Acute Effects of Transdermal Administration of Jojoba Oil on Lipid Metabolism in Mice

Medicina (Kaunas). 2019 Sep 15;55(9):594. doi: 10.3390/medicina55090594.


Background and objectives: Aroma therapy is a complementary therapy using essential oils diluted with carrier oils. Jojoba oils have been widely used as carrier oils. However, limited information is available regarding their effects on blood biochemical parameters. This study aimed to investigate the effect of transdermal administration of jojoba oil on blood biochemical parameters in mice. Materials and Methods: Eight-week-old male hairless mice were randomly divided into naïve control and treatment groups. In the treatment group, mice were topically administered 4 μL of jojoba oil, per gram of body weight, on the dorsa 30 min before euthanasia. Thereafter, serum biochemical parameters were assayed, and gene expression was analyzed in various tissues via a real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: Serum non-esterified fatty acid (NEFA) levels increased significantly 30 min after topical application of jojoba oil (p < 0.05). Atgl was significantly upregulated in the liver (p < 0.05), and Atgl upregulation in the liver was positively correlated with serum NEFA levels (r = 0.592, p < 0.05). Furthermore, a trend of decreasing fatty acid trafficking-related gene (FABPpm, FATP-1, FATP-3, and FATP-4) expression in the skin after topical application of jojoba oil (p = 0.067, 0.074, 0.076, and 0.082, respectively) was observed. Conclusions: Serum NEFA levels were elevated 30 min after transdermal administration of jojoba oil. The mechanisms of elevated serum NEFA levels might be related to both enhanced lipolysis in the liver and reduced fatty acid trafficking in the skin.

Keywords: aromatherapy; fatty acid; jojoba oil; lipid metabolism; non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA); transdermal absorption.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Hairless
  • Models, Animal
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plant Oils / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology
  • Random Allocation
  • Waxes / pharmacology*


  • Plant Oils
  • Waxes
  • jojoba wax