For those looking for a natural way to get rid of the annoying side effects of puberty, coconut oil may just be your answer. Coconuts are delicious treats mostly found in the tropics. There are many forms of coconut: coconut water, coconut oil, or just freeze-dried coconut. Coconuts get their name from early Spanish explorers, because of their monkey-like appearance. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Coconut oil, much sought-after for its healing properties, has been seen used throughout history as a traditional medicine in Asian and Pacific cultures. This is also why the coconut palm is called, “the Tree of Life.”
Only in recent months have scientists unlocked the secrets to the amazing healing powers of the coconut. “A recent study by Chi-Hsien Liu and Hsin-Ying Huang examined the effectiveness of lauric acid specifically in fighting the bacteria known to cause acne. They tested [ten] fatty acids for activity against the bacteria, and lauric acid exhibited the most activity in vitro. In fact, lauric acid was 34 times more potent in tests than azelaic acid, which is currently an FDA-approved ingredient to treat acne. These results suggest that coconut oil, which is made of 50% lauric acid, should be quite effective in treating acne.” The lauric acid and capric acid is said to aid the coconut oil in its antibacterial properties. A build up in the pores causes acne on the face; this is usually a result of hormones during puberty. The anti-bacterial property of coconut oil is not the only reason to use it on your face. You can also use it as a skin moisturizer, instead of those filled with unnecessary chemicals.
When using it, it is best to follow the rule, “a little goes a long way.” Too much, and it may do more damage to your face than good. Remember, we want to get rid of acne not increase it. Put it on in the morning and at night, mostly at night, because that is when your skin is really working hard, and you want it working hard on getting rid of those pesky blemishes. For the morning, if you do not want to completely convert to using coconut, try mixing a tiny amount in with your normal face moisturizer; maybe add in a toner in your routine to give it a fighting chance. In addition, if you are anything like me, you would want to add it even in your face masks. There is nothing wrong with being overly overt, in getting rid of acne.
Now let us get done to the initial task, buying the good stuff. Yes, coconut oil is good for you, but not all of them are good. Just like everything else, companies will mix things in it to save them money, and so they can sell it for a cheaper price. Now, do not think there is not good coconut oil for a great price, because there are. The purer the stuff the better, look for things scream organic, 100% and grade A. Try your local health foods store, like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or surprisingly Costco (yup they have health stuff there), or just head online and shop on Amazon and buy yourself a jar. Whatever it is just make sure it is the good stuff, because if you use it right, a jar can last you up to year. That is if you don’t use it for other things, like cooking, or a body moisturize. If you know, you are going to use it for things besides your buy more than one, to prevent cross contamination with foods and such.