Thursday, 30th November 2023

Benefits Of Coconut Oil On Oily Skin

By Njideka Agbo
24 March 2018   |   2:00 pm
You might have had a moment where a singular ugly pop just wants to ruin your flawless face. Due to its health benefits, many have embraced coconut as an acne treating product. Coconut oil is a great makeup remover and contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that help hydrate and clear the skin. Naturally, the skin produces…

You might have had a moment where a singular ugly pop just wants to ruin your flawless face. Due to its health benefits, many have embraced coconut as an acne treating product. Coconut oil is a great makeup remover and contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that help hydrate and clear the skin.

Naturally, the skin produces sebum from the sebaceous gland to keep the skin moisturized. When sebum is produced excessively, it clogs the pores thereby causing acne-bacteria P. acnes (Propionibacterium. acnes) to grow. Immediately white blood cells, the soldiers of the body, notices, it starts to fight the inflammation. The end-result is acne.

Fortunately, coconut oil is the largest producer of lauric acid (50%). Lauric acid is known to kill more P.acnes than benzoyl peroxide. Contrary to the assumption that oily skin does not need to apply “oil”, coconut oil helps balance sebum production.

Applying coconut oil at first makes the skin appear greasy but that is because your skin is not used to it. Once the body senses its application, it reduces its production (excess) of sebum and activates the lauric acid. A little application of the oil after cleaning your face does the magic.
Drinking water also helps get rid of toxins.

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