“Seriously!!! I have been using coconut oil for almost a week…
And I still have zits popping up!! I thought coconut oil was supposed to get rid of my acne?? “
You, me and everyone else who has ever tried coconut oil to treat their acne have most definitely muttered a sentence or two like this.
I will be the first to admit I am an impatient person when it comes to seeing results.
I want to see progress and I want it now!
I am starting to feel as though I sound a lot like Veruca Salt, the demanding bratty girl that goes down the bad egg shoot in “Willy Wonka.”
“I don’t care how, I want it now!!” cue the bratty singing.
Ok maybe not.
But in all seriousness I’ve been there, I am positive most of us have.
So let’s break down the facts about how coconut oil works…
And on average how long it can take to see some amazing results.
Maybe that way we won’t break into a bratty tyrant.
But first it’s important to clarify that coconut oil doesn’t actually cure acne despite it being one of the most effective treatments around.
Coconut oil used alone can definitely clear up acne however to cure acne, it takes multiple steps all working together in sync.
These other steps include a balanced healthy diet and lifestyle.
These steps coupled with coconut oil could be a possible cure for your acne.
Ok back to the reigning question….
How long does it take?
Coconut oil skin treatments can be highly effective on acne although depending on each individual the results can vary from seeing progress in a few days after starting to use it, to not seeing progress for weeks.
Why the difference?
Toxins in your body can weaken your liver’s ability to deactivate androgens, the hormones in your body that stimulate the secretion of sebum.
Basically it means your liver struggles with “turning off” the oil in your skin, which in turn causes your face to get oily.
Although oily skin may not be the exact cause in producing acne, it does play a factor.
When your skin is oily it makes your skin more acne-prone due to the acne bacteria feeding on the sebum (oil) and the blood toxins mixed in with the oil.
Then more shedding of the dead skin cells are triggered by more sebum secretion and then your pores get clogged easily and that causes acne to multiply like bunnies in springtime.
Pimples and whiteheads popping up everywhere! YUCK!
For some when they start using coconut oil, their skin will get worse before it gets better.
This happens because when the coconut oil is able to penetrate deep into your skin, it draws out the under-the-skin toxins and brings them up to the surface of your skin.
That’s called a healing crisis, so although it sucks, it’s an important step in the healing of your skin.
Depending on the complexity and extent of the toxins under your skin will play a vital role in the time it takes the coconut oil to clear your acne.
Once all the toxins are surfaced and cleared up, your breakout will diminish and there will be your healthy acne-free skin.
Detox is a vital step in healing your acne because if toxins are removed effectively, you will be able to relieve the detoxification load on your liver which in turn will cause the liver to be more effective in properly regulating the secretion of your sebum, thereby making your skin less oily and acne-prone.
This can take around 4-5 weeks for you to start seeing results.
However, using coconut oil skin applications to clear your acne may be your last step you need to take if you are already living a healthy lifestyle and eating the right kind of foods.
The possibility of you having a lot less toxins is greater…
And in turn it will take you less time to see the results of healthier skin and cleared acne.
You are also less likely to have the breakouts of the healing crisis, because there won’t be any underlying toxins beneath your skin.
You could see results within 2-3 days.
Once you complete the steps to cure your acne, it’s important that you continue to do them all, if you don’t you have a greater chance of acne resurgence or your acne coming back.
This happens because your body needs your help in all aspects to keep everything functioning properly.
Therefore if you continue to bring in toxins by eating hormone loaded foods – like dairy, eggs, meat, fish, fried food, and other highly processed foods or living an unhealthy lifestyle, it can cause a hormonal imbalance sequentially causing you to have a breakout.
So a short answer to the question, “how long does it take for coconut oil to cure acne?”
Would be it really all depends on you.
If you aren’t taking the right precautions and doing the necessary steps, eating right, using coconut oil, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you will be fighting a never-ending battle, a vicious cycle.
If you are doing all the right things, it will take no time for your acne to be healed and for you to be looking in the mirror in amazement at your flawless skin!
Get ready to do your happy dance cause you’ve finally won the war.
Cue the music!
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