I've tried coconut oil, and honestly it is amazing.
If you take in internally (1 tbsp/day) your body is getting the short chain fatty acids for the cells to repair themselves. If you take it internally it should stop your hormonal acne as well, also consider taking vitex fruit (very good for hormonal changes in your body).
I put it on my toast every morning It actually has more medium-chain fatty acids -- 6-12 carbons-- in it, which is said to have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. I've only found one study on that, though. In the study, it was found that the lauric acid that makes up most of the fatty acids in coconut oil (when taken internally) is converted into monolaurin which inhibits the cell membranes of bacteria and can stop protein synthesis and DNA replication. This would kill the bacteria. That would only be a result of taking it internally, though...otherwise it wouldn't convert to monolaurin. So, you're definitely right about the benefits of taking it internally! It does make my face super soft when I put it directly on my skin, though
I'm not sure if it's helping/hurting my hormonal acne (as I still get stress zits sometimes). What is the vitex fruit you're talking about? Is it a pill/supplement?
Thats awesome, so you don't have much dietary changes (like fruits and veggies only)? Also how severe was your acne? I just want to know from your perspective.
When I put it topically I notice a great difference , the swelling goes away after a while as soon as I break out.
Have you tried mixing coconut oil with camphor? I used it once, the smell was very strong, but just as effective.
Also I mixed vitamin E oil with coconut oil and the marks faded even faster .
vitex fruit is a herbal supplement that regulates hormones changes, and helps with menustral cramps as well.
I'm a vegetarian and I eat very well to begin with. My acne is not overly severe, but I did get the occasional cyst and whiteheads-- I mostly had a blackhead problem.
I do notice a difference topically as well! It gets rid of my cystic acne SO quickly. It's awesome-- it reduces the swelling for me, too.
I haven't used camphor before, but I mix my coconut oil with vitamin E and jojoba oil, too sometimes and I find that they're lovely additions!
Thanks! I will definitely give this a try and let you know it goes. I have been wanting to try coconut oil (for cooking lol) for some time. Think I should treat my skin with it instead .
Good luck! Do what I did-- try it on just a few spots to begin with and then take the plunge into full-face treatment if you see positive results.
Oh my Gosh... Ok so after reading this article I bought some Dr. Bronner's Magic All In One Unrefined Expeller Pressed, Virgin Coconut Oil (wow what a mouthfull) intending to use it as a moisturizer. I will admit I was skeptical at first. It does smell like coconuts. I tried some on my legs and didn't really see the full effect. It just felt greasy to me. I got brave enough to try some on my face.
I only applied a little bit to my chin (the place where the whiteheads never really went away on the regimen) the next day I didn't really see any difference so I went back to my normal moisturizer.
I felt bad leaving perfectly good Coconut Oil just sit there. So I tried it again, I applied it twice now and first of all let me tell you, my chin hasn't been flaky at all. This coconut oil really locks in the moisture. Also, a lot of the whiteheads have been greatly reduced and almost gone! I am impressed! I'm going to try this all over my face *fingers crossed* let's see how this goes!
Isn't it an awesome moisturizer?
I use it on my legs after shaving and I don't get bumps or eczema like I used to-- but I agree, it can feel greasy.
I tested the coconut oil just like you did-- on a couple zits first and then did my whole face. Don't put too much to start off with-- just a finger-tip full ( a pea-sized amount). Rub it around on your face and then go to bed. I hope it works out for you!