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Why do I get pimples when using coconut oil as a moisturiser?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 31, 2010 at 7:04 AM

I have been using castor oil as a natural moisturiser. It's great, but very thick and viscous, so I've been trying to switch to coconut oil, but it makees me break out a little. Is this an adjustment period or am I simply sensitive to it?

What has been your experience of CO on your skin?

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on January 01, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I have never used coconut oil on my skin for this reason. I did use it in my homemade deodorent and had it block my pours. I switched to olive oil and it worked better. For my skin I use a mix of castor, e and sometimes some almond, grapeseed or olive. The castor drys my skin too much when used straight up during the day. I use more e during the winter. Maybe even a little coco butter. More castor during the summer. I just steam by using the spray from a hot shower or a hot washcloth.

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on December 31, 2010
at 06:03 PM

That's good to hear. I used to get horrible acne. Had to do 2.5 rounds of accutane (once is supposed to cure for life), and still had to use Retina A daily or would get acne. Granted I'm a older now but my skin is bullet proof on Paleo. I wish I would have known about Paleo when young and thank God I didn't get any scaring.

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on December 31, 2010
at 11:20 AM

I have a tiny bit of milk in one cup of coffee/day and I eat the occasional raw milk cheese. With those, I have no pimples. BTW, Before I improved my diet, I would have a pimple here & there, blackheads, and large pores. All of that is gone. YEA! The spots I have now are clearly from the CO. I figure either CO on my skin just doesn't agree with me, or there is an adjustment period. I know it is anti-virul, anti-fungal, antibiotic, so I thought it might be cleaning something out of my skin. I wanted to know if others had reactions for a while and then were able to use it.

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on December 31, 2010
at 08:19 AM

How long have you been using it? I'm trying to figure out if you get used to it over time.

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on December 31, 2010
at 08:02 AM

No problems. Sugar and wheat give me acne.

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on December 31, 2010
at 01:08 PM

Coconut oil is comedogenic, as is it has the tendency to block pores.

The best solution I've found it to occasional breakouts is the oil-cleansing method:

http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

I picked up a cheap facial steamer and some castor and sunflower oil, whole kit cost me less than 25 euro ($30) and it's surprisingly effective given how expensive the creams are that I have tried.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on January 01, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I have never used coconut oil on my skin for this reason. I did use it in my homemade deodorent and had it block my pours. I switched to olive oil and it worked better. For my skin I use a mix of castor, e and sometimes some almond, grapeseed or olive. The castor drys my skin too much when used straight up during the day. I use more e during the winter. Maybe even a little coco butter. More castor during the summer. I just steam by using the spray from a hot shower or a hot washcloth.

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on December 31, 2010
at 07:59 AM

I've heard Jojoba oil matches the pH of skin. also Mountainroseherbs.com has coconut based facial creams (with other oils) that I really like.

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on February 04, 2011
at 04:45 PM

I also tried to use coconut oil and started to break out. I think my skin is naturally sensitive (probably from using crap mainstream products for years!). I'm going to try jojoba oil instead. For now I've stopped using any products except twice-daily chamomile tea as toner and a weekly homemade exfoliation (cornmeal or coffee grinds, honey, etc). My skin is so soft and radiant!

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on December 31, 2010
at 05:46 PM

What else are you putting on your skin? Have you tried switching brands of coconut oil? is the coconut oil you are using steam deodorized? I find the raw natural that contains the fragrance to be irritating to my skin.

I second the oil cleansing method, though it does take a few weeks for your skin to adjust.

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on December 31, 2010
at 08:44 AM

I have no issues with it and I used to get really bad acne as a kid. Have you cut out ALL dairy (cheese, sour cream, milk, etc..)?

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(3029)

on December 31, 2010
at 11:20 AM

I have a tiny bit of milk in one cup of coffee/day and I eat the occasional raw milk cheese. With those, I have no pimples. BTW, Before I improved my diet, I would have a pimple here & there, blackheads, and large pores. All of that is gone. YEA! The spots I have now are clearly from the CO. I figure either CO on my skin just doesn't agree with me, or there is an adjustment period. I know it is anti-virul, anti-fungal, antibiotic, so I thought it might be cleaning something out of my skin. I wanted to know if others had reactions for a while and then were able to use it.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on December 31, 2010
at 06:03 PM

That's good to hear. I used to get horrible acne. Had to do 2.5 rounds of accutane (once is supposed to cure for life), and still had to use Retina A daily or would get acne. Granted I'm a older now but my skin is bullet proof on Paleo. I wish I would have known about Paleo when young and thank God I didn't get any scaring.

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on December 31, 2010
at 07:53 AM

I can only use it a few times a wk same thing happens maybe its too rich ??

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on December 31, 2010
at 08:19 AM

How long have you been using it? I'm trying to figure out if you get used to it over time.

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