We all know the health benefits coconut oil has on our skin and its hype isn’t anything new to us.
It is a great emollient if the barrier function of your skin is disturbed . It’s great at repairing and restoring this quickly as it is rapidly absorbed into the epidermis.
Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, essential amino acids, and la-uric and caprylic acid which form part of the barrier function of your skin and help maintain your skin’s natural flora aka the good bugs!’
The oil, which is pressed and expelled from the fruit of the coconut palm tree, contains high concentrations of small-chain fatty acids that may reduce inflammation and improve circulation. It also has antioxidant and skin-strengthening qualities.
But then with all the pros and excitement of what this lovely oil can do we forget one most important thing and that is Most oils are comedogenic and coconut oil is not an exception.
YESSSSS! Coconut oil is highly comedogenic and it forms a barrier on your skin that can block and suffocate pores. 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.
Coconut oil is less like a pure plant oil and acts more like a wax on the skin. It also doesn’t have a very great nutrient profile with topical benefits.
But what about using coconut oil to remove your makeup? Still not great an idea. 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 other alternatives which you can embrace too.