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Coconut Oil for your Skin

by Nicole Nutter

natural coconut oilHave you been searching for the Fountain of Youth? Well now you can have your own personal supply in a jar. Coconut oil is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, meaning softer skin and a younger-looking you! But what can coconut oil for you if you’re still young? This time we don’t mean young at heart. Everyone can benefit from using this oil, and if you suffer from acne, coconut oil might be your savior.

Used as a base ingredient in various skin and body care products such as lotions, creams and soaps, coconut oil is an effective moisturizer for dry or flakey skin. It is also helpful for a wide range of skin conditions including psoriasis (reddish, scaly rash), eczema, dermatitis (chronic inflammation of the skin) and other skin infections. It can even help against premature aging by delaying the sagging of skin and wrinkles, and helping to slow the onset of those dreaded age spots.

Organicfacts.net published an article focusing on the health benefits of coconut oil in regards to acne problems. When sebum glands get infected by bacteria, sebum secretion is blocked resulting in swelling, redness and often pain. Organic Facts describes the glands’ purpose, saying that they produce “oily secretions on your skin to keep it moist to protect it from drying up and cracking.” Hormonal changes are usually to blame for the appearance of acne, but so is the excessive use of soap and other skin products that remove the natural antimicrobial acid guard from your skin. This leaves you wide open to infection, and more prone to the acne you were trying so hard to fend off.

organic coconutThe two most powerful antimicrobial agents found in edible substances are Lauric Acid and Capric Acid, and coconut oil’s got them both. When applied to the skin these help protect you from microbial infections and therefore, from acne. Thanks to the massive amounts of vitamin E in the oil, your skin is healthy and your sebum glands function properly. Since vitamin E also clears blockage, acne doesn’t have a fighting chance. In order to see the best results, Organic Facts suggests extra virgin coconut oil, but also reminds you that results may vary depending upon a number of factors like skin type, eating habits, or hygiene.

Dr. Mercola is a big fan of coconut oil because of the numerous health benefits it provides, especially the skin and tissue support benefits. On his website, he says that “coconut oil will not only bring temporary benefits to the skin, but it will help in restoring your skin’s youthful appearance.” It does this by making the skin smoother through exfoliation and the absorption of the oil in deep layers of the skin, so the underlying tissues can be strengthened.

The New York UniversityLangone Medical Center promotes the use of tropical oils such as palm and coconut, referring to scientific evidence that shows coconut oil to be effective and safe to use on the skin of patients suffering from xerosis (itchy, rough and dry skin) and dermatitis. It has even been “reported to be effective in keeping away mites that cause scabies, an infestation of these small insects in the skin.”

Coconut oil is a safe and cost effective alternative to other skin products, which may be damaging your skin instead of helping it to heal. Whether you are a skeptic or not, if you try coconut oil to improve the condition of your complexion you will be pleasantly surprised. Plus, it may feel like you are on a tropical vacation every time you smear it on.

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