Coconut Oil for Acne

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If you are looking for an all natural, effective treatment for acne, you need to look no further than your kitchen. Coconut oil has been used for centuries to combat acne.

You might find it hard to believe that applying an oil to your skin would help, but it does; this is why:

Firstly you need to know what causes acne. An infection in the sebum glands causes acne most of the time. When these glands are backed up with dirt and bacteria, they become red, swollen and inflamed. The result is acne.

Most people grab the antibacterial soap, and this can make things worse because the skin is then stripped from all of its protective acids.

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So Why is Coconut Oil Good for Acne?

Coconut oil contains two amazing ingredients called Capric and Lauric acid. Lauric acid is the compound found in breast milk that protects a baby from infections, bacteria, and even viruses. These two properties are potent antimicrobial agents.  

When coconut oil is applied to the skin, the skin will convert the fatty acids into Monocaprin and Monolaurin, which help to balance the protective acid layer of the skin; this protects the skin from infections, therefore preventing acne outbreaks and healing the skin.

Coconut oil can be consumed in your diet for added benefit by boosting the immune system and improving digestion (preventing constipation), which indirectly improves the condition of the skin. 

The recommended amount for optimal results is 2tbsp daily. Eating the coconut oil as well as the topical application will ensure that you get the healing benefits from the inside and out.

Coconut oil contains many other fatty acids as well as Vitamin E, A and D, calcium, minerals, and phosphorus, which will also benefit the skin; this is especially beneficial for teenagers struggling with acne because Vit E is good at regulating hormone functions. 

This coconut oil acne treatment will feed and moisturize the skin without making it oilier. Coconut oil is quickly absorbed and has the added benefit of being soothing to the skin.

The fatty acids in coconut oil are antioxidants and therefore fight against free radicals. All these benefits empower your cells to fight bacteria and yeast, get rid of toxins and speed up the healing of acne as well as acne scars. Yes, coconut oil for acne scars!

Read about all the health benefits of coconut oil.

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Can I use Any Coconut Oil on Acne?

Organic, Virgin Coconut oil is always best. It must be unrefined, unbleached. Any other refined coconut oils will contain less beneficial qualities. Refined oils could make the acne worse. Hydrogenated oils are full of harmful trans fatty acids.

How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne

Coconut oil can be used pure, or it can be combined with essential oils to improve its effectiveness. 12 drops of essential oil can be added to every 30ml of coconut oil. You can use a combination of essential oils or just one. Some good essential oils for acne include Tea tree, Lavender, Clary sage and Juniper Berry.

Before applying the oil, use a warm, clean facecloth on your face, to open the pores and increase absorption of the oil. Always apply your coconut oil to a clean, make-up free face. Use coconut as a natural makeup remover.

Heat your coconut oil slightly until liquid and mix with your essential oils. Apply the oil to the skin in circular motions with your fingertips. You only need a small amount of oil; this can be done twice daily.

You should see results within two weeks of regular use.

Always check for allergy before using anything new on your skin. Apply some oil to your wrist and leave for 24 hours. If you notice any irritation, you should abstain from applying it to your skin.

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But Now My Acne is Worse!

Because of the detoxifying effect of coconut oil, your skin will look worse before it can look better. You need to give your body some time to get rid of all the toxins. Don't let the temporary flare-up scare you off! Your skin will eventually clear up.

A Few Extra Tips

  • Your diet has a lot to do with your skin. Eating a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables can help clear the skin. Eat less processed foods, less saturated fats, less sugar and less salt. Eating less animal protein can help reduce the acidity of your body. An acidic body is the breeding ground for yeast, and it decreases the cleaning action of the liver.
  • You need to drink at least 1 cup of water for every 10kg of body weight, plus 1. Therefore if you weigh 90kg, you need to drink ten glasses of water daily; this is the minimum amount of water your body needs to function optimally. Any less and you will see toxins trying to escape from your skin.
  • Only touch your face when your hands have been washed with soap. The bacteria on your hands can cause infection (pimples).
  • Add probiotics (friendly flora) to your diet.
  • Exercise regularly. Your lymph system relies on activity to clean your body of toxins.
  • Coconut vinegar is often used to combat acne

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