Skin rashes, allergic reaction and heart issues are few jojoba oil side-effects. Few cases also reported red bumps after topical application. Jojoba oil allergy triggers when the hypersensitive people apply it over the face or ingest internally.
According to WebMD.com, it’s likely unsafe to take jojoba oil through mouth. Serious side-effects including heart damage can be caused due a chemical called erucic acid. (1)
Even cosmetic industries include this innate ingredient to their beauty products. It’s sebum like characteristics make it stand different from other natural ingredients.
However, there are few unlucky people who experience allergic reaction after topical application of this liquid wax.
How Jojoba Oil Allergy is Triggered?
Immune system protects your body from harmful germs and thwarts infectious bacteria. Most of know weak immune system leads to many ailments.
In case of allergic reaction, immune system in hypersensitive people reacts adversely towards protein substances. As a result, it releases IgE antibodies to combat them.
IgE antibodies react to form mast cells, so whenever you apply jojoba oil, these molecules signal immune system. Histamine is produced to trigger a chemical reaction.
Thus, the person experiences symptoms of jojoba oil allergy.
There are cases where using low quality or refined jojoba oil leads to skin allergy. Mineral oil or isopropyl alcohol if mixed with jojoba oil may increase acne and causes allergic reaction.
Jojoba Oil Allergy Symptoms
If you experience allergic reaction after using jojoba oil, then immediately don’t confirm that you’re sensitive towards this liquid wax.
There are chances that the oil you’re using may include other ingredients or substances that triggered the reaction.
Do consult allergist or dermatologist before coming to conclusion. Also, stop using that jojoba oil at once.
Allergic signs can be seen immediately or after few hours. Common symptoms include blisters, red bumps and rashes over the skin.
To avoid such reaction, beauty experts recommend patch testing before applying it over the face.
Severe symptoms include swelling of eyes and cheeks.
If you didn’t experience reaction at first time, this doesn’t mean you’re completely safe. Allergic reaction cases state that symptoms can be seen after second time usage.
Chest and back are common places of this allergic reaction.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Stop using the product after you experience red bumps, blisters or skin rashes over the skin.
Wash the skin with water to remove ingredients of liquid wax. Consult dermatologist for treatment and follow the prescription.
For mild symptoms you can try antihistamines.
While diagnosis, your skin will be exposed to different substances through skin prick test. Once the result is confirmed positive, you must stay away from the allergen.
Beauty creams and other personal products also include jojoba oil; make sure you’re using these products. Discuss with your physician about the different products that you can use.
Patch test before using over the skin, to avoid jojoba oil allergy symptoms.