There are reasons why coconut oil is one of the most popular skin care remedies in the world.
Coconut oil has several benefits to your skin, it’s accessible, affordable, and smells nice. But if you’re wondering or find yourself asking if coconut oil may be bad for the skin, then it’s definitely a reasonable thing to ask about. Do you think coconut oil causes more problems than benefits? Keep reading to find out.
The first thing you have to keep in mind is that not all oils are the same. You might think there’s not much difference when it comes to oil remedies in the market, but actually, some are lighter and some are heavier than others. Heavier oils cover up the skin more, creating sort of a blanket or barrier. Heavier oils are beneficial for dry skin to lock in the moisture longer in the skin but can clog pores while it serves as your bodyguard. Generally speaking, oils that are used typically in cooking like olive, avocado, olive, and coconut, are all heavy oils.
So yes, coconut oil is one of the heavyweights and can cause problems on your face, especially if you’re already prone to getting breakouts. Coconut oil also contains caprylic triglyceride which is a fatty acid that is also known to cause acne.
Coconut oil is best used on the drier areas of the skin such as knees, elbows, and heels. These are parts of the skin that can benefit fully from this oil’s wonders without suffering from side effects such as acne.
If you have dry skin and prefer to use oils to moisturize, use lighter type of oils such as jojoba, grapeseed, and rosehip seed. A drop that is the size of a pencil eraser is enough or even more than enough for your whole face.
If you are set on using coconut oil in your skin care routine, it is important that you take skin cleansing seriously. Remove all excess residue from oils and oil-based products that you use on your face to avoid skin problems. Products with salicylic acid are perfect in getting rid of excess oils because the acid breaks down oil residue or accumulated sebum (your skin’s natural oil).
But what about coconut oil as a makeup remover? Granted, coconut oil excellent at removing makeup, but keep in mind that oils leave a film behind and you would still need to cleanse and wash your face. If you like using coconut oil on your hair, make sure to wash it all off and clean up all the skin that comes in contact with your hair as well.
Now that you’ve read the possible cons of using pure coconut oil, the safe option if you’d still like to include oil in your skin care routine is to use oil-based products. But just like with any other skin care product, it’s also a matter or trial and error and thorough research to really see if the product is fit for your skin type.
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