Does Coconut Oil Cause Acne?

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.

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Author: Soon Chai

I am no expert in health, nutrition, weight loss and physical training. But I do offer sound advice to people who are interested and need help in these fields. Who am I? I started reading about nutrition and working out on rigorous martial arts training many many years back. Through trial and error, I applied and tweaked the techniques and finally turned my health downside up and became a gold medalist in physical training test... I lost weight and I help many people lose weight on my sites. I even turned my students from fat to fit through special training strategies. And I hope my knowledge can do the same to you - improve your health and make your life more meaningful.

2 thoughts on “Does Coconut Oil Cause Acne?”

  1. I have been using virgin coconut oil as daily moisturiser for 2-3 months now and my skin is still bumpy, and pimply. Before using coconut oil I rarely got a pimple. Now I've had a constant breakout for months. Surely if this was just "purging" the toxins from my body, it wouldn't last this long right? I'm not going to use it any more because I want clear skin. Not sure how much longer I'm supposed to wait for the breakouts to clear up.

    1. Hi Lauren, virgin coconut oil won't be able to purge most of the toxins out of your body unless you stop taking meat that is loaded with toxins. We all know that meat is toxic. Refined carb or sugar affects hormonal balance. Just these 2 things are strong enough to negate the effect of coconut oil.

      Another thing you should look into is your liver function. Liver helps to regulate sebum production. If your skin especially your face gets oily easily, you need to fix your liver. Sleeping late, smoking, boozing etc can hurt your liver function. Go read this => How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne and you'll know the reason why it seems to take your body forever to expel toxins.

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