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Homemade Jojoba Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin

I have had acne for what feels like forever now, but is probably more like 10 years. I have tried nearly all dermatologist prescribed medications with little to no results. So when I say this oil works, I mean it.

I know it seems completely counter productive to put oil on an oily face that is prone to acne, but just hear me out. Because jojoba is actually a liquid wax and not an oil, it behaves differently than we expect. The jojoba “oil” is very similar to the oils that your skin naturally produces. Because of this similarity, when you use jojoba your skin responds by not producing excess oil.

The oil soaks in quickly, and then you have skin that is not shinny, but well moisturized all day. You have to give your skin about 2-4 weeks to get used to the oil before it will stop producing extra oil. After a month my skin no longer got oily, even if I forgot to wash it in the morning.

This recipe has been a lifesaver for me. In the summer I swim and lifeguard which means my skin gets so dry it peels. The jojoba helps keep my skin hydrated while not increasing my breakouts all year long. Another reason I love this recipe is because of how cheap it is. The oil is 8oz for $16, and it has already lasted me more than a year.


4 oz bottle with dropper (cleaned and boiled)
jojoba oil (organic is preferred)
1 teaspoon vitamin E (as an antioxidant as well as a preservative)

Use a funnel to add the 1 teaspoon of vitamin E. Add the oil until the bottle is nearly full and shake to mix it.

If you would like you can add essential oils for smell or other benefits, but I like to keep anything that is going on my face as simple as possible. Be sure to test any oils slightly diluted behind your ear to be sure you will not have an allergic reaction as well.

I ran out of vitamin E a while ago, and so far I haven’t had any problems just using the jojoba oil straight. If you use the oil fast enough and want to save a few bucks, I would recommend leaving it out.

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2 Responses

  1. sapphire says:

    its not good for your skin to stop producing its own oil.maybe you should change oils,one thats not technically wax will help.

  2. greengirl says:

    Thanks for the comment! I will look into it.

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