Coconut Oil & Acne: A Match Made in Hell?
Many believe that Coconut Oil is good for the skin, but studies have shown that it works comedogenic = clogging pores & breaks you out. While we love all things natural and the easier the better:
Things that come from your kitchen cabinet, should remain there and be utilized for the original purpose.
Why Coconut Oil may break you out
Coconut oil has a high concentration of saturated fatty acids, particularly lauric acid, which can be quite pore-clogging even though it is quite anti-inflammatory. Coconut oil also has a comedogenic rating of 4 out of 5, which is considered high on the scale (a rating of 0 is best). Comedogenic ratings can help you figure outs which oils might be a definite pass, depending on your skin type. It basically indicates what is likely to cause comedones (blackheads & whiteheads) in people with acne-prone skin.
Additionally, coconut oil is to be understood as an occlusive agent. It creates a barrier on the skin that can trap bacteria, sebum, and other impurities inside the pores. This can lead to inflammation, redness, and breakouts. For some of us, even after one wrong application.
It’s important to remember that every skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. People with oily and acne-prone skin should be extra cautious when using Coconut Oil and it’s better to avoid using it, especially when living in hotter more humid climates as sweating can make everything even worse.
So what works better instead?
Using the right type of facial oil can actually help balance and hydrate your skin without clogging pores. Here are some of the best ones for you:
Be cautious when using Coconut Oil
While coconut oil may be beneficial for some people, it can be especially comedogenic and pore-clogging for those with oily and acne-prone skin. It’s better to avoid using and start Face Yoga the right way: With a proper facial oil that is designed for the use of your face.
Yes other products can work, yes you can do it under the shower BUT this is surviving, not thriving. A facial oil will always give you the best slip to glide across your skin. You never want to massage your skin, but what’s beneath it. This is only achieved with a slippery agent and the best one is and will always be a facial oil.
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