Constipation may not necessarily cause acne. But if it does, 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, processed 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, causing 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 deal with constipation by getting your bowels to move more regularly. Once your bowel movements become normal, your liver will have less toxins to deal with and it will be able to timely stop the excessive secretion of skin oil, making your skin less acne-prone.
How to get your bowels to move normally?
If you’ve tried eating more fiber-rich food, drinking plenty of water, working out a lot, practicing yoga to relieve stress, and even with the use of laxatives to help improve your bowel movement but nothing seems to work, then try consuming coconut oil.
Upon digestion, the fatty compounds in coconut oil will stimulate your intestinal muscles to contract, causing an increase in bowel motility. Of course, the more you consume, the more vigorous the muscles will contract. Which means, you’ll have more frequent bowel movements.
But please take note when you’re taking coconut oil for constipation. Try not to eat too much (like 2 tablespoons) out of the jar on empty stomach. This, in many cases, trigger 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 fearless and desperate to treat your acne, and want to quickly get rid of the toxic waste, go ahead and take it on 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 by treating it using the same coconut oil you consume for constipation.
Here’s how to do it. Simply apply a dab of coconut oil to the acne zone and gently massage it until it gets absorbed into the skin. Re-apply as often as you deem fit.
Topical application of coconut oil benefits acne in 3 main ways.
Firstly, it helps to draw toxins (that have been buried deep underneath for ages) 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.