An acne flare-up may only be temporary, but the damage caused to skin can leave permanent scars. Incorporating coconut oil into everyday routines can be an effective way to erase acne scars.
Coconut oil is a popular natural alternative to traditional soaps and scrubs. With a high density of vitamins, acids and anti-oxidants, coconut oil combats acne and eradicates scarring naturally. Its versatility makes it easy to integrate into any diet or skin care regimen.
How it works –
Acne scars are caused when a high build-up of sebum produces an inflamed area of pustules and cysts which then burst, breaking the skin and scarring. Coconut oil contains a multitude of ingredients that heal the skin in the following ways:
- Firstly, coconut oil is one of the best sources of lauric acid, which is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. The lauric acid in the oil cleanses the skin of acne-causing bacteria. It is anti-inflammatory, so it cools and soothes, reducing redness and alleviating discomfort.
- Simultaneously, vitamins and acids in the oil encourage skin repair. Coconut oil contains vitamins E and K, as well as caprylic and capric acids, which all promote healthy skin growth. Coconut oil additionally supports the production of collagen, the natural protein that keeps your skin strong and resilient.
- Anti-oxidants fight against free-radicals before they cause a new break-out, while the oily texture mimics the skin’s natural oils (sebum) without overloading your pores. This prevents new acne forming in the affected area, and as a result, allows the skin to recover and repair.
So coconut oil not only fights the existing acne, it also encourages the skin to heal and prevents more spots from forming, removing the risk of scars.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin –
Using a high purity, high quality coconut oil from COCO & CO. that does not contain impurities that can clog your sebaceous glands yields the best benefits.
Much like using coconut oil for hair care, it can be used to treat skin both externally (applying directly onto the affected area) and internally (consuming).
There are many effective methods of using coconut oil externally:
- The most straight forward approach is to apply a small amount directly onto the acne, gently massaging it into the skin. Leave the oil on the skin for up to ten minutes before rinsing off, in the same way as using a mask.
- Replacing moisturizer with coconut oil hydrates the skin naturally, and allows the pores to fully absorb it. A pea-size amount should be enough for the face.
- Creating an exfoliating scrub by combining coconut oil with brown sugar, ground oats or baking soda gives the skin all the benefits of using coconut oil with the added advantage of scrubbing away surface dirt and dead skin cells.
Consuming coconut oil increases the body’s levels of vitamins E and K, healthy acids and anti-oxidants, which are then used to fight acne. The most popular ways of eating coconut oil include:
- Eating a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil with each meal.
- Using flavored variations, such as spiced coconut oil added to coffee or as a condiment.
- Substituting traditional frying oils with coconut oil when cooking.