The reason why some people mistakenly thought that coconut oil causes acne is mainly because some acne sufferers have got their acne condition aggravated after using the oil for treating their acne.
I can vouch for the fact that coconut oil does not cause acne. In fact, this tropical oil helps to clear acne and heal your skin instead. But why do some acne sufferers experience more acne breakouts with it?
Before I can answer that, I need you to understand that acne bacteria do not just feed on sebum (the oily substance that lubricates our skin), but also feed on toxins that are transported to the skin for purging.
That means, toxins also play a part in causing acne, besides the commonly known causal factors like sebum, dead skin cells and acne bacteria.
However, sometimes the toxins can be so stubborn that our skin is not able to purge them all out. As a consequence, the toxins “hide” underneath the skin.
Now, when you apply coconut oil to your skin, as this tropical oil contains very powerful detoxifying fatty compounds and as they penetrate deep into your skin, they “force” the toxins up to the surface of your skin. And when your skin pores are clogged at that time, more pimples or whiteheads will pop up like moles popping up from their holes.
That’s actually a good thing since coconut oil is purging toxins in order to help clear your skin of acne. But many people do not come to realize such acne-healing benefit and they start to freak out at the breakout and then accuse coconut oil of making their acne worse. It’s a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction – a healing crisis actually.
That means, your skin has to get worse before it gets better.
However, not all acne sufferers will get that heart-stopping breakout when using coconut oil for acne treatment. It depends largely on how much toxins you have collected in your body and underneath your skin over the years. In other words, the more toxins you have, the more severe the breakout will be.
Of course, if you have always watched your diet by taking more fruits and vegetables, and less meat and processed food, and take up a regular exercise routine that could help your body detox well, chances for coconut oil to cause acne breakout are slim. Even if it breaks out, it won’t appear as severe as what some people have experienced.
So, coconut oil does not cause acne, strictly speaking. Even if it does, your skin will heal eventually with regular use of it. And of course, make sure you stop dumping more toxins into your body or your acne will take forever to clear.