Does coconut oil cause acne or cure it?

So what’s the story? Does coconut oil cause acne, or is it an acne miracle?

I know one thing for sure – that coconut oil is fantastic to ingest internally to help with your acne and overall health.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.

It can also help to kill yeast and parasites which improves digestion, and it can also boost your immune system to fight infections!

Coconut Oil is Great for Acne If Used Internally!

My favourite way to use coconut oil is in my cooking. Instead of olive oil, canola oil, or any other random oil, it’s best to use coconut oil – not just because of the health properties, but because it has a very high smoke point.

Many oils (including olive oil) mutate and turn toxic when they are heated to medium or high heats. You don’t want that – damaged, toxic oils can have a very adverse affect on your skin.

However, coconut oil is more stable and can withstand higher heat, leaving you with a much healthier meal.

Okay, great. But what about using it directly on the skin?

Using Coconut Oil on the Face to Treat Acne

I’ve been getting a nutty amount of questions lately in regard to using coconut oil on the face.

This is because there are many a review out there on the internet RAVING about how awesome coconut oil is for their skin. It helps to clear acne, heal wounds, and moisturize their skin to a silky state.

So people want to know from me… is it legit? Should they use it?

To be honest… the answer is NO!

I would definitely have no problem using it as a moisturizer for my body, but I’ve never used it on my face. Frankly, I’m too scared to try it.

While many people love using coconut oil topically, the fact is that it’s very comedogenic (meaning pore clogging). On a scale of one to five, with five being the most comedogenic, coconut oil is a four!

One of the most concrete reasons I’m too freaked out to give it a try is because of some articles that Fran from High on Health posted a while ago about her experiences with coconut oil.

She wrote a post telling people that she was using coconut oil on her face and that it was going well, and that she LOVED IT!

But then she later does a follow up post in which she says it triggered quite a breakout, all her pores became clogged, and it took her skin months to recover. She even calls it a ‘nightmare’.

I’ve actually heard this story a fair few times from others as well.

Everyone Is Different, So….

Then again, no two people’s skin or bodies are exactly alike.

No matter what the product or ingredient (or food for that matter), some will love it, and there will always be people out who happened to have had the worst experience of their life with it.

The thing with coconut oil though is that it’s probably fine… IF you aren’t acne prone, which is why you hear so many wonderful things about it being used a moisturizer.

If you are acne prone (and I assume you are if you are reading my site), then you might have luck with it, but I’d stay away.

And don’t get me wrong… I love using oils in my skin care, just not coconut oil.

Why take the chance? There are so many that are non-comedogenic and highly beneficial for acne, like hemp seed oil or argan oil. Check out my article on the best oils to use if you’re acne prone!

However, if you are a braver soul than I and would like to give it a try anyway, absolutely make sure that you are using unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil. Then if it clogs your pores and breaks you out, you will know it wasn’t the cheap quality or pesticides causing you issues.

What do you think? Have you tried coconut oil on your face? Did you love it? Hate it? If not, would you try it? Or have I freaked you out enough to not touch it?