How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne

How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne
How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne

Coconut oil has lots of different benefits for the body but what most people don’t know is that it can be quite a popular treatment for acne. Stay tuned and let’s find out why and how to use coconut oil for acne!

Why does it work

Before we find out how to use coconut oil for acne, we must first figure out what coconut oil is and why it’s even a good choice for treating acne. Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of a mature coconut which is harvested from a coconut palm (duhh). Well what you may not have known before clicking this article is that it has tons of health benefits for your entire body including your skin, hair, nails, healthy weight, stronger immunity, better digestion, faster metabolism, dental care and much more!

The reason for all these extraordinary benefits that come from coconut oil is probably due to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid and its properties of being antimicrobial, an antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial. Now that’s quite a lot of “anti” fighters! So what do all these strange words mean? Well, for starters, caprylic acid is extremely effective in combating bacteria. It’s often taken as a dietary supplement in order to suppress fungal infections within the gut, sometimes known as candida infections. Whenever you have gut problems, often one of the visible side-effects is skin problems.

You can read more about the benefits of antioxidants in my recent article Lemon Juice Treatment here. The antifungal properties in coconut oil actually start to kill the bacteria that is known to cause acne (called propionibacterium). Fungi can cause infections that will reside in tissues that are around the outer surface of your skin and cause acne.

How to use coconut oil for treating acne

A very simple method for using coconut oil for treating acne is as a topical application. Put the coconut oil on as a daily moisturizer on the affected areas of your skin. This will in turn clear up your breakouts and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

You can also start by replacing your cooking oils with coconut oil. It’s a great healthy way to cook your food and you will still reap the benefits of using coconut oil.

Oil pulling is another growing popular method for treating acne. I won’t go into a huge amount of details here but you can read another great article on how to do oil pulling with coconut oil by reading Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Benefits at

The funnest way is to simply include coconut oil in your daily diet. If you enjoy the taste then it’s easy to add coconut oil to spice up the taste of whatever you’re eating. Whether it be a bagel and toast in the morning, using it in a salad or any other meal, it gives you a great healthy boost.

What type of coconut oil to buy

Not all coconut oils are created equally. If you check out the article I mentioned earlier about the oil pulling benefits with coconut oil, it goes into further detail about how to choose the best brand. To sum it up, you want a virgin, or extra-virgin (same thing) coconut oil that is organic or raw (hasn’t been processed). Another word to look out for is unrefined, which means it probably wasn’t heated up during processing or just heated very little.

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  • Rachel

    I’ve heard of some people getting worse acne after using coconut oil. Is this a “detox”, where the coconut oil is simply pulling crap out of your pores? If so, approximately how long does it last?

    • Glad you asked Rachel. Most people generally see their acne getting worse or other negative reactions from consuming coconut oil (eating it), or using it with oil pulling. This is most likely just the detoxifying reaction from toxins dying off and will pass after a few days of using it.

      So the way I see it, is the bacteria on your skin doesn’t want to leave, and when the coconut oil starts to kill it off, it tries to fight back and might temporarily give you more acne.

      I would say that if you see negative reactions from using coconut oil on your face or eating it after 1 week, then you should think about stopping for a while. Coconut oil is very natural and organic though, so it shouldn’t cause any lasting harm regardless. Hope that helps a bit!

      • Rachel

        Thanks! I think I’ll try out the Nature’s Way brand, and see how that works for me.

        • No problem, I have a few Nature’s Way containers laying around because I got a 3-pack and haven’t been able to use them up yet. I have them all scattered around the house since I use them for so many different things. I just prefer the Jarrow brand because it’s a big container and I never worry about running out. Either one is awesome though!

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  • Hazel Mardinian

    I have used coconut oil, almond oil, and tea tree oil for a week. On the second day my skin broke out slightly, continued with the oils and have never been happier. Tbh, I am furious at the money I spent on creams that only irritate my skin. Everyone comments on how clear my skin is, use the oil/s you will not be dissappointed!

  • Hi Viktor,

    I want to ask you about coconut oil, is it really a good treatment of acne? because i had acne from a long time, and it just increase in my face when i eat Zett oil or any oily food!

    waiting for your reply.

  • ira

    Virgin coconut oil is usually recommended for skin care, i use it instead of a moisturizer and really worked for me

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