Coconut Oil For Acne Treatment – 7 Easy and Powerful Tips To Combat Breakouts

Coconut Oil For Acne Treatment

Coconut Oil For Acne Treatment – 7 Easy and Powerful Tips To Combat Breakouts

What is coconut oil good for?  The benefits of coconut oil are numerous; it can be used to promote hair growth, moisturize the face and skin, and as a shaving cream alternative. But did you know that coconut oil can be used as a natural acne treatment?

How to use Coconut Oil for Acne Treatment

Coconut oil contains four active ingredients that can help fight against acne – lauric acid, caprylic acid, vitamin E and healthy fats. Lauric acid and caprylic acid both have antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties that can combat acne. Vitamin E aids in removing acne scars, whilst healthy fats moisturize and lubricate the skin.

1. Face mask

Face masks are an important part of a skincare routine. A coconut oil face mask will soothe and nourish your skin, accelerate its regeneration, and help remove acne and pimples. Individuals with dry skin can also use the face mask to tackle dull skin tone.

Ingredients:benefits of coconut

1. Fresh aloe juice – 5 Tbsp
2. Honey – 2 Tsp
3. Virgin or extra virgin organic coconut oil(Amazon Link) – 2 Tbsp

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients and apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area
2. Leave for 20 minutes
3. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a washcloth

2. Moisturizer

Moisturizing oily or acne-prone skin may seem counterintuitive, but it’s not. Moisture in the skin helps keep pores open thus preventing the formation of blemishes and pimples, and aids in removing excess oil.

Directions:
Gently massage coconut oil onto your face in circular motions. You can do this before bedtime to allow your skin time to absorb and repair while you sleep.

3. Cleanser

The cleanser is the most important part of a skincare routine as it eliminates dirt, makeup residue, and other impurities from your skin. It also improves the absorption of other skin products. Coconut oil is a gentle yet powerful cleanser, making it suitable for acne-prone skin.

Directions:
1. Gently massage organic coconut oil onto your face
2. Apply a warm washcloth onto your face to open up the pores
3. Wait for 15-30 seconds, then remove oil with washcloth making sure not to scrub
4. Splash water on your face to remove excess oil

4. Exfoliant

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells and other impurities from your skin. It accelerates cellular rejuvenation and evens out your skin tone. Exfoliation is also important for acne-prone skin. Harsh exfoliants will stimulate excessive sebum production. Coconut oil is a naturally mild exfoliant, making it suitable for individuals with oily or acne-prone skin.

Ingredients:
1. Virgin or extra virgin organic coconut oil– 1 Tbsp
2. Baking soda– 1 Tbsp
3. Essential oil (optional) – 2 drops

Directions:
1. Apply exfoliating scrub
2. Rinse the scrub off your face with lukewarm water and a washcloth
3. Pat dry your face

5. Overnight treatment mask

Overnight treatment masks with coconut oil can help reduce redness, rashes, and acne due to its antiseptic properties.

Ingredients:
1. Virgin or extra virgin organic coconut oil– 1 Tbsp
2. Tea tree oil – 2 drops

Directions:
1. Mix the tea tree oil with the coconut oil
2. Combine ingredients until a serum is formed
3. Spread serum evenly onto your face before bedtime
4. Wash off serum with lukewarm water and washcloth in the morning

6. Spot acne treatment

Acne spot treatments are very practical. They tackle breakouts while leaving the surrounding skin intact.

Ingredients:
1. Virgin or extra virgin organic coconut oil – ¼ cup
2. Lemon essential oil – 10 drops
3. Lavender essential oil – 10 drops
4. Tea tree/melaluca essential oil – 10 drops

Directions:
1. Soften coconut oil slightly in a jar by placing it over a bowl filled with hot tap water until it melts
2. Stir in essential oils, then place into the refrigerator
3. Gently wash your face
4. Using a cotton swab, apply the mixture onto acne in the morning and before bedtime

7. Food

Coconut oil can be used both internally (eating coconut oil) and externally to treat acne. In fact, experts recommend internal and external use as the best way to get rid of acne. Two to five tablespoons per day are recommended for noticeable changes to your skin. There are several ways in which you can incorporate coconut oil into your diet (coconut oil recipes); the team at Groom+Styles favorite is to add a 1-2tbsp with a heap of fruit and mix in a top of the range blender.

Guest Author Bio
Annie Lizstan works as a health and beauty consultant for online websites and as an independent researcher by profession. She completed her studies at the University of Arizona and lived in Wasilla, Alaska. She likes to explore ideas about health, fitness and beauty. She has experience researching as a passion as well as profession. You can connect with her on Twitter.

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