Jojoba Oil great for oily and normal skin

Written by on August 6, 2008 with 0 Comments

From:  “Linda Sy MD”
Date:  Sat Apr 10, 1999  11:59 pm


I recommended using 1-2 drops of our Linda Sy Moisturizing Oil (mixture of jojoba & safflower oil) to the rosacea volunteers who participated in my small study conducted from January to March of this year. Their instruction was to wash their face, then apply 1-2 drops of the oil on their WET face before blotting dry. By doing this, the oil is blended with the water to form a thin soothing, moisturizing non-occlusive film which prevents the stinging & burning sensation experienced by many rosaceans. The symptom of burning is due to inflammation which causes the skin to be easily irritated by chemicals such as fragrance, preservatives, sunscreens, soaps, alcohols etc.

This protective barrier allows rosaceans to use soaps, sunscreens & moisturizers. This regimen is beneficial to individuals whose rosacea is more severe; whose skin is thin, dry, flaky and intolerant of many products.

It is not a necessary step for individuals whose rosacea is mild and whose skin is oily & can tolerate most products.

In my practice, I have found this oil mixture to be non-acnegenic – if instructions were followed carefully.  Using this regimen is like using an oil-in-water emulsion type of product without the emulsifier, preservative & other chemicals.

Regarding the controversy of using oil vs no oil – I am NOT in disagreement with most dermatologists. I advise my patients (those with acne & acne rosacea) to avoid heavy creams and oil-based products. That’s also why I developed a very light-textured sunscreen (Optimal Light SPF 15) for the acne prone skin. This product is very popular among our dispensing dermatologists.

I want to emphasize that just because a product contains an oil as one of the ingredients, does not necessarily mean that it is bad for acne prone individuals. If it is an oil-in-water emulsion (more water based) it is most likely okay to use. The best is for the product to have been clinically tested and with good tract record of use by acne prone people. In order for a product to be moisturizing, it needs both water & oil which are held together by an emulsifier,(including those using silicone such as dimethicone).

Due to the acne prone public’s wrong perception of oil, many manufacturers have resorted to using oil-based esters instead. Therefore, just because you don’t see the word “oil” in the ingredient list, does not mean that there is no oil in the formulation. As an example: all active chemical sunscreen ingredients are oils – yet you see advertisements of sunscreens as “oil-free”. This is an oxymoron!

Linda Sy M.D.
Linda Sy Skin Care

—–Original Message—–

Date: Wednesday, April 07, 1999 3:30 AM
Subject: [rosacea] Oils or Oil Free?

There seems to be two different schools of thoughts on products (cleansers, moisturizers, foundations) in regards to oil content and the benefits or potential problems for rosacea users.

My Manhattan derm, who comes highly recommended, tells me I should avoid ALL products containing any type of oils because of the possibility of these oils causing breakouts. This is the second derm in Manhattan who has advised me against oils.

However, both Dr. Sy and Dr. Nase seem to be encouraging the group to actually use certain oils as moisturizers and, if I am understanding correctly, Dr. Sy actually created a product line which includes use of a certain oil as part of the regiment.

All literature I have received from the National Rosacea Society also states we should avoid oil based products. Can someone please set the record straight? I have a wonderful dermatologist who appears to be extremely up on all the latest findings and she advises to avoid oils. Why is she not saying !  certain oils are okay to use for rosacea, i.e. jojoba, emu, etc.

Shouldn’t this be a uniform belief among derms?? I would especially be interested in comments from Dr. Sy, Dr. Nase and of course the group.



update June 2009: Vita Oil has not been available for several months, but it is now available via RosaceaCare.

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