Known for its many fantastic uses and amazing benefits, coconut oil is a miracle serum. It is used to accelerate weight loss, fix dry and damaged hair, used as a mouthwash, and it is an excellent personal health care product.
But did you know that coconut oil can also be used to lessen acne and get rid of acne scars? Yes, it can!
What Is Acne?
Acne is a skin disease common during adolescence.
Known in the scientific world as acne vulgaris, it occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is characterized by areas of blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. All these can lead to different problems, such as anxiety, reduced self-esteem, depression, or in some cases, thoughts of suicide.
During puberty, in both genders, acne is often brought on by an increase in the production of hormones, such as testosterone.
There are other factors that can cause acne. These are:
· Cigarette smoking
Why Coconut Oil?
What can organic coconut oil offer to get rid of acne and make acne scars go away?
Using a greasy product like coconut oil to treat acne may seem like the wrong way to go. But when taking a closer look at the active ingredients of coconut oil, you will see how oil can fight with oil and come out with clear and acne-free skin.
Coconut oil has different active ingredients that help fight pimples.
Fatty Acids: Coconut oil contains two of the most powerful antimicrobial agents. These are Capric Acid and Lauric Acid. These are the same fatty acids found in breast milk. They help fight infections in newborns. When applied on the skin, some ‘good’ microbes on the skin convert them to monocaprin and monolaurin respectively. This helps to replace the protective layer on the skin, which is removed by constant wiping or washing. If there is no microbial infection, there is no acne. Internal consumption of coconut oil can also help.
Vitamin E: This keeps the skin healthy, ensures proper functioning of sebum glands, and clears blockage. It also treats the actual root cause of acne. Hormone regulating substances, such as Vitamin E, can reduce some of those natural hormonal fluctuations that lead to the sebum gland becoming hyperactive.
Anti-inflammatory: Coconut oil soothes the skin and is highly penetrating. When applied to the skin, it is absorbed quickly and immediately begins to reduce the inflammation of acne. It even helps improve metabolism and indirectly affect proper secretion and hormonal balance, thus curbing the chances of developing acne. Coconut oil also speed up healing and repair skin cells, which are damaged by the widespread condition.
Warnings and Advise
Use only the best kind of coconut oil. Choose the refined variety, preferably organic virgin coconut oil. It may be slightly expensive, but you get positive results.
Also, coconut oil may have a positive effect on the severity and healing process of acne, but it cannot be used as a treatment for serious cases.
Results may vary from person to person. It will depend on the skin type, age, profession, lifestyle, eating habits, or hygiene. And at the end of the day, we should also remember that coconut oil is not only a cure, but also a treatment for acne.
Author Name: Nadine Escudero
Nadine is a wandering writer and blogger. She loves travelling and exploring new places, and finding hole-in-the-wall dining places. As a wannabe cook, she loves discovering new recipes and ingredients, like the versatile coconut oil (and yes, she uses it on just about anything and everything). On lazy days, Nadine is spending time at the beach with her fur-babies, Pepe and Pido.