Does coconut oil help acne?

Does coconut oil help acne?

Suffering from acne can be a stressful thing especially severe cases. It not only affects you physically but it can also affect you emotionally.Having a low self-esteem, afraid to go out in public and being self conscious about how you look.

Over the counter products like Proactive cost a bit of money but they don’t always work.These products are also full of chemicals, which surely isn’t good for your skin. Coconut oil is a very effective skincare product. Many nationalities have been using it for generations not only for skincare but for other health benefits as well.

How does coconut oil help acne?

There are two main elements in coconut oil that makes it excellent for treating acne. Lauric acid and capric acid. Organic virgin coconut oil naturally has antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties this is associated to the lauric acid and capric acid. Lauric acid is effective against the bacteria that causes acne, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). That is why it is getting very popular as a natural acne treatment.

How to apply to your skin

Coconut oil comes in solid form. So to melt it into its liquid form just put a small amount (the size of a peanut) into the palm of your hand, the temperature of you hand will melt it.

Once it has melted massage it in a circular motion to your face like you would any other moisturizer and any other effected area as well. Make sure you apply it with clean hands and skin so dirt doesn’t get trapped between the oil and your skin.

Be sure to use Organic virgin coconut oil. You want to get as close as you can to purest form in order to reap all the benefits. .

It is vital that you use coconut oil in moderation. If you slap on a thick coat in the morning, afternoon and evening this will clog up your pores doing more damage then good to your skin. I suggest using twice a day. First thing in the morning and in the evening before bed.

How your skin might react to coconut oil

You will experience a breakout in the first few days this is normal the coconut oil draws out the infection within the acne. If there was a potential for whiteheads you would get it anyway regardless of using coconut oil or not. The oil just draws it out and deals to the root of the cause. Unlike some over the counters product which only makes a cosmetic difference and not deal to the cause.

Other uses of coconut oil for skincare

Coconut oil is excellent for more then just acne remedy. Coconut oil can be used as a complete skincare product. The other uses of coconut oil for skincare are.

It’s great as a sunscreen. The coconut oil will protect your skin and the underlying tissues from getting damaged. Your skin will not burn or turn red, instead it will get a light tan. this will depend on how long you spend in the sun.

Coconut oil as a moisturizer. With all the nutrients that coconut oil contains it makes a very good moisturizer, it will nourish your skin and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles if used regularly.It can be used not only for your face but as an all over body moisturizer.

Remember the key is not to use to much or the oil won’t get absorbed into the skin leaving you with an oily mess and it will get everywhere. Apply a small layer at first if needed re-apply later on.

Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. Taking good care of it is essential. Whatever your putting on your skin, is also getting into your body.

Using products with a lot of chemicals in it is surely going to have a negative affect on our body one way or another. Using coconut oil as a natural alternative is only going to benefit your body.

As I have mentioned before use organic virgin coconut oil or virgin coconut oil if your on a budget. This will give you the best results and maximum benefit.