Should You Use Coconut Oil for Acne?

We’ve heard about the countless magical properties of coconut oil. It’s great for dry hair, and can even add a delicious flavoursome aroma to your food, and can even be used as a great natural makeup remover. And while we believe that coconut oil can be used for pretty much EVERYTHING, the one thing it might not be great for is – ACNE AND ACNE SCARS.

Coconut oil is an edible oil that’s composed mostly of saturated fats.  The most common fat is lauric acid, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Technically, that should make it a great natural treatment for acne, right? The truth might be a little different. Lauric acid only makes up for about 50% of the saturated fats found in coconut oil. Even though lauric acid is great for acne treatments, but isn’t great when it only makes up half of the coconut oil’s contents. Instead of working for your benefit, it has a high potential to clog your pores and worsen your acne.

The answer is NO. Even though people believe that natural is better, it might not always be the case. It’s highly comedogenic (pore-clogging) and can act like a wax, sitting as a layer on top of the skin, suffocating and clogging pores, leading to significant acne breakouts. So keep away from using coconut oil as a treatment for acne or acne scars.

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