We can find natural and effective solutions from coconut oil to help treat the acne symptoms. Though, it is unusual to use oil for this treatment since it’s greasy and might worsen the case. But there are plenty of reasons why we need the coconut oil to treat the acne and it is also surprisingly being effective once used. The advantage of using the coconut oil is having an effective results and using natural products.
The simplest and most effective method using coconut for acne treatment is applying directly to the affected area where acne is present. Rub coconut oil from your palm to heat a little and apply it into the pimple in a circular motion, repeat the procedure twice in a day.
Coconut Oil Considerations
Making sure of the right dosage and not allergic to it, will prevent severe situations. Another reason of having bad reviews about the coconut oil is the poor quality of the oils. Some dishonest manufacturers sell defective products instead of virgin coconut oil, that my cause rash and inflammation. You may recognize the low quality of the coconut oil by:
- Transparency – the oil should always be transparent. A coconut oil that has Yellowish or brownish color means the oil is fake or poor-quality.
- Price – buying cheap oil will always mean poor quality.
- Scent – if the aroma is somehow poignant you are not getting the right coconut oil you want to purchase. The Coconut oil smells faintly when it is made in high quality.
Coconut oil may have many positive effects on acne symptoms, severity and healing of the acne but the coconut oil is still considered to be a light-microbial agent. This means, on a severe or serious case of acne, coconut oil will not be your only treatment. You should also consider different angles of problem and if severity of acne still exists, please see a doctor.
Results will depend from person to person according to the type of their skin, age, profession, eating habits, lifestyle, hygiene and sanitary behavior. It should always be remembered that the coconut oil is not a source for cure on Acne, it is simply a treatment. To know for an allergic reaction from coconut oil, you can do a little test by applying a small amount of coconut oil on your wrist and wait for 24 hours. If after 24 hours there are no reactions from the coconut oil, you can use the coconut oil safely. Coconut oils that are of good quality are not dangerous enough for babies.
4 Different Kinds of Acne and Signs
- Whiteheads – it is a small blemish with whitish heads. It is the result of follicles that are plugged with sebum and dead skin cells. Though our skin needs a certain amount of natural oil to protect and nourish the skin. The whiteheads only appear when there are excess sebum and dead cells that clogged the pores.
- Blackheads – it is tiny blemishes that looks like black dots. It is open comedones that causes it to have a black pigment. It is when the debris inside the follicle are being oxidized. Cleaning of blackheads will not work since the black tip of the blackhead is a pigment and cannot be removed by scrubbing and cleaning.
- Papules – it is often called as skin lesions. It changes its color and texture or oftentimes it clusters together to form rash. Papules are not serious and can be relieved by home treatments. They are usually small and it may be in a dome shape or flat on top. Papule can also be umbilicated or has small impression that looks a navel.
- Nodules, Cysts and Acne conglobate (severe acne) – face full of large, red, inflamed blemishes that lasted for months. This may indicate deeper condition than an average acne type and will cause more severe or permanent damage to the skin if left untreated.
Factors that make acne worse
- Taking progesterone-only contraceptive pill may worsen the acne
- Humid environment or sweating heavily.
- Hormonal changes on women (monthly period)
- Picking and squeezing the acne
- Thick or greasy make-up, possible to worsen acne. However, most of the make up today does not affect the acne. May use make-up to cover some mild spots.
- Some medicines like phenytoin usually taken by patients with epilepsy. Also steroid creams and ointments that are applied for eczema.
- Taking anabolic steroids
- Diets with high sugar and milk products may worsen the acne, however, research still has failed to find evidence.
3 Nutritious Agents in Coconut Oil that make it good for Acne
1. Vitamin E
The coconut oil is known to be rich in vitamin E and the its function to the skin is to keep it healthy and ensures proper functions of sebum glands and it clears the blockage. This will treat the actual root of the acne, behaviors that will lead to the appearance of the acne and symptoms that may occur. This will also reduce the natural hormones to fluctuate that may lead to the sebum gland becoming hyperactive. Vitamin E also is claimed to work as an antioxidant.
When the coconut oil is applied, it is quickly absorbed by the skin and begins to reduce inflammation from acne. It is also soothing to the skin and highly penetrating. The coconut oil also helps in healing open wounds on severe cases of acne. It also indirectly affects proper secretion and hormonal balance, thus lessens the chances of developing acne. It also has an increased rate of healing and repair on the skin cells that were damaged by a widespread condition.
3. Fatty Acids
The coconut oil has two fatty acids namely Capric Acid and Lauric Acid and known to be a source of antimicrobial agent for food. These acids are also found in the breast milk that keeps the newborn protected from any infections. When applied on skin, some microbes from the skin will convert the acids to monocaprin and monolaurin. This will replace the protective acid layer on the skin that is removed through constant washing and wiping. Taking coconut oil will also have the similar effect for protection but applying it directly is always recommended.
Due to the rich chemical composition of the coconut oil it is very helpful for the skin care by nourishing and moisturizing it. It penetrates quickly to the skin that kills the bacteria present and it neutralizes the inflammation. The coconut oil also has regenerating and clarifying properties for skin acne. It will also prevent or lessens skin marks, acne marks and black dots.
In choosing the kind of coconut oil for the acne, you should choose the highest quality of the coconut. It’s discouraged to use unrefined or crude variety because of its unhygienic process and may contain dust particles that will add to the clogs of the sebum glands. It is always recommended to use refined, typically the Virgin coconut oil though may be a little expensive compared with unrefined coconut oil.
Why do Acne occur?
Acne is one of the common skin condition of the face in some places like United states, tropical countries, etc. Acne has been an infamous and a widespread problem in years, though it is most common among all the teenagers since they are entering the puberty stage and it can also affect adults in all ages. Most of symptoms will just disappear or decrease as soon as the puberty hormones pass through and be normalize, however, having an acne is still painful and most of the time giving you an awkward situation and even leaves a permanent mark on the face and body. Some fortunate people doesn’t need to deal with treatments, too much spending and wasting time for their acnes but there are also people who are not lucky enough to avoid those acnes without spending much of their time and money.
People with acne usually have different reasons of acquiring such. The person is not washing the face more than normal; recommended number of washing the face will be twice a day using soap and lukewarm water (a very hot and cold water will worsen the situation of the acne). Do not scrub hard the affected area when washing the face. It is also considered to acquire acne if a person is using abrasive soaps, cleansing, astringents, granules or exfoliating agents. Instead, use a soft washcloth and fingers when washing the face. Excess washing and scrubbing will cause severe inflammation.
Though the acne is not fully understood but there can be several factors that would provoke the appearance of the acne such as stress; it can aggravate the presence of acne. Others are:
- Caused by Hormones
Having an increased hormone production will also make some changes on the physical aspect of a person. An increase of hormone production is mostly common on teenagers who are in their puberty stage. It is also the stage where both boys and girls are producing high levels of androgens, the male sex hormones include testosterone. Testosterones signals the body the make more sebum and the oil produced is produced in the skin’s oil gland.
- Caused by Bacteria
The excess sebum usually clogs in the opening of the follicles in chest, neck and the back. And during this clogging, the black heads and the whiteheads, also known as “comedones” forms on the surface of the skin.
Comedones are the skin colored, small bumps or papules, that are commonly found on the forehead and on the chin around those with acne. Comedones are usually clogged and if it’s clean and clear. It is called a pore/pores.
- Blackheads – are the open comedones and the black pigment is caused by the melanin not by dirt.
- Whiteheads – are the closed type comedones and the follicles are completely blocked.
- Microcomedones – are very small wherein it is not seen by a naked eye.
- Macrocomedones – it is facial closed comedones that are larger than 2-3mm in diameter.
- Giant Comedo – a type of cyst with clear blackhead-like opening in the skin.
- Solar comedones – found in cheeks and chin in older people and are thought to have caused due to sun damage.
Two different subtypes of acne:
- Acne neonatorium
- Acne infantum
These usually affects the newborns and infants (usually boys). It is a pimply rash that appears on the face and usually disappear within weeks without any lasting effect. However, some Acne infantum may last longer and severe that it may cause scarring.
Acne is not an infectious disease but the bacteria can contribute to acne’s inflammatory lesions. There are number of bacteria on the skin surface that increases such as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), Propionibacterium granulosum, Staphylococcus epidermidis. The number of malassezia yeasts may probably increase.
Conditions that cause Papules
Is an inflammation of the skin which is the common cause of papule. It is characterized by rash which can be made of papules. The contact dermatitis is the most common form of dermatitis and this type is caused by materials that were touched by the skin, creating irritation or an allergic reaction. This may include: jewelry, soap, latex and rubber, makeup, chemicals and dyes on clothing and poison ivy or other plants.
- Chicken pox
This is considered to be highly infectious disease that may develop after being infected with varicella-zoster virus. The chickenpox will create extreme itchy rash of papules. It mostly attained through coughing and sneezing from the infected person. It may have serious effect on newborn babies, adults and those people who have weak immune system.
It also an atopic dermatitis and another common cause of papules. It characterized by scaly rashes, itchiness, blisters and dryness of the skin. But the exact cause of eczema is still unknown and not caused by an allergy.
- Cutaneous Candidiasis
It is an infection of the skin that is caused by fungus (Candida albicans). It also called yeast infection and also the fungus that causes diaper rash on babies and oral thrush on adults.