Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil in Skin care


Oil and nuts of the macadamia tree

Botanic Name: Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil.

Macadamia is a very unusual vegetable oil, that has a wonderful affinity with the skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil

This oil is fabulous for a dry, mature skin, which is due to its interesting Fatty Acid profile.

Palmitoleic acid: Macadamia Nut Oil contains one of the highest sources of Palmitoleic Fatty Acids, between 16 to 23%.

Palmitoleic is vital for delaying skin and cell aging, as our skin ages it rapidly becomes depleted in Palmitoleic Acid,

This is why is Macadamia is the perfect inclusion for anti ageing formulas.

Oleic acid: This Fatty Acid gives Macadamia Nut Oil its fantastic regeneration and moisturizing properties.

Linoleic acid: This is a wonderful fatty acid, that helps to prevent trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), from the skins delicate tissues.

High in phytosterols: These have a real affinity with the skin.

Plant phytosterols are the building blocks of our cell membrane.

These sterols work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why Macadamia nut oil has great skin penetration abilities.

Phytosterols are also calming and healing, which is why the oil is perfect for repairing the skin’s barrier function.

Properties of Macadamia Nut Oil

  • A light weight, medium nutty oil
  • Its chemical profile is very similar to that of human sebum
  • It is a very stable oil, with a shelf life of twenty four months
  • It has a non greasy feel on the skin, which gives the oil a nice workable film on the skin
  • Its Palmitoleic acid profile, makes it the perfect choice for a mature or dry skin
  • Phytosterols are protective, aiding in skin recovery
  • The Phytosterols act like cortisone on the skin, helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation
  • The Linoleic Fatty Acid content, makes it great for a parched, dehydrated skin, that has difficulty retaining moisture

Fatty Acid profile

C12:0   st Lauric Acid              Traces
C14:0  st Myrsitc acid              0.4 -1.6%
C160:  st palmitic Acid             7-10%
C16:1  mo palmitolecic acid   16 -23%
C18:0  st syteric Acid              1.5 – 5%
C181  mo Oleic Acid                54-63%
C18:2  pu Linoleic acid           1-3%
C20:0  st Arachidic Acid        1.5 -3%
C20:1  mo Eicosenoic Acid    1-3%


  1. I have had skin damage from uv on my face, the right cheek to be precise. It started off with a little spot that would not heal. MY GP confirmed it was a form of skin cancer and this was conmfirmed at the local hospital by a skin Consultant and a date set for the operation to remove it some six weeks ahead.
    In the interim I have been rubbing vaseline into it three times a day for two weeks. The improvement if any was hardly noticable. I then started the same regime using Macedonia Nut Oil. Within a week I noticed the redness dissapear and the scab fell off and new skin was growing underneath where the scab had been. It is improving in leaps and bounds every day and I am sure that by the time the operation date come around there wont be any damage to see on my face.
    I will be waiting with baited breath to hear and see the Surgeons Face when he says to me where is the skin damage gone?
    I can only say that in my particular case Macedonia Nut Oil has certainly assisted my skin recovery if not completely eliminated the Skin Cancer Damage on my Face. Obviously I will be guided and advised by what the Surgeon says on the day of the Operation. There could of course be still some cancer damaged tissue underneath the new skin growth.

    • Hi there thankyou so much for this information, it is so good to know that you have had good results with Macadamia, an oil we just love here at The Naked Chemist.
      Can you confirm your correct email address as we do have more information on how to treat sun damage x

      • I read your reply and would also like more information on sun damage skin and macadamia oil. Can I use macadamia oil for chemical treated hair that went wrong?

  2. What acids in macadamia nut oil are short chain fatty acids?

    • Macadamias are one of the few plant foods which contain the important short chain omega-3 fatty acids – alpha linolenic acid (ALA). These are the fatty acids that are good for heart health.

      x samantha x

  3. Hi Samantha,

    love your blog, i love skincare but its confusing with a millions marketing and sexy packaging.
    i love natural oil with anti aging property, i would love to purchase a good one with less toxins during the extraction. I love olive oil but i read that its rare to found an EVOO, i am wondering if i have to buy cold pressed coconut, primerose oil, abricot kernel, wheat germ….. and wich 2 or3 oil for antiaging do you recommend?
    Do you know a good brand?
    thank you

    • Hi there
      Yes it is hard to find good quality cold pressed oils that have not be adulterated, but not impossible! Why not find a good aromatherapy supplier or trainer, ‘penny price’ in the UK or even ‘fragrant earth’ in the Uk is another great supplier of very high quality oils, Jan Kusmerick actually formulates for the brand Elemis and he is a complete purist! Hope that helps..x

  4. Best concise & detailed information I’ve found. Exactly what I needed! Very much appreciated :-)

    • Hi Kat

      This is exactly the sort of comments that make writing the articles so worthwhile, thankyou soo much for your lovely comment.

  5. I started developing skin tears. Will the oil help prevent them? If so, do I just buy the oil and put it on my skin?

    Thanks so much.


    • Hi Linda

      I am going to be honest I am not medically trained so this is not an areas i know a lot about. As we age skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to skin tears. Hydration, nourishment, moisturisation is going to be key.
      Look out for advanced skin care products that deliver endermic nutrition and antioxidants that can provide nourishment for the skin.
      This link you may find useful..

  6. Hi I’m impressed with reading about peoples success after using macadamia nut oil I would like to try and use on my problemayic skin I have rosacea on my nose lots of pigmentation I’m 59yrs of age do you think if I start using the product I will have a blemish free skin pleas help

    • Hi Leila

      I really wish it was that simple! Rosacea is an almost impossible skin condition to control and pigmentation takes a lot of work to reverse. I have personally emailed you my thoughts on what will work for your skin.

    • I started to experience rosaecea around 5 years ago. Every cleanser started to irritate my face, and it became much worse over the next few years. about a year ago I switched to oil cleansing (using a combination of caster and olive oil, sometimes just coconut oil) with very good results. My skin calmed right down, with just a few flare ups, mostly when my skin cleansing regime lapsed a little. More recently, I switched Macedamia oil with even better results. this oil is so light and silky on the skin, its perfect for massaging the face as it doesnt drag the skin. Spots have disappeard and the redness and itching has calmed right down, people are surprised when I tell the I have rosaecea.

      • This is really great to feedback. Macadamia oil has so many benefits on the skin so it comes as no suprise, and whilst I have not heard of anyone treating Rosacea with this oil and having such good results it’s certainly food for thought. Thank you so much Samantha

    • Hi Leila I am presently using macadamia oil mixed with Turmeric Complexion oil for pigmentation for the past year although the results are gradual there is a significant difference in my skin , be patient it will eventually disappear . Turmeric is an anti oxidant and is very good for pigmentation whilst macadamia nut oil has very good anti aging properties. Good luck ( Durban , South Africa)

  7. I’m using these oil but if someone got heat rush and allergic on nuts then not recommenced to use it. There is chance to have quick side effects on the skin specially on face.

    • Hi that is a really good point, the same with Sweet almond oil, both at the worst can cause anaphylactic shock, if someone has a strong allergy to nuts, thanks for pointing that out.

  8. hi i have melasma and aging skin was wondering if these oils have any effect

    • Hi Amanda

      I will be shortly looking at extracts, some of which deal with melasma so please bare with me and hopefully this will answer some of your questions, unfortunately you just won’t get the results you are looking for with oils.

  9. I would like further information from you on what you think would be good to use for rosacea. I read your comment up above and I too am wondering what I can use. I am 49 and was just diagnosed. I do not want to have to keep taking a prescription medicine to try to control it. Thanks.

    • Hi corinna

      Thank you for reaching out.

      Rosacea is an extremely frustrating condition and the cause of it is still unknown, this is why there are no succesful longterm treatments. Lifestyle, stess, diet and the products you use on your skin can all exacerbate Rosacea, I will soon be putting together some articles on this difficult skin condition, so please do look out for them.


    • Hi I love macadamia I find it works wonderfully with an organic apple cider spritz mixed with green tea and spring water.

      Many blessings, love light and peace susanna xxx

  10. Hi, do you know the comedogenic rating of this oil? Can’t find any list including this oil. Thanks :)

    • Hi Joanne

      Thank you for reaching out to us here at the Naked Chemist.

      Unfortunately neither can we find the comedogenic rating for Macadamia.
      Not even in the acne websites.
      What this may then indicate, is that it actually sits at zero? as no one has had a problem with this oil.
      Sorry couldn’t be more help on this subject.

      • It is pretty simple to test for comedogenicity, all you need is a friend with a rabbit. Swab a bit of the oil on the inside of the rabbit’s ear. Repeat daily for a week or two. If the rabbit develops blackheads, it is comedogenic. This is how the original test were done back in the 70’s. It does NOT hurt the rabbit. They just have larger pores on their ears so it shows up more quickly than it would on a human. The more blackheads, the more comedogenic the substance is. As soon as the application of the oil is discontinued, the skin of the rabbit’s ear will normalize.

        • Hi Judith, that sounds like an interesting test, thanks so much for the advice, now on a hunt for a friend with a rabbit :-)

  11. Good Evening,

    I am a fan of your company and brand, I was wondering if it would be possible for you to send me some samples or anything you may have for loyal fans of your brand to keep trying! I have included my mailing address below, thank you in advance for your time and consideration, and anything would be so appreciated.

    Amanda Osha
    403 Rainbow Springs Terrace
    Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

    • Hi Amanda thankyou so much for reaching out. Products will be available to purchase by the end of the year. At this time I am more then happy to send you some samples, please do contact me after November and we will be happy to send them through to you.

  12. I recently purchased some cold pressed virgin macadamia nut oil to use in a facial oil blend. The macadamia scent was pretty overwhelming.
    Is there a difference between cosmetic grade macadamia nut oil and food grade macadamia nut oil? If so, would you recommend one over the other?
    Thank you for your informative web site:)

    • Hi Barb

      Really glad you are enjoying our little resource, I have to admit I am hooked on ingredients. Now when it comes to Macadamia I have to say this question has thrown me a bit, because the Macadamia I get only ever has a very faint smell nothing overpowering like Borage.
      There actually are different grades of oil, grocery stores sell food grade which generally should be higher then cosmetic grade, because most cosmetic grade oil is standardised to meet a specific fatty acid profile so food grade is going to be better, or look for organic grade from your supplier…hope this helps.

  13. Hello,
    currently I use sweet almond oil and rosehip oil at night, would macadamia nut oil mix ok with these two oils? I would like to add it in. Thank you in advance and great site!

    • Hi Cherie
      Macadamia is a really wonderful oil for the skin and I couldn’t recommend it enough as a facial oil to add to your blend. Just to jog your memory here are a few reasons why…It contains oleic acid which is really moisturising, making it great for dry skin and as an anti inflammatory. Oleic is also anti-aging because it helps to regenerate skin cells. It is also rich in linoleic acid, which helps to restore the skin’s barrier function and reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL), thus keeping skin lovely and hydrated. Palmitoleic acid also found in Macadamia oil, are the building blocks found in our skin, an active anti microbial it helps to prevent burns, wounds, and scratches. So go ahead and enjoy x


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