Jojoba oil

What does it do?
Reduces inflammation
Improves hydration
Improves the skin barrier function

What’s it used for?
Dry skin
Acne and rosacea-prone skin
Sensitive skin

How do I use it?
Apply once or twice daily

Evidence rating

There’s a plethora of oils used in skincare these days, but not all of them are backed by science. Jojoba oil is one of the few with scientific studies supporting its use. 

Jojoba oil is actually a wax, which is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. It contains natural antioxidants, including vitamin E. It’s anti-inflammatory, emollient, and helps to improve skin hydration, acne and skin barrier function. It’s suitable for most skin types, but especially those with dry skin or skin prone to acne or rosacea. It’s safe to use daily, is usually well tolerated, and works well with most other ingredients.

Evidence base: Fair


Lin TK, Zhong L, Santiago JL. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. Int J Mol Sci. 2017;19(1):70. 

Meier L, Stange R, Michalsen A, Uehleke B. Clay jojoba oil facial mask for lesioned skin and mild acne–results of a prospective, observational pilot study. Forsch Komplementmed. 2012;19(2):75-9. 

Pazyar N, Yaghoobi R, Ghassemi MR, Kazerouni A, Rafeie E, Jamshydian N. Jojoba in dermatology: a succinct review. G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Dec;148(6):687-91.



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Spotlight on Skin was created by award-winning Melbourne-based dermatologist, Dr Julia Rhodes.

Julia knows first-hand how overwhelming the skincare world can be, and that’s with over 10 years of experience practicing dermatology. Given that even she gets overwhelmed, she appreciates how hard it can be for those of you without a scientific background to make sense of all the information available, and choose products that are right for your skin…