Does Oil Pulling Get Rid of Acne?

If you’re wondering what in the heck oil pulling is, I don’t blame you. It sounds like a process used in the refining process of natural gas.

Of course though, when one is on the path to acne nothing stands in their way of finding a cure. So like a good guinea pig, I bought a jar of coconut oil to really see if oil pulling gets rid of acne. I opened the jar and took out a little less than a tablespoon and licked the spoon clean. I then had a lovely, lumpy, gooey blob of coconut oil on my tongue.

The oil soon melted in my mouth (coconut oil is liquid at room temperature) and I then swished it around for about 10 minutes or so. Throughout that time I forced myself to not swallow any. I also felt on like I was on the verge of vomiting towards the end.

So after the time was up I spit int in the trash can, as the oil can clog drains over time. There was no way to tell if my skin had improved immediately, but my mouth felt incredibly fresh, but we’re not worried about oral hygiene in this article (although it’s important!).

The question is, does oil pulling help get rid of acne?

In my humble opinion, most likely not.

To understand how to get rid of acne, we have to understand what causes it. I believe that two of the main causes of acne are hormonal imbalances and vitamin deficienes. Oil pulling doesn’t directly resolve either of those issues, and therefore its role in curing acne is likely  to be limited.

Don’t worry I won’t leave you hanging. Let’s look a little more in depth at this practice.

What is Oil Pulling?

The practice of oil pulling is a health remedy that has it’s origins in India as part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It was commonly used because:

“Practitioners of oil pulling claim it is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth. Its promoters claim it works by pulling out “toxins”, which are known as ama in Ayurvedic medicine, and thereby reducing inflammation.” (Wikipedia: Oil Pulling)

How To “Pull Oil”

Take about a tbsp. of either sesame, coconut, or olive oil (I prefer coconut, traditionally sesame was used and is commonly recommended) and gently swish (or ‘pull’)  it around for 15-20 minutes.

That sounds disgusting.

At first, yes… yes it is, but after the first few times you don’t even notice it.

What Are the Benefits?

If your going to swish oil around your mouth for 20 minutes there better damn well be some benefits right?

Well, like I said, I don’t think oil pulling will create any miracles for acne, however, the idea behind oil pulling is that it is supposed to ‘pull out’ toxins lodged in the mouth. These toxins accumulate over time and can have deleterious effects on the body. Oil Pulling is a means for pulling them out. In terms of acne, the logic would be that these toxins contribute to inflammation, and in turn, acne.

Here’s a few answers to some questions you might have:

Where do I spit it out?

Glad you asked. NOT in your pipes and drains. The oils will solidify over time creating some issues. Spit it out in the trash.

Is this difficult?

Oil Pulling is not difficult per se. It’s not like your trekking 100 miles through the Amazon or anything. However, swirling around oil in your mouth is definitely not my favorite pastime. I did experience a bit of nausea, but that faded fairly quick. Plus, since you DON’T want to swallow it, you have to breath carefully.

Do I need to do it for 20 minutes?

Nope. Some say 10-15 minutes is good enough to see results. necessarily.

How many time a week?

I would say at least every other day, so around 4 times a week. I don’t believe doing it everyday is necessary.

Is it worth it?

Like I said, I don’ think oil pulling will revolutionize the complexion of your skin for the better, but it’s worth a try. If not, you’ll still end up with numerous health benefits.

If you’re interested in buying Coconut Oil I recommend Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.