Jojoba oil is noncomedogenic, making it a good moisturizer for people with acne-prone skin. Moisturizing acne-prone skin too heavily leaves it feeling greasy, while too little moisturizer leaves skin dry and flaky, especially for those who use topical acne treatments which dry out the skin. It is believed that the moderate use of jojoba oil helps balance the natural oil production of the skin and reduce shine.
Products that are noncomedogenic won't cause blackheads, whiteheads or acne because they are oil-free. Although jojoba oil is called an oil, it is actually an indigestible wax esther from the seeds of the jojoba tree. It mimics the oil, or sebum, that is naturally created by the skin. It's believed that using jojoba oil tricks the skin, making it believe that it has produced sufficient amounts of natural oil to moisturize itself. This is beneficial because excessive sebum production causes breakouts. As of 2014, there are currently no studies that validate the anecdotal evidence which claims that jojoba tricks the skin into producing less sebum, and the Food and Drug Administration has yet to assess its acne-stopping power. Even so, many people still continue to use the oil for these reasons, as well as for its noncomedogenic effects on the skin.