how come Vaseline doesn't clog pores but coconut oil will?

Answered on December 09, 2013
Created December 09, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I know "that everybody is different," but I wanna understand why...I mean one could slather cocoa butter all over their tummy for pregnancy or legs and arms, with no adverse effects. I think it's cause the pores on one's body are bigger than the facial pores...but wouldn't that make them more prone to being clogged? I guess the face just produces way more oil..?

I just use nothing but turmeric and vegetable glycerin on my face now. But I wish to know if putting a little petroleum ointment on my pimples healing or if some coconut oil from my hair gets on my face if I should worry.

I mean, chap-stick doesn't make my lips blow up? The concept of it's thickness should though.

I just wanna be educated about my skin and how it can get clogged, but when people say, it's cause this is too thick or this clogs your pore, I wanna know how or why? Cause Vaseline is thick but won't clog some people up.

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on December 09, 2013
at 07:28 PM

If I had to guess it's because fat is what clogs pores. Normally its natural oils from the skin but any fat would have a similar pore clogging effect as far as I know - I'm certainly no expert.

Vaseline is not a fat so it wouldn't have this effect but of course its better to use natural products rather than petroleum derived.

There are many natural lotions you can buy at a health food store which may have some oils but not to the extent of putting undiluted oil on your face. Aloe vera gel is one that comes to mind.

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