You may have read of the many internal benefits coconut oil has. You probably have heard how coconut oil can help you condition your hair and help you grow healthy hair. But did you know coconut oil could also enhance your hair and skin? It has anti-aging properties, hair care benefits and could also clear up acne? How you may ask, well read on.
Coconut oil can be used to clear acne and reduce wrinkles. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which help alleviate damage as a result of overexposure of the skin to the sun. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, which also contribute to helping the skin heal effectively.
One of the least known benefits of coconut oil is its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It does this by moisturizing the skin. However, it doesn’t stop there. It also has a softening effect on the skin and these two properties combined reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The antioxidants in coconut oil prevent damage caused to the skin by free radicals over time. Antioxidants slow down our natural aging process by not allowing free radicals to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen – which means it doesn’t allow them to combine with oxygen.
If allowed to oxidize, they create damage to our skin cells – this applies to all biological organs and cells in the body, but for this article, we’ll concentrate on the skin. So free radicals when combined with oxygen damage our skin. Coconut oil also prevents free radicals from forming altogether.
Acne occurs when sebum glands on the face become blocked with bacteria. Sebum glands are responsible for secreting sebum, which is oil naturally produced by our skin. The role of sebum is to stop the skin from drying up and is nature’s way of moisturizing our skin naturally.
Acne sufferers have blocked glands that result in inflammation of the area and this can be a painful experience.
Coconut oil, contrary to what you may think does not exacerbate the problem. It contains capric acid and lauric acid, two powerful antibacterial agents.
When they are applied to the skin the is converted into monocaprin and monolaurin, both of which have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. So these two natural acids found in coconut oil can kill the bacteria that is causing the acne.
Another benefit of coconut oil for acne sufferers is its ability to restore the skin’s natural pH balance, making the skin an unconducive environment for the bacteria that cause acne to thrive in.