Introduction and background
Acne and rosacea are common skin problems that affect most teenagers. Creams can be made at home to get rid of acne in a matter of weeks. The trick is to include essential oils in the homemade acne cream. Acne develops when harmful oils penetrate your skin and form red blotches. You can reduce the spots by replacing the harmful oils with good ones like coconut or lavender oil. Additionally, acne and rosacea breakouts can be prevented by regular use of homemade creams such as those involving coconut oil.
Why coconut oil?
Coconut oil is thought to have many health benefits. It is used for weight loss, as a digestive aid, to help with chronic fatigue syndrome and to regulate blood sugar. Instead of chemicals, many people have found that coconut oil is a natural, inexpensive way to help with skin acne.
Coconut oil heals and protects the skin from the inside and out. Coconut oil has antioxidants that combat signs of aging and is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. The oil has a relatively small molecular structure that is easily absorbed into the skin. Coconut oil has a rich, tropical scent and smooth, silky texture and is soothing, healing and nourishing for face and body.
How does coconut oil help in acne?
In acne, the skin naturally secretes oil through sebum glands that keep the skin from becoming dry and cracked. Acne occurs when the sebum glands are inhibited by bacterial infection. This leads to painful swelling and redness. The anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil, particularly from the lauric and capric acid, help diminish bacterial infections. This allows the sebum glands to function properly, avoiding acne outbreaks. The vitamin E in coconut oil helps to soothe the skin while the small molecular structure allows the oil to penetrate and moisturize.
When skin is dry, it is vulnerable and prone to infection. The sebum glands secrete oil that helps to maintain the good bacteria while keeping the harmful bacteria at bay. Coconut oil has a similar mid-chain fatty acid structure and pH balance that affects the oils secreted by the skin. After showering using drying soaps, the skin is at a greater risk to infection and dryness because the natural oils have been washed away. Coconut oil can help to protect the skin by keeping the pH of the skin in balance while moisturizing and replenishing the skin’s much-needed oils.
The constituents in coconut oil are saturated fats such as capric acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid. It contains high amounts of vitamin E, antioxidants, proteins and triglycerides. Capric acid and lauric acid are both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. The antioxidants combat the effects of aging by hindering the free radicals that contribute to the hardening of the connective tissues in the skin. The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows it to penetrate the skin easily while the proteins and vitamin E soothe and rejuvenate the skin.
How to apply coconut oil in acne-affected skin
- Purchase a jar of organic coconut oil. Organic coconut oil is sold at many supermarkets and health food stores. Organic coconut oil is free of pesticides and other impurities that may harm the skin.
- Wash your hands, then wash your face using a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil or Cerave. Clean hands help prevent the spread of oils and bacteria. A clean face prepares the skin for the benefits of coconut oil.
- Apply a thin coat of coconut oil to your face in the evening. Let the skin absorb the coconut oil leaving it on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then gently wash the face again.
- Apply a small dab of coconut oil directly to blemishes. Cover with a small band-aid and leave on overnight. Wash your face in morning with a gentle skin cleanser.
- Use some good acne-kit as an adjuvant: Adding some good yet complete acne care system to your coconut therapy regime will actually multiply its benefits.
Research and studies have now proved that coconut oil, in addition to its existing skin care and control benefits, is also greatly beneficial in controlling and preventing acne mainly because of its anti-dryness properties. You should, therefore, consider adding some quality coconut oil in your daily acne therapy regimen. And guess what, it will only potentiate or enhance the benefits of using some acne-care systems such as those mentioned here.