Coconut oil helps acne mainly in 3 ways:
1. Reduce Toxic Load on Liver
What has liver got to do with acne?
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 strong detox property. It can help your liver by cutting down on the toxic load so that your liver has less toxins to handle and so can effectively control the androgenic hormones that in turn, normalize your sebum production and hence make your skin less acne-prone.
But for this to take effect, you must consume coconut oil so that coconut oil can get inside your body to provide aids for your liver.
2. Lower Bacterial Count
Besides acne bacteria, there could be other local bacteria (like staphylococcus) which are multiplying at warp speed after feeding on the ever-increasing sebum. Overgrowth of bacteria can cause skin cells to die prematurely and shed at an abnormally high rate. More dead skin cells means that your pores will be more prone to getting clogged.
Acne is the outcome.
Coconut oil are good at fighting these bacteria that cause acne because it contains 10 different fatty acids that are all antimicrobials. They're able to help fight and kill a broad spectrum of bacteria.
That's why acne sufferers who use coconut oil for their acne correctly found that coconut oil does help with improving their acne condition since a lower bacterial count means less peeling off of dead cells unnecessarily and therefore the pores are less likely to get clogged and blocked.
3. Detox Reaction on Skin
When you put coconut on your pimply skin, you're likely to experience a more severe acne breakout such that the present pimples will grow even larger and areas that do not have pimples will start to pop up some white little bumps, which contain sebum and toxins.
Our skin stores toxins, do you know that? But why does our skin store toxins in the first place?
Actually, our skin is deployed as one of the toxin removers by our body because of its large surface area. But when skin cells get overloaded with toxins, like liver, they can't perform optimally to get rid of toxins. So, some of the toxic substances will get to stay put, which can degrade your skin cell performance.
As mentioned earlier, coconut oil has detox property. This same thing will happen to your skin as well. Additionally, the medium-chain fatty acids, due to their relatively smaller size, can effortlessly penetrate your skin cells to provide them with extra energy to help purge toxins.
That is why you may suffer a breakout if you have lots of toxins stored underneath your skin. However, it's a good detox reaction for a more effective acne treatment provided by coconut oil.
Additionally, coconut oil also helps to increase cellular metabolism so that new skin cells are rebuilt quickly to replace old and dead skin cells. In other words, coconut oil can help clear your acne faster.