Using coconut oil to treat acne

Natural treatments for acne are becoming much more commonplace these days. This is because some of the chemical based treatments can actually aggravate acne in some cases, so by using natural treatments only, if it doesn't make the acne better, at least it also won't make it worse. And besides, it's usually cheaper and at least you know you won't have any side effects.

Natural treatments are usually several types of fruits and veggies, as well as certain kinds of oil. Coconut oil is one of the best remedies for acne.

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Coconut oil is good for your skin, and it also smells good. That's why it's quite a popular remedy to use for acne. When applied on the area, it also has the ability to block a bit of the sun's rays as well (only 20%, so it's not a replacement for sunscreen, but it will help a bit). It also has antiseptic qualities which keep various types of acne at bay, and also keeps the skin clear.

It may seem weird at first, applying oil to your skin because you'd think that you would need less oil, and not more. But in order to understand why coconut oil works, you must first understand what really causes acne in the first place.

Your skin contains glands in its surface, these glands secrete oil that keeps your skin moist. Sometimes these glands secrete too much oil for some reason. But this isn't the only thing that can cause acne. Oils help to clear out your pores, and if they get blocked, acne is the result. This is where the coconut oil comes in - it can penetrate into your pores and help to dissolve obstructions and unclog your pores and help to get them working normally again.

Coconut oil is also a good source of vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for healthy skin. Vitamin E also helps to clear clogged pores and it controls the secretion of oil so that you secrete just the right amount.

Coconut oil helps with many other skin problems too, depending on what caused them. For example, coconut oil can help with yeast infections on the skin in some cases.

Acne is a notorious skin ailment, but it's not just limited to teenagers like the ads on TV may have you believe. It can affect people of all ages, and doesn't always disappear with age. Some people have really bad acne and can end up spending a fortune trying to get rid of it and not have any good results, but maybe that could have been avoided if they had tried using coconut oil earlier.

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