Why Coconut Oil May Not Be Your Friend

It’s been said that coconut oil is the savior for moisturizing skin and fighting the signs of aging. Through personal use or lab testing and everything in between, results confirm coconut oil is a product that can reduce inflammation, protect skin from bacteria, heal wounds and/or treat acne for some users. These results allow many to tout coconut oil as a miracle product that both moisturizes and preserves skin. But, those of us with sensitive or oily skin know that coconut oil isn’t for every body.

Special care is required when dealing with sensitive or oily skin. Specifically, consumers must know which products (and form of the product) may or may not trigger their skin. They must also understand that what works for someone else may not work for them, and vice versa. 

Many mainstream and green body care news resources share the gospel about all of the good benefits of using coconut oil. After all, it is a great moisturizer due the to the fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. But, these news resources fail to share that coconut, in its several forms, can impact sensitive and oily skin negatively. Whether fractioned or extra virgin, coconut oil is heavy and may cause issues such as rashes, blackheads, outbreaks and an oil imbalance. So, when looking for a great moisturizer, it may be best to look for something other than coconut oil if you have sensitive or oily skin.

It’s important to be knowledgeable about triggering ingredients and highly selective when making choices about body care products. Knowing which products to avoid comes from the following: 1. trial and error and 2. studying the effects that products have on different skin types and conditions. Because using the wrong product can create major outbreaks, understanding which ingredients to avoid is key for consumers to consistently realize their best possible skin.


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Author: masseden

The writing staff for MASS EDEN Blog answers consumer questions about natural and organic body care that is submitted to MASS EDEN via email, social media or onsite meetings.

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