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Asked 19th Jun, 2017
  • Spa Isha Aromatherapy

Jojoba oil is considered to be good for oily skin as it mimicks sebum so your skin would produce less sebum. Does that make it "bad" for dry skin?

Is there any research or evidence available that relates to the effect of Jojoba oil on the skin?
Currently Jojoba oil is recommended for treating oily skin types as it mimicks sebum and therefore encourages the skin to produce less sebum.
Is this not bad for dry skin which presumably needs more sebum so requires oils that encourages sebum?
Thanks

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22nd Mar, 2018
Harry Barton Essel
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
A jojoba oil benefit is that it plays the role of sebum and moisturizes our skin and hair when our body stops doing it naturally. On the other hand, too much sebum, which happens during puberty or when hormone levels are high, can result in oilyskin and acne.

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21st Jun, 2017
Mary C R Wilson
Hello Kalpna,
What an interesting question. I'm no expert and will be interested in the answers of other ResearchGate members, but I think that sebum production is more hormone regulated (dihydrotestosterone - DHT).
This website gives a simplistic view of  this:
Search for DHT.
. . . and this paper gives greater detail - again search for DHT:
Makrantonaki, E., Ganceviciene, R., & Zouboulis, C. C. (2011). An update on the role of the sebaceous gland in the pathogenesis of acne. Dermato-endocrinology, 3(1), 41-49.
See Jojoba on p.991 in this paper:
Aburjai, T., & Natsheh, F. M. (2003). Plants used in cosmetics. Phytotherapy research, 17(9), 987-1000.
This mentions its function as a humectant and its ability to form a protective film.
So I don't think this gives a biofeedback effect to reduce sebum production, but I might be wrong, and would be really interested to find out.
As Aburjai and Natsheh are ResearchGate members, perhaps you could ask them through RG?
Very best wishes,
Mary 
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6th Jul, 2017
Kalpna Kotecha
Spa Isha Aromatherapy
Hi Mary 
Thank you so much for your informative reply. I will read the attachments with interest. Yes it will be very interesting to see if anyone had done any studies to demonstrate if skincare creams and emollients can give a bio-feedback mechanism to increase / reduce sebum.
Best wishes, Kalpna 
25th Jul, 2017
Elham Rajabi
cepigene
Jojoba oil can be good for dry skin used on its own as a natural skincare product or added to your normal cream. Jojoba oil’s moisturizing, healing and anti microbial benefits for skin make it a valuable natural oil for both oily and dry skin.
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22nd Mar, 2018
Harry Barton Essel
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
A jojoba oil benefit is that it plays the role of sebum and moisturizes our skin and hair when our body stops doing it naturally. On the other hand, too much sebum, which happens during puberty or when hormone levels are high, can result in oilyskin and acne.

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