Can coconut oil help acne?
Some say wholeheartedly yes and others say no way !!
This article will look at how coconut oil may help with acne.
What is Acne?
Acne is a non-infectious common skin condition that most of us will suffer with at some point in our lives. It presents itself in many forms. In its minor form it shows as small pimples or blackheads or white heads. In its more severe form it can be deep inflamed puss filled cysts and can easily become infected and even lead to scarring.
They usually appear on the face, back and chest and can cause the sufferer both painful and emotional distress.
The Hair follicles are naturally lubricated by sebum which is produced by the sebaceous glands which are situated near the the hair follicle. When the pore becomes blocked sebum builds up and bacteria multiply causing the sebum to become infected and then the body sends antibodies to fight the infection. The result is inflammation and puss build up which causes the pustules and cysts familiar to acne sufferers.
What are the causes of acne ?
There are many causes of acne: Here are some common causes.
- Hormonal imbalance, typically found in teenagers.
- Heavy sweating.
- Blocked pores because of make up.
- Medications such as steriods, often seen amongst steroid abuser.
- Over active sebaceous glands.
- Block pores from other foreign substances.
- Dead skin that is not removed adequately when washing.
Treating Acne With Coconut Oil ?
To treat acne you need to try to eliminate all the possible causes and also address the symptoms
So for a treatment to be effective it must address the following:
Assist hormonal balance in the body
Coconut oil is proven to help in the production of hormones in the body.
Clean impurities in the skin
Coconut oil is known to mimic sebum and could help unblock pores if used in small amounts together with a scrub agent like sea salt.
Kill the bacteria present in the sebum
The lauric acid in coconut oil is effective in killing the bacteria Propionibacterium present in the build up of sebum.
Soothe the inflammation and burning sensation that accompanies Acne.
Again the healing properties of coconut oil help reduce the uncomfortable inflammation.
Reduce scarring of the skin caused by acne.
The fatty acids in coconut oil can help to prevent acne scars from forming and the vitamins K and E are known for improving the look of scar tissue already formed.
So the answer to the question can coconut oil help acne seems to be Yes!!
Now it must be noted that there are many treatments on the market for Acne, many of which are harsh on the skin and contain benzoyl peroxide which can cause dryness and sometimes irritation.
Coconut oil however, is a great natural remedy that contains no harsh chemicals or preservatives, unlike many over the counter products. As well as having a multitude of other health benefits makes it a good alternative treatment for acne.
How to use Coconut as a treatment for Acne.
For best results you will need to use the coconut oil internally as well as externally.
Take coconut oil and add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to it.
First make sure that your face is washed and dried, you might also want to put a hot towel over your face as this will assist in opening the pores of the skin.
Take the oil onto your finger tips and gently massage into the affected areas of your skin for a few minutes. Massaging the skin will help to lift out any of the impurities that are blocking the pores like dead skin or old make up and allow the oil to penetrate the pores enough to reach the infected sebum.
Your skin will feel a little greasy for a few minutes until your skin has absorbed all of the oil.
Now do this just once and wait a couple of days to see how your skin reacts. This treatment has benefits to some sufferers but has reportedly made the condition worse in some.
Once you have observed the results then you can carry on with this routine two or three times a week until you see the desired results.
So this method is directly attacking the soreness the inflammation and fighting the infection present.
Why eat coconut oil for acne treatment ?
To tackle any of the internal causes of acne like hormonal imbalance, digestive problems, liver function, adrenal function as well as clearing your body of toxins.
To start your internal treatment take one Tablespoon of coconut oil daily.
You can either take it directly from the spoon or take with a drink its up to you.
After a week or so increase the amount you ingest to two or three tablespoons daily.
Remember that this is not going to work for all people but has worked for a very impressive amount of people.
Also try to improve your diet so that you are not taking in as many toxins and drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins.
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