Coconut oil has gained popularity over the last few years as the go-to home remedy for anything that ails the body. Although we all love coconut oil and it’s wide variety of uses, it’s time to admit that it is not always the best solution for every problem.
Specifically? It’s not the best moisturizer for your face. We see clients regularly who use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, and we are working with them to transition them to a more suitable moisturizer for their skin type. We love cooking with it. We love making body scrubs with it. We love so many of coconut oil’s myriad uses, but please stop putting it on your face.
Coconut oil is pore-blocking and can cause breakouts, especially in already acne-prone skin. The molecular weight of coconut oil is just too large for the skin to actually absorb, so it gets trapped in the pore, creating a blockage, which in time turns into acne. And if it’s too big to be absorbed, that means you’re not actually getting any hydration into your skin. The surface of your skin may feel softer after using it, but it’s only moisturizing the topmost layer of your skin, which is mostly dead skin cells. You could be missing out on some much-needed moisture!
Also, because of the thickness of coconut oil, it’s oftentimes not properly or completely removed from the skin, which leads to more breakouts, blackheads and clogging. So if it’s causing congestion in the skin, and not moisturizing or nourishing the skin, let’s get it off the skin!
Let’s be clear – coconut oil is not bad, but there are better oils for your face. I love substituting coconut oil for margarine when baking, or mixing it with another carrier oil, such as jojoba to create a moisturizer that leaves my legs glowing. Coconut oil is still wonderful and healthy, but it’s probably going to be healthier for your face from the inside out.
If you need help breaking your coconut oil habit and would like some guidance in selecting a moisturizer better suited to your individual skin needs, please reach out to us! We’re happy to help!