Question-Is Coconut Oil Effective at Healing Acne and Reducing Scars?

If you’re like me, acne has been a constant battle in your life. Acne can be completely demotivating when you wake up feeling great, but then see how your face broke out overnight. Try as you might, the different face washes never seem to make an improvement and desperation is setting in. Natural acne cures can be a challenge because it isn’t as easy as buying a simple tube at the store and washing your face with it. Are there actually natural products that can help with my acne and redness? The short answer is yes and one of the easiest to try is coconut oil. Using coconut oil for acne is a very well researched topic among professionals and amateur bloggers. Let’s try to cut through all the clutter and come down to a simple method to effectively use it to heal our acne scars and reduce inflammation.

The absolute most important thing when considering coconut oil is you MUST USE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL on your face. No exceptions. The processed oils contain chemicals and ingredients that are going to clog your pores and make acne worse. If you remember nothing else from this post, remember that.

The reason coconut oil works so well is its unique ability to reduce inflammation while still providing healthy fatty acids and vitamins to your face. It also is excellent at removing dead skin cells which helps make your face look young, vibrant and fresh. On top of all that, it even has some ability to fight bacteria on your face which produce those pesky pimples. What is most surprising to people is that coconut oil can actually be used two ways to help fight acne.

The first method is to use it as a toner. Wash your face with a face wash you are comfortable with and pat dry. Now apply a thin layer of virgin coconut oil on your face as a toner / moisturizer. Depending on your face type, you may need to add an additional layer or moisturizer. A good starting recommendation is jojoba oil.

The second method is actually consuming one to two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day. You could easily mix it with your favorite dish while cooking so don’t feel that you need to gulp down a spoonful every day. Coconut oil is fantastic at helping the body detoxify. With everything happening in your body, your liver can be overloaded and thus causing you skin to breakout. Coconut oil helps the liver by increasing its efficiency. Please remember start off slow when consuming it though. It can be very powerful and your body may need time to adjust.

Overall, coconut oil can be a simple solution to common acne problems. However, it is only one aspect of a large ecosystem of essential oils that are excellent acne treatments. It should not be considered a complete solution by any means. I’d recommend finding the perfect mixture of oils that are perfect for your face. Everyone is slightly different and requires different pieces to their facial puzzle. Some need more moisture, some need to remove excess oil, and still others have more deep acne that cannot be treated by simple washing. Please do your research to avoid making your acne worse!

If coconut oil and witch hazel doesn’t work check out zenmed acne treatment!

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Why Use Witch Hazel for Acne?

Acne is dreaded by many and they will go to any length to get rid of it. There are many remedies for acne and witch hazel is one of the best herbs you can use for effective acne results. The plant has been in use for years as treatment for a variety of skin conditions and acne is one of them. You can use it as a toner or a mask to treat acne safely, naturally and effectively. But why is witch hazel such a good remedy for the condition?

It is an astringent

It is rich in tannin which is a compound with potent antioxidant and astringent properties that cleanse the skin and reduce the size of skin pores. This herb is very gentle to the skin and does not dry the skin as some acne products do making it very good in cleansing and toning infected skin or skin prone to the condition. The astringent properties of the herb penetrate deeply into the capillaries to feed follicle cells, triggering constriction ensuring that blood rich in nutrients and oxygen reaches the cells.

It lowers inflammation and swelling

It does this by tightening skin pores, thus reducing swelling because of the tannins that it has. The procynanadins and flavonoids present in the herb on the other hand work in dealing with inflammation improving the look of acne and hastening the healing process.

It is an anti-irritant

This is because it has numbing effects that manage to lower skin irritation when the herb is applied to the affected areas. It also works excellently in inhibiting acne aggravation and lumps that results from acne cysts and nodules.

It is a skin disinfectant

It has antiseptic properties which help in reducing bacteria on the skin greatly preventing inflammation and the formation of pimples. By getting rid of bacteria on the skin, it hastens healing and leaves the skin healthy and clean for that flawless look in the end.

It reduces sebum production

When sebum is produced in excess acne develops. By keeping the skin dry, witch hazel reduces the production significantly and hence reduces the bacteria that lead to the condition. It also helps get rid of dead cells from the skin, keeping the chances of acne at bay and at the same time treating the condition effectively.

It is easy to use

Witch hazel can be applied topically to the skin with the help of cotton balls and this means that it starts working on the problem instantly without having to go through digestions and absorption process which can delay effects. The direct application is not only easy, but boosts faster healing than oral administration.

It helps balance pH

Most acne products lead to inflammation and soreness and dryness because of pH imbalances, but this herb is natural and suited for all kinds of skin. It does not in any way interfere with pH levels and balance and for this reason causes no irritation. You can use it without worrying about any adverse effects.

Using witch hazel for acne is one of the best steps you can take towards a flawless skin. If you don’t have the herb, choose products that have it as an ingredient.