Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil: Skin and Hair

We know you have a jar of coconut oil in your medicine cabinet— that’s a given. But have you ever experimented with other natural oils as part of your skincare and beauty routines?

Both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are two super effective, gentle and nourishing oils that you should definitely add to your rotation. We’ve outlined their benefits, similarities and differences below for easy comparison shopping.

Using Oils for Skin 

Call us a broken record if you must but it bears repeating each time; don’t be scared of using straight up oil as a moisturizer. We understand that it may seem counter-intuitive, especially for those of you struggling with combination or oily skin, but adding oil to your skin will actually help regulate your skin’s natural oil production.

When you strip your skin of oils in an attempt to cut down on clogged pores, it sends a signal to your sebum glands that it needs to ramp up natural oil production. Your skin then starts overproducing oil to make up for the dryness— exactly what you don’t want it to do.

By using a natural oil as a moisturizer, you’re reminding your skin that it is well-hydrated at a natural level and it will cut back on its overactive oil production.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil comes from the kernels of the Argan tree which grow exclusively in Morocco. The fruit is small and round, with a thick peel covering a fleshy pulp. In the middle of this pulp is the Argan nut, which is where the oil is extracted from. To extract the oil from the fruit, the fruit must be dried so the interior pulp can be easily removed. The nuts are hand-cracked to get the kernels inside; the kernels are then pressed to extract the oil.

What is Jojoba Oil? 

Jojoba oil comes from inside the seed of the Jojoba plant, a shrub that’s native to Arizona, California and some parts of northwestern Mexico. Extracting the oil from the seed is a two part process. First, the Jojoba wax must be extracted. Water is then added to it to form a chemical compound which turns the wax into an oil.

Argan Oil vs. Jojoba Oil for Skin

Spoiler alert: both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are amazing oils for your skin and share many healing properties making either a stellar choice. With that said, there are some differing benefits to each; there’s a definite beauty pay-off to have both in your medicine cabinet and knowing which oil has what benefit.

Moisturizer: Argan Oil & Jojoba Oil

Argan Oil for MoisturizingJojoba Oil for Moisturizing

We’ve explained this in detail above but just to reiterate: both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are incredible facial moisturizers. 

Sun protection: Jojoba Oil 

Sun Protection Jojoba Oil




Jojoba oil has a natural SPF of 4. Argan oil has no natural SPF protection. This also means that Jojoba oil works as a great sunburn soother.

Eczema relief: Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil for Ezcema

Eczema often shows up as dry, itchy patches on your skin which are susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections. Because Jojoba oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it helps soothe irritated skin due to external irritants, making it an awesome eczema combatant. It also forms a protective layer over the skin which cuts down on irritants reaching the sensitive skin.

Cuticle smoother and cracked heel soother: Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil

Argan Oil for CuticlesJojoba Oil for Cuticles

Both Argan oil and Jojoba oil’s moisturizing properties are super effective in helping to keep cuticles healthy and strong and make cracked heels soft.

Stretch mark minimizer: Argan Oil

 Argan Oil for Stretch Marks

Argan oil contains Vitamin A and E, both of which help improve elasticity of the skin and encourage new cell growth which can help prevent stretch marks. If you already have stretch marks, you can make a moisturizing exfoliant by mixing the oil with brown sugar and rubbing it on your stretch marks before a shower.

Razor burn soother: Argan Oil

Argan Oil for Razor Burns

Because Argan oil is such an effective gentle moisturizer, it is a useful aid in combating razor burn.

Argan Oil vs. Jojoba Oil for Acne

Acne is the worst. Thankfully, both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are the best and can seriously improve the state of your skin, no matter how much you struggle with it.

Comedogenic rating: Argan Oil

Argan Oil

The comedogenic rating system for skincare products tells you how much a specific product or ingredient will clog your pores. When you’re trying to clear up acne prone skin, you want the lowest comedogenic rating possible.

Argan oil has a rating of 0, meaning it will not clog your pores at all. Jojoba oil has a comedogenic rating of 2 which means it has the potential to mildly clog your pores.

Fatty Acids (Linoelic Acid): Argan Oil

Argan Oil

There are two Omega 9 fatty acids - Oleic acid and Linoleic acid - that you can find in both Argan and Jojoba oil. Linoelic acid is a light, nourishing fatty acid that absorbs quickly into your skin. It also reduces inflammation and clogged pores while providing serious moisture; basically, it’s an acne-prone person’s dream.

Argan oil contains 34.6% Linoleic acid and Jojoba oil contains 5%.

Antibacterial: Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is antibacterial so it is effective in keeping your pores clean and clear.

Moisturizer - Sensitive Skin: Jojoba Oil

Jojoba for Sensitive Skin
Moisturizer - Oily Skin: Argan Oil

Argan Oil for Oily Skin

Because of their low comedogenic ratings, both oils make excellent moisturizers for those combating acne and keep sebum levels normal and in check. Argan oil is good for oily skin and Jojoba oil is good for sensitive skin so both are great choices as moisturizers.

Exfoliating: Argan Oil

Argan oil contains Poly-phonols that help increase cell turnover in a gentle, non-abrasive way.

Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil for Hair

In the same way that both oils are nourishing for our skin, they’re also nourishing for our hair, making them a serious medicine cabinet multi-tasker.

Dandruff control - Jojoba Oil

Jojoba for dandruff

Dandruff shampoo active ingredients are zinc and selenium and Jojoba oil just so happens to be rich in both of these minerals, making it a perfect natural alternative to those shampoos that are full of so many other harmful ingredients.

Frizz controller - Argan and Jojoba Oil

Argan Oil for Frizzy HairJojoba Oil for Frizzy Hair

Take a dime-sized amount of either Argan or Jojoba oil onto your palms and run over dry hair to smooth down frizz and flyaways.

Hair loss prevention - Jojoba Oil

If the sebum glands in your hair follicles produce too much oil, they get clogged and can’t continue to grow hair at a normal rate. Jojoba oil dissolves the sebum build up in your follicles which allows your hair to grow freely.

Deep conditioner - Argan Oil

Argan Oil

You can use Argan oil as a deep conditioning treatment once a week by liberally applying the oil from the mid-shaft to the ends. Leave it on for an hour before washing out— or better yet, sleep with it in your hair and shower in the morning!

Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil - the Final Verdict 

We can’t choose! And we shouldn’t have to— and neither should you. Both oils are effective, natural, affordable and safe. We suggest trying both to see if one reacts better with your particular skin; trial and error won’t hurt you here!

(sources: Dr Axe, Natural Living Ideas, the Best Organic SkincareWikipedia)

Megan Parry
Megan Parry


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