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coconut oil for acne?

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I was reading on the internet yesterday that coconut oil helps acne..but I never could find how people were using it?
My 14 year old son has a bad case of teenage acne, and store bought stuff isn't seeming to help much.

Does anyone use coconut oil to heal acne? If so, how do you use it? It seems like it would be counter productive to just rub the oil on his face....

Any ideas? TIA!
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  • MimsTXMimsTX Posts: 3,482Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Coconut oil is supposed to be really comedogenic I thought... meaning it's heavy and tends to clog pores. You want to look for non-comedogenic products if you want to use them on the face. Jojoba oil is supposed to be really close to the oil our skin produces natural. I've also heard hazelnut oil is, but I haven't looked into that one much.

    The thought process behind using oil to clean is that oil dissolves oil, where as oil and water just repel. So a search on here for the "Oil Cleansing Method" or "OCM". There's a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge thread about it with lots of links to read up on the process. I did it for awhile, and it certainly didn't make my acne WORSE. I didn't see a noticeable improvement either though (mine is hormonal though so maybe that's why?)
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  • SpaghettiHeadSpaghettiHead Posts: 1,510Registered Users
    "Coconut oil is supposed to be really comedogenic I thought... "

    That's what I thought too, but I figured it never hurts to ask...I never had acne, so I don't really know how to treat it. :(

    I will do a search for OCM...thanks for the tip!
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  • ReekyReeky Posts: 1,323Registered Users
    I do ocm.. about every other night, my mixture is 60%castor to 40 Grapeseed.. grapeseed has yielded the best results out of all the carrier oils ive tried. The OCM is actually very responsible for keeping my skin clear because I have oily acne prone sensitive skin, I need a deep clean to remove oil and sebum but acne cleansers are too harsh and make it worse and most sensitive cleansers arent deep cleansing enough.

    For your son, I wouldnt recommend going out and buying a buncha acne products, get either a medicated wash and gentle moisturizer or vice versa.. overkill on the acne meds can make his skin worse. Neutrogenas Oil Free acne line is the best, its gentle but works.. clearasil and oxy stuff like those are harshhhh!

    If hes only getting a couple bumps id spot treat, Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask dries up bumps literally overnight.. if not it brings them to a head. Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10 is great also BUT must only be used as a spot treatment.

    If your looking to use an oil in general..coconut oil is not a good one. Grapeseed is very light, but now I moisturize with EMU oil and absolutely love it.. it doesnt clog my pores at all and makes my skin really soft!
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  • AJsmommyAJsmommy Posts: 22Registered Users
    Have you tried Tea Tree Oil? I was dealing with acne due to some hormone fluctuations last year and it cleared it right up. I put it on all over using a wet cotton ball (it can burn a little bit and the water seemed to help) then I followed it with a few drops of Jojoba oil.

    Now I use OCM with Jojoba/Castor oil and just a few drops of TTO and it's kept my skin really clear.
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  • Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Posts: 1,781Registered Users
    Coconut oil can work for some people with acne, but it really depends. You have to make sure you aren't applying too much. It's really very easy to apply too much. How much to use depends on whether your skin is oily, normal or dry.

    For me, when I was using straight coconut oil, I only needed about 4 or so drops of it and I have dry skin. I don't have acne, but I do know it works for a some people with acne.

    Now having said that, it is a heavier oil and can possibly clog your pores. The quality of the oil can affect how it works too. It's best to use a unrefined virgin coconut oil.
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  • fredericafrederica Posts: 5Registered Users
    Mannatech optimal skin care system helped me get rid of my acne on my forehead. To avoid scars, don't touch 'em! :D
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  • EmmaJJEmmaJJ Posts: 10Registered Users
    Try some oil free products like sea breeze or neutrogena for acne. See how they work for you.
  • Lotsa loopsLotsa loops Posts: 130Registered Users
    While coconut oil in comedogenic, oil is actually good for skin (trust me, I have TONS of experience with acne), because you skin likes things that are closest to the natural oils it produces. I'm using a Trader Joe's Facial cleanser with castille soap, lavender oil, tea tree oil, and awapuhi, and it's the best, and also there's a Burt's Bees Blemish Stick that's awesome and I've used it before, and it has anise oil and lemon oil.
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  • curlieanncurlieann Posts: 15Registered Users
    I do not have acne, but when I do get break outs I rub coconut oil all over my face. Or, if it's just one bad spot I'll put some on the spot. I let it sit until it begins to itch, then wash it off with gentle cleanser. I follow this with lotion. This always works for me-just a few days and the spots go away!
  • kinkicurlyfynekinkicurlyfyne Posts: 60Registered Users
    I'm 22 and still have acne. Coconut oil would be a huge nono for my skin. The only thing I have gotten away with is tea tree oil, because of its antibacterial properties. Otherwise, keep him away from oil. Oil trapped in his pores is the immediate reason for the acne in the first place.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    try a mixture of argan and tee trea oil and just message it in the face, or emu oil, this does not clog the pored and argan oil has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties as well. i use just pure argan oil on my face, and i hardly break out and it is slowly helping to make my acne scars disappear as well :) is a bit pricy but you only need a little bit and can be used over the WHOLE body :)

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  • kinkicurlyfynekinkicurlyfyne Posts: 60Registered Users
    Fmasuhr wrote: »
    try a mixture of argan and tee trea oil and just message it in the face, or emu oil, this does not clog the pored and argan oil has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties as well. i use just pure argan oil on my face, and i hardly break out and it is slowly helping to make my acne scars disappear as well :) is a bit pricy but you only need a little bit and can be used over the WHOLE body :)

    I like tea tree oil but I never knew that about argan oil! I may have to give that a try....
  • swansinaprilswansinapril Posts: 117Registered Users
    As others have said, I wouldn't risk putting coconut oil on my face. Other parts of my body, sure, but not for my acne. What's cleared my acne up is

    - First treating the hormonal problems causing it (This isn't always possible of course, but for me, nothing would help my acne until this was under control first)
    - VITAMIN E OIL was my lifesaver! I put a thick layer on every night, sealing it with Fruit of the Earth's Vitamin E moisturizer, and in the morning my skin's so so soft, clear, and my pores are tight :blob5:
    - Jojoba oil is also wonderful

    None of these oils should break you out. I'm not fond of using harsh chemicals, I'm all for the natural stuff... it works better anyway!
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  • RobinP92202RobinP92202 Posts: 213Registered Users
    Coconut oil breaks me out horribly. Even though I love it for my body and hair, I had to quit using it :(

    I use the oil cleansing method with castor oil and either grapeseed, apricot kernal, or jojoba oil. I use a few drops of tea tree oil when I am not pregnant. I love it :)

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  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Coconut oil is very comedogenic at 4. Though coconut oil has antiviral and antifungal properties, it will clog your skin. Yes, it may help at first, but eventually your pores will get clogged and get more pimples. Try a different approach with different ingredients that dont clog pores like aloe vera and glycerin.
  • aptekastoreaptekastore Posts: 8Registered Users
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    I was reading on the internet yesterday that coconut oil helps acne..but I never could find how people were using it?
    My 14 year old son has a bad case of teenage acne, and store bought stuff isn't seeming to help much.

    Does anyone use coconut oil to heal acne? If so, how do you use it? It seems like it would be counter productive to just rub the oil on his face....

    Any ideas? TIA!

    Don't use the coconut for removing the acne. It doesn't work but will increase your face acne.

    For acne removal I suggest you to wash face daily with warm water and avoid to use much chemical product in your makeup there are herbal makeup is also available which is good for skin.
  • Kenner82Kenner82 Posts: 31Registered Users
    I've been doing OCM for a few months and love it, but there's a LOT of trial and error involved to find the oil that is best for your skin. Some people have used coconut oil successfully, but it made my chin break out like crazy. I'm experimenting right now with 50/50 castor and avocado oil with a few drops of tea tree oil, but might add a little sunflower oil next time to thin it out a bit. It's definitely worth looking into and giving a try, but I wouldn't start off with coconut oil (if you're acne prone, I think jojoba is supposed to be ideal!) :)
  • IAgalIAgal Posts: 139Registered Users
    coconut oil is in sooo many things,especially hair products. i have to stear clear,if i use it i get red sore hard cysts each and everytime so i avoid it like the plague. i can't use it in hairproducts cuz whereever my hair touches my skin...breakout city.
    i'm too chicken to use any oils on my skin.i wash with a gentle cleanser(simple brand),then apply benzoyl peroxide from acne.org(a very small amount)and then use neutrogena oil free combo skin moisturizer if needed(non spf...all spf's break me out too )and i'm pretty clear almost all the time. i use very little makeup to try to help with this also.