Coconut Oil for Acne: Does It Work?
Coconut Oil for Acne?
Yes, you read that right! Coconut oil is a great remedy for stubborn acne! It's a great and natural alternative to expensive, harsh, and chemical-laden acne-removal products.
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is the edible and fatty oil extracted from the kernel of a coconut. It has amazing uses in cooking, beauty, health, and medicine. Have you ever wondered why many beauty and cosmetic products contain coconut oil? It’s because coconut oil has great moisturizing and hydrating properties. Plus, it is an excellent makeup remover!
However, a word of warning: Only use organic extra virgin coconut oil. Doing so will help you avoid both absorbing toxic pesticides through your skin and breaking out—regular coconut oil is comedogenic (which means it clogs pores and, by doing so, creates acne).
Isn’t It Insane to Use Coconut Oil on My Already Oily, Acne-Prone Face?
No, it isn’t insane! You might think oil is the evil root cause of acne, but that actually is not the case. In reality, it depends on what type of oil is on your skin. Some oils, as mentioned, are comedogenic. This includes both the oils in products you use on your face and the oils in your foods (which affect the sebum from your skin). Are most of your oils the grease from junk foods? If yes, then you gotta back off from those. But if you’re using extra virgin coconut oil, there’s no reason to worry.
When you use the coconut oil to treat acne, yes, you’re fighting oil with oil. But there is some logic in that. Just like you need good fats to get rid of the fat around your middle, you need good oil to get rid of the bad oil (excess sebum in oily skin). Coconut oil expels the bad oil, toxins, dirt, grime, and blackheads from deep within your pores. This sudden detox may cause immediate, sometimes extensive, breakouts. These will gradually diminish, then disappear entirely as you continue using the coconut oil treatment.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Acne and Skin in General
Coconut oil is great for keeping acne at bay. It also helps strengthen underlying skin tissue and removes dead cells that make skin appear dry and flaky. Coconut oil provides deep moisture to your skin. Did you know that coconut oil is nature’s richest source of lauric acid? What’s more, it also contains caprylic acid. Both lauric and caprylic acid have powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties that naturally combat acne. Here are some nutrients found in coconut oil and their benefits:
Benefit for Skin
Naturally occurs in organic coconut oil. Effective against acne-causing bacteria.
Provides nurturing benefits to sensitive and oily skin. Acts as an anti-oxidant.
Acts as a powerful antioxidant. Fights off free radicals that cause oxygen damage in skin cells. Removes acne scars.
Lubricates and moisturizes skin. Good for combination skin as well as peeling dry skin combined with acne.
This Is a Real-Life Story from My Little Sister, T.H.
“Right from my early teens, I’ve suffered from acne and pimples. Of course, I tried many over-the-counter acne removal creams, benzoyl peroxide, and a couple of serums. Even though I used them consistently until the acne disappeared, they would still pop up after a few hard-earned, glorious acne-free days. It caused frustration and stress, which of course leads to more acne! Since then, I’ve been keen on natural healing and a holistic lifestyle. Meaning I threw out the greasy burgers and cheesecakes and all the processed junk foods for healthy alternatives. And this, I tell you, has improved my skin loads!
"Ever since I discovered coconut oil for acne, my acne-prone skin has improved a great lot and now I swear by this miracle acne-buster. After all, it helped me get rid of cystic acne! When I first started using this beauty oil, huge zits filled with pus erupted on my face. I did not get grossed out because I knew this was part of the ‘detox phase’ where coconut oil pushes out the ‘bad’ oil that clogs pores and causes pimples. Coconut oil also drives out grime, dirt and pollution from your skin pores, which leads to massive breakouts. Those icky painful pustules that are waiting to be released to the surface are driven out by the wondrous coconut oil. So you’ll start breaking out immediately. Don’t get scared by the whiteheads popping on your face because it’s all part of the detoxification process, and, anyway, after enduring that, your face will become lush with no zits!
"I developed a nightly skincare routine where I use coconut oil to clean as well as moisturize my face.”
Thanks for your story, T.H! ;)
Here’s the simple DIY recipe that she used every night.
How to Use Coconut Oil the Right Way
- Virgin or extra virgin organic pure coconut oil
- Steam your face or simply dip a towel in hot water, squeeze it, and place it over your face to open up your skin pores.
- Drop a teaspoon of coconut oil onto your left palm and use your right hand to apply the beautiful goo onto your face in a circular motion. I usually start with my cheeks, then my forehead, and finally the chin. Avoid the eye and mouth area.
- Gently massage the oil into your skin with circular motions so that the nutrients sink deep into your pores.
- Finally, you can wash your face, preferably with a natural cold-processed soap. This step is very important—you don't want to leave excess oil on your face. If your face is a little dry, especially in the winter, go ahead and add a tiny drop of coconut oil to the soap so that it will moisturize your face.
- That’s it! My face always has a warm pink glow after that lovely coconut oil massage.
How to Store Coconut Oil
There’s no need to refrigerate it. I simply keep a small bottle of coconut oil in my bathroom cabinet. Coconut oil will solidify below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. To liquefy it, just pop the bottle in a bowl of hot water or run it under hot tap water.
- Some people have had negative reactions with coconut oil, saying it exacerbated their acne. Please ensure it is safe for you by using a test patch on a small portion of your acne-infected skin. Remember that acne worsens with stress. If you’re scared of using it for your acne, then there’ll be higher chances that it will worsen your acne. Testing it on a small patch of skin can help you approach this process with a positive, anxiety-free attitude.
- I've come across many forum posts in which people say coconut oil "clogged" their pores and made them break out. The most likely cause for clogged pores is because the coconut oil was massaged into the face but not properly washed out. If you let the coconut oil sit in your pores along with germs, pollution, and dirt particles, it's going to lead to acne, and the vicious cycle will continue! Here is the three-step summary on how to use coconut oil for your skin the right way:
i) Wash your face and then steam it for five minutes.
ii) Now that your pores are open, massage in the coconut oil.
iii) Wash out with mild cleansing soap and WARM water.
- From my experience, if you do this, you'll be able to prevent clogged pores and end up with cleaner and clearer skin.
Have you tried coconut oil on your face? Has it helped you out with your acne? Have you found any relief, or do you think it's pointless? Share your story with us! In the comments below!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.