Face Care

Jojoba Oil and Eczema

Jojoba oil, a natural moisturizer, can provide relief for dry and itchy skin.

By Matt Atherton, Repost from Express.co.uk

Eczema could be treated with creams, ointments and moisturizers. But how can you get rid of the dry skin condition at home? Jojoba oil could relieve the itchy and sore signs of eczema.

Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It most often appears in children before their first birthday, but could also develop in later life. Symptoms vary between small patches of dry skin, and large areas of red and inflammation skin all over the body.

Eczema patients could relieve signs of the condition by using jojoba oil. Jojoba oil derives from the jojoba plant, which is found in southwest USA and north Mexico. It’s a liquid plant wax that may provide some relief from common skin conditions, including eczema, said nutritionist Yuri Elkaim. “It acts similarly to sebum, which is the skin’s natural moisturizer, to lower your risk of dry skin. Jojoba is not actually an oil but a liquid wax that penetrates the skin cells very deeply and has a similar structure to sebum. Sebum is the skin’s natural moisturizer and jojoba oil is extremely rich in long chain fatty acids and other moisturizing agents.

For the best results clean and dry your hands and then gently massage the jojoba oil into the affected areas.” Use jojoba oil three times per day, or as needed, for the best effects, added the nutritionist.

There’s currently no cure for eczema, but treatments aim to reduce symptoms. It’s crucial that patients avoid scratching, as it could damage the skin and make symptoms worse. Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching. Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter treatments.