Jojoba Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis). The Jojoba plant is native to the south eastern North America, along the border between the USA and Mexico. Jojoba had many uses for the Native Americans that lived in the area, including the treatment of skin infections and wounds.
Jojoba Oil is widely used in Naturopathic acne treatments, primarily as a carrier oil (base) for blends of essential oils and other plant extracts.
Jojoba-based Naturopathic acne treatments are generally topical. Jojoba oil is generally considered to be non-comedogenic and is not usually irritating to the skin, both of which are attractive qualities for components of topical acne treatments. Jojoba Oil alone does not have significant antibacterial activity and is not expected to have any significant direct effects on acne symptoms.
Jojoba Oil has an unusual chemical structure that is similar to the sebum that is produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. Jojoba Oil is commonly used as a carrier oil for creating blends of other essential oils. Jojoba seeds are very rich in oil, which comprises approximately 50% of the total weight of Jojoba seeds. Raw Jojoba Oil has a clear, dark yellow color. Purified Jojoba oil is often clear.
Detailed information about the chemical composition of Jojoba Oil can be found here.
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