Coconut oil has been hugely popular over the last few years in the beauty community. There is evidence to support the benefits it provides for our hair, body, and skin. Going the more natural way is becoming one of the more popular routes for beauty routines everywhere. However, there is hesitation to use any oil on the skin. For a lot of us, we feel that oil is the reason we have acne, so adding even more sounds disastrous. But, is it possible that it actually may help your acne?
The Basics of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is derived from the coconut’s dried meat, or copra. Some dry out the copra and then put it through a seed mill to extract the oil while those that use practices to produce virgin oil opt for a cold press or fermenting while the coconut is still fresh. The virgin or extra virgin coconut oil will be your best bet to experience all the benefits.
Coconut oil has two types of fatty acids, lauric and caprylic. These are healthy fatty acids that have antibacterial, fungal, and viral properties when metabolized within the body. This helps to fight some of the causes behind your acne.
For example, it can help to eliminate candida overgrowth. This can be behind a number of issues such as: athlete’s foot, chronic fatigue, and digestion issues. Doctors recommend 2-5 tablespoons a day if you want to give it a try. Fighting acne on all fronts will help bring a balance to your body and skin.
How Does it Exactly Work?
When the oil is applied to the skin, the lauric and caprylic acids mingle and combine with the good microbes that are on top of the skin. This conversion creates monocaprin and monolaurin. These replace the protective acid layer of the skin, which can be removed by over washing and cleansing. Having that acid layer back into play, prevents microbial infection that leads to acne. On top of this action going on, coconut oil is also rich with Vitamin E. This vitamin helps to balance out the oil production and help unclog pores.
Different Uses for the Skin
Moisturization is the most common use for coconut oil. Many people like to put it all over their body but it can also be applied to the face. You only need a small amount, anything more can make your face too greasy. Coconut oil absorbs into the skin easily. The natural antioxidants in the oil will help protect your skin throughout the day from environmental irritants. The vitamins help to firm and brighten the skin as well.
Another way to implement coconut oil into your routine is by using it as a facial cleanser. Many cleansers may be too drying for the skin and this oil is great at breaking down the dirt and grime on the face. We recommend wetting your face first and then warm up the oil in your hands before massaging into the skin. Rinse and repeat!
Coconut oil is also a great carrier oil, which means you can mix other oils with it to create a customized skin care routine that is right for you. Essential oils are great for helping treat acne the natural way. Combining all the right oils together just for you can make a great cleanser for both your face and for acne anywhere else on the body.
If you feel you would rather stick to a cleanser that you trust, you can use coconut oil to remove your makeup. Warm it up in your hands and massage all over. It can even remove water proof makeup! After washing it off, try opting for a gentle cleanser so you don’t strip your face of all those nutrients your skin is trying to rebuild.
Pros and Cons
- Those that have dry skin will benefit from the hydration of coconut oil, whether they use it as a light moisturizer or face wash.
- It creates a barrier on the skin to keep the moisture from evaporating away from the skin
- It’s antioxidant properties will draw out the toxins in the skin
- Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning that it can block the pores, so using this while suffering a breakout will more likely exacerbate the problem. If you still want to try to find more natural ways to help with your skin, there are natural remedies out there.
- It may take a few weeks for your skin and acne to balance out, and for many of us, that can take too long
- Coconut oil can combine with the oil on the skin and take it off. This seems great but the skin does require a balanced level of its natural oils. Those that are not oily prone may suffer from a tightness feeling or dryness in their t-zone.
When taking everything into consideration, coconut oil seems great to try but for those already suffering a breakout, this solution most likely will not work. There are other ways to get rid of acne such as increasing your water intake and adjusting your diet. But, if you try the coconut oil trend, first using it as a makeup remover or as a carrier oil with other essential oils may be the best way to take this for a test run.
Coconut oil is great for many things besides acne care. Many people use it for hair and nails and for some of you, this may be as far as you go with it. However, there are options available if you still want to try out coconut oil for healthier skin. The biggest benefit of implementing this oil is using it for bodily health. Ingesting coconut oil daily will help to defeat some of the toxins inside of your body that are causing your acne breakouts.
Using natural ingredients for our skin is highly encouraged and on trend. However, all should be cautious and consider the pros and cons. What works for some may not work for others. We all have different skin types. If this doesn’t work for you, there are still other natural ways to help alleviate acne. Coconut oil does provide a lot of solutions, just be sure these solutions are for you.