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Coconut causing/exacerbating acne?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

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.

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on February 24, 2012
at 02:13 PM

FZ, I wish I knew something more to offer you. I wish you success in solving the puzzle.

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on February 24, 2012
at 02:51 AM

Thanks for your response. Salicylates were the one component of coconut that I had suspected as a possibility, just because they were the only thing I could think of that I've heard of as a potential problem. Looking over the list of other high-salicylate foods, though, it's hard for me to say whether there's any correlation there.

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on February 24, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Thanks for your response. I do not have any digestive trouble when consuming coconut (or anything else, for that matter... my digestion always seems to be fine, as far as I can tell). I never take aspirin, so I'm actually not sure how I tolerate it (weird, I know!). Diet is currently high-carb (starches from potatoes and haiga or white rice) meat/egg/vegetable-based with some berries and butter mixed in. Dairy is also a big trigger for me (or was when I was dumb enough to experiment with it), except butter/ghee seem fine.

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Do you have any other symptoms when you eat coconut? Digestive trouble? Do you tolerate aspirin (pure salicylate)? What's your overall diet like? I don't do too well with coconut, and it didn't help my acne like it has with others. I tried the ol' "coconut oil in the coffee" thing that people love so much, and I had to leave work I got so nauseous. Not sure why, but I don't think I'm missing much. It's a bit of a novel fat source to me. Consider tallow or ghee.

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at 01:48 AM

Do you have any other symptoms when you eat coconut? Digestive trouble? What's your overall diet like?

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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.

http://failsafediet.wordpress.com/

http://failsafediet.wordpress.com/the-rpah-elimination-diet-failsafe/quick-reference-what-am-i-reacting-to/

http://failsafediet.wordpress.com/the-rpah-elimination-diet-failsafe/salicylate-content-of-foods/

Hope this helps some, and that others have good ideas to offer.

All the best to you. :)

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 24, 2012
at 02:13 PM

FZ, I wish I knew something more to offer you. I wish you success in solving the puzzle.

Aa8e41dbef3d93d0afd7dccb3bbfab91

(55)

on February 24, 2012
at 02:51 AM

Thanks for your response. Salicylates were the one component of coconut that I had suspected as a possibility, just because they were the only thing I could think of that I've heard of as a potential problem. Looking over the list of other high-salicylate foods, though, it's hard for me to say whether there's any correlation there.

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