Acne can affect teenagers and adults alike. Though some breakouts and blemish problems are normal for most people, acne is different. As the National Institutes of Health explain, the exact cause of acne us unknown. But if you know how to apply coconut oil for acne, you may be able to improve your skin no matter what the source of the problem.
Some of the causes of acne include:
- Increase in hormones such as during pregnancy or puberty
- Starting or stopping birth control pills
- Some medications
- Some types of makeup
Treatment for acne typically takes a three-pronged approach: healing active breakouts, preventing new breakouts and preventing scars. It may seem counterintuitive to use an oil to treat acne when most solutions focus on minimizing skin’s natural emollients. However, several studies support the use of coconut oil to address acne and keep skin healthy.
Lauric Acid is the Why and How to Apply Coconut Oil for Acne
Many acne sufferers have to choose between having acne or having treated skin that’s red, dry and irritated. Research has found that not only does lauric acid treat and prevent acne, it can do so without the unwanted side effects of other products. Fortunately, lauric acid can be found in one inexpensive, easy-to-find package. You guessed it, coconut oil. Coconut oil is also rich in Vitamin E and anti-inflammatory agents that tame the swelling that often accompanies acne breakouts. Coconut oil isn’t just food for your face, it helps improve the condition of all your skin.
Start your coconut oil regimen:
- Always use only unrefined organic oil for skin care. You don’t want the residue of bleach, fertilizers or other processing chemicals on your already compromised skin.
- Massage a pea-sized dollop of coconut oil into your face and neck. Allow the oil to set for about a minute so it has time to dissolve surface dirt and penetrate the skin.
- Wipe off the coconut oil with a soft dry cloth then rinse with warm (not hot) water. Pat skin dry. There’s no need to follow up with moisturizer since the coconut oil has already done that job.
- If after a few weeks you don’t feel there’s improvement in your skin’s texture and health, return to your old cleanser. But don’t give up on coconut oil! Continue using it as a light bedtime moisturizer that will decrease the unwanted side effects of harsher cleansers.