How to Use Coconut Oil to Treat Acne

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Acne can be a very common problem, especially for younger people. It can be a big knock on your self confidence, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent flare ups, and help treat them. One of these is using coconut oil, we'll go through this in detail here.

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There are many different acne treatments floating around, some medicinal and others natural, however all have mixed reviews. Medicinal treatments can come hand in hand with nasty side effects, and natural remedies can just be rumours. A lot also depends on your skin type.

One of the most popular natural remedies for acne and other skin problems is coconut oil. It's an extremely healthy substance which is also edible. It has multiple uses, for example moisturising, conditioning your body and hair, plus it works wonders for treating acne.

Is Coconut Oil Good for Acne?

A question that has been up for debate for a while, mainly due to the substances greasiness. Coconut oil is indeed, in moderation good for treating acne. A lot of people worry, asking the question "Can I put coconut oil on my face?", and the answer is yes you can - just not too much of it. It contains both anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. This makes coconut oil almost perfect for treating acne if you use the right amount.

 

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How to Apply Coconut Oil for Acne

The best way to apply coconut oil to your face is by massaging a tiny amount between your fingers, to liquify it, and then gently apply it to your face. It's recommended that you do a patch test on a very small area of your skin before applying it all over your face, as it has been known to irritate certain skin types and this could make problems worse. Coconut oil for acne scars is an effective treatment if this is a problem you suffer with.

 

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Cleansing with Coconut Oil

One matter to consider if you have oily skin anyway is how long to leave the coconut oil on your face for. If your skin isn't greasy or oily, it's fine to leave for your face to absorb naturally. However if you have the problem of greasy skin, we'd definitely advise washing it off after half an hour or so - it could cause further problems and actually clog your pores more rather than helping with the problem.

 

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How to Clear Your Skin

I'm sure every man dreams of having perfectly clear skin all the time, as bumps and blemishes can be extremely irritating. There are ways of keeping your skin relatively clear and coconut oil is definitely one of the options when it comes to this.

Other tips to consider are making sure you wash your face before bed every night, and first thing every morning. This makes sure that any dirt that gets in your skin throughout the day or overnight is rid of, and will stop your pores from clogging up. Start with hot water first, to open your pores, and finish with cold water to close them up again. This will completely clean them out, leaving you feeling very fresh faced.

 

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Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

There are a lot of benefits that coconut oil can have on your skin, it can keep you feeling moisturised and hydrated at all times, and it can also play a massive part in clearing your skin plus getting rid of acne and spots. It is most definitely one of the more helpful natural remedies out there at the moment, and if you're struggling with skin problems it wouldn't hurt to give it a try - what's the worst that could happen? As we mentioned earlier, we'd definitely advise giving it a test on a small surface area, and if that all goes well go ahead a fully give it a try.

Coconut Oil Before and After

If you start using coconut oil regularly, you should definitely begin to see improvements pretty quickly. Your skin will look a lot clearer and just all round healthier. If this doesn't start to happen, you should maybe consider if coconut oil is the right remedy for you or not. There are other options available and we'd advise giving a few things a try before becoming dead set on which one's for you.

 

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How to Use Coconut Oil to Treat Acne

  • Make sure coconut oil's right for your skin before plastering it all over your face, try it out on a small surface area.
  • Never use too much, only a small amount is necessary and any more can sometimes do more harm than good.
  • If you have oily skin don't leave the oil on for too long, its as simple as that as you don't want to over complicate things.
  • Apply after a warm shower or face wash so your pores are open and can sock in all the goodness the coconut oil has to offer.

 

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On That Note

If you are suffering from acne, there's many treatments available, some natural and others clinical. Coconut oil can be a very good remedy for some people however it may not help a small percentage. We'd definitely advise giving it a test run before going all out. If it does end up working for you it can be very effective and clear your skin very quickly, as well as other health benefits.

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