Things to know about coconut oil

A while back I had written an article on skincare myths that I felt needed to be shared due to the influx of information floating around the internet. Now with the SA Lockdown, I couldn’t help but notice a few more have surfaced and with people glued to Instagram and Influencer blogs, they are bound to try anything in the hopes of healthy and beautiful skin. And while a lot of it is not necessarily harmful, the effects of certain ingredients can be slightly exaggerated, more than most.

Before we get to breaking down more of these myths, let me just start off by saying, again, that while I am not a dermatologist, I have spent the most parts of 2018 and 2019 studying micro compounds, root ingredients and it’s associated variations and I have conducted a LOT of research. Both from qualified dermatologists and consumers. Despite this, I am no expert so as with anything skin related, I would strongly advise you to seek professional advice if you have any uncertainty.

Coconut oil…the super superfood?

If we could believe everything we read on the internet, we’d embrace coconut oil as a wonder food that can conquer belly fat, curb your appetite, give your flawless skin, prevent heart disease, make your immune system strong, and protect your brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But as with any ingredients, not everyone can share in the same glorious health and beauty effects. Not just for allergy reasons but when it comes to skincare, for the simple reason being that your skin is unique to YOU. Despite there being general skin types (dry, normal and oily) – amidst this skin type there are a variety of other factors that attribute to the state of your skin. What works for an influencer’s dry skin, may not work for yours.

Coconut oil can clog pores (Skin and hairline)

The reality is that Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat making it comedogenic, which means it can clog pores. Coconut oil has large molecules and is absorbed slowly. This means it stays on top of the skin and can cause an occlusive barrier. While it still… “provides protection, it ends up acting more like a plastic bag on the skin,” says Pontillo.

This is a problem because coconut oil doesn’t allow for your skin cells to breathe or detoxify.  It also interferes with normal lipid production and can feel physically and emotionally suffocating (remember, the skin is a key part of the nervous system because it contains thousands of nerve endings per square inch.

So what I am getting it?

Should you throw out all your coconut oil products? Simply put, no! We know the cost of skincare and in my opinion, it is too much to throw away. I myself have used the ingredient in the first batches of my MzSeri Beauty makeup removers, up until it was failed in the laboratory for being too high in saturated fats. I would suggest that you instead, opt for using your coconut oil products on other parts of your body where your pores aren’t as tightly clustered. In addition, I am an advocate for reading labels, so take a minute before you purchase and check the volume of coconut oil used in the production of the product. Anything less than 10% is not enough to cause any harm.

And there you have it. Another superfood which as great as it is for health purposes, is not ALWAYS as good for the health of your skin.