From Cam, Albury, NSW...
...."I am pretty healthy, I eat well and try to look after myself but I have had some skin issues that have caused me sheer agony at times, others that have been irritating and others that I guessed at the time, were just a part of progressing through adulthood. If only I knew about jojoba when I was a 13 year old schoolboy.
I developed sebaceous skin as a teenager. I got the odd pimple but thankfully not acne. What I did get regularly were sebaceous cysts on my back and sometimes on my face. They would come up like a blind pimple but would just keep going. Sometimes they would come to a head after a week or so. The pain and discomfort was awful until they burst. Yuk!. If they didn't burst they would settle down and just stay as hard lumps, waiting for another day. At various times, they spoiled holidays, probably lost me a lot of marks in exams and later on, tainted dates. For the ones that settled down, I would wait until they were completely inactive and make a dash for my doctor who would cut the cysts out.
As I grew older, they became less frequent but through 2006, I think I had three. The last one came up in July last year as a hard lump. I read about jojoba on the Internet and saw some explanations about how it is antibacterial, cleans and clears blocked pores. That sounded about right. I got hold of some Australian jojoba in December and started applying it all over while I was still wet after each shower. One day about three weeks later, my last sebaceous lump just let go like a leaking balloon and disappeared.
I will keep my jojoba routine forever because I can see and feel the dramatic changes in my skin and hair every day. Ten years ago, I developed psoriasis on my face. It would come along periodically when I was a bit stressed or had some sunburn, at the same time as my coldsores. I could hit the coldsores with coldsore treatments but the psoriasis was relentless. After my morning shower, I would feel a tickle on my cheeks just like the pre coldsore irritation, then I could stand in front of the mirror and watch the skin peel and peel and peel until my cheeks were red raw. It became so bad I started to cover the areas with my partner's foundation make up when I had to be in public. But that didn't work for too long as the skin kept coming off. I would need to wait for the psoriasis to peak and die away, sometimes in fortnight long cycles. My GP prescribed an exfoliating face wash and a cortisone ointment. The psoriasis stopped on day two. Fantastic. I kept using it but noted the warnings about long term use of cortisone. I stopped the treatment after the prescribed period. The psoriasis came straight back. I started the treatment again and kept going. Then the psoriasis started to win over the treatment and I thought I may as well just give up. When I started using jojoba, all psoriasis activity stopped straight away. It was as if my skin drew a big sigh of relief. My facial skin lost the raw spots and it felt superb. It is now very healthy with no irritation whatsoever since.
I have not had a coldsore either since starting with jojoba, despite having been sunburnt, windburnt and stressed as frequently as ever. During 2006, I also lost a fair bit of hair. It receded then seemed to stop, but the hair at the front was obviously sick. It was brittle and appeared lifeless, sticking out at whichever direction it wanted, like dead trees. As soon as I got hold of jojoba I tipped some in my shampoo bottle and some in my conditioner bottle. Two weeks later I visited my hairdresser for a cut. She asked what I had done "your hair is suddenly soft and silky, and it has shine!" and it just keeps getting better. My skin is fine and smooth as silk all over now and I don't think it will be anything else as long as I keep the jojoba up to it. You've got to let young people know about jojoba."
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