Since my diagnosis, I have been careful to read not only the ingredients of the food I buy, but the ingredients within the skincare and bath products I buy. For instance, I learned about parabens and their link with breast cancer. I also learned about a few other things when I searched for products I was using in the EWG Cosmetics database
Jojoba oil aka Simmondsia chinensis has some remarkable qualities. It is a liquid wax derived from the seed of the Jojoba plant, which is native to Southern California, Southern Arizona and North West Mexico. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Perhaps most remarkable of all, is its molecular structure, which is so similar to the structure of our sebum that it tricks our skin into reducing its sebum output. The result of this is that acne is rapidly quelled.
I use it on my face and rashy areas of my body – just a couple of small drops – and have found that it is far superior to any other skin product I’ve used. It can also be use as a hot oil treatment for hair, though I would only use it for this purpose occasionally. Because only a few drops are necessary, it lasts for a very long time.
I just wish I had discovered it sooner!