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Jojoba Oil
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8 fl. oz. for $17.21
Last Updated:06.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Acne.org’s Jojoba Oil is just that—100% jojoba oil in a generous size for a very low price. As with most oils, jojoba improves dryness and skin texture, adding a nice, smooth glow. You can consider mixing this with your regular moisturizer (one that's loaded with beneficial ingredients) when skin is feeling drier, and it earns our highest recommendation.

Used alone, it can serve as a very basic moisturizer for those with normal to dry skin. Those with normal to combination or oily skin may find it too heavy, but by using a tiny amount; it is possible for these types to make it work. We should note that using jojoba oil alone would short your skin of anti-aging and reparative ingredients, so it is a better idea to use this alongside your favorite antioxidant-loaded serum or moisturizer instead. (We would actually love to see what Acne.org could come up with in that department.)

Acne.org's founder, Daniel Kern, is big on jojoba oil, claiming this non-fragrant plant oil won't clog pores and has a multitude of uses beyond smoothing and softening skin. You're going to have to take his word for it because there's no substantiated research to support this claim, just anecdotal evidence that using pure jojoba oil is less of a risk for breakouts than other forms of oil. If you’re acne prone, you already know that anything can break you out when the conditions are right! See More Info for additional details.

Normally we're not fans of single-ingredient products, because skincare is never as simple as one ingredient or one product. However, because jojoba oil (like many non-fragrant plant oils) is a rich source of fatty acids and has some antioxidant benefit, it is a single ingredient with many benefits for skin. Acne.org’s Jojoba Oil earns a high rating for these reasons, and the outstanding value you get with this size of product for the price. Still, for best results, we recommend using a product like this along with a well-rounded moisturizer or serum so you're also providing your skin with a nice array of other good ingredients.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Fragrance free.
  • A good way to amp up your regular moisturizer for times when skin feels drier.
Cons:
  • Despite jojoba oil's benefits, skin needs more than just one good ingredient.
More Info:

Non-Comedogenic: Labels like "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic" seem like safe bets, but are actually unhelpful because these terms were coined under test conditions that are not even remotely applicable to how you, or anyone for that matter, use skincare or makeup products. The "non-comedogenic" myth got its beginnings from a 1979 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. This study examined the potential of various ingredients (cocoa and shea butters, lanolin and waxes, among others) to clog pores and lead to the formation of comedones—hence the term "comedogenic."

Under the conditions of this study, 100% pure concentrations of ingredients were layered five times per application over a period of two weeks, without cleansing the skin at any time. The manner in which these tests were conducted is not remotely similar to how we use skincare or makeup products—plus very few products are formulated with 100% of any one ingredient. What really determines whether an ingredient present in your skincare or makeup products is likely to trigger a breakout is how much of the ingredient is present in the formula and what else you apply as part of your skincare routine.

The researcher largely credited for developing the concept of comedogenic, Albert Kligman, said as much in his 1972 study, "Acne Cosmetica": "It is not necessary to exclude constituents which might be comedogenic in a pure state. The concentration of such substances is exceedingly important. To exile such materials as lanolin, petroleum hydrocarbons, fatty alcohols, and vegetable oils from cosmetics would be irrational. What is ultimately important is the comedogenicity of the finished product (Archives of Dermatology, 1972)."

Last, the terms non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic are not regulated so they're not beholden to any agreed-upon standards. Any product, from the richest cream to the thinnest lotion, can use these claims and not have to prove they really don't clog pores or trigger acne breakouts.

Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and won't clog pores, and has a huge range of uses and benefits. Adding 5-6 drops of jojoba oil into any moisturizer will significantly increase hydration and leave the skin feeling smooth. It can also be used to remove makeup, calm razor burn, treat dandruff, or as a body lotion, hair conditioner, or massage oil.

Claims

Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and won't clog pores, and has a huge range of uses and benefits. Adding 5-6 drops of jojoba oil into any moisturizer will significantly increase hydration and leave the skin feeling smooth. It can also be used to remove makeup, calm razor burn, treat dandruff, or as a body lotion, hair conditioner, or massage oil.

Ingredients

Jojoba Oil (100% Organic).

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive, effective formulas, most of which are fragrance-free; some of the products come in a variety of sizes, including travel sizes; good water-soluble cleanser; good AHA exfoliant; simple but effective benzoyl peroxide treatment; an intriguing anti-acne line for those with sensitive skin.

Weaknesses: No BHA exfoliants (while AHA can help improve breakouts, BHA, also known as salicylic acid, is preferred).

The Acne.org product line and website is a labor of love from Daniel Kern, a resourceful guy who struggled for years with acne before finally, through much trial and error (sound familiar?), finding what worked for him. He decided to share his story online so others struggling with acne would have a place to ask him questions, talk about their failures and successes with battling breakouts, post reviews of products they’ve tried, and boost each other’s self-esteem—which often takes a nosedive when persistent acne shows up.

After years of personal experimentation to get his own acne under control, Kern developed what he refers to as The Regimen. This is a 3-step system for treating acne that involves gentle cleansing, disinfecting with a benzoyl peroxide product, and applying a moisturizer.

The entire 3-step routine is super-detailed, so be prepared to read, re-read, and study the routine’s charts and images carefully before doing this, assuming you choose to follow it. One thing is certain: This is a routine that won’t get you out the door in a few minutes-- however, many who’ve adapted to it feel strongly that it’s worth it, and we’re not going to debate that when clear skin is the result.

Do you need to follow The Regimen to get great results with these products? No, and if you choose to follow The Regimen you do not need to use Kern’s Acne.org products—something he makes clear on his site. Although Kern shares some good tips and helpful guidelines, much of his info is rooted in personal experience rather than scientific research. Also, when it comes to acne, there’s more than one way to treat it—as most people with acne have likely come to discover. Kern’s Regimen is merely one more method to try.

We’re surprised that the Acne.org line doesn’t offer a BHA exfoliant, because BHA (salicylic acid) has mounds of research proving it’s an important, if not crucial, ingredient for battling blemishes (not to mention redness, blackheads, white bumps and red marks from acne). Instead, Acne.org sells an AHA exfoliant, which can be an option but many will have even greater results using a BHA exfoliant or at least alternating between the two if you like how Kern’s AHA product makes your skin feel.

Overall, although the Acne.org regimen isn’t as complete or as simple it may seem, most of the products are worth considering, and they’re affordable, too. Kern wisely avoids the use of fragrance or common irritants found in so many anti-acne products. Like us, we imagine Kern has wondered more than once why so many products claiming to improve acne only contain ingredients destined to make the redness, pain, and inflammation of acne worse, not better.

We’re thrilled to say that Kern’s products, while not perfect (but then again, no anti-acne routine will work the same for everyone), are considerably better than almost every other anti-acne line out there. It’s sad that there are so few truly effective (or at least strong potential to be effective) anti-acne products available, but you can add those from Acne.org to the short list of winners!

For more information on acne.org, visit www.acne.org or call (800) 773-7803.

Note: Acne.org also offers their products in various kits that feature different sizes and mixes of products depending on your needs and preferences. These, along with the individual Acne.org products are sold on the company’s site. You can also arrange to have Acne.org products or kits automatically shipped to you on a schedule you determine.

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02.02.2015
Best Stuff Ever

Jojoba oil is the best product ever. I have been using it for about two years. My skin is combination but not particularly oily. I have seen a huge improvement in my skin since switching to this. I use it to cleanse and moisturize my face. My skin looks better than it ever did when I was spending tons of money on skin care products. I recommend it to everyone. I told a friend about it and she has had the same experience.

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Michele L.
11.09.2014
Moisturizing without causing acne

I think this should have received a Best rating. It's not meant to replace moisturizer completely. I use it during the day, under my Tarte BB SPF cream followed by Peter Thomas Roth SPF powder. It makes my skin very dewy and young-looking, an effect that lasts all day. Having struggled with adult acne, pure botanical oils have absolutely helped (though not all - rose hip oil made me break out). I now have normal skin after I stopped trying to dry it out, only to have my skin produce more oil.

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