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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”

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!!!

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

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.

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

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

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 .


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

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?

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?

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

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!

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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