For two years straight, I was struggling with acne, super sensitive skin and an inflamed face in general. Obviously, it was uncomfortable and I did not look great. In other words, it was nothing glamorous about it and it affected much more than my looks. Even though I had never been particularly self-conscious in the past, I lost a lot of confidence when I started suffering from acne. I am not going to lie, it was a low point. As some of you may already know, one of the main reasons why I created this webpage is because I cleared my acne by using coconut oil. It sounds very simple- but let me tell you, it took me two years to figure out exactly how I could put an end to the problem.
I wish someone had told me that coconut oil could put an end to troubled skin back in the days. This is why I would like to share my story and I hope it will help other people suffering from acne. I would also like to add that bad skin does not define you as a person and it never will. As my mother says, beauty is on the inside.
Say Hello To Your New Face
During my teenage years, I hardly suffered from acne or any kind of skin issues. I went to bed with my makeup on and washed my face with whatever I could find in the morning. Long story short, it seemed to me that no matter how little time I spent on looking after my skin- I never had any issues. This might be why I never paid too much attention to the state of my face. Everything was so easy.
The summer of 2014 everything changed drastically. In a couple of weeks, my skin went from pretty ok to a massive catastrophe. Not only was I surprised by how much my face had changed over such a short period of time, I was completely unaware of how to deal with my problem. None of my friends had acne. As a matter of fact, my friends had not dealt with a problem like mine and I did not know who to seek advice from.
In the beginning, I waited for my acne to disappear. I hoped for the best and told myself that patience was key and that most likely, my skin would clear up in no time. After all, there was no reason for me to have acne in the first place. However, the longer I waited, the worse my skin got.
Two weeks in, I decided to go to the pharmacy. I bought an acne clarifying lotion my sister’s model friend used whenever she had breakouts and according to her, it was everything I needed in order to get rid of my bad skin. I made sure to apply it to my troubled areas straight away and in the beginning, I could see a slight improvement. Every night, I made sure to clean my face with some new anti-acne wipes and this acne clarifying lotion recommended by the model. Still, even though I could see signs of improved skin, I was never acne free. I always had 15-20 spots on my face that were more or less infected. Joy!
After a month of dealing with troubled skin, I started to get desperate and turned to Google. I read everything I came across. One article suggested that I should change my diet. Even though I considered myself quite healthy, I took some major steps to make sure my diet would give me a better skin. Once I had ticked that box without seeing much improvement, I went on to the next article. This one suggested that it was important for the body to swat. A lot. Moreover, it taught me the essential parts of working out like never before- and I did. Like a maniac. I ran, I lifted, I squatted, I swam and yes, I did sweat. I ate my super healthy meals, I cleaned my face with some new stuff I had bought at the pharmacy before adding a face mask. I made sure to have a good night sleep, I meditated and attended my crazy workouts again. Needless to say, I was in great shape and a super healthy. I could outrun anyone and I wear whatever I wanted. Still, and despite my commitment and efforts, my skin was just as bad.
When I had struggled with acne for six months, it had affected my self-esteem and the way I perceived myself massively. At the time, I was in an environment where I met a lot of new people. Whenever I introduced myself, all I could think of was how they perceived me. Even though I had everything, my acne made me very self-conscious and there was no way that makeup could help me. At this point, I was extremely stressed. To me, the entire situation seemed a bit hopeless.
What options did I have?
During my research sessions, I had read about adult-acne and how it was, in many cases, much more aggressive than the ones some people have as teenagers. I had also met girls who told me that they had tried everything and that they now were receiving medical treatment. Some of these girls had been prescribed Roacutane which often is considered a “miracle drug”. It will cure acne when nothing else will. In other words, it is the final call. Some of you may know that Roacutane is a highly effective acne treatment which is why it still is prescribed by National Health Service here in England. Often, the timeframe for a treatment like this is 4-6 months. During these months, the patient will receive guidance and supervision of a doctor. The importance of being looked after by a professional in a situation like this is essential. The long list of serious and frightening side effects goes on and on and issues such as birth defects, miscarriage, and mental health problems might not be as “rare” as some institutions seem to claim. After a number of lawsuits in the US, the controversial and potentially dangerous drug was taken off the market.
After their treatments, the girls I knew who had been prescribed Roacutane were acne free. However, both girls told me that they had never been as depressed as when they were on this drug. Still, they did not have to tell me this, because during their treatments I saw they were not doing great. Even though I really wanted to clear up my skin, I was not prepared nor willing to go through this extremely though treatment. Instead, I decided to wait.
It happens when you least expect it
From the summer of 2014 until the summer of 2016, my acne was very bad. Even though I experienced a positive skin week every now and then, I was never acne free. Sometimes, my skin would get a little bit better, before it got back to normal. A couple of times, people would advise me to get medical treatment. However, due to everything I had read on medical treatments for acne, I was very skeptical and decided to wait a bit longer before I decided on my next move. At this point, I had almost started to accept that it was very little I could do. I kept being healthy and tried to not think too much about my acne. Despite this, I never felt great, but I knew that I had to be patient.
One day, I went to the shop because I ran out of my normal cooking oil. As everyone else, I had heard about the coconut oil hype and all the benefits. Since I had been up for trying out all the healthy stuff for a while, I decided to buy a couple of jars of coconut oils instead of the oil I normally used for cooking. It turned out that coconut oil was great to use in the kitchen. My food tasted a little bit better and the oil itself was healthier. However, it was not until I started using coconut oil as a makeup remover that I was convinced that coconut oil was the real deal.
The day I accidentally had forgotten to buy a new makeup remover, I decided to go wild and use one of my new coconut oils as a replacement. The makeup went off very easy and I went to bed with a clean face. The next morning, I could see an improvement in my skin. My skin, which still could be categorized as troubled, seemed to be in much better condition than the night before. Since I had tried everything to get rid of my acne, I decided to try coconut oil the next night as well. Every day I woke up, I could see a slight improvement and it made me very excited. Before I went to bed every night, I made sure to remove my makeup with coconut oil. Within two weeks, I had cleared up my skin completely. For the first time in two years, I was acne free and I could not believe it. Clearing up my acne with coconut oil turned out to be extremely simple and effortless. Ever since I put an end to my skin problem, I have regained my self-confidence and I am never self-conscious when it comes to my face anymore.
Knowing how extremely exhausting it can be to deal with acne and troubled skin in general, makes me want to help other people who are in similar situations. Everyone is different, and even though coconut oil worked for me, does not necessarily mean that it will work for everyone else. However, based on what I have been through and everything I have tried in terms of non-medical treatments for acne, I will highly recommend it to everyone. It is a natural and safe treatment everyone should try. I know coconut oil for acne will help a lot of people because it helped me. It made such a massive difference in my life and that is why I decided to start Your Coconut Oil.
Have you ever tried coconut oil as an acne treatment? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your story.