Ever since I stopped using any sort of creams and lotions because of topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) and my severe eczema, my go-to moisturizer has been jojoba oil.

While I was going through topical steroid withdrawal (TSW), I was also worried my skin would become addicted to moisturizers. People have reported going through moisturizer withdrawal as well. The creams you find at your local pharmacy doesn’t have the cleanest ingredients.

So when your skin is already in a fragile state, relying on creams/lotions is not the best for your skin health.

You need something simple, clean and organic.

I have tried almost every single over the counter moisturizer out there not knowing how many chemicals were in them.

I’ve tried products such as Aveeno, Eucerin, Cerave, Cetaphil, Vaseline, Keri Lotion, Nivea and the list goes on.

Without any success from products at my local pharmacy, I knew I had to look somewhere else. After scouring the internet for alternatives, jojoba oil came up. 

Jojoba Oil

This oil has many health benefits for all skin types, even eczema! Jojoba oil is actually a liquid plant wax. This liquid comes from the seed of the jojoba plant. This shrub is native to Southern Arizona, Southern California, and Northwestern Mexico.

It is commonly used to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, sunburn, chapped skin and more. Since jojoba is a natural emollient, it soothes all skin types and unclogs hair follicles.

Jojoba oil is also a carrier oil for essential oils but is also an excellent skin moisturizer. You’ll be able to buy Jojoba oil from your local health food store or even online.

I have been using the Desert Essence Jojoba Oil for more than a few years and can recommend it.

I recommend Jojoba oil especially if you are going through TSW because jojoba oil plays the role of sebum.

Sebum is actually an oily, waxy substance that is produce by your body’s sebaceous glands. It is meant to moisturize and protect your skin.

But your body’s sebaceous glands stop functioning when your skin relies on hydrocortisone creams and lotions.

10 Benefits of Jojoba Oil

Here is the list of many uses and benefits:

    • Skin moisturizer
      • can be applied to your face, neck, hands, and body
    • Hair moisturizer
      • controls hair loss and for dry/frizzy hair: pour a few drops into your hand and apply it to your hair and scalp
    • Smooths out wrinkles
      • apply it to any wrinkled areas and massage it into your skin in a circular motion
    • Makeup removal
      • add a few drops to a cotton ball and wipe off your makeup
    • Lip balm
      • apply a few drops to your lips whenever it is dry
    • Promotes skin health
      • works as a protectant and cleanser. This oil is rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria that lead to breakouts
    • Has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties
    • Reduces symptoms of inflammation
      • this is important in your TSW healing journey because your skin will be dealing with inflammation for many months
    • Decrease the formation of wounds and speeds the healing process
      • because it contains vitamin B complex, may help speed up your wound and cuts faster
      • this is crucial in the healing of TSW because how severely affected your skin becomes
    • Non-greasy: this is a lightweight oil that is easily absorbed into your skin

Food for Thought

Jojoba oil will be one of the many tools you should add to your skin health routine. Especially, if you have severe eczema or going through TSW.

But this will not cure your eczema. You will need to look at the underlying cause about why your eczema is flaring up.

It could be your diet, environmental stressors, a digestive imbalance and other possibilities.

It could have also turned into topical steroid withdrawal because of how frequent steroid creams are used.

Dealing with eczema and/or TSW is not a easy feat. I highly recommend working with your family doctor, a naturopathic doctor and a skin health coach.

Working with a skin health coach has many benefits, one of which is that they have already walked the path you are about to embark on or currently walking. They can provide nutrition, supplement and emotional support as you heal.

So if you are embarking on the topical steroid withdrawal journey or looking to heal your eczema naturally, please contact me via Instagram and Facebook for a complimentary 30min call.