If you are wondering how cocoa butter influences your skin if you put it on your face, this article will give the answer you're looking for. Probably most of us know that cocoa butter is a great moisturizer, but it has some other properties that you should know about to use it to your benefit. Let's start with a few basic facts about cocoa butter...
Basic information about cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans. It's used to make sweets (chocolate, biscuits) as well as pharmaceuticals, lotions, soaps and cosmetics. It remains solid at room temperature and has a melting point of around human body temperature. Because of that when it's put on the face it melts down and is absorbed into the skin pretty quickly.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22596777@N02/
How cocoa butter can benefit your skin?
There are at least a couple ways that this fat can help your skin. The first and the most known benefit of cocoa butter is that it moisturizes the skin. As we all know dry skin doesn't look healthy, so it has to be properly moisturized to remain its natural glow.
Going further, cocoa butter is known to treat such skin conditions as acne or eczema. If your acne makes your life miserable and you can't find a way to get rid of it, you should buy cocoa butter sticks and apply the cocoa butter all over your face like 1-2 times a days. People report that that kind of treatment can improve one's skin in a few days.
Cocoa butter seems to be a salable folk remedy for stretch marks. Unfortunately it's hard to find any studies that back up this theory. There was a study about the influence of cocoa butter on stretch marks and it concluded that the butter doesn't appear to by a remedy for the mentioned condition.
Cocoa butter dangers
Of course cocoa butter isn't any different from all other cosmetics when it comes to negative effects. It can have a negative effect on sensitive skin or skin suffering from some kind of skin condition, like acne. Even though the substance is known as an acne treatment, it doesn't mean that it will definitely help with this malady. There are so many types of skin and so many different skin-related problems that it's probably impossible to find a cure that will help all people suffering from acne and other skin conditions.
You should also know that cocoa butter is a comedogenic substance, which means that there is a high probability that is will clog your pores, which “results in blackheads or whiteheads, officially called comedones”.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilybaysoap/
While using cocoa butter on your face, you should pay close attention to the changes of the skin that it causes. If the results you get aren't similar to those you expected, you should stop the treatment or at least suspend it for a few days and observe closely what's happening with the skin. If you're using any cosmetic you should be sure that it's beneficial for your skin.
You should know by now that using cocoa butter on the face might result in great improvement of the skin. Unfortunately no one can guarantee you that using cocoa butter will be beneficial for you. The very best thing you can do is to try it yourself and watch the results you get closely. It's probably the only way you can find out for sure whether it can do any good for you.