Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne by Laura Ng

Is coconut oil good for acne? Many say 'yes' while few say 'no'. Why the different response when using coconut oil for acne? In fact, coconut oil provides effective treatment for acne. However, it's too powerful for some people to accept it because some of them suffer acne breakout after using coconut oil. How come? I'll let Becky, one of the veteran coconut oil users, explain this to you:

"FYI. Unrefined, Organic Coconut Oil will not clog your pores. It actually opens them, releases, and cleanses your skin all of the toxins, some of which has built up for years. Don't take the advice of others, do your own research, and never apply any skin product all over your face before testing on the inside of your elbow area first. While you're typing things into Google, type in 'Healing Crisis' to understand why your skin has to get worse before it can get better when using unrefined VCO. It is simply healing. It is detoxifying. It is rejuvenating. But this is the part, as indicated in almost all previous comments, when people get scared and run back to commercial, store-bought products that will conceal, stifle, and continue storing and building up more toxins. I have acne-prone skin, i also suffer from Rosacea, and I, too, got plenty worse before getting to flawless youthful looking skin. But you have to be willing to go to the fire in order to get to the other side.!

" ~ Becky

This is her comment on one of the forums talking about using coconut oil for acne. To sum up what she said; as a beginner to using coconut oil for acne, rub a little bit of coconut oil on the inside of your elbow to see if you're allergic to coconut oil or not (it's almost unheard of that people will get allergy with coconut oil).

Normally an allergic response should occur within 24 hours. If you do not get any negative reaction, then start to apply it to your acne-affected area. But apply in small quantity at first for at least 7 days. And make sure you cleanse your face before applying the oil before bedtime. This will help the oil penetrate your skin better.

After a week and if you do get acne breakout using coconut oil instead of improving your skin condition, fret not, this could most likely be the detoxifying action of coconut oil taking place, which is a healing process (aka healing crisis).

Some people experience a breakout for about 5 days before the skin starts to heal and pores closed up, while some experience up to several weeks, and another group experiences almost no breakout at all and the skin just got better and better. It all depends on how much toxins you've amassed underneath your skin over the years through consuming junk food and your unhealthy lifestyle.

To mitigate the breakout and help you heal faster, you should consume coconut oil by tablespoonfuls either on its own or including it in your meals. You should start with 1 tbsp for 3 days and slowly increase to 3 - 4 times daily. Then cut back on your meat intake. Increase your fruits and vegetable intake which will provide skin-beneficial nutrients to speed up the recovery of your skin. Oh, don't forget to drink sufficient water and exercise regularly to enhance the detoxification process.

Doing all these will complement your use of coconut oil on your acne-prone skin more effectively and give you back a baby-like skin that you've long lost.