Accutane and other acne treatment products always bring along some side effects that make your skin super dry and cause rash, itching, cracking or peeling skin. Dizziness, dry eyes, joint pain etc may come along as well.
How about treating your acne without these undesirable effects? Then you got to try out these home remedies for acne. They're natural and easy to make and use.
Make sure you get a real good quality virgin coconut oil (that smells aromatically like coconut) and you're ready to begin your natural acne treatment at home.
Each application you only need a very small amount so that a thin layer covers the affected area. Rub the oil gently until it gets absorbed into your skin. Leave it on for about 1–2 hours before you apply another layer. This is to prevent your skin from getting... find out more ›
After clearing your acne, what's left behind are the scars. This is the next big thing you have to worry about because it still doesn't look good on your face though it's a lot better than having acne that causes not just ugliness but pain to your skin.
If you simply leave your acne scars just like that, the scars will heal by itself and fade over time because our skin has its own natural healing power. Of course, on the premise that you can withstand the sneering look from others. But if you want to expedite the healing process so that your skin will look flawlessly smooth and even in a shorter time, then you must use coconut oil for its strong benefits on acne scars.
By the way, coconut oil also benefits acne treatment. What I mean is, you can actually use coconut oil straight to treat both your acne and acne scars, rather than having to use a different treatment for acne and then use coconut oil for acne scars.
Now, let's see how coconut oil benefits acne scars.
1. Fight Germs
Do you know how much germs our skin has to deal with and keep off in just one second?
Millions of them.
While trying to fight off the bad guys, your skin will somewhat take longer to generate new cells to replace the discolored old cells that form acne scars. But if you bring coconut oil into the picture, its antimicrobial fatty acids will join... find out more ›
Your face is the most crucial part of skin that needs immediate attention because you need to meet people. And if you got acne on your face, the impression you leave on them will somewhat get discounted and may affect your performance bonus (if you're in the service line). Not to worry, you can use coconut oil to salvage your face. Here's the 4-step acne treatment procedure with coconut oil...
Step 1 – Open Your Skin Pores
The skin pores on your face are normally shrunk to keep away dust and other foreign micro-particles from entry. This can make absorption of coconut oil into the skin of your face difficult. So first thing first is to wash your face with warm water or cover your face with a warm washcloth to open up the pores so that they're ready to absorb coconut oil when you apply it to your face.
You can actually make your pores even larger for quicker and easier absorption by using slightly hotter water or washcloth, but make sure you don't scald your skin. Keep the temperature comfortable for your skin.
Frankly speaking, it's actually quite a challenge to list the disadvantages of coconut oil on skin especially this tropical oil has given me so much goodness and health benefits for the past 10 years. The only few so-called disadvantages I can think of are the way our skin reacts to the oil.
1. Causes Breakout on Skin
Coconut oil has created quite a hoo-ha among the acne sufferers. Because they got more breakouts than before they use it on their skin, they started to accuse coconut oil of being pore-clogging and hence, passing the verdict that coconut oil is bad for skin and causes acne. Even if you have no acne you should not apply coconut oil to your skin for fear you might get some tiny bumps popping up on your skin.
Well, that's not true.
The reason for coconut oil to break out more acne is not because it clogs pores, but because of the... find out more ›
It may seem easy to just put some coconut oil on your skin and your skin will become good and glow. Actually not. Some people got some "side effects" by using coconut oil the wrong way for skin care.
1. Applying Too Much in One Sitting
You should apply a thin layer and wait till this layer gets absorbed before you put on another thin layer. The reason for doing this is our skin can only absorb that much of the oil, so if you apply too much the oil will simply sit on your skin for hours and will make you feel greasy and dirty as dust in the environment sticks to you.
A small amount goes a long way.
2. Freaking out on Breakout
Even when you have a clear skin (without acne), you may experience breakouts in the form of small oily whiteheads. This is due to toxins being drawn to the surface of your skin by the detoxifying effect of coconut oil.
Your oily skin actually stems from a weak liver. Allow me to explain.
Our liver performs 400+ functions every day. One of its functions is to help regulate the secretion of sebum (the natural oil that protects your skin) by controlling the quantity of active androgens that circulate in your bloodstream. Androgens are hormones that stimulate your sebaceous glands to secrete sebum. If your liver fails to keep these active hormones in check, your sebum will be secreted unstoppably and your skin will become excessively oily. This makes your skin extremely acne-prone.
To reverse the condition and normalize your skin oil production, you need to improve your liver's performance in regulating sebum. How?
An overload of toxins is usually the cause of a weak liver, which is why you need to "ask" coconut oil for help since coconut oil has... find out more ›
Knowing that coconut oil can help treat acne, some acne sufferers simply smear coconut oil on their pimply face and then expect their skin to clear in a couple of days. But what they normally get is an acne breakout... more severe than before they use coconut oil. Why?
This is because coconut oil is a powerful anti-toxin – it will draw toxins up to the surface of your skin as it gets deeper into the skin (our skin cells do store certain amount of toxins). And when your skin has more dead cells clogging the pores, those toxins can't find a way out and so pimples in the form of whiteheads start to pop up. What's even worse is that your existing pimples will grow even larger due to the expulsion of toxins.
Hence, you need a breakout-free method of using coconut oil for treating acne. Otherwise you'll end up like many others who freak out and then run back to using commercial products that will keep burying more toxic chemicals underneath your skin.
Toxins have a pronounced impact on our liver and a weak liver function relates to acne formation. Let me explain.
When your liver gets overloaded with toxins via your junk food intake, your liver may fail to shut down the androgenic hormones in time.
Androgenic hormones are what stimulate your sebaceous glands to secrete sebum (skin oil). If these oil glands are not shut down in time, they'll keep secreting sebum that makes your skin oily and hence, acne-prone.
Eating coconut oil helps your internal system to get rid of toxins, thus reducing your liver's detoxification load that in turn enabling your liver to more effectively shut down the androgenic hormones when sufficient sebum has already been secreted.
That's one good way coconut oil removes toxins from your body to aid in acne treatment. Another way is... find out more ›
As far as I'm concerned, coconut oil is extremely good for skin care such as moisturizing skin, blocking UV radiation and treating acne. But there are some specific details you need to know in order to maximize its uses as a skin moisturizer, sunscreen or acne treatment lotion. Let me show you.
1. Skin Moisturizer
If your skin is dry and it even cracks , like on your palms or heels, apply a small amount of coconut oil and then rub it gently until your skin absorbs it. Re-apply as often as the dryness of your skin requires.
Some people say that coconut oil sinks into their very dry skin quickly, but it does not moisturize their skin deep enough. Actually, if you re-apply as often as necessary, even with very dry skin, the dryness will go away within a day and cracks will heal in 3-7 days, depending on how deep the cracks are.
Trust me. I'm the kind with very dry skin for years particularly in a low humidity environment. My palms crack and become flaky easily. My heels crack even more easily. Coconut oil saves them all and return them with a smooth, flawless texture.
Of course, you should also drink enough water. Don't rely on coconut oil alone even though moisturizing skin is one of its best uses. Coconut oil plus water will help to keep your skin more flawlessly smooth and supple at all times.
Special note for uses of coconut oil on heels and lips: Heels normally heal relatively slower due to... find out more ›
Coconut oil has hundreds of uses, but I'll just share with you these 9 common uses to give you a good head start. They are all tested and proven and you'll probably find two or more uses that apply to your everyday life and help fix your problem.
1. Dry, Cracked Skin
Drip a dab of coconut oil on the dry (or cracked) area, rub and massage for about 5 minutes. Coconut oil will penetrate and moisturize your skin. It works wonders on cracked heels too. I suggest that you use coconut oil on your dry or cracked skin as often as possible until the dryness are gone and cracks are healed, and then continue to use it every night before bed to maintain the softness of your skin.
2. Dry or Cracked Lips
Many lip balms contain the fatty acids in coconut oil as staple ingredients. But you can make your own portable lip balm by pouring coconut oil over to a small, clean bottle. It keeps your lips smooth, silky, and shiny. And it heals any cracks on your lips too.
3. Scrapes and Cuts
Applying coconut oil to an open wound forms a thin, protective layer which prevents outside... find out more ›