Coconut oil and acne are two words you normally won’t find in the same sentence, let alone right next to and relating to each other, but with coconut oil being the next buzz word in skin care, the idea is not exactly preposterous anymore. Yes, coconut oil – the baking and cooking staple, the one that is being guzzled by the spoonful by the truly health-conscious, the one that has numerous benefits for your body, is now being used to treat acne and to achieve supple, softer, younger-looking skin.
Acne is a problem dealt with by both adolescents and adults, which is why the skin care industry continuously churns out products, such as creams, serums, and solutions to help eradicate this problem. The thing is, most of these products are especially drying to the skin, mainly due to the presence of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid dries out the pimple, which makes causes it to disappear more quickly. But that’s just one side of the coin – often, people have to deal with acne scars, most of which darken and cause “craters” on the face over time.
Another issue with conventional acne treatments is that they can be very expensive, and they often come in sets that include a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizers for day and night, and a drying solution. Skip one of these products, and you don’t get to enjoy the desired effect. They also often require a specific amount of time to be used – one famous brand, known for using celebrity endorsers, must be used for a minimum of three months before any real effects can be apparent – and whether or not these effects are lasting is still debatable.
Coconut oil acne treatment to the rescue
Coconut oil is now becoming a favorite among beauty experts, celebrities, and beauty editors as a low-cost, accessible, organic treatment for acne and other skin problems. Using coconut oil for skin acne might not make a lot of sense to some, because conventional advice dictates that one should avoid oil and oily food when suffering from a breakout. The problem with this is that people end up using products that are too drying for the skin, thus promoting increased oil production, which in turn makes the acne problem worse. Coconut oil contains capric acid and lauric acid, both powerful anti-microbial agents, the same ones found in breast milk to keep newborn babies protected from infections. When applied on the skin, some of the microbes on the skin convert these into monocaprin and monolaurin, which then replaces the protective acid layer on the skin removed through constant washing and washing.
Furthermore, coconut oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so when it is applied, it gets absorbed quickly and immediately begins to reduce the inflammation from acne. It helps heal any open wounds on the skin that may be caused by severe cases of acne. As part of using coconut oil for face acne treatment, it may be a good idea to ingest a little of it, so you get to increase your metabolic rate. This promotes proper secretion and helps eradicate hormonal imbalance, which in turn lowers your chances of developing acne. It also increases the rate of healing and repair to skin cells damaged by acne. Using coconut oil for acne scars treatment is therefore perfectly acceptable – you will never have to worry about products that will peel your skin or those that may be too harsh and cause permanent discoloration.
Coconut oil is also known for being rich in vitamin E, also known as the beauty vitamin, due to its properties that make skin glow and improve in texture. It ensures that your sebum glands are working properly at all times, so that they product just the right amount of oil and moisture – any more and it would mean oily skin, less and it dries out your skin and makes you look older. It also clears blockage, so you don’t need to worry that coconut oil will block your pores. This last detail is actually what makes many people hesitant to include coconut oil in their skin care regimen – they’re scared of oil blocking their pores and worsening the problem. Because it is organic, it is naturally non comedogenic, so it will simply get absorbed by your skin. You wake up with softer, smoother, more supple skin.
How to use coconut oil for your skin
The beauty of using coconut oil for acne is that the process is very straightforward, painless, and definitely hassle-free. Your biggest challenge would be finding the best coconut oil in the market, and even that won’t even be a huge challenge because you can easily find jars of coconut oil either from the grocery or any store that sells baking supplies. If it is your first time and you are apprehensive about its efficacy, you can opt to get a small bottle or jar first so you can try it out. If it turns out it doesn’t work for you, you can still definitely use it for cooking and baking, so you won’t have to worry about being wasteful. If, however, you want to really commit to using coconut oil as part of your skin care regimen, then it’s a good idea to invest in a large jar or bottle.
There are two ways to use it. First, if it comes in liquid form or it turns liquid if you store it in a warm place, you can just pour some on your palm – half a teaspoon is a good amount – and slather it all over your face and neck, the way you would use a beauty oil. Don’t panic if it initially feels oily, it will get absorbed by your skin quickly enough. If it has solidified and has the texture of frosting or lard, you can just scoop some out and use it the way you’d normally use moisturizer.
As with any skin care regimen, one should not expect instant results. Give it time – around a month or two – to see if it works.