Yes, coconut oil can be beneficial for your skin and beard. Coconut oil is extracted from young and mature coconuts, and contains about 90% saturated fat. With its fatty acids, it's known to improve immune function and reduce inflammation.
In fact, coconut oil has a lot of benefits. The hair and cosmetic industry has been considering it one of their super ingredients for the past few years.
But what can it really do for your beard?
Here are 5 benefits of using coconut oil on your facial hair:
1. Repairs damage and breakage
One of the culprits of not being able to grow a thick and healthy beard is internal damage to the hair follicles. This can be due to several reasons, and many of them may be out of your control.
Some common reasons of scruff damage are your diet, pollution exposure, smoking, and UV rays.
Since most of these factors are out of your control, using coconut oil can be a great idea, as it acts as a natural protective barrier for your mane.
According to a study, coconut oil has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 8. When you use it regularly, it can protect you from different environmental factors. It even keeps your facial hair strong and healthy.
2. Adds extra shine and moisture
Coconut oil is a great alternative for chemically enhanced conditioners. It can condition your scruff from the inside out. It can do this by sinking into your hair follicle’s hollow center. This helps prevent internal moisture loss and makes your mane look soft, full, and shiny.
3. Promotes a longer, thicker, and fuller beard
Lauric acid (contained in coconut oil) has been studied as of late for its ability to stimulate new hair growth. Due to coconut oil’s molecular structure and low weight, it doesn’t sit on top of your hair unlike other oils. Instead, it sinks directly into your hair follicle and skin.
When that happens, your hair appears healthier, fuller, and thicker even after washing out the oil.
4. Prevents acne
The skin underneath your beard is as important as your scruff. It’s a good thing that coconut oil has antibacterial properties which can kill acne-causing bacteria.
In a 2009 study, the lauric acid in coconut oil killed 15 times more acne-causing bacteria compared to Benzoyl Peroxide (a popular anti-acne treatment).
5. Fights inflammation and dandruff
Dandruff or Pityriasis Simplex is a common problem for men all over the world. It’s mainly caused by excess shedding of your scalp or face’s dead skin cells due to oiliness or dryness.
Unfortunately, there’s no known permanent cure for dandruff. But good news – coconut oil can help minimize the problem. By using it on your beard and skin, it can add moisture and reduce sebum build up.
Going natural is the best way to take care of your beard and the skin underneath it. Make sure to check out Scruffy Jack's beard balms and oils, which contain all-natural ingredients, including jojoba and argan oils.