Good for a 16-year-old?
Hello, I was wondering if it would be safe for me to try oil pulling. I am a 16 year old girl... I'm not sure if oil pulling would be too strong for me. I was thinking about trying it to help my keratosis pilaris and acne. I was also wondering if it would be able to help with hormonal problems. I haven't started my period yet and I don't really want to have to end up taking hormone shots. Also I'm scared to start OP because of the worsening of any conditions. Any advice on what kind of oil I should use in my situation, how long I should do it, or even if should try it at all would be helpful. Thanks a bunch!
Dear Ally: If you fear it may worsen the condition, then consider just using peppermint oil, apply lightly over the skin to at least control acne. Peppermint is a strange one, it has some hormonal properties without the need for hormonal shots. It is hormonal like, in a way like licorice extract, but it works differently. Licorice is more adrenal-like, while peppermint works more or less directly on the hormones, especially in acne reduction.
In fact, you can add a drop or two of peppermint oil in your water if it works well for you. You can also add plenty of peppermint oil in your baking soda in the mouth wash for example.
If you respond positively to peppermint oil, the next step might be to try some oil pulling with a couple of drops 2-3 of peppermint oil and just do it for 5 minutes and slowly increase the time as long as you respond positively.
Never use an oil pulling if you are presently having a flu or a cold coming as oil pulling is more helpful against bacteria rather than a virus. For viruses, hydrogen peroxide 1% with baking soda seems more suitable method of killing them.