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Boost Skin Health With Macadamia Nut oil

Are you 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?

New Zealand pure macadamia has a natural affinity with your skin.

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

And we’re not exaggerating; check out the beautifying benefits of one of nature’s best-kept secrets below:

What is Macadamia Nut Oil?

Our motto at the Naked Chemist is “What goes on, goes in”.

This is undoubtedly the case with gorgeous macadamia oil for the skin.

Here in New Zealand avocado gets a lot of attention for good reasons.

But humble macadamia nut oil 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.

The oil is excellent for all skin types and is rich in potent antioxidants and essential fatty acids.

It is packed with vast amounts of palmitoleic acid, 22%, a vital fatty acid that decreases in content as your skin ages, making macadamia a true superfood for your skin.

It is a complete multitasker – a natural skin hero.

It is a fantastic moisturiser for dry skin, and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties will help calm and soothe sensitive skin.

It is also great if you have mature skin, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

And if that isn’t enough  – besides squalane and jojoba oil  – macadamia nut oil is the closest match to the naturally occurring sebum in your skin, which is why it is so easily absorbed.

It will not clog your pores, which makes it great if you suffer from breakouts or have acne-prone skin; its anti-inflammatory properties also mean it will help with inflamed acne breakouts.

This is why you’ll find it in copious amounts in our Miracle cleanse, rich in macadamia nut oil and skin-identical ingredients, including lipids and ceramides.

It’s the perfect oil to balance and rebuild compromised skin, even an oily/combination skin type.

It Contains Superfood Fatty Acids 

So whether you apply this oil topically or consume it, there is no doubt about it: you’re giving yourself a natural health and beauty boost.

Check out the list of benefits macadamia essential fatty acids bring to your skin:

  • oleic acid 54-60% is highly moisturising and anti-inflammatory, making it the perfect choice if you have 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 essential ingredients into the deepest layers of your skin
  • it contains the perfect 1-to-1 ratio of essential fatty acids, making it vital for heart health

You can also benefit from macadamia oil if you eat it too; it has the perfect balance of omega 3:6 ratio.

Your body cannot manufacture these essential fatty acids, making them helpful in treating inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

For this reason, we recommend that our clients not only apply macadamia nut oil topically but also 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

It contains copious amounts of linoleic acid, which has skin-rejuvenating properties.

It is incredibly hydrating for your skin, helping to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the delicate tissues.

Fortify barrier repair cream is our recommended moisturiser for repairing your barrier function.

Its perfect ratio of cholesterol, ceramides, and lipids, infused with macadamia, works together to repair and replenish soft, fragile skin.

Anti Ageing

This oil is one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids, with a concentration between 16 – 23%.

Palmitoleic acid is vital for delaying premature ageing; as skin ages, it rapidly depletes, making macadamia nut oil the perfect addition for mature skin types.

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

It is also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E (tocotrienol and tocopherol). Research demonstrates that antioxidants reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the skin (1).

Balances Oily Skin

Linoleic acid is also helpful in balancing sebum (oil) production on oily skin types, creating a natural protective barrier and making it an essential non-comedogenic oil.


Macadamia oil’s benefits for skin are mainly because it contains both squalene and oleic fatty acid, which assists with cellular regeneration. This oil is particularly useful for dry or chapped skin, as it softens and moisturises.


There are many phytosterols in macadamia oil, which are mostly made up of B-sitosterol.

Phytosterols are the building blocks of your cellular membrane and structure. They behave like cortisone, helping to reduce itchiness, redness, and irritated skin.

Plant sterols also work like cholesterol in your skin, which is why macadamia nut oil has extraordinary skin penetration abilities.

To Conclude. The naked truth

So, as you can see, we could all do with a bit of macadamia nut oil love in our lives:

  • in this study (2), it was found that the 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 an excellent, 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 if your skin has difficulty retaining moisture
  • macadamia oil’s comedogenic rating is also low, so it won’t clog pores, making it an ideal oil for oily/combination skin.

The beneficial fatty acid profile is an essential oil for your face and can be used as an all-over body oil, ensuring that the skin south of your face isn’t left out.

It’s dry enough to put on without worrying about your clothes staining, and it’s moisturising enough to leave your skin with a slight sheen.

The composition of this rich nutty oil is oozing with phytochemical compounds like phytosterols, tocopherols, squalene, and vitamin E.

So, whether it is warm days spent on the beach or cold days in the winter, to get rid of those stubborn, dry patches.

You really can’t go wrong with the oh-so-wholesome macadamia oil skin benefits.


  1. Macadamia Nuts Oil in Nanocream and Conventional Cream as Skin Anti-Aging: A Comparative Study

  2. Comparative Study of Chemical Compositions and Antioxidant Capacities of Oils Obtained from 15 Macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia) Cultivars

84 replies on “Boost Skin Health With Macadamia Nut oil”

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

Can you please send me that information. I too have rosacea. Thank you. Love your post

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

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

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

Great for redness is Organic coconut oil ( Cosco ) Put this on your face every night and you will see wonders

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)

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… 🙂

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

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.

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.

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..

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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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