Coconut Oil For Acne

I’m sure you’re here the answer the question is coconut oil good for acne? I had similar questions dealing with acne myself since I hit puberty. I’ve heard about the positive effects of essential oils for acne in general and how I could make homemade remedies for acne. Coconut oil came up in my investigation and led to all you see here. I’ve discovered coconut oil for skin acne can work absolute miracles when utilized correctly. I don’t plan on getting into the complete depth of chemistry of why coconut oil works wonders, because you can look for that anywhere. I’m specifically going to talk about how to use coconut oil for skin acne and how the same coconut oil can be used to treat and heal acne scars! Before we start here is the MOST IMPORTANT THING to remember: USE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL. This is one of the highest rated and best brands of coconut oil, but you can do as you please. OK, let’s begin and I’ll explain.

 

How Does Coconut Oil Help:

So how does coconut oil actually help? Let’s talk basics because if you’re like me, you’re mostly just interested in results and then care about the “why” stuff later. Coconut oil has several components including fatty acids, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory chemicals. It helps reduce your body’s natural oil production to see clearer skin. It can clear pores and be used as a toner without drying out the skin. Also, using coconut oil for acne scars is actually one of the best homemade products for acne scars.

 

Coconut oil can help smooth your skin be eliminating dead skin cells and energize the live cells underneath. You’ve probably never seen your skin “glow” as people say but you will after being consistent with coconut oil. The coconut oil will also replace and replenish the healthy oil on your face which acts as a protective barrier from the junk throughout the day such as sunlight and dirt from the environment.

 

Now just remember that coconut oil is not a “one-trick-to-fix-everything” type of acne treatment. It can help greatly, but for some things like cystic acne, coconut oil may not be the only required solution. Check out our cystic acne home remedy page to see how to eliminate those more advanced styles of acne. You will also need to invest in a healthier lifestyle. Are you reducing greasy foods and carbonated drinks from your diet? Are you sleeping enough? Are you exercising the minimum of 3 times per week? These are all beginner questions that you should be able to answer effectively if you’ve gotten this far in your search for a solution.

Here are some key ingredients in Coconut Oil and their function:

Coconut Oil Ingredients

Fatty AcidsAnti-inflammatory to reduce redness; healthy lubricant and moisturizer
Lauric AcidKills acne-causing bacteria
Caprylic AcidNatural anti-oxidant
Vitamin EHelps balance hormone regulating oil; Also anti-oxidant; Shown some ability to reduce acne scars

 

How to Use Coconut Oil on Face for Acne:

You can use coconut oil in two basic fashions to help your skin acne. Each have different benefits depending on what you need help with so let’s investigate both so you can decide how you want to use coconut oil.

 

Eating Coconut Oil

First and foremost must come the warning. DO NOT go overboard the first week ingesting large quantities or coconut oil or else you will experience diarrhea like you’ve never had before. Coconut oil is an extremely powerful detoxifying agent utilizing your bowel movements through your liver as its primary method of removing body toxins. Until your body can become acclimated to coconut oil, take it slow for your own good!

 

Start by eating 1 Tablespoon (about 3 teaspoons) per day but space each teaspoon out with your meals to again reduce the shock on your body. Do this for one week. In week 2, up the dose to 2 Tablespoons (about 6 teaspoons) also spaced out with your meals. Work up to a max of 3 Tablespoons per day because ingesting more can trigger the diarrhea mentioned before.

 

How will eating virgin coconut oil help detoxify my body? The oil will work with your liver to remove the toxins in your body that are being excreted by your skin. When the liver gets “over-worked “ by the large amount of junk people consume, the liver passes some workload of toxin removal on the skin since it is such a large organ. However, not all skin on your face is created for toxin removal (the face is great though of course) so when the skin is also over-worked, it can start storing the toxins which can lead to acne. The coconut oil will also balance out your Vitamin E levels and fatty acid levels in your body for optimum performance thus further helping reduce skin acne.

 

Lastly, coconut oil will help kill excess bacteria on your face that cause acne. And it will do that battle underneath the skin which greatly helps the “future” acne you can’t even see yet. A word of warning is that this battle of bacteria can actually cause an initial breakout on your face. Take this as a good sign that a massive war is underway for your face and this little hiccup is the small price to pay for good-looking skin.

 

Applying Coconut Oil Directly on Skin

The other method to use virgin coconut oil is to apply it directly on your face like a toner. This method will not provide as great of benefit, but still can help in your results. First, cleanse and dry your face with a facewash as you normally do. Using warm / hot water is obviously preferred to open pores and prepare them for the coconut oil. Next, dab small amounts on a cotton swab pad and apply a THIN layer on your face. You hopefully are washing your face twice per day so use the coconut oil as a toner after each wash.

 

The virgin coconut oil will also help wage that battle against the face bateria living under your skin. It should also cause a small breakout before proving good results so again don’t be discouraged. Using the coconut oil as a toner is best when compounded with ingesting the coconut oil so you can literally attack the acne bacteria from both fronts.

 

The Final Word of Advice:

Virgin coconut oil can become one of your best friends for acne elimination. This is not a permanent cure for acne but a great tool to add in your toolbox on your path to beautiful skin. Results are not guaranteed as no one can perfectly describe your exact body type, lifestyle, environment, eating habits, etc. But using coconut oil has had a tremendous impact on thousands of people and hopefully it can for you too.
If you’re looking for other potential oils for acne, feel free to investigate evening primrose oil acne or jojoba oil acne. Have a great day!

Eliminate Forehead Acne

Forehead Acne
Forehead Acne

I’m sure we’ve all been there with forehead acne. You wake up and look in the mirror in shock of what you see. What kind of monster has erupted on your forehead overnight?! Yup, I know the feeling. Then, you scramble to find out how to get rid of forehead acne. You jump on Google and type forehead acne treatment and pray for a miracle. Well hopefully this is the answer to your prayers as it was mine! Let’s get to work.

 

Causes and Cures to Forehead Acne

When I had small pimples on forehead, I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to it. I continued with my normal routine of washing, toner and moisturizer. That’s it. It never occurred to me that the acne on forehead could be from sources other than the common clogged pores or hormones.

However, those regular little zits begged me to question my knowledge and led to some research on why I got regular pimple on forehead unlike the other places.  I discovered this acne-face map which was created by the ancient Chinese. This was used to map the external abnormalities to their actual internal root cause. They believed that the external abnormalities were actually triggered by internal factors and depicted them in this map. Let’s be honest, the ancient Chinese definitely knew a thing or two about medicine and how to understand the human body

Forehead Acne Causes

The ancient Chinese clearly believed that forehead acne is related to digestive disorders. Obviously, there can be other causes that trigger acne forehead. Some of the ones I’ve used are mentioned below (and feel free to comment on your experience):

1. Clogged Pores

  • One of the main and universal cause of acne.
  • Clogged pores can be dealt easily with a good CTM (Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize) routine followed by a monthly steam session.
  • Be Cautious NOT to overdo the steaming session.

Obviously this would be the first cause for forehead acne. However, one common misconception is that all faces are alike. You should study your face to determine if your clogged pores are due to excessive oil, excessive dead skin cells, or possible environmental factors. Sometimes a “one-size-fits-all” wash may not be the best method for how to get rid of acne on forehead.

2. Potential Digestive Issues

  • A digestive problem is the most likely cause of forehead acne (as mentioned with the Chinese map).
  • This can only be tackled with a well balanced diet.
  • Drink lots of water (I shoot for 4 Camelbak containers per day).
  • Are you getting the 5-9 fruits & veggies per day (maybe start with 2-3 if not and work up to it).
  • Avoid fried foods and artificial sweeteners. Picture this, every time you eat that cheeseburger, fried chicken, or greasy pizza, you have to wipe the food on your forehead and leave the grease there. That’s basically what you’re doing when you eat it.
  • Exercising regularly should be a no brainer. Goal is MINIMUM 30 minutes of increase heart rate 3 times per week.

3. Your Hair Might Have Dandruff

  • I know you don’t have it, but double check because dandruff can easily trigger acne on forehead.
  • Try a good anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner combo.

4. You Could Have An Oily Scalp

  • Oil from an oily scalp can easily trickle down and clog pores to cause the forehead acne.
  • Be sure to wash your hair regularly to avoid an oily scalp.

5. Are You Over-Stressed?

  • Stress contributes to a surprisingly large amount of illnesses including your acne forehead.
  • Find out what stresses you out (ask others if you’re unsure).
  • Yoga and meditation are common stress relievers.
  • Other methods for stress relief depend on your personality. Some people love exercise, shopping, manicure/pedicure, spa days, etc. Pick one or two.

6. Certain Hair or Cosmetic Products

  • Forehead acne can be triggered by hair sprays, dyes, colorings, hair creams, etc. Check the label and test the market
  • Women with bangs are usually more susceptible to forehead acne.
  • Take a break occasionally from makeup. Give your face a day to “breathe” unless you’re sure you use an oil-free type makeup.
  • ALWAYS take makeup and cosmetics off at night!

7. Avoid Over Exfoliating

  • Exfoliating is great and removes old, dead cells to keep skin looking fresh.
  • But overdoing it with exfoliation can irritate skin causing forehead acne.
  • Aim to exfoliate twice per week at most.

8. Wearing A Helmet or Baseball Cap

  • Helmets and caps trap dirt and oil over time. If you can, use a spare clean towel to put on your forehead while using them. This may not be feasible in every situation but make an effort.
  • Wipe your helmet after each use to remove dirt and oil.
  • Wash caps regularly.

9. Certain Medications

  • Medications are tough to clearly identify in this article due to the large variance in type and usages. Some allergy medications, birth control prescriptions, etc. have shown cases of breakouts. Investigate with a doctor or pharmacy technician who specialize in those areas.
  • Ask your doctor each time you receive a prescription. Specifically about any acne side-effects.

10. Bedding and Pillow Sheets

  • Look to change your sheets and bed pillows regularly. Preferably weekly or twice a week if the forehead acne is bad. You probably spend anywhere between 35 and 56 hours per week rolling your face, hair and neck on those pillow sheets. All they do is collect dirt and oil and rub that back on your skin.
  • Otherwise, use a towel over your pillow for 2 days per week flipping the towel after each use. This could extend the life of pillow sheet washing if you have plenty of towels as most people seem to.

11. Genetic And Hormonal Factors

  • Genetic and hormonal factors are the most difficult to handle.
  • This is another instance where talking to a doctor or other professional is recommended. Some medications can help with these acne issues.

 

Homemade Remedies for Acne

Below are a few incredible remedies that will help reduce the acne on forehead regardless of the cause:

1. Face Mask for Acne

  • Several types of face mask for acne exist depending on skin type.
  • Homemade vs buying a product depends on your preference.
  • This mask will leave behind fresh and supple skin that you’ll love
  • Remember to sleep on a towel if using the mask overnight.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar is great for pimples on head scalp.
  • Use a cotton swab and dab apple cider vinegar onto the affected area once or twice a day but no more.
  • ACV works best on a single beastly pimple or blemish spot.
  • Remember it is unnecessary to rinse the apple cider vinegar from your face, unless you used large amounts and feel you should.

3. Lemon Juice

  • The lemon is an old faithful forehead acne remedy.
  • Dab a few drops of lemon on the zits and leave it on overnight.
  • Avoid using lemon juice during the daytime and focus on nighttime application.
  • Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive and can cause many more blemishes or sun damage.

4. Honey for Acne

  • Honey can be used raw or combined with other ingredients to create a powerful mask.
  • Honey is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, and moisturizing compound to deal with acne.
  • Honey is a trade secret is many top-of-the-line beauty products.

5. Essential Oils for Acne

  • Using essential oils for acne will leave your skin fresh and rejuvenated while attacking the deep acne.
  • Dab a bit of the oil onto the zits, and they will slowly diminish.

6. Vitamins

  • Check your diet to see how you’re doing on Vitamin A, B5, E, fish oil, and zinc
  • All the above have reported positive effects when used as a forehead acne eliminator and minimizer. Feel free to visit the local drugstore if you’re looking to up your intake.

 

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this and learned some things to help you put your best face forward. Feel free to check out other acne articles as we all continue to battle this together!

Using Honey For Acne

One of the greatest homemade remedies for acne actually consists of something very common in nature. Using honey for acne has unbelievable benefits for your face and this is going to tell you WHY honey is great, HOW to use the honey, and WHERE to get honey that is right for you. Buckle up because this will be the exploration path we’ve been waiting for.

(If you’re anything like me, I am mostly just interested in the HOW and WHERE part about the honey for acne. So I’ll leave the WHY part to the end if you actually have the desire to learn and understand what is happening to your face from the positive results of the acne. If not, then just get whatever info you need and go get that acne done!)

 

How to Use Raw Honey For Acne

Preferred for Raw, Organic Honey
Preferred for Raw, Organic Honey

If there’s one thing that most experts agree on, it’s that RAW honey is far greater for you than any processed honey. Both in terms of healthier eating, and better healing properties. There are also multiple types of honey with different levels of effectiveness depending on how much you are willing to pay for it. Think of it like everything else, the better it is for you, the more expensive it is (isn’t that a backwards mentality for our society…). First we can talk acne mask, then discuss how to use different mixtures for scrubs or acne treatments. Now, I’m not going to overwhelm you with 50+ different ideas to try because there are thousands of ideas out online about how to use honey for acne. This will focus on the top 3 things for each category so you can choose your preference from the best as opposed from the masses.

 

Honey Mask For Acne

Mask 1 – Straight Raw, Organic Honey

Sometimes, the original is the absolute best. Here’s a straight-no-chaser style of mask.

  1. Wash face with usual face wash and pat dry your face
  2. Get real organic honey (not the common stuff in the store)
  3. Take small amount in hand/fingers and apply on face covering acne
  4. Leave on for 20-30 minutes
  5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry

Tips & Caution: honey is a common allergen so please test beforehand on inner elbow. The sticky-ness of honey has fantastic effects to pull away dirt and dead skin while the antioxidants in honey make skin look fresh and young.

 

Mask 2 – Honey and Cinnamon

A mask of honey and cinnamon for acne can work wonders for bacteria removal. Cinnamon is a powerful eliminator of acne bacteria on the face.

  1. DO NOT wash face beforehand as the cinnamon will do that
  2. Mix 2-to-1 ratio of raw honey and cinnamon (2 tablespoons of honey and 1 of cinnamon)
  3. Rinse face with warm water and apply mixture scrubbing VERY gently
  4. Leave on face for 10-15 minutes after gently scrubbing
  5. Wash with warm water and pat dry
  6. OPTIONAL – If face feels excessively dry, apply toner and moisturizer

Tips & Caution: Using cinnamon and honey for acne carries risks because both are common allergens so please test beforehand on inner elbow. This mixture works best when fresh! Lastly, give this mask some time because it works more on the deeper level of skin layers so results may come after 1 to 2 weeks instead of immediately.

 

Mask 3 – (For Sensitive Skin) Aloe Vera and Honey Mask

Using aloe vera for acne is well known for being gentle on skin and especially on people who have common itchiness, redness, or inflammation on their face. Aloe Vera helps to soften, smooth, moisten and can even tone sensitive skin.

  1. Mix even tablespoon fulls of honey and Aloe Vera juice (let it stand for about 10 minutes and do Step B in meantime)
  2. Wash face with usual face wash and pat dry your face
  3. Apply thin layer of mixture on  your face
  4. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and gently rinse with warm water. Pat dry

Tips & Caution: Although there are no known allergic reactions to Aloe Vera, it’s always best to test beforehand on inner elbow. This mixture works best when fresh!

 

Where to Get the Right Type of Honey

When thinking about using honey to treat acne, you should know there are multiple types of honey available. I know, that can be confusing so let’s walk through it and rank the best and top 2 honey to use on face and where to get them.

 

Honey #1 – Manuka Honey for Acne

Manuka honey is highly regarded as the absolute best honey for acne. If you care to know why, feel free to click manuka honey acne and I’ll explain all the ins-and-outs. Otherwise, let’s just talk about where to get it. It’s crucial to understand that manuka honey has thousands of imitators on the market so here’s the basics to know the good from the bad. There is a ratings system called MGO (methylglyoxal) rating. This measures the naturally occurring chemical in manuka honey making it so special. If the product has an MGO 400 + rating or higher it is considered to be good quality. This means the product contains at least 400 milligrams of the chemical methylglyoxal which is the differentiator in manuka honey. Here is a good example of a well-rated MGO manuka honey.

The other great rating system is called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association) which also rates manuka honey to restrict imitators. A UMF rating of 15+ or greater is considered quality. Here is a good example of a well-rated UMF manuka honey.

 

Honey #2 – Raw Organic Honey for Acne

If you’re going to use honey on your face and don’t want to pay large amounts for manuka honey, maybe organic raw honey can work for you. This is not your typical store bought, golden honey. In fact, organic honey is more like peanut butter because it hasn’t been processed. When raw honey is processed, the heat actually kills all the active ingredients that make honey great for antibacterial purposes. You can typically find raw honey at a specialty shop like Trader Joe’s. However, if you don’t have one nearby, consider using this raw honey.
Both of these honey choices will work perfectly with any of the masks discussed above. Feel free to check out the other pages with details and you’ll find everything you need for more ways to conquer acne. Best of luck!

 

Related Links:

Forehead Acne

Face Mask For Acne

Aloe Vera For Acne

Oils (YES OILS!) that can clear acne!

The best essential oils for acne
The best essential oils for acne

A new article came out the other day by Cosmopolitan UK describing the 10 best oils to use to help fight oily skin and acne breakouts. It was a short and interesting piece that didn’t go into much detail about how to actually use the oils, but nevertheless it was good. It was quite similar to the post I created about How To Use Essential Oils for Acne back a while ago and showcased most of the same oils. The difference is here I’ll actually help you understand HOW to use the oils safely and effectively on your face.

 

Overall, the list is very comprehensive and complete. They just don’t have a great amount of instruction on how to use these oils effectively. For example, did you even know jojoba oil is considered a “carrier oil” which means it acts as a transition oil for other oils to penetrate deeper into the skin? Basically, it means you can mix jojoba oil with something like lavender or tea tree and multiply the acne fighting effects! It allows for a great mix-and-match approach since everyone has different acne problems. Feel free to check out a more detailed list at my article How To Use Essential Oils For Acne.

 

Here’s the list of oils mentioned in the Cosmo UK article:

  • Jojoba oil – A carrier oil great for moisturizing and bringing other essential oils for acne deeper into skin
  • Aloe vera essential oil – A very vitamin rich oil specializing in anti-inflammation and scar healing. Check out my Aloe Vera for Acne page to see more about how to use it
  • Geranium essential oil – Helps tighten skin pores and reduce oil production in the face
  • Tea tree essential oil – A great anti-bacterial oil for smoothing and calming nasty breakouts.
  • Myrrh essential oil – Fantastic combination of acne fighting and anti-aging wrinkle reduction
  • Patchouli essential oil – Great for tightening pores and eliminating bacteria on your face
  • Roman chamomile essential oil – Reduces inflammation and redness while revitalizing skin
  • Eucalyptus essential oil – Excellent anti-bacterial properties
  • Lavender essential oil – Well known for calming severe breakouts and smoothing skin. Also smells great!

 

Here is the original article from the Cosmopolitan UK if you’d like to see it.

 

Related Links: