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Coconut oil on the face!

Hi,

I did some search of the tags and memories but I can't find any real advice on this.

The last few days I have been doing huge amounts of research on Coconut Oil after having a tub and not really knowing what to do with it other than moisturising the dry spots on my body.

I read somewhere that it was great for the face so started using it as a simple make-up remover, literally smothered it on and cleaned it off with a face cloth then splashed water on my skin for a light rinse then left to dry. I was really happy with the results of this as it took my make-up off brilliantly and it left my skin feeling and looking clean.

I also read that it can be used very lightly as a moisturiser at night and it can help acne. So I decided to use it for a few nights to try it out. At first I was really happy with the results, I woke up with perfectly clear skin which was moisturised but after the first few nights I have started to break out like crazy.

Through my research I found one mention of a possible purging stage (much like the OCM - which I personally didn't have a purging stage for) and was wondering if this could be the case? I also saw a few cases where people adamantly said no to putting it on your face.

I was wondering what your personal experience with coconut oil for the face was and did anyone have a purging stage?

I always change my face cloth with every use, I use organic virgin coconut oil & I have been drinking enough water/haven't changed my diet.

This question comes at a time where my skin starts to go crazy. I have always suffered from oily/normal skin all year around but now I've moved to oil/combination in the Summer and EXTREMELY dry during the Winter. Last year OCM helped a lot but I'm looking for something even better this year. Frankly I have no idea how to deal with dry skin and am looking for all the help I can get. (it doesn't help that I am so easily prone to acne!)

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solace
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I tried using coconut oil on my face to combat the dry skin I've developed since moving out west. It made me break out pretty severely, I would never use it on my face again. So I use it to make toothpaste instead :)
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Using it to make toothpaste? Ooo. I must look that up!
amami_yuki
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I have also been reading up on this as I just bought some coconut oil too.
Some things I've heard are to make sure it's unrefined, and to only put the tiniest amount on your face - like the thinnest layer. I've also heard about this purging stage, too... which is one reason why I'm a bit apprehensive to try it on my face. I've been using it on other skin areas, and it's been just fine though.
I think I might try spreading a thin layer on say, one part of my face and trying that for a few weeks.
Also, some people might just be allergic to it, I've heard.

I wonder though... I take it internally, as well. I'm wondering if just taking it internally will actually help my skin anyway? Hmm...
Sorry this isn't really an answer! But now I'm curious. :)
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I am totally wary of how much I put on my face. I did cut down dramatically after the first few times I used it!

I also read that taking it internally helps the skin just as much but I can't stomach using the oil on its own and I have no idea how else to incorporate it into my diet!
ninasafiri
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I use coconut oil on my face as I have extremely dry skin and it helps keep it moisturized but I only use the thinnest possibly layer (because it makes me very shiny lol) after washing my face in the morning. I haven't broken out and I've been using it for 3+ months.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Do you use make-up after it? I'm always curious about people who wear oils during the day. I use a mineral make-up and have to use a normal moisturiser because the oils don't soak in quick enough!

ninasafiri
Sep. 5th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Ah no, I don't wear make up. But the coconut oil absorbs rather quickly.
fee_parisienne
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Coconut oil is highly comedogenic, and is really better for hair/body use than it is on your face.

Try something else, maybe jojoba or almond oil. I've used grapeseed oil during the summer, though since it has mildly astringent properties it might not be great for dry skin.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
I didn't know that, thanks
jennifer0246
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
i think coconut oil is pretty comedogenic, and not best suited for use on the body unless you're spot-using it on somewhere terribly dry (feet, elbows). i find jojoba oil awesome for the uses you're describing, if you're looking for an alternative.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
After reading this a few days ago I tried using jojoba oil at night and it definitely helped calm down my face, thank you! I never thought of using it outside my OCM.
jennifer0246
Sep. 5th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
so glad the jojoba is helpful for you! i think its like magic stuff, i love it.
whambamglambam
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
I use it as an eye makeup remover and it works great. I haven't had issues with clogged pores, despite having oily, acne-prone skin. I use OCM for the rest of my face, specifically a combo or castor and sunflower oils.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Yeah that is why I started using it on my face. It worked really well for taking of my make-up! I might just stick to using it for that when wash my face well after.
blueyz72
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
My face is super sensitive so I only use CO on my face in the winter or if I have something I need to help clear up, otherwise I save it for the rest of my body. That said, a nice way to use coconut oil is to mix it with turbinado sugar(chunky brown sugar really) and perhaps some almond oil or spices for a exfoliating and moisturizing body scrub to use in the shower. Makes for super smooth skin, lol although give the shower a good rinse after or it can get slippery(learned that one by mistake).
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Oo, thank you! I must try that!
humbletulip
Aug. 31st, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
I started using coconut oil on my face a couple months back and am amazed at the results. I started getting acne after my second child and worse after i hit 30. But after a couple months of using it nightly my skin looks great. Almost no acne and my skin is softer and supple. AND many of my fine lines disappeared!!! I LOVE the stuff.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
It is good to hear it does work for some people! I got a bit wary so I've stopped for the time being. I think I was using too much so I am going to get my face clear again then go back and use it very, very sparingly.
grace_om
Aug. 31st, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
I've recently started using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I pat it on damp skin after a shower. So far I've been very happy with the results. I am older, and my skin tends to be dry and *still* break out :-(. Also, in the past few years, I've become sensitized to almost everything, natural or not, so this is one of the few things I can use.

I've not noticed any "purging" or tendency to break out more than previously.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for your feedback :)
misspaigeb
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I've been using it on my nose lately cus I have a cold and my nose is getting rubbed raw from all the tissues. It works really well for that anyway. I haven't broken out but again only have been using it on my nose.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Weirdly enough even though my nose is normally somewhere I break out, it was my chin/forehead that got it really bad with CO. I am gonna leave it a while and start using it as a spot-treatment kinda thing when my skin calms down.
painangrrfear
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised to read in comments that coconut oil is considered comedogenic. I use it religiously on my face, especially in the winter. I also use the stuff on my hair as a leave-in conditioner. No breakouts at all and I have always been prone to adult acne. Going water-only and using coconut oil as my only moisturizer for the past two years has done wonders for my skin. Best of luck to you!
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
I never heard it before either. In fact, some sites said the total opposite!

I have used it on my hair three times now and I absolutely adore the effects. I have a very sensitive scalp and I can definitely see the difference. I was wondering if you how many times it was acceptable to do that a week? Like a maximum amount? Since it is for my scalp I would like to do it more often than the normal once/twice a week that you normally deep condition hair.

I think I am going to use it again very sparingly on dry patches all over when my skin calms down. I think the last few days I have been too hard on it!

Edited at 2011-09-05 11:50 am (UTC)
bitsofbeauty
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Yes it is a comedogenic but different things work for different people. It works fine for me but I know it makes some people break out. If it's causing you to break out consider switching to something else on your face (you've already gotten great suggestions on here).

Hope you find something that works!
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
thank you :)
maynda
Sep. 1st, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Coconut oil IS comedogenic but only for some, it seems. I rarely break out from anything... except coconut oil. If you're starting to break out I can assure you it will only get worse. Please switch to jojoba oil and give that a go. I've been using it for two years and my skin has never looked better. They say it's great for acne. All I know is I never get pimples any more and my skin is glowing, gorgeous, and I look years younger. Love it.
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
I did use jojoba oil the last few nights and it has helped my skin a lot! I might use coconut oil just for dry patches when my skin starts to go drier going into cold weather.

thank you.
faithfulnature
Sep. 3rd, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Coconut oil breaks me out badly. In strange acne I never get. I tried it a few times, years apart and still had the same results. Also, any soap bar with coconut oil in it makes my face break out.

Hate to say it, but sometimes these things just DON'T work, and it's not worth it to let it get worse and hope it just gets better!
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
very true. i have stopped using it for the time being and am going to go back and experiment with it when my skin gets much drier, using it very sparingly and only doing it on dry patches.


i use a coconut oil based soap and body butter and i am prone to body acne, so the fact it never broke me out i wasn't expecting such a bad reaction on the face, but ah well!
__stripped
Sep. 5th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
i used it for about 2 weeks, LOVED it and then BOOM my skin went nuts :(
delorispea
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
:(

yeah, at first i really, really thought it was a miracle!
lmkia
Dec. 2nd, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
I use it for my OCM every night, and sometimes a tiny (less than a pea size) amt on my face for moisturizer. I've never experienced breakouts, but I have read that it is comodogenic. My mom broke out from it. since starting it two m ths ago I've noticed my dark circles going away and the lines around my eyes and mouth getting smaller.

I use coconut oil in the bath as well. I put a tablespoon I. The hot water, along with some EOs. My skin is sooo silky soft when I get out! I've also brushed my teeth with it--leaves them shiny and smooth. A lot of tv newscasters I know use it before going on air to get those sparkling pearly whites really dazzling for the cameras. I also use it very lightly for hair pomade or smoothing--a little goes a long way, but it helps give my fine hair just a little extra shape when it needs it.
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