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Does Coconut Oil Treat Acne?

Coconut oil may be able to treat acne
Coconut oil may be able to treat acne
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Acne is a common skin disease. The symptoms include skin redness, numerous pimples, small and large papules, blackheads and whiteheads, sometimes scarring. The infected skin not only looks very unpleasant, it becomes inflamed, very sensitive and unprotected.

The cause of acne

There are sebum glands on the skin, which secrete natural oils to maintain skin moisture and prevent its cracking. If bacteria clog the opening of these glands, it results in obstruction in sebum secretion, infection gets the opportunity to develop causing the condition of acne. Inflammation, swelling, redness and pain are the common symptoms of this skin disease.

The overproduction of sebum clogging pores can be the result of hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, stress, and improper diet.

Coconut oil for acne

There are numerous anti-acne products on the market nowadays. Still, dermatologists warn against the intensive usage of commercial creams and lotions, which are packed with chemicals and preservatives. More beneficial solution for acne problem has been found recently. It is all-natural virgin cold-pressed coconut oil. According to oilypedia coconut oil might clog your pores but it also can successfully combat acne due to the nutritive agents of the oil.

  1. Fatty acids.

Coconut oil contains such rare and valuable fatty acids as capric acid and lauric acid. In the nature, they are present in human breast milk, which is known to protect babies against infections. These fatty acids possess powerful antimicrobial properties. Besides killing harmful bacteria, these fatty acids cooperate with “good” microbes on the skin. Together they form a protective skin layer to prevent from infection development in the future.

  1. Vitamin E.

Coconut oil is a good source of Vitamin E. It helps maintenance the proper functioning of sebum glands and clears pores from existing blockage. Internal consumption of food rich in Vitamin E regulates hormonal balance in the body which reduces the risk of sebum gland hyper-activity.

  1. Vitamin A.

The main activity of this vitamin in connection to the skin is its ability to regulate skin-shedding. When this process is going right, premature skin cells won't shed, leaving the skin unprotected; neither will they stay on too long, causing the build-up of oily secrets. However, this Vitamin A benefit work only from inside. You must consume coconut oil to provide your skin with skin-shedding regulation.

The cooperation of above mentioned nutrients make coconut oil an excellent anti-acne product. After applying to the skin, the oil immediately begins to reduce inflammation.

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