How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne
How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne Treatments
We all know that there are plenty of benefits of coconut oil. It has been used over the centuries for many purposes such as for cooking, cleaning, and even to maintain our health. For skin, virgin coconut oil is indeed very useful. Coconut oil is known to has plenty of fatty acids and moisturizer in it so that it can protect and heal the skin. There are numerous skin conditions that can be healed using coconut oil such as sunburn, rashes, and of course, acne. The vitamins and protective elements in coconut oil makes it the perfect natural ingredients to be used to protect the skin. Below, you will read the further information about the usage of coconut oil especially to heal acne.
Coconut oil and Its SPF Factor
One of the reasons why coconut oil can heal acne so easily is because this kind of oil is rich in SPF. The SPF factor of coconut oil is approximately on the level 4. Anything with SPF 4 is known to be very moist and useful for skin. So, this factor surely makes coconut oil a favorite home remedy for skin. If you take a closer look, you can see coconut oil on the ingredient list of many sunscreen and tanning product. It is because coconut oil is highly useful to protect the skin from redness and irritation. It has high antibacterial properties and also moisturizer so that for acne, it will both kill the acne and keep the skin moist.
The Useful Properties in Coconut
Coconut oil is not only rich in SPF. As stated before, coconut oil has antibacterial properties and also moisturizer. Both of these substances are rich in coconut oil. According to several studies done about virgin coconut oil, it is revealed that the antibacterial properties in coconut oil are very effective to get rid of bacteria. The moisturizer helps cleaning and moisturizing the skin at the same time. This is the reason why coconut oil is just perfect to heal acne. Another fact, coconut oil is no too greasy when applied to the skin. On the contrary, the oil has the ability to reduce excess oil on the face. Excess oil clogs the skin pores and then causing blackheads and acnes. Apparently, there are products out there designed to treat acne on oily skin. However, most of them are not natural because they use chemical ingredients such as synthetically produced salicylic acid. The chemical-based ingredients contained in the products are supposed to get rid of the bacteria causing the acne. However, they have side effects. Among the many side effects is taking out lots of natural oil for the skin so that the skin becomes extremely dry. The chemical ingredients are also packed with preservatives so that it can be quite harmful for skin, especially the sensitive ones.
Treating Hormonal-Skin Acne Using Coconut Oil
One of the major causes of acne is hormonal issue. This is the reason why teenagers are prone to acne. Their skin contains lots of oil because of the hormonal change. Coconut oil can get rid of acne caused by hormone as well. Coconut oil has the benefits to kill the bacteria, reduce oil, and keep the skin moist. Coconut oil will also prevent the skin from getting attacked by acne breakout. The good thing about virgin coconut oil is the fact that it can be combined with other healthy ingredients, including antibacterial ingredients, such as turmeric powder, strawberries, lavender oil, or tea tree oil. All of them are packed with antibacterial agents so that they can heal the acne.
How to use coconut oil for acne?
There are several ways to use how to use coconut oil for acne. The first one is to make mask out of it. All you need to prepare is half a cup of pure cold pressed coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil with the help of microwave or just leave it in the warmer spot of your kitchen. Then, you can add these ingredients to make the mask: a tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a tablespoon of yogurt, a few drop of lavender oil, a few drop of tea tree oil, and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all those ingredients together and then applied to the face. Leave to the mask on the face for twenty minutes at least and then wash your face using warm water. You can add salicylic acid into the mask because that substance can boost the effectiveness of bacteria-killing process. However, do not add the chemical one. Just so you know that salicylic acid is naturally available in strawberries and willow bark powder. So, to make the mask even more effective to heal the acne, add mashed strawberry or the willow bar powder to the mask mixture.
You can also make spray cleaner from virgin coconut oil to make the healing process of the acne better and faster. All you need to prepare is a few drops of coconut oil, tea tree oil, and lavender oil. Also prepare half a cup of water in a spray bottle. Mix all ingredients together and a dash of lemon juice (optional) in the end. Shake the bottle and you can use the spray cleaner as face cleaner.
To make your acne banished forever, you need to make your skin clean and acne-free. One of the ways is to make coconut oil acne wash. All you need to prepare is mixing coconut oil with sugar and honey. Mix them all together until it forms thick and grainy paste. Use the mixture as scrub to exfoliate your facial skin.
There are many recipes you can make that use coconut oil as one of their key ingredients to target specific goals you want to achieve whether it be to repair or just soften and rejuvenate skin. Coconut is truly one of my favorites on my list of must have natural homemade skin care and mask recipe ingredients.
Apparently just a few drops of virgin coconut oil can really boost the healing process of your acne. Just do not use chemical-based product to clean your acne. Remember, there is still coconut oil that will help you to solve your problem.