Extra Virgin Coconut oil has become all the rage in the past decade, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Although coconut oil may have some wonderful health benefits when ingested, it may not be as good for your skin as you think.
Although there are some people whose skin is able to tolerate coconut oil without a problem, for many others it can be highly comedogenic. The reason for this is because it is a very heavy oil and it tends to just sit on top of the skin and trap dead skin cells and dirt into the pores.
Because of coconut oil’s antibacterial properties, it can actually be great used in specific ways. One way in particular is if you use it in your double cleansing method. The double cleansing method is basically a two step cleansing method, which begins with cleansing your skin and removing makeup with an oil product. The second step is to then cleanse your skin using your everyday water based cleanser, in order to remove the oil cleanser and all the dirt, makeup and excess oil it has picked up from the skin.
If you would like to keep using oil in your skin care regimen, other than coconut oil, which we highly recommend, there are other oils that you can try. Argan oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and safflower oil (the high linoleic version) are just a few that can be used effectively on the skin. It’s best to use the extra-virgin/unrefined versions of these oils, as they will provide the most benefits to your skin.
In general, not everyone’s skin will react the same to any one ingredient, so the important thing is to listen to your skin. If you have been using coconut oil in your skin care regimen without a problem, then you probably don't need to change anything. On the other hand, if you regularly use coconut oil on your skin and you have clogged pores and acne, then it might be a good idea to stop using coconut oil for a while. This way you can narrow down whether coconut oil works for your skin or not.