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Macadamia Nut Oil for Skin Health

Macadamia Nut Oil

Concerned about dry, flaky skin?

Or maybe you’re prone to sensitivity, which flares up for no reason?

Perhaps fine lines and wrinkles are forming, as a result of premature ageing?

Well, can we let you into a little beauty secret? Macadamia has an amazing affinity with your skin.

Each precious drop is ever so rich in essential fatty acids; it will literally have your skin crying out for more.

Not convinced? Then join us, as we introduce you to one of nature’s best-kept secrets.

What exactly is macadamia nut oil?

Our motto here at the Naked Chemist is “what goes on, goes in” – and this is certainly the case with this gorgeous nut oil.

Here in NZ, avocado gets all the attention, but macadamia is lowkey great at everything, and a little less showy about it.

Carefully sourced from the pulp of the macadamia nut, it is pressed into a luscious elixir.

Amazing for all skin types, the oil is rich in potent antioxidants, and essential fatty acids – it is packed with insane amounts of palmitoleic acid, 22%, an essential fatty acid that decreases in content as skin ages, making macadamia a true superfood for your skin.

It is a complete multitasker, a real skin hero. Not only is it a fantastic moisturiser if you have dry skin, it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties will help to calm and soothe your sensitive skin, it is also great if you have mature skin, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

And suppose that wasn’t enough, other than squalane and jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil is the closest match to the naturally occurring sebum found in your skin – it is easily absorbed and it won’t clog your pores, which makes it great if you suffer from breakouts and acne-prone skin, the fact that it is anti-inflammatory means it will also help with acne breakouts that are inflamed.

This is the reason you’ll find it in copious amount in our bio lipid – rich in macadamia nut oil and skin-identical ingredients, including lipids and ceramides, Bio lipid complex is the perfect oil to balance and rebuild a compromised skin, even an oily/combination skin type.

The fatty acid profile that makes it a superfood oil

So whether you apply this oil topically or consume it, you’re giving yourself a real health and beauty boost; check out the list of benefits macadamias essential fatty acids bring to the skin;

  • oleic acid  54-60% – is extremely moisturising and anti-inflammatory, making it the perfect choice, if you have a dry or sensitive skin
  • linoleic acid 3%  – restores your skin’s barrier function and keeps skin hydrated by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL)
  • palmitoleic acid  22% – is a building block in our skin, helping to  prevent burns, wounds, and skin scratches, and is an active anti-microbial
  • phytosterols act as penetration enhancers, delivering the important ingredients into the deepest layers of your skin
  • It contains the perfect 1-to-1 ratio of essential fatty acids, making it essential for heart health

The really great thing, you can also benefit if you eat this oil, it has the perfect balance of omega 3:6 ratio – the essential fatty acids our bodies cannot manufacture, making it is useful for treating any disease that is inflammatory in nature, such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

For this reason, we recommend to our clients, to not only apply macadamia nut oil topically but also to take it internally, this will help to achieve that crucial essential fatty acid balance your body requires for optimal health.

So as you can see, it provides all the building blocks necessary, for the health of your skin.

The beautifying benefits

Barrier repairing
Containing copious amounts of linoleic acid, which has skin rejuvenating properties. It is extremely hydrating for your skin – helping to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the delicate tissues.

For repairing your barrier function fortify cream is our recommended moisturiser of choice, with its perfect ratio of cholesterol, ceramides, and lipids infused with macadamia, all of which work together to repair and replenish a weak, fragile skin.

This oil is one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids in nature, with a concentration between 16 – 23%. Palmitoleic acid is vital for delaying premature ageing; as our skin ages, it rapidly depletes with age, this is why macadamia nut oil is the perfect inclusion for mature skin types.

By applying the oil topically, you will improve your skin’s palmitoleic acid levels; decreasing the rate at which your skin deteriorates, keeping it taut, and discouraging wrinkles from forming.

Balances an oily skin
Linoleic acid is also useful for balancing the sebum production on oily skin types, creating a natural protective barrier. It is non-comedogenic oil.

It contains both squalene and oleic fatty acid, which assists with cellular regeneration, making this oil particularly useful if you have dry or chapped skin, as it softens and moisturises.

There are many phytosterols in macadamia oil, which is mostly made up of B-sitosterol. Phytosterols are the building blocks of our cellular membrane and structure, and they behave like cortisone to reduce itchiness, redness, and irritated skin.

Plant sterols also 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.


So, to recap:

  • its chemical profile is very similar to that of human sebum
  • it is a very stable oil, with a shelf life that can last up to two years
  • it’s perfect for heart health, as it contains the ideal balance of essential fatty acids
  • it has a non-greasy feel on your skin, which gives the oil a nice, workable protective film
  • its palmitoleic and oleic acid profile makes it the perfect choice if you have mature or dry skin
  • phytosterols are protective, aiding in skin recovery. They work like cortisone on your skin, helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation
  • the linoleic fatty acid content makes it great for if your skin has difficulty retaining moisture

The beneficial fatty acid profile is not only an important oil for your face, but it can be used as an all-over body oil, ensuring that the skin south of your face doesn’t get left out either. It’s dry enough that you can put it on without worrying about your clothes staining and moisturising enough that it leaves you with a slight sheen on the skin.

The composition of this rich nutty oil is oozing with phytochemical compounds like phytosterols, tocopherols, squalene, and vitamin E, which will have you looking towards warm days spent on the beach, and in the winter will help you get rid of stubborn dry patches.

So, we dare you! Smear it in, and feel the oh-so-wholesome macadamia nut love.

84 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Oil for Skin Health

  1. Marian Myers says:

    I’d like to know what’s good for wrinkles? I have a lot of sun damage and pigmentation on my cheeks any advice would be great!!!

  2. Jackie says:

    Hi Samantha, I have a major problem “Acne”. I am based in Indonesia and originally from Africa. I have experienced that Indonesia has high frequent sunlight. I try my best to evade the sun as it will cause sunburn to my cheek bones. I carry an umbrella everyday. I use Aveeno facial cleanser which is hypoallergenic, non comedogenic oil-free, and soap-free. A friend gave me raw shea butter. I now apply it onto my face and the entire body after I have found out its health benefits. It also contains 6 UV. But the “Acne” is still my major problem ever since I was a teenager. I need help. Jackie

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Jackie,

      I am sorry about your skin issues I really am. Jackie I could recommend glycolics to you and pore purging ingredients, along with a diet program but in all reality it is difficult to diagnose and work with you from afar, this is soemthing that may change once i start my consultations on line.

      From a holistic stand point I don’t like to advise roaccutane as it can have some terrible certain side effects with long term use, but for some of my clients especially those with cystic acne it has really helped.

      I have seen really good results with acne is through seblation gland ablation (SBA) with clear skin care clinics, please find the link here

      I hope this information helps you in some small way.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you ever so much and I am glad hearing from you. Roaccutane was the worst and yes I do have overactive sebum glands inside my body that excrete oil and have resulted in my acne condition. I have used contraceotive pills “Ginette”. It had good results, but i found out the side effects. Hair loss, insomnia to name a few. My problem is, i no longer want to rely on this pills ever again. It is so depressing. I browse the link you have suggested. Once again, thank you very much Samantha

      • Samantha Miller says:

        Hi Jackie

        I know it is an awful treatment with terrible side effects, but without seeing your skin it is hard to know what to recommend to do and the program i would put you on is very olistic and internally cleansing but is a work in progress. I would as discussed earlier be also recommending the skin ablative programme at the local Clear skin clinic, which is very intensive topically but has wonderful sorry I couldn’t be of further help Jackie

  3. Meenu says:

    Hi Samantha, I’m 24 years old . My skin type is very dry and sensitive . I have had allergies to various food products and thus , affected my skin very badly . I used to get skin rashes and thus , my skin turned very dark. sigh :(. I use cetaphil to moisturise my skin as prescribed by my doc. I’m still recovering from it. Do you reckon this macadamia nut oil is a good remedy to get rid of this .


    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Meenu
      No sadly I don’t recommend Macadamia to help lighten pigmentation. When skin gets damaged melanin our pigment cells rush to the site of an injury as a protective mechanism, which is why you must never squeeze spots. Without looking at your skin I am unable to give you a correct answer, but laser may give you the result your looking for, because it sounds like damage is done in the dermis you will struggle with topical ingredients getting the results you require.I am sorry but hope this gives you a realistic perspective. Samantha

  4. Yvonne sutton says:

    I am 59 yrs young & have suffered with Rosacea/eczema for the last 30 yrs! I can’t tell you how many ‘ remedies’ I have tried from antibiotics to creams/gels etc etc! Nothing is successful for very long before I suffer yet another outbreak ! I do believe it’s a lot to do with what you eat and the environment and I am particular vigilant with my diet! But that said still I suffer. I am particularly interested in the macadamia nut oil remedy and would appreciate your comments if you feel I could benefit?

  5. TW says:

    Hi Samantha,
    I have seen only a few products use macadamia oil in products for the hair. I was wondering if it was a good oil to add for the hair? I’m have dry skin on my scalp and high porosity hair that stays dry. I have started making my own hair moisturizer that not only is good for my hair but good for my scalp. I have recently started adding oils that penetrate deeper into the skin. Would macadamia oil be a good oil to add to my hair moisturizer/butter?

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Whilst i love Macadamia for the skin I wouldn’t say it is the best oil for the hair. Jojoba is an oil i use neat on my very fine flyaway hair and it is really wonderful. However more interestingly coconut oil is fantastic for the hair, it penetrates down to the root of the hair shaft and is extremely moisturising, please read my article on coconut oil for more information….. I hear Argan oil is really good but have had no personal experience with this oil. Samantha

      • Natalie says:

        Dear Samantha,
        Although I did not agree with your advice to TW, I find your info on macadamia nut oil to be extremely informative and I will be going to find some today to keep in my beauty regimen! Your post is so well written and informative that I have already subscribed for future posts and I will delving into prior ones also! Thanks!

        • Samantha Miller says:

          Natalie, Thank you for your comment I appreciate it. I am also really open to understanding more about natures wonderful botanicals and their affinity with the skin and hair even, so I am always open to learning and growing and will be trying out this little beauty tip myself. thank you for commenting and subscribing… regards Samantha.

    • Natalie says:

      Hi TW…I started using a line of products that specialize in macadamia oil. My hair has grown longer stronger, and has been at its best. I cannot say enough about them! They are expensive, the hair masque being my favorite. What I didn’t realize is that I could purchase the oil and use it straight like coconut oil. I would strongly suggest trying macadamia nut oil in your hair butter!

  6. Cherie says:

    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!

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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

  7. Barb says:

    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:)

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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.

  8. Amanda Osha says:

    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

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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.

      • Judith says:

        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.

      • Viola May says:

        Hi Johanna, I came across this site a few days ago which lists pretty much every comedogenic oil rating including macadamia oil which is puts at 2.
        I read on askincare blog if an oil has a higher oleic acid content than linoleic acid then you’re more likely to breakout so it should be lower if you want prone to this. Macadamia has a really high oleic acid which is why people might break out on their face with this oil. That said, its trial and error as everyone reacts differently to things.

  9. Corinna Grant says:

    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.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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.

    • Saga Kapna says:

      You could try rosehip seed oil. It’s a Fantastic night time moisturizer + day time if you need the extra moisture. A little more expensive than macadamia nut oil, but it’s more potent, and you need less of it at a time (3-4 drops per use). It improves skin elasticity because of its high fatty acid profile, and reduces hyperpigmentation and sun damage – so probably great for fighting melasma.
      The Trilogy brand is raved about everywhere, but I personally haven’t tried it. I have a small 20ml bottle of some random bulgarian brand, which I bought off ebay because it had a dropper cap and good reviews – and it works marvelously. It takes so long to use up anyway, since you only need 3-4 drops at a time… (I’m halfway through mine after 3-4 months) So it’s probably a better deal just to buy small bottles – preferably with a dropper cap, so you don’t spill oil everywhere and waste half of the precious oil on spills.

  10. sjb says:

    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.

  11. Leila Govender says:

    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

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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.

      • Mjed says:

        Hi, do you mind sharing your tips on dealing with Rosacea. I will start using this tip. I have used a few prescriptions but everything seems to be of temporary nature.. thanks

      • Joann says:

        I have eczema and rosacea and Macadamia nut oil has been a life saver. I had IPL laser on my face to remove the little red blood vessels that flare up and make your face red and warm and Mac oil to make it soft and moisturized. I am cured

    • Anonymous says:

      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.

    • Priscilla Chetty says:

      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)

    • Saga says:

      I have rosacea and a very sensitive combination skin, and have noticed that oils generally high in linoleic acid have helped me a Lot.
      Especially Rosehip Seed Oil has been a miracle product for me. It’s reduced the size of my pores and has taken a Lot of irritation and flare-ups away, as well as helping a little bit with hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. (have used it every night after cleansing for about four months)
      On macadamia nut oil, I’ve tried it on my face in my OCM + as a night time moisturizer, and found that it was too high in oleic acid, so it clogged my pores and gave me some breakouts. So I keep it away from my face. Still use it for my hair ends + the entire rest of my body… Which works fabulously.
      As for the OCM I’ve recently switched to pumpkin seed oil, and am waiting to figure out what it does for me. It’s high in linoleic acid so I’m hoping for the best, but can’t tell yet… 🙂

      • Samantha Miller says:

        Wow Saga thank you so much for this valuable information, i am interested to read how you find that linoleic acid helps considerably, whilst macadamia is to rich in oleic acid, this is really great research I do think this information will help many of my clients and readers. Saga it would be really great if you can let us know about the pumpkin seed oil, looking forward to hearing your results thanks once again. Regards Samantha

        • Saga says:

          I gave up on the pumpkin seed oil in my OCM after about a month and a half, because I found it didn’t really do anything significant for my skin. It didn’t break me out or cause irritation – but it didn’t improve my skin either. Since then I’ve actually gone off the OCM for now and am back to my regular foaming cleanser (Nip&Fab glycolic cleanser) + rosehip seed oil as a night time moisturizer. It works really well right now, but it’s a shame that a conventional cleanser is the best bet at the moment. Hoping to find something natural or homemade, which can replace it.

          • Samantha Miller says:

            Thank you for this information it is really appreciates, I always enjoy learning what works so this feedback is invaluable to me, and once you get the results you are looking for you can always scale back and look for a natural alternative.

  12. Linda R. says:

    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.


    • Samantha Miller says:

      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..

      • Heather says:

        Hi. Found your site this morning after promising to help a friend make an unscented hand lotion. Macadamia is in my cupboard so i thought I’d look it up. I believe that one of the claims of Morocan Argan oil is that it is effective for rosacia. One of my favourite oils for my face.

  13. meryem says:

    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

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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

  14. Stress2011 says:

    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.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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

      • Renette says:

        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?

    • Angela says:

      Hello Samantha,

      Just want to add to this wonderful informative website and join other like minded visitors in search of the best for our skin and health…

      I have found the Macadamia Oil to be perfect for mature skin. Don’t waste money on those high end creams and potions when a perfect answer to dryness fine lines and more is what is delivered by using this oil regularly.

      Thank you to all the commentators too whose experience is of huge benefit to others.

    • Debbye says:

      Just got mine in and smeared it on!! The squirrels are chasing me!! I smell like a nut!! Lol!! Did I get wrong oil????

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