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Why You Should Never Put Coconut Oil On Your Face

Especially if you suffer from acne.
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In recent years, coconut oil has been hailed as something of a multi-tasking miracle beauty product. But it turns out that it might not be the lord and savior of all things skin related after all.

I recently attended an adult acne talk by every makeup addict's favorite website, Cult Beauty. My ears instantly pricked up when I heard the words "coconut oil." I was pretty shocked to hear that it was actually the one product we should put nowhere near our skin.

Annie Tevelin is a former makeup artist who released her own skincare line, SkinOwl, after developing severe acne in her late twenties. Annie was the first one on the panel to bring up coconut oil and how she would never, ever, EVER put it on her skin. 

“Coconut oil is less like a pure plant oil and acts more like a wax on the skin, much like jojoba oil. It’s very comedogenic which means that it can’t penetrate the pore. Because of this, it sits on top of the skin, leading to clogged pores, breakouts and without proper absorption, causes extreme dryness.”

And if that wasn't enough to make you reconsider your nutty habit, Nicolas Travis founder of skincare brand Allies of Skin also had some points to add.

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"Coconut oil is highly comedogenic and it forms a barrier on your skin that can block and suffocate pores. It also doesn’t have a very great nutrient profile with topical benefits—there are many other superior oils like Baobab, Rosehip and Tamanu Oil that will better nourish the skin."

But what about using coconut oil to remove your makeup? Still not great as Annie points out. "It’s always better if you rinse it off, but I still wouldn’t personally recommend as it can leave a film and thus clog the skin”.

And if you just can't quit using coconut oil as a makeup remover, there are alternatives as Nicolas explains. "I would just use it around the eyes as there are no oil glands and switch to better oils to remove makeup on the face—like Argan oil and Safflower oil.”

Looks like coconut oil has officially been canceled from our skincare routine then. 


This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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