Okay, so I’ve had enough of coconut oil. It appears as though coconut oil is not as miraculous as I thought it was.
When I first started using virgin coconut oil (VCO) in my Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) routine, it felt fantastic. My skin was getting smoother and I loved the smell of it. It also felt a lot lighter on my skin.
Around five days into using the VCO twice a day (morning and evening), my skin started to flare up really badly. Now, I had noticed after a day or two of using the oil that after I washed my face my cheeks were looking a little splotchy. I was just ignoring this and putting it down to old acne scares showing up from massaging my skin ..or whatever ..I wasn’t really worried about it. Until, yesterday when it all came crashing down. It was strange. Two days ago I was looking in the mirror thinking about how great my skin was looking and how I didn’t need to wear make up anymore (I’m putting up a mineral makeup video soon that I recorded two days ago, you can see how great my skin was), but by the next day my skin was red, inflamed and covered in little pimples. How did this happen!?
So I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve either had a bad reaction to the coconut oil, the coconut oil was doing a really good job at removing built up toxins in my skin, or coconut oil is just not a good oil to use for acne prone skin. Either way, I’ve discontinued my use of the oil and would not recommend it for acne prone skin. Honestly, I haven’t had a break out like this in a very long time. In fact, when my skin was bad I didn’t have this kind of breakout. This reaction feels a lot like a response to what I was putting on my face. So it’s one of those ‘what I put on the outside’ things which I think is kind of rare. Usually acne is caused by something internal.
I’ve spent hours and hours scouring the Internet looking for possible causes, and other peoples experiences. I’m so surprised at the lack of information out there about a possible bad reaction to coconut oil and other people’s experiences. I did find one source last night, which made up my mind to discontinue using the oil:
Why late sleepers complain of pimples when they started taking VCO
…and these pimples increased for weeks and so they stopped taking it. VCO generally increases basic metabolic functions in the body when applied topically in the skin. It also increases the activities of the sebaceous gland which is a halocline gland, meaning, it is the whole gland itself that is extruded out and burst to produce the sebum. Since it is closely associated with the hair follicles. Once the hair follicles is also clogged up and in time the sebum is to come out, that is the time that pimples developed, secondary to clogged up hair follicles. If you apply the VCO , and you stimulate the glands activity to be extruded, especially at night, when the hair follicles too is clogged up with sweat, and secretions, this aggravates the condition. It is best to apply the VCO after thoroughly cleaning the face with soap and water. I hope I have given you a basic understanding of how the VCO works on the skin in relation with pimples.
Well, I guess that’s what happened to me!
I’m in super recovery mode now. I’ve stopped the OCM altogether for a while because I feel as though I don’t want any more oils on my skin. I’m using a very gentle cleanser and a moisturiser that I used for years which I know for a fact never made me break out. Once the redness and inflammations go down, I’ll ease back into the OCM, because I do have great results using the OCM. This time around I might do a lot of research and find the most gentle oil combination which is best for acne prone and sensitive skin. I’ve also used a clay mask once today (with crushed cucumber added, thanks for the tip Bel!), and will continue to do so every other day until my skin recovers. I’m also making sure I drink plenty of water.
One thing this experience has done is remind me of how it feels like to have acne. I’d been clear for long enough to forget what it was like to have an acne problem (the good news is, you do forget quite easily). I’ve been reminded of the frustration and depression and self esteem issues that comes with having spots on your face. It’s something that nobody can understand unless they’re in this situation. It’s so unfair that ‘pimples’ and ‘acne’ are seen almost as if it’s a dirty disease and we have to put up with the embarrassment when it’s on our face, even if we are one of the healthiest people out there!
It’s also made me realise that there is not a lot that you can say to an acne sufferer that will make them feel better. Even when I know that this is a temporary flare up for me and that I will recover within a few days – the impatience is still quite overwhelming, and reassurance from myself, friends and family will not make a lot of difference.
So, all I can say out of this experience is perhaps coconut oil is not a good oil to apply on acne prone skin! and if you get stung by the acne blues, then take comfort in the fact that there are many, many, other people out there with the same thoughts and feelings as you. You’re not alone