No matter which part of your body has pimples, like chest, back, hands, legs, or face, acne flare is a direct reflection of your internal health.
That said, if you want to get rid of acne, begin from within. But we can tackle externally (your skin) at the same time. This will help heal your skin faster.
Here, let me give you a little background on why acne takes place so that you know exactly what you're doing and not following instructions blindly.
Our liver is a super busy organ. It takes care of more than 400 tasks every single day. Toxin removal and regulating sebum (skin oil) are two of them, which are critical to maintaining a healthy skin.
Excessive secretion of sebum encourages overgrowth of acne bacteria. These domineering acne bacteria then peel off the ... Continue reading "How to Get Rid of Acne with Coconut Oil?"
When work alone, coconut oil is sufficient to fix your acne issue. But if you want something solid that includes coconut oil to help treat your acne and improve your acne-prone skin, then try mixing the below plant ingredients with coconut oil.
Try to use organic ingredients as far as you can. Being free of chemicals, pesticides and many artificial additives can help to expedite the healing of acne and is definitely good for acne-prone skin.
1. Oatmeal with Coconut Oil (Face Mask)
When acne breaks out, your skin pH will fall and it will become inflamed, sensitive and sore. Mixing oatmeal with coconut oil to form a face mask can help restore the pH of your skin and hence, provide a soothing relief for acne-prone skin.
This mixture, at the same time, can provide effective acne treatment as coconut oil is present.
- Virgin coconut oil (1 tablespoon)
- Rolled oats (4 tablespoons)
- Warm water
Note: You can use RBD coconut oil if you prefer not to have that coconut fragrance. Also, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to give a more cooling feel.
- Grind rolled oats (using a blender) into a coarse powder to enhance ... Continue reading "What to Mix with Coconut Oil for Acne?"
Some acne sufferers have tried treating acne on their face with coconut oil and it does help clear their skin of acne.
The type of coconut oil used is key, as well as the way you apply coconut oil to your face for acne. Some diet changes are necessary too since good skin comes from the inside out.
Let's dig in.
1. Virgin or Refined Coconut Oil?
Virgin coconut oil has the best combination of various antimicrobials to help keep your acne bacteria in the skin on your face in check. (Please note that extra-virgin coconut oil is the same as virgin coconut oil.)
We don't kill all acne bacteria since when they stay in balance on our face they actually help protect against ... Continue reading "How to Apply Coconut Oil to Face for Acne?"
Sad to say, yes. Coconut oil does react with plastic, to some degree.
Although the commonly used PET and HDPE containers for coconut oil do not dissolve or melt easily by acidic content, coconut oil has a pH 5, which is slightly acidic (I've tested with universal indicator) and therefore, slightly corrosive.
Even if you don't have that pH testing kit, you can feel it "biting" the back of your throat when you drink it out of the jar. That shows the slight acidity level of coconut oil and its potential reaction with plastic.
Which means that there's a chance that leaching may occur particularly when the plastic container that holds coconut oil is ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil React with Plastic?"
You can generally use any type of coconut oil to clear acne except for the hydrogenated type.
Even though coconut oil has only about 10% unsaturated fats to be hydrogenated, it's still unhealthy for the skin as the small amount of trans-fatty acids produced is still pretty damaging especially when it gets accumulated over time.
That said, you should use the most natural form of coconut oil like virgin coconut oil to treat acne effectively.
Virgin coconut oil carries medium-chain fatty acids (about 60%) that can penetrate deep into your skin to fuel cells so that they can expel toxins out of your skin.
Toxins are what make your skin dull and dispirited. Toxins also contribute to forming the ... Continue reading "What Coconut Oil to Use for Acne?"
Many people are arguing whether coconut oil does clog pores on face. If it does, then it will trigger an outbreak of acne.
No need for that unnecessary dispute actually. To find out if coconut is comedogenic or not, just use it on your face (follow the simple steps below) and you'll soon get to know. Note that the skin on your face is practically thinner (and thus, more delicate) than the skin on your body.
Step 1 – Cleanse Your Face Thoroughly
Your face is covered with a layer of skin oil, dust, dirt and other micro-stuff that our bare eyes cannot see. Even if coconut oil is super easy to get absorbed, it won't penetrate your skin easily and will give the impression that it is comedogenic and does clog pores on the face.
Hence, wash your face and pat it dry thoroughly. Try using a more natural facial wash rather than those commercial facial cleansers. This will make sure your skin wouldn't get obstructed by chemicals and the test for whether coconut oil will clog pores on face will be more accurate.
Step 2 – Type of Coconut Oil Used
Normally, when people apply the oil to their face and it makes them feel clogged on the skin or even triggers an acne outbreak, they would quickly jump to conclusion that the particular oil is comedogenic. Right?
This can happen to many plant-based oils even in their most natural form. But definitely would be unfair to coconut oil as coconut oil, when in its most natural state, can ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil Clog Pores on Face?"
Not all fractionated coconut oils are made equal.
Some fractionated coconut oils are strictly meant for skin care. Some are created for consumption, but they can also be applied topically for skin care.
If you're looking for a fractionated coconut oil that is edible, that would be either MCT oil or liquid coconut oil. They're fractionated coconut oil, actually. It's just that they're named or labeled differently to tell the consumers that they are edible, not just for skin care.
On the other hand, the type that is labeled 'fractionated coconut oil' is usually the kind that you cannot eat since it is not FDA approved. It is solely for skin care purpose.
MCT oil is made specially for medical use (mainly in the treatment for malabsorption) or for athletes who want to improve their performance through reducing body fat and enhancing endurance level.
Liquid coconut oil is created for people who prefer to ... Continue reading "Is Fractionated Coconut Oil Edible?"
Coconut oil's medium-chain fatty acids, as they're smaller in size than long-chain fatty acids which are commonly found in meat and many vegetable oils, can effortlessly penetrate cell (double-walled) membranes without the help of insulin and provide instant energy source to the cells, thereby boosting cellular metabolism.
When your overall body's metabolism increases, the excess fat in your fat reserves will be pulled out for use as energy to power up your body. Which means, coconut oil burns fat and yes, coconut oil can help to lose weight.
On page 148 of Eat Fat Look Thin: A Safe and Natural Way to Lose Weight Permanently, it says:
"Farmers are always looking for ways to fatten their livestock because bigger animals bring bigger profits. Fats and oils have been used as an additive in animal feed as a means of quickly packing on weight in preparing them for market. Saturated fat would seem like a good choice to fatten up livestock and pig farmers tried to feed coconut products to their animals for this purpose, but when it was added to the animal feed, the pigs lost weight! Farmers found that the high polyunsaturated oil content of corn and soybeans quickly did what the coconut oil couldn't. Animals fed corn and soybeans packed on pounds quickly and easily. One of the reasons these oils work so well is that polyunsaturated oils suppress thyroid function, decreasing the animals' metabolic rate. They can eat less food and gain more weight! Many people are in a similar situation. Every time we eat polyunsaturated oils our thyroid function decreases. Weight gain is one of the consequences."
In fact, not only polyunsaturated oils, even the so-called health-promoting olive oil may cause weight gain too because it carries ... Continue reading "Can Coconut Oil Help Lose Weight?"
Technically speaking, coconut oil is not a laxative. It, however, does help to stimulate bowel movement.
Most laxatives work to help the stool absorbs water so that it becomes softer and therefore, can easily "slide" through the wavy "tunnel" and get out of the "dirty place".
However, many constipation sufferers are still not getting their freedom with laxatives because it could be their sluggish bowels that are causing the problem, in addition to not having adequate water intake to create the bulk and soften the stool.
This makes coconut oil a popular treatment for constipation because coconut oil can turn a sluggish bowel into a hyperactive bowel. Thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids that are capable of achieving that since these compounds can easily break through the barrier and penetrate cells without much difficulty.
When they enter the cells, they convert to energy and power up the cells to help regain normal intestinal muscle contractions upon stimulation by bulk.
But that's not all. Coconut oil is a 100% fat. Which means, it releases tons of ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil a Laxative?"
Coconut oil does help to improve bowel movement, but not all people taking coconut oil get to poop easily. That's because coconut oil works more effectively on people who have sluggish bowels.
For example, you may have taken good loads of fiber (from fruits and vegetables) and you drink 8 glasses of water every day. You exercise regularly as well. However, you still find hard to defecate. This is a sign of sluggish bowels.
Coconut oil can make you poop more easily in this case because it can power up your intestinal cells and help gather more water in your stools to stimulate muscle contractions on your bowels.
But if your intestines are inflamed due to ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis, then it may take longer for coconut oil to take its effect on moving bowels. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well. So, what coconut oil does is it will first help to reduce the inflammation in your intestines and if it has excess fatty acids left then these compounds will help to move your bowels.
In such a case, you would need to take ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil Make You Poop?"