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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”

To Dawn McDonald…..Rosacea is an autoimmune condition due to inflammation. Topical formulas will not change that. That requires a noninflammatory diet and exercise.

My suggestion would be to look into a cyclical ketogenic diet, along with intermittent fasting, eating only organic, grass-fed/grass finished animal products. If you choose to include dairy, be sure your milk and cheeses are from A2 Jersey cows, but better yet, goat or sheep’s milk which is A2. If you are not familiar with any of this, there will be a learning curve, but be patient and start with baby steps if necessary. Is it not difficult, just different…..

You didn’t develop rosecea overnight, and it will not go away overnight. Remember, the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing but expecting different result! What I am suggesting is a commitment to a lifestyle change.

Many free sources out there to help, especially You Tube videos, Dr. Mercola, he has a free newsletter.

If you are buying into plant-based it is better for you, and that is the way you are eating, ask yourself why then, if this is so healthy, do I have rosecea? Also, why isn’t your doctor and dermatologist helping you to clear up your condition? As for plant based diets, look at You Tube videos of archeologists who study the skeletal and mummified remains of the ancient Egyptians. They had serious heart and other diseases – serious inflammation issues. They were generally very overweight, the men having enlarged breasts and bellys. Their staple diet was BREAD, with very little meat.
Sorry for the lengthy dissertation, but before you waste money on supplements or products and doctors who don’t help, put that money into good, wholesome, nutritious food, along with exercise to address the inflammation. Any products you purchase aren’t going to help if you don’t address the cause.
Omega 3 to 6 ratio needs to be 1:1. We have inflammation due to way too much Omega 6 From processed foods(made with bad vegetable oils), grains, and unhealthy grain fed animal products.
And yes, Macadamia nut oil is awesome. Avocado oil as well, limit the olive oil ( and be sure you are getting a pure olive oil that has not been mixed with cheaper oils)
Best of luck to you, I wish you success!

Thank you.

This is a great blog that I have just stumbled across today.

I have been using cold pressed oils on my face for the past ten years or so.

I like all oils except for coconut oil, as it blocks my pores and dries me out.

Just about to turn 50 and often get compliments in regards to my clear and healthy looking complexion (I don’t wear make-up at all).

All the vegetable juicing I do helps, as do these cold pressed oils.

I really like: avocado oil, wheatgerm oil, chia seed oil, sesame seed oil, tamanu oil, rosehip oil and pumpkin seed oil. But my favourites are jojoba oil (yes I know not a true oil), and macadamia nut oil.

I was using sesame seed oil for Abhyanga (the traditional oil) but have recently started doing it with macadamia instead. Divine.

Routine is: cleanse face with oil, remove any grime and excess oil with warm wet face cloth, then moisturise with oil. Morning and night. And that is the entire extent of my beauty routine.

Skin is super soft. Despite living in the harsh Australian sun.

Hope this will continue into my 50s, 60, 70s, 80,s and beyond.

Thank you again for a great blog

Mary thankyou so much for reaching out I love this information an obviously as you realise am a great advocate of the power of natures botanicals in the form of precious oils. Abhyanga is an amazing treatment with pre medicated oils wonderful tou i am sure this will greatly benefit my readers.hankyreatment. So t

Thanks for this informative article. In massage school we had a very thorough review of the various choices for massage carrier oils. It was noticed by most students and those being massaged that macadamia nut oil was not only the most luxurious massage oil, but that it quickly was absorbed by the skin and non-greasy. Several years ago, I started using macadamia nut oil as a daily body, face and scalp moisturiser after showering and my skin has never been more tight and youthful. It really is, hands down, better than any commercial moisturiser or skin tightener.

Will Macademia oil help resolve my Rosachea .
I look forward to you informed advice. Thank you in anticipation of your response.
Warmest regards
Dawne McDonald

I use cold pressed macadamia nut oil as my go to massage oil. It is, by far, superior to other massage oils. It absorbs ready into the skin, provides a luxurious ‘glide’ when massaging and seems to hydrate the skin. Clients love it.

Hi, I’m wondering if you know that macadamia oil is in a product called coal moisture cream? Have you heard of the product. It is supposed to be great for wrinkles.

It also has green tea in it. Can green tea effect your sleep because of the caffeine in it since it goes into the skin? I can’t have caffeine.

Hi whilst I am not familiar with these products it is the ingredients you need to be looking t, green tea is an antioxidant and is good for fighting free radical and premature ageing, but there are more potent anti ageing ingredients, subscribe as i will be discussing these soon on my blog.

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