Although coconut oil is good for acne treatment, not all coconut oils are created equal. Hence, different types have different impact on treating acne. But of all types, virgin coconut oil offers the best acne treatment for skin. Why?
That's because virgin coconut oil helps to improve the removal of toxins from your blood so that your liver has less toxins to deal with and hence can effectively perform other functions like deactivating androgenic hormones to prevent excess secretion of skin oil, which is what makes your skin acne-prone.
What's more, virgin coconut oil does not clog pores. It helps to slough off dead skin cells to clear the clog instead. Not to mention that it also enhances the replacement of new skin cells since it boosts cellular metabolism.
On top of that, its antimicrobial compounds kill excess acne bacteria to stop hyper proliferation of dead skin cells, at the same time, reduces inflammation.
As mentioned a moment ago, virgin coconut oil boosts cellular metabolism. This increasing of metabolism stimulates your bowel movement to help get rid of your toxic waste as quickly as possible.
(Which is why more people are using coconut oil to relieve their constipation.)
Because of that, your body won't have much time to re-absorb the toxic substances back into your body.
If you use other types of coconut oil, you won't get the best result in acne treatment. That's because they do not hold as much lauric acid (which is the best and strongest antimicrobial for killing acne bacteria) and various other antimicrobials as those in virgin coconut oil.
Take fractionated coconut oil. It contains only two antimicrobial compounds and does not have lauric acid. Even using another form of fractionated coconut oil like MCT oil does not help much although some brands may include certain amount of lauric acid.
(You might like to discover the difference between fractionated coconut oil and virgin coconut oil)
Hydrogenated coconut oil is worse. Its natural acne-healing property has completely been distorted after going through hydrogenation. What's even worse is that it also contains the health-detrimental trans fatty acids that can clog your pores and cause a severe breakout that hardly heals.
RBD coconut oil, among the refined types, is much better since it includes almost as much lauric acid and other antimicrobial compounds as those in virgin coconut oil. But its ability to treat acne is still somewhat inferior to that of virgin coconut oil. It is refined after all.
So, choose virgin coconut oil and you'll get the best treatment for acne. Oh, choose one that is organic to make sure no funny toxic chemicals will clog your pores or enter your body via your skin. Of course, if you really find hard to accept the coconut smell that virgin coconut oil emits, use RBD coconut oil instead. It's still good though.
But I got to warn you about applying virgin (or RBD) coconut oil for acne treatment. Because of its strong antimicrobial property, it may cause more acne breakouts initially that can freak you out. But this breakout is different from the kind of breakout that you get when your pores are clogged with the mixture of sebum and dirt.
The breakout that virgin coconut oil causes is actually a detox reaction that is part of the acne treatment process. Hence, do not be alarmed. Continue with the treatment and your skin should improve.