If you are like me, acne has been a constant battle in your life. Acne can be completely demotivating when you wake up feeling fine, but then you see your face flare up overnight. Try as I might, the different face washes never seem to get better and the desperation is settling. Natural acne cures can be challenging because it’s not as easy as buying a simple tube from the store and washing your face with it. Are there really natural products that can help me with acne and redness? The short answer is yes and one of the easiest to try is coconut oil. The use of coconut oil for acne is a very well researched topic among professionals and amateur bloggers. Let’s try to remove all the clutter and cut down to a simple method to use it effectively to heal our acne scars and reduce inflammation.
The most important thing when considering coconut oil is that you MUST USE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL on your face. Without exceptions. Processed oils contain chemicals and ingredients that will clog pores and make acne worse. If you don’t remember anything else from this post, remember it.
The reason coconut oil works so well is its unique ability to reduce inflammation while also providing healthy fatty acids and vitamins to the face. It’s also great for removing dead skin cells, helping your face look young, vibrant, and fresh. On top of all that, it even has some ability to fight the bacteria on your face that produce those pesky pimples. What surprises people the most is that coconut oil can be used in two ways to help fight acne.
The first method is to use it as a toner. Wash your face with a facial cleanser that 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 to consume one to two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day. You can easily mix it with your favorite dish as you cook, so you don’t feel like you need to gulp down a spoonful every day. Coconut oil is great for helping to detoxify the body. With everything going on in your body, your liver can be overworked and thus causing your skin to break down. Coconut oil helps the liver by increasing its effectiveness. However, remember to start slowly when consuming it. It can be very powerful, and your body may need time to adjust.
In general, coconut oil can be a simple solution to common acne problems. However, it is just one aspect of a great ecosystem of essential oils that are great acne treatments. It should not be considered a complete solution in any way. I would recommend finding the perfect blend of oils that are perfect for your face. They are all slightly different and require different pieces for your face puzzle. Some need more moisture, some need to remove excess oil, and some have deeper acne that cannot be treated with a simple wash. Do your research to avoid making your acne worse!