I am a cosmetology student right now, and during my class, I learned about something called Jojoba Oil. We only went over it briefly, so I decided to look it up myself.
Because of all of the amazing reviews for it, I decided to give it a try and was greatly impressed!
I have never really had a huge problem with acne, my problem has always been the HORRIBLE HORRIBLE black heads that I have always had.
My skin looked terrible. Especially on my nose and cheeks. My pores were huge and there was so much stuff caked in them it was disgusting. Most of the acne that I did have was inflamed black heads or me picking.
I didn't start taking care of my skin until about 10th grade, and even after I did, I didn't see much of an improvement at first.
But after years, I HAVE found several things that have helped me.
Good exfoliation is key. The thing that I have found that works the best is an aspirin mask.
It helps to clear off the old dead skin cells that cake up, as many people's skin doesn't shed normally (like mine). It makes your skin feel so much better after just one use and can give you noticeably better results.
If you are using anything, make sure that it is oil-free and alcohol-free. Alcohol can dry out your skin and irritate it. Astringents usually contain these, so try to find one without it.
Moisturizers usually contain "oils". Being "oil free" just means that it is free of mineral oil, but for many people these oils can cause comedones (blackheads) and clog their pores.
The one thing though that has really made the difference in my skin however is the jojoba oil. I bought pure, organic jojoba oil (4 oz for under $10 including shipping. You have to sometimes hunt around for a good price). I bought the brand "Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil" and was thoroughly impressed.
Basically, most of what clogs pores is not dirt and other outside sources, but sebum. Sebum is the oil that your skin naturally produces. It lubricates the skin and hair on the body and is a good thing. However, sometimes either the sebaceous glands are overactive and produce too much oil, and other times, the sebum is not able to come out through the pores like it is supposed to.
The first one will cause oily skin. Jojoba oil is not actually an oil at all. It is a wax-ester which is almost identical in it's make-up to sebum. When you use it on your skin, it tricks the sebaceous glands into thinking that there is already enough oil, and makes it stop producing as much.
The second of these things, where the sebum cannot exit through the pores like normal causes comedones (blackheads). Jojoba oil also actually dissolves this trapped sebum, which cannot be washes or exfoliated out, no matter how hard you try.
This last part is how it has helped my skin so much.
My skin has cleared up so much in the past two weeks that I have been using it. It wish that I would have found this earlier, and I greatly hope that anyone else with this problem will give this a try.
Note: I have heard of a few people having an allergy to it, so try it out on a little skin first if you wish. It never harmed me though ^^.
I hope this helps! Leave comments if you've had any experiance with it!