If there is a problem area in my life, it is my skin. I am acne-prone, oily, I have struggled with a fungal rash that is in the same family as ringworm in places all over my body (gross, I know, but it’s not contagious). To add to the mix, after giving birth to my daughter, stretch marks and patches of psoriasis began to appear.
Doctors have given me cream after medicated cream, and none have gotten rid of any of the problems. But, then a hero came to my rescue, one that I was definitely not expecting!
Coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial, and does wonders for cell regeneration and tissue repair. It is high in saturated fats (which trust me, is a GREAT thing), and they help the skin retain moisture and have anti-aging effects.
According to an article titled “Coconut Oil for Skin” published by organicfacts.com, “These saturated fats are medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on skin. When ingested through the regular consumption of coconut oil, these fats deposit under the skin, thus keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone and reducing the appearance of the pores.”
Upon learning this information, I started lathering my body in the stuff, head-to-toe. I put it in my hair, too, because… well why not? Not only does it smell great, but it’s not a super thick oil as I had imagined, and soaks into the skin fairly quickly.
I saw results almost instantly. I was so excited that I wanted to write this article that morning, but I needed to give it more time.
After a few months of using coconut oil everywhere, a few nights a week (consistency is a problem for me, I’m working on it), my hair is noticeably healthier and has more shine without added products (i.e. shine serums, or leave-in conditioners).
My skin’s oiliness has been regulated. Though I still have acne here and there, and there is far less redness and irritation. The fungal rash is 95% gone, and if I could consistently put coconut oil on it like I should be doing, it would be 100% gone. I have no more psoriasis, and my stretch marks are very noticeably fading.
I have also heard about “teeth pulling” with coconut oil, as well as using it as a toothpaste, but these things I have not investigated… yet.
Needless to say, coconut oil is a “one-stop-shop”. This stuff of miracles has undoubtedly changed my life, and the life of my daughter! I started using on her (mild) eczema, and diaper rashes when she gets them. Completely fixes both problems!
If you aren’t using it for everything in your life, you should start!
Coconut Oil for Skin | Organic Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/coconut-oil-for-skin.html