jojoba oil contains erucic acid, a toxin that contributes to heart disease (15).

Topical application may cause minor allergies (like rashes) in some people. Doing a patch test can help avoid these.


More research is being done on jojoba oil. But from the current research, we can infer that it has excellent potential to boost skin and hair health. Remember not to ingest it.

We expect future research to unearth other important features of the oil. Do buy the oil and start using it. Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Ravi Teja Tadimalla is a Senior Content Writer who specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the field for well over 4 years now. His work involves extensive research on how one can maintain better health through natural foods and organic supplements. Ravi has written over 250 articles and is also a published author. Reading and theater are his other interests.