Coconut Oil for Acne


Acne problem has made your life as hell. I know that you do not like to go out with red spots on your skin. To treat your acne I can suggest you to stop eating oily or spicy food, drink a lot of water, keep your face clean etc, but what will be your reaction if I suggest you to consume coconut oil daily to remove acne? Your may scream and tell, are you insane? But believe me, the regular intake of coconut oil and its application on the face will help you to get rid of acne completely.

Coconut oil offers one of the most effective and easiest treatments for acne. So, now are you thinking how to use coconut oil for acne? We will answer the question but before that let’s find out the effectiveness of coconut oil for oily skin, which is more prone to acne.

Does Coconut Oil Work for Oily Skin?

Yes, it works effectively. Actually, the infection caused at the opening of the sebum glands gives birth to acne. We have sebum glands in our skin, which secrete oils to keep our skin moist. It also protects the skin from cracking and drying up. When you suffer from acne issues, the skin gets infected and due to that, your sebum glands fail to protect your skin.

Hence, you can apply coconut oil on oily skin during acne infection to protect your skin. Acne can be caused due to many reasons, such as hormonal imbalance, improper diet etc., but in any case, you can apply the coconut oil to reduce your acne effectively.

What Makes Coconut Oil Suitable for Acne Treatment?

Coconut oil is a combination of lauric and capric acid, which are antimicrobial powerhouses. The protection capacity of both the acids is similar to breast milk, which protects the newborn baby from infections. Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E and healthy fats, which makes your skin smooth. Let’s understand each component in detail.

  • Lauric Acid

Lauric acid provides a protective layer to the skin. An individual with oily skin tends to wash the skin more often. The sebum glands protect the skin. During acne breakout, sebum glands stop working and in such a case, the application of coconut oil provides lauric acid to your skin. It converts some microbes into monolaurin to create a layer which protects your skin from drying and cracking. This acid also reduces itching, swelling and redness of the skin during acne infection.

  • Capric Acid

Capric and caprylic acid provide antibacterial and antifungal properties to coconut oil. Capric acid kills propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria which cause acne. It also avoids fungal infection of the skin as well as provides nutrition to the oily and sensitive skin. On the top of that, it acts as an antioxidant that blocks the activities of free radicals.

  • Vitamin E and Healthy Fat

Vitamin E is considered as a hormone regulator. It controls hormonal fluctuations, in turn, works on the root cause of acne. Coconut oil is loaded with Vitamin E which makes it an important ingredient in many acne treatment creams. Providing Vitamin E to the skin by application of coconut oil ensures the proper secretion by sebum glands. It also opens the skin pores. On the other hand, healthy fats in coconut oil provide a moisturizing effect to the skin. It makes the skin Beautiful and Flawless.

Use of Coconut Oil for Acne

Coconut oil penetrates easily into the skin. In the application of coconut oil, the quantity of oil used, quality of oil and procedure followed, everything is important. You can use coconut oil in two ways, either you can consume it or apply it on your skin.

Method 1- Intake of Coconut Oil

As hormonal imbalance can lead to acne, intake of coconut oil can be one of the most effective remedies for acne. Rather than the just external application of coconut oil, you should use coconut oil to cook your food. In that way, you will intake coconut oil which will maintain the hormonal balance of your body.  This will keep you and your skin healthy. Prefer to consume extra virgin coconut oil as it is not deodorized or bleached or refined, hence retains all the good qualities.

Gather it

  • Extra virgin or virgin coconut oil – 2 to5 tbsp

Prepare it

  • Take 2-5 tbsp of extra virgin or virgin coconut oil.
  • Drink it once a day.
  • Prefer to take it in the morning
  • If you are using coconut oil for cooking then use only 1 tbsp of coconut oil.

If your skin is very oily, then consume only 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil.

Method 2 – Rub Coconut Oil on Face

Coconut oil application on the skin heals wounds caused by acne. It gets absorbed by the skin quickly and reduces inflammation caused by acne.

Gather it

  • Virgin coconut oil – 1-2 tsp
  • A steamer or 1 bowl of hot water

Prepare it

  • Wash your face with cold water.
  • Start the steamer or use the hot water bowl to provide steam to your face.
  • You can also use a warm hot napkin to clean your face.
  • After steaming, your skin pores will be open.
  • Now take 1-2 tsp of virgin coconut oil in your palm.
  • Gently massage it on your face or just on the acne-affected area.
  • Keep it for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with cold water.
  • Follow this process 2 times a day to prevent a new breakout.

Method 3- Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer

Application of coconut oil as a moisturizer not only protects your skin from dryness but also reduces frequent breakouts. You can also get rid of back acne as well as face acne using this method. It is a very simple, cheap and effective process to make your skin radiant and glowing.

Gather it

  • Virgin coconut oil – 1 to 2 tsp (oil should be in liquid form)
  • An eyedropper

Prepare it

  • Fill your bath tub with warm water.
  • Take out virgin coconut oil from the container using the eyedropper.
  • Add 3 – 4 drops of virgin coconut oil to the water.
  • Soak your body in the coconut oil-infused water for 20 minutes.
  • Make your body dry using a clean towel.
  • Follow this process daily to get radiant and acne-free skin.

The use of coconut oil in cooking, massaging and using it as a moisturizer will make your skin Clear and glowing. After you start using coconut oil it might happen that in the beginning your acne will get worse. But do not worry, as it indicates that your skin is getting rid of impurities. Gradually the acne will reduce and your skin tone will improve.

The effect of coconut oil for acne remedies varies from person to person, which is based on the skin type, diet, and other health conditions. But it is for sure that the use of coconut oil on your skin will give you a positive result. So are you ready to use coconut oil for acne? Do post your experiences after using these home remedies.

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