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Putting Coconut Oil on Your Skin?

Answered on January 04, 2014
Created November 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I have mild/moderate acne and have been reading about the benefits of coconut oil and have been considering applying coconut on my skin to help heal/prevent breakouts. Anyone who has acne knows how horrifying it sounds to put oil on already oily skin, but is there anyone out there who has tried this and has had success with it?

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on November 19, 2013
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I believe that oils such as coconut, olive and avocado are best for skin because they won't make your skin super oily (I read this somewhere). I have used coconut oil on my skin many times. It melts from your body heat and makes a great moisturizer. I put it on at night and most has absorbed by the time I have woken up. I do find that there is a slight oiliness, but nothing that a quick wash won't take care of. I haven't had any trouble with increased breakouts while using it.

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on November 18, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I got rashes after putting on unrefined coconut oil consistently for a couple weeks. Just a precaution that coconut oil allergies are not uncommon. I've switched to avocado and almond oils and they're great for oil cleansing the face. I don't have acne, however.

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on January 03, 2014
at 06:07 PM

I used to have Acne as well plus dry skin. (Still a bit dry in winter time) i tried to use coconut oil extra virgin on my face.. Terrible breakout on my chin sadly which didn't leave after a few weeks. Works for the rest of my body but not on face.

I would suggest trying some Olive oil (extra virgin) or jojoba oil cold pressed which i use on my acne prone skin without problems. Good luck!

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on January 03, 2014
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on November 19, 2013
at 06:47 PM

I use it as lotion and when I had super long hair I would put in my hair, but I'm not sure about my skin. I'm not a pimply person but somebody with reoccuring acne or dermis issues should be careful.

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on November 19, 2013
at 04:23 PM

Topical coconut oil clogged up my pores. It is well known that some of the fatty acids of coconut oil are comedogenic. If your acne is largely based on excess bacteria, it may be helpful because of the antimicrobial effects of coconut oil. But all in all, its a double-edged sword.

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on November 19, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Don't be afraid to use oil on your face while suffering with acne. I've done it - it's very soothing, and has never caused breakouts.

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on November 19, 2013
at 02:15 AM

i use coconut oil on my skin mixed with tea tree oil. works pretty well.

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on November 18, 2013
at 10:57 PM

Occasionally, I use a mix of 2tsp organic extra virgin olive oil / 2tsp organic virgin coconut oil / 0.5tsp organic red palm oil / 0.25tsp organic turmeric powder. Not something you can really leave on for too long (everything you touch turns yellow), but it's good stuff. If I just want a little moisture then I go for the olive oil or the coconut.

Although, I come from the opposite end of the spectrum where I have very dry skin. (I blame the accutane / desert air / highly chlorinated water.)

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