I've found that if I consume coconut in any form (coconut milk, extra-virgin coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, and Artisana coconut butter are the ones I've tried), for a few weeks at a time, I consistently get fairly bad acne in places where I normally get little or none- particularly the upper traps and upper back. I've noticed this a handful of times when I was consistently eating coconut in one or more of these forms, and while I've never conducted a controlled experiment, the pattern has been strong enough that I don't feel comfortable eating any more coconut to test this further. While I do get some acne on my face and neck pretty regularly, I unfortunately do not remember whether I saw any exacerbation of that when I was eating coconut.
I checked out some other threads related to this topic, but a lot of them seem to focus more on allergy-type reactions, which I am not experiencing. I can obviously just go without coconut in my life if I want to avoid this problem, but I was wondering a) whether anyone else had a similar experience (especially since most people say good things about the effects of consuming coconut oil on the health of their skin), and b) what a plausible explanation for this would be.
I've seen some speculation that it could have to do with some sort of "getting worse before it gets better"-type effect in the digestive system, but I have never noticed any reduction of the problem after eating coconut consistently for weeks or even months.
Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide- I would like to see if it's possible for me to learn more about my own health by examining this reaction and understanding its mechanisms.
asked byFZ (55)
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on February 23, 2012
at 11:44 PM
It is possible you are sensitive to salicylates, or something else in coconuts. Here is some information on salicylates, and reactions to them.
Hope this helps some, and that others have good ideas to offer.
All the best to you. :)