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Does coconut oil help clear your face of zits?

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Coconut oil can help clear zits (acne) depending on skin type. Coconut oil, like many oils, is comedogenic and can clog pores, which will cause pimples. The lauric acid in coconut oil has anti-microbial properties that can protect against bacteria that cause acne.

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Sites such as OrganicFacts.net claim that coconut oil's moisturizing properties help prevent wrinkles, flaking skin and degenerative disease. Webmd.com, however, says that there is insufficient evidence to support these claims. Lauric and capric acid, found in coconut oil, do have documented and proven health benefits such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Coconut oil is also a source of vitamin E, which helps clear septum gland blockages, one of the root sources of acne. Vitamin E and vitamin K (also found in coconut oil) can also help minimize and fade acne scars once blemishes have healed.

People with dry skin and small pores are less likely to experience adverse effects from coconut oil, such as clogged pores. People with naturally oily skin and large pores are already more susceptible to blackheads and whiteheads, and coconut oil's comedogenic properties can make things worse, according to Coconut-Oil-Tips.com.

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