Alright, so you’ve heard that coconut oil can be used for acne. You’ve gone out to the store, and picked up a jar of coconut oil, opened the lid and say “What the heck am I supposed to do with this hard waxy crap?” That was my first experience. After reading all these articles about the benefits of coconut oil on the skin, I had assumed it was either liquid like jojoba or vegetable oil, or that it had a nice, creamy, moisturizer like texture. Nope, coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but quickly melts when in contact with the skin.
The best way to use coconut oil on your face, is to scoop out a very small amount. If you are dealing with acne, we definitely do not want to over-do it with the oil. I suggest about 1/2 tsp of solid oil should do it. Scoop out a chuck, and rub it between your hands. The coconut oil will quickly melt into a liquid. Once its warm, and liquify, apply it to the face like any other moisturizer. The oil should sink in within 30 minutes, and start working right away!
So why does coconut oil help with acne? Like many of the other natural acne ingredients I suggest, coconut oil is naturally antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. This means that its a wonderful ingredient to help prevent, treat, and calm acne. Friends at The Natural Acne Cure state:
Natural coconut oil contains two important elements that make it great for treating acne, lauric acid and capric acid. Organic coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and antimicrobial. All of these beneficial properties are attributed to the lauric acid and capric acid found in the oil. In fact, lauric acid is basically only found naturally in coconut oil and in breast milk in these high quantities. Lauric acid has been said to be effective against the bacteria linked to acne (P. acnes) which is why it is slowly gaining popularity as a natural remedy for acne. Since lauric acid is found in breast milk, this means that it is something that naturally occurs in the human body. This may actually make it more effective in treating acne because the body can easily recognize the compounds in lauric acid and how it can best be used to benefit the skin.
So what should you look for when buying coconut oil? Not just any coconut oil will do. There are different grades, and types of coconut oil. For use on the skin, face, and consumption, its recommended that we use cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil. Do not use cooking coconut oil or anything other than “Extra Virgin”.
What Should I avoid when using coconut oil? The biggest thing to avoid doing, is actually over-doing it. Applying too much coconut oil can actually be bad for your skin, and can cause breakouts. When used in moderation, it should not cause breakouts for the majority of people. If overused, it can definitely cause breakouts. You should also avoid using coconut oil during the day. The oil leaves an incredibly shiny appearance to the skin, and if you have normal or oily skin, then you will be a grease ball by the end of the day. For that reason alone, Its recommended to only use coconut oil as a moisturizer at night.
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