Coconut oil is extracted from mature coconuts. While coconut oil has been used for many years to cook food, its acne fighting properties remain largely hidden. The fact is that coconut oil can be used externally to combat acne and several other skin troubles. A word of caution; use only virgin coconut oil to treat acne or else instead of opening your skin pores, you may end up clogging them.
The idea that application of coconut oil on the skin can reduce acne sounds very absurd until its effects are noticed. This is because an acne victim knows that the very cause of acne is his or her oily skin and how does application of more oil combat acne remains a mystery. However, what many victims do not know is that it takes something more than just excess oil on the skin to cause acne. Two conditions for acne to appear are blocked pores and inflammation. The main culprit is inflammation which converts blocked pores into red and angry looking pimples. Inflammation is nothing but a reaction of the body to the bacteria that have moved into blocked pores.
How to use coconut oil for acne externally?
Here is a step by step procedure to use coconut oil for acne externally:
1. Apply your preferred cleanser to clean the skin thoroughly. Never skip this procedure as it forms the basis for acne fighting.
2. Lean over a pot filled with hot water and cover your face with a towel over your head to steam your face.
3. After steaming your face, massage coconut oil on the face in circular motion. Massage for 5 minutes and then let it sit for the next 5 minutes. Repeat the procedure until 20 minutes. While rubbing the oil on your face you may notice some gritty substance coming out which is actually dirt and grime coming out of your pores.
4. Dip a cloth in hot water and wring it out. Drape it on your face to enable coconut oil go deeper into your skin.
5. Wipe your face after a minute or two.
How does coconut oil help in reducing acne?
The answer lies in coconut oil’s ability to fight acne causing bacteria present on the surface of the skin. The fact that coconut oil fights inflammation makes it an excellent acne fighting element. The effects of coconut oil are understood due to the presence of Lauric Acid and Capric Acid in it. These two acids convert into antibacterial substances when they come in contact with the skin and clear the bacteria idling in clogged pores of the skin. When the bacteria on the skin are removed, there is nothing left for your immune system to react to and cause inflammation that results in acne.
Besides being an acne fighter, coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E which is a well known skin nutrient. Vitamin E assists in soothing swelling and repairing damaged skin. In a nutshell, coconut oil can do all that most of the expensive creams in the market can do and at a much lesser cost.