on May 07, 2011
at 07:59 PM
For a couple of years, I did try topical coconut oil in hopes of lightening solar lentigo (solar lentigines, sun spots, hyperpigmentation). No luck at all but my mediterranean heritage means I am particularly prone to hyperpigmentation. To get rid of what I had and to keep it at bay has required:
1)high ppd european sunscreen with both tinosorbs (bioderma anti-age 30 or avene creme 50+ with a drop of bioderma tinted 50+) applied at proper use rates even in the winter and even when my exposure is incidental. Remember UVA penetrates glass very well. I live in Atlanta which iirc is approx 33 or 34 degrees N.
2)hat/visor with 5" brim
3)rx retinoids (tazorac in my case) applied daily - or to tolerance. depending on the season, climate and humidity my range is full daily dose (pea size applied every night) to short contact therapy every other day (ie applying retinoid then rinsing off after 30-120 seconds)
4)ascorbic acid serum daily - cosmetic skin solutions CE ferulic (more hydrating) or pure skin formulations Vitamin C serum (less hydrating) are good options for purchase though I now make my own: http://www.cafepress.com/biochem.30393410
I wish I had close up pictures of me at 35 so we could compare the difference to my current skintone at 41. At this point, tone is much more even, solar lentigo and the 'fine lines' kind of photodamage were dramatically reduced. Erythema (redness), which is often simply a result of sundamage, was eliminated. Yes, there are ways in which my facial aging has marched forward but in many ways it's also better than it was six years ago. Currently available photographic evidence:D
on May 07, 2011
at 10:47 PM
Nope. All it did was rip my face to shreds with cystic acne. I use it on my body, on my hair and of course I eat it but this stuff goes nowhere near my face ever again.
I agree with Katherine that the tried and true way is an effective sunscreen, a Rx retinoid and an well-formulated vitamin C serum.
on May 05, 2011
at 06:12 AM
i am pregnant and have used coconut oil for those pesky skin discolorations you get during pregnancy. coconut oil seems to be a miracle skin healer (at least for me). I even used it as a moisturizer for my sunburn I got this past week and it worked wonders.