Acne is a skin condition which includes blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. This happens when the opening near the surface of the skin is blocked and produces a build-up of oil. The result is inflammation and redness. Coconut oil as an acne treatment program, has been proven to work in many individuals.
One of the components in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid that fights bacteria and other viruses. Using it to treat acne can be very effective. The other components in coconut oil have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties which further the effectiveness of coconut oil in the treatment of acne.
Coconut oil can be used internally or externally. To get the full effectiveness of a coconut oil acne treatment program one should use both methods in unison. It is relatively easy to incorporate coconut oil into your diet.
* Replace your cooking oil with coconut oil
* Add it to a smoothie
* Eat it directly off a spoon (the texture is a little strange but doesn't stick around long).
These are just a few ways to put coconut oil into your diet. Most people use 1 - 3 tablespoons a day. To use externally rub coconut oil gently on the area of the problem skin. Do this at least twice a day.
While coconut oil can treat the underlying reason for acne, there are also psychological effects of adolescent acne as well. Adolescence is a time when the body goes through hormonal changes. Teens are just beginning to explore who they are. Acne can make teens not want to participate in group activities due to self-esteem issues arising from this condition.
It is important for teens to understand that acne is not a disease, but a temporary condition that most likely will affect them at some point in their lives. For girls, pimples may occur during menstruation. While for boys, it is common for acne to begin at puberty.
Good hygiene habits can help prevent the acne from becoming too bad. For example, teens should not squeeze pimples or scrub the acne area too hard. Girls should avoid wearing make-up that could make the problem worse.
While there are tons of over-the-counter medications and topical creams, a coconut oil acne treatment is safer and just as effective. Unlike the medications mentioned, coconut oil does not contain any chemicals or preservatives. Furthermore, there is no likelihood that any teen would develop side effects from coconut oil. Using coconut oil can not only treat skin infections, but produce a healthier complexion.
As we continue to explore natural remedies to improve our overall health, coconut oil is tops on the list. Ironically, it wasn't too long ago that scientists thought coconut oil was the cause of acne. Today, however, the medical community has embraced this natural product since it has been proven to be a safe and effective alternative. It is understandable how the palm tree upon which coconuts grow is called "the Tree of Life".
Romona Burns has been an ASH (Advanced Scientific Health) Researcher since July 10, 2007. She began her own research, when her father was sent home in early 2001 to die of cancer. The doctors said there was nothing more conventional medicine could do for him.
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