The problem with any beauty product that becomes trendy and therefore renowned for its good qualities is that people tend to tune out to the potential downsides of the product thereafter, or fail to consider the finer details in the clamber for the next best thing. Coconut oil is a prime example of one of these products, as it’s natural and doesn’t contain the additives or chemicals which usually raise alarm bells, and should be praised for its beneficial qualities without adopting blindness to its disadvantages.
Whether or not coconut oil is “bad” for your skin weighs heavily on the definition of bad. It is in no way dangerous to use on skin. However, it has the potential to cause acne or an oily disposition if used in excess or on the face.
You should approach each and every beauty-related question of “badness” with as broad an understanding as possible. If you are finding blanket yes or no answers for questions such as whether coconut oil is bad for your skin, it’s worth considering your source – a well-balanced approach to beauty products should never be absolute. Here is what you need to know in order to make an informed decision about whether coconut oil is right for your skin.
Coconut Oil Reacts Badly To Acne
Given coconut oil’s soothing nature, people misconstrue it to be a fool-proof approach to handling acne. Your theory may be that anything with the potential to sooth ought to be productive for reducing inflamed skin, but the reality is that coconut oil contains the saturated fatty acid known as lauric acid, and it is categorically ill-advised to put oil on broken skin. So, unless the acne is entirely sealed off, or unless your problem is acne scars rather than the acne itself in full throttle, the inflammation is likely to worsen rather than improve when coconut oil is applied. There are more efficient ways to deal with acne, as well as certain things you can do to prevent it.
Everywhere But The Face
Coconut oil has been built up in beauty-media as a bit of a salvation-salve, and while you might find yourself puzzling over the question, “Is there anything coconut oil can’t do?”, the answer is probably, “It can’t moisturise the face”. Let’s unpack that.
Coconut oil is a deep moisturising option, because it is made up of saturated fat. However, this is often a little too intense for your face. The result is that instead of making your face smooth and silky, it’ll clog up the pores and encourage a break-out (and we all know, break-outs hardly need encouragement most of the time). So, while rubbing it on your dried out hands and knees will be just the ticket, rubbing it into your face will be overwhelming. Coconut oil is a bit of a multi-tasker, though, so it’s not like you won’t make use of it when excluding your face from its potential uses.
Beware of Refined Coconut Oil
As a result of the hype surrounding coconut oil and its benefits, plenty of copy-cat products which simply contain a small trace of coconut extract are being marketed and branded to look like coconut oil. Be wary – the refined stuff is processed, which has the potential to really mess up your skin.
This is especially pertinent if you’re using coconut oil for its natural qualities. If you end up misreading a label and buying the refined version, you might as well not have swapped to a natural alternative.
“Bad” is Bad
At the end of the day, calling something “bad” for your skin is the real bad-guy here. It is very seldom that a product is categorically bad for you. Rather, you’ll find that most resources tell you that they’re bad if used in excess, or if used incorrectly. The worst thing you can do with coconut oil is decide that it’s either bad or it’s good – instead, you should be rationally and systematically using it where it’s known to thrive, and decide what works best for your own skin and beauty regime.