Constipation may not necessarily cause acne. But if it does cause acne, that means your liver has been severely overloaded.
There’s an intimate association between liver and acne. Let me explain.
Our liver takes charge of more than 400 tasks every day. Removing toxins is one of its tasks. A crucial one.
When toxic waste gets trapped in your bowels for long hours, toxins from the fecal matter will get resorbed into your body. This adds to the toxic load your liver has to handle besides the toxic intake from consumption of meat, refined food and unsaturated oils, plus inhaling of polluted air.
One of the liver functions is also to deactivate androgens, the hormones that stimulate sebaceous glands to secrete sebum (skin oil).
When too much toxins weigh your liver down, this would affect your liver’s ability to deactivate the androgens in time. This then leads to an over-stimulation of sebaceous glands and thus, excessive production of sebum.
An oily skin is relatively more acne-prone, right?
That’s because excessive sebum can trigger hyper-proliferation of dead skin cells. This increases the odds of clogged pores, which can progress to an acne flare (especially on your face) as sebum keeps secreting nonstop.
So, to treat acne caused by constipation, you must first get your bowels to move more regularly. Once your bowel movements become normal, your liver will have less toxins to deal with. And it’ll be able to timely stop the excessive secretion of skin oil, making your skin less acne-prone.
Stimulating Your Bowels with Coconut Oil
If you’ve tried eating more fiber-rich food, drinking plenty of water, working out a lot, practising yoga to relieve stress, and even with the use of commercial laxatives to help improve your bowel movement but nothing seems to work, then try taking coconut oil internally.
Upon digestion, coconut oil will stimulate your intestinal muscles to contract, causing an increase in bowel motility. Of course, the more coconut oil you consume, the stronger the bowel stimulation.
Which means, you’ll have more frequent bowel movements to ease your constipation and treat your acne.
But when you use coconut oil to relieve constipation, try to avoid eating too much (like 2 tablespoons) straight from the jar especially on an empty stomach. This, in many cases, has triggered severe stomach cramp before the toxic “flush”.
If you want to avoid the adverse reaction, add coconut oil to your meals. This will slow the digestion no doubt and hence, the bowel-loosening effect. But at least you won’t feel so bad.
Of course, if you’re desperate to treat your acne that is caused by constipation, go ahead. And take coconut oil internally on an empty stomach.
As soon as your constipation gets relieved, your acne will improve.
But that will take some days to see vast improvement of your acne. You can actually expedite the healing of acne via the use of the same coconut oil you consume for constipation.
Here’s how you should use coconut oil for acne treatment – apply it directly to the acne zone and gently massage until it gets absorbed into the skin. Re-apply as often as you deem fit.
Applying Coconut Oil to Skin Benefits Acne in 3 Ways
Firstly, it helps to draw toxins up to the surface of your skin so that you can easily wash it off during shower or facial cleansing. Toxic build-up in the skin may fall back to the bloodstream and increase the toxic load of your liver.
Secondly, it helps to exfoliate dead skin cells to prevent blockage of pores that might cause more pimples to pop up.
Lastly, it helps to stop the overgrowth of acne bacteria that leads to bacterial infection, which can aggravate the condition of acne.