ACNE-PRONE SKIN, BEWARE
Across the board, dermatologists and skin experts told us that coconut oil is definitely not for your face. Wait, what? That’s the first place we’d assume this supposed miracle worker was meant to be applied.
It is crucial to not apply this oil on your face—especially if you are acne prone, even though coconut oil is healthy, people with oily or acne prone skin don’t need to be adding more oil to their faces. Rachel Winard, founder and formulator at Soapwalla echoed Waibel’s words, saying, “Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it’s more likely to clog pores, leading to a higher instance of acne and blackheads.
BUT WAIT, THE HAIR!
Now that we know that we should be keeping this oily substance away from our faces, are there any other beauty benefits for coconut oil? Dr. Michelle gives us a reason to not chuck our trendy coconut oil just yet. “The chemical structure of coconut oil allows it to actually penetrate the hair shaft—not just coating the outside like other hair products. This allows for your hair to become stronger and more flexible—which leads to having less breakage and split ends.”
She recommends applying the oil to your hair at night and then covering it with a shower cap to let it soak in while you sleep. Then in the morning, shampoo and condition!
IT CAN BE DRYING
The common thought with oil is that, if anything, it would be over-saturating. Well, this is another surprise! Dr. Cindy Jones, a cosmetic formulator, explains that since coconut oil is pure oil, it contains no water. While it will help trap water in the skin, it will not add water to your skin like a moisturizer that has both water and oil in the ingredients.
Individuals who have allergies to tree nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans) may be sensitive to coconut oil in high concentrations. If you’ve experienced your skin becoming inflamed, splotchy, itchy, or feeling tight, you might just be allergic to coconut oil!