If you’re like me, acne has been a constant battle in your life. Acne can be completely demotivating when you wake up feeling great, but then see how your face broke out overnight. Try as you might, the different face washes never seem to make an improvement and desperation is setting in. Natural acne cures can be a challenge because it isn’t as easy as buying a simple tube at the store and washing your face with it. Are there actually natural products that can help with my acne and redness? The short answer is yes and one of the easiest to try is coconut oil. Using coconut oil for acne is a very well researched topic among professionals and amateur bloggers. Let’s try to cut through all the clutter and come down to a simple method to effectively use it to heal our acne scars and reduce inflammation.
The absolute most important thing when considering coconut oil is you MUST USE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL on your face. No exceptions. The processed oils contain chemicals and ingredients that are going to clog your pores and make acne worse. If you remember nothing else from this post, remember that fenugreek.
The reason coconut oil works so well is its unique ability to reduce inflammation while still providing healthy fatty acids and vitamins to your face. It also is excellent at removing dead skin cells which helps make your face look young, vibrant and fresh. On top of all that, it even has some ability to fight bacteria on your face which produce those pesky pimples. What is most surprising to people is that coconut oil can actually be used two ways to help fight acne.
The first method is to use it as a toner. Wash your face with a face wash you are comfortable with and pat dry. Now apply a thin layer of virgin coconut oil on your face as a toner / moisturizer. Depending on your face type, you may need to add an additional layer or moisturizer. A good starting recommendation is jojoba oil.
The second method is actually consuming one to two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day. You could easily mix it with your favorite dish while cooking so don’t feel that you need to gulp down a spoonful every day. Coconut oil is fantastic at helping the body detoxify. With everything happening in your body, your liver can be overloaded and thus causing you skin to breakout. Coconut oil helps the liver by increasing its efficiency. Please remember start off slow when consuming it though. It can be very powerful and your body may need time to adjust.
Overall, coconut oil can be a simple solution to common acne problems. However, it is only one aspect of a large ecosystem of essential oils that are excellent acne treatments. It should not be considered a complete solution by any means. I’d recommend finding the perfect mixture of oils that are perfect for your face. Everyone is slightly different and requires different pieces to their facial puzzle. Some need more moisture, some need to remove excess oil, and still others have more deep acne that cannot be treated by simple washing. Please do your research to avoid making your acne worse!