Jojoba is applied directly to the skin for acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin. It is also used topically to encourage the regrowth of hair in people who are balding.
In manufacturing, jojoba is used as an ingredient in shampoo; lipstick; makeup; cleansing products; and in face, hand, and body lotions.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Alzheimer disease. Massaging the hand with jojoba oil does not seem to improve emotions, aggression, or mental function in people with Alzheimer disease.
- Acne. Applying a clay mask containing jojoba oil to the face 2-3 times per week for 6 weeks might reduce the number of pimples in some people with acne.
- Mosquito repellant.
- Chapped skin.
- Hair loss.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Jojoba is LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone when taken by mouth. Jojoba contains a chemical called erucic acid, which can cause serious side effects such as heart damage.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Applying jojoba to the skin during pregnancy and breast-feeding is LIKELY SAFE. But it is LIKELY UNSAFE to take jojoba by mouth.
We currently have no information for JOJOBA overview.
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