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it may sound counterintuitive, some natural oils may help to fight oily
skin and improve breakouts. There is much talk about coconut oil and
whether or not it's effective in helping acne prone skin, so here are
and its predecessor, oily skin, are results of over production of sebum
(skin oil) by sebaceous glands. The increase in sebum production can
lead to clogged pores (whiteheads and blackheads), which accumulate dead
skin cells as well as bacteria. This combination leads to a local
inflammatory response, which if chronic, can lead to damage to the
surrounding tissue. Acne and oily skin have to be treated from the
inside out by removing the cause of excessive sebum production, the
common denominator for both acne and oily skin. Oily skin can therefore
be treated by two distinct pathways:
a) decrease sebum production
use a cleansing regimen that will safely remove excess oil from the
skin. Removing excess skin oil deposits in pores may significantly help
to reduce the formation of acne, and also improve the look of the skin.
is a fat soluble substance and is not soluble (diluted) in water
without including detergents. Fatty substances may be soluble in other
fatty substances like oil or organic solvents like alcohol or water that
contains detergents. Many topical acne products and cleansers contain
alcohol along with active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or
salicylic acid. Products containing salicylic acid for instance may
remove some of the sebum and temporarily improve the look of the skin.
However, this treatment will not treat the causes of acne, and longer
term use may dry and prematurely age the skin. In addition, products
containing organic solvents may make skin red, over-sensitive and
depending on the active ingredients, increase sun (UV rays) sensitivity.
oil can help clean your skin and reduce excess skin oil on the surface
of the skin so your skin looks and feels less oily, and your pores less
clogged. Additionally, coconut oil can be used to remove makeup, and can
help to soothe inflammation that often accompanies severe acne. For
some people, it can help to alleviate the red, dry skin that some
topical acne products may cause.
oil contains no harsh chemicals or preservatives; instead it possesses
antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties that help fight
acne infections. Coconut oil helps to soothe inflammation that often
accompanies severe acne, and helps to alleviate the red, dry skin that
some topical products may cause.
lauric and caprylic acid, along with the Vitamins K and E found in
coconut oil help to soften acne scars and may accelerate healing by
speeding up the skin cell turnover.
the best impact, use coconut oil twice a day (in the morning and before
bed time). Apply with your fingers (please wash hands before applying).
Massage in light circular motions avoiding the eyes. Wipe with a soft
tissue, and follow up with our chamomile toner/astringent.
oil becomes very thick when it is stored at temperatures below 77
degrees; you may therefore heat it slightly so it is easier to apply.
Make sure it is not too hot (never boil it). When coconut oil is used in
a solid state, it is less oily than when it has been heated up.
However, no matter the state coconut oil is in, it is good for all skin
types, even oily skin. Unrefined, virgin, organic, cold pressed coconut
oil is the best to use.
note, coconut oil will not eliminate your acne. It can assist with
helping reduce inflammation and bacteria and can be used in addition to a
treatment that prevents acne from coming - the key to breaking the acne cycle!
With a promise of clear skin,