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Coconut Oil as Facial Moisturizer

I have the weirdest skin ever... meaning that it gets flaky dry, but will still be oily enough to make me break out like I'm 12. Oh, hormone sadness.

And I'm having a hard time finding a facial regimen... specifically a moisturizer. I read on here that a lot of you use coconut oil, so I bought some, but now I have a few questions:

1. Just a tiny bit seemed to cover my whole face, which is cool, but do I need to keep it in the refrigerator?

2. I have fair skin, and try to stay out of the sun, but will the CO as moisturizer make my face more prone to burn?

3. If you have dry skin AND you break out a lot, does putting oil on your face make you break out more?

Anything else I should know?



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May. 9th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I can only answer #3 for you. YMMV depending on your own skin and the kind of oil you're using, but here's my experience... I have wicked dry, flaky skin and very acne-prone skin, but I started using jojoba oil a few months ago at the recommendation of this community and it has definitely helped cut down on my acne. I use a tiny drop at night before bed, and then don't need any moisturizer in the morning, and it doesn't make me break out any more than I normally do. I don't know about coconut oil, but jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties, so it actually helps keep my acne in check and helps reduce the inflammation from previous breakouts as well.
May. 9th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say your skin sounds just like mine! The oily/dry flaky combo is so ridiculous and drives me crazy! LOL

I can't help with the first two questions, but as far as the third, I used OCM for awhile (EVOO, Castor, Grapeseed combo) and it didn't make me break out any more than usual. I also used jojoba on and off as a moisturizer and it just made my skin wayyy too greasy.

Lately, I've been using a hydrating spray called Fruit Enzyme Mist by MyChelle as my only moisturizer and it's working well. It's really the only thing I've found that doesn't make my skin super oily like all the moisturizing creams/lotions/oils did.

Edited at 2008-05-09 11:53 pm (UTC)
May. 9th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
personally i've found coconut oil clogs my pores more and leads to break outs, so i stick with jojoba.

here is a link to a chart on which oils are non-comedogenic:

May. 10th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
All I know is this: flaky skin = skin in need of exfoliation. Tight-feeling skin = skin in need of moisture.

I have heard jojoba is excellent for moisture.
May. 10th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
I have very similar skin! I used coconut oil on my face for a while but it's so thick. I switched to jojoba oil after reading this community.

So jojoba oil on my face and coconut oil on my body. I don't put it in the fridge, it's too far away from the bathroom! Can't help on the burning issue, I don't use coconut oil on my shoulders/back very often.
May. 10th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
(1) No refrigerator necessary.
(2) I've heard conflicting reports. Some say that coconut oil actually has UV blocking properties. Others say it helps you tan, but you don't necessarily burn more easily.
(3) I didn't find that coconut oil made me break out, but I didn't use it for long after I found out that it is listed as comedogenic. Works for some, not for others. Oils I use regularly are jojoba, tamanu, and sea buckthorn (thanks, rosefox8 :D). No, those won't make you break out. They'll help immensely with dry skin, actually. I converted my mom (oily skin) and my boyfriend (dry skin) to jojoba permanently.
May. 10th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
It sounds to me like you have a few things going on... You might need to do some deep cleansing to open up the pores and clear the skin. OCM would be a good regimen for that. You, most likely will find your skin will normalize pretty quickly. You could use the CO you got for OCM. Here's the info on Oil Cleansing Method: http://stores.walk-in-beauty.net/Detail.bok?no=125

CO is good for tanning and will help a little about not burning.. but not completely.

Have you been using salicyic acid treatment for your acne? That could also increase the dry flakiness.
May. 10th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
1. Probably not. I don't keep mine in the fridge. It might go rancid after a long time, but mine hasn't yet (and I've had it for a couple of years). Coconut oil solidifies at room temp, so if you put it into the fridge it's going to be incredibly solid and difficult to work with.

2. Don't know, sorry.

3. Not that I've noticed... especially if your acne is hormonal (which you implied it is). I clean my face with oil (not coconut though) and have never had worse acne from it. (Although I always wipe off excess)
May. 10th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
1. I keep a big jar in the fridge and spoon out a week's worth in a little baby food jar. I was told not to stick my fingers into the jar of oil because it introduces bacteria or something...well, I don't remember the exact reasons, but I still only get a week's worth at a time to keep it fresher longer.
2. This is completely anecdotal, but back in the day my mother used to use only coconut oil when she was out in the sun all day and in the ocean all the time and she'd darken up but never burn. When she has a bit of a tan she'll never burn though.
3. I read somewhere that CO is supposed to help ease skin inflammation and that it even has antimicrobial properties, but when I started using it on my face I started getting blackheads in addition to my cystic acne. Stopped using it, and the blackheads went away.
May. 10th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
PS, other oils I've used on my face like avocado oil and jojoba oil have not caused blackheads, just the coconut oil.
May. 10th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
I have a similar problem, but it's very well managed. Here's what I do:

1. Castile soap. I use it on everything and my face is no exception. I gently scrub when I feel like I need to exfoliate, with a washcloth. Castile soap doesn't dry out my skin, which is lovely.
2. Monoi de Tahiti. Another thing I use everywhere, face being no exception. You can get it scented or unscented and I prefer unscented (you can still smell the coconut and floral component). Blot any extra with tissue. Monoi locks in moisture, plus it's a great protective barrier. (However, you're right that oils make one more sensitive to the sun. Regardless, I have not had to take any special precautions against sunburn, and I am the whitest of the white!) The gardenia flower in monoi is naturally antiseptic, while the coconut is anti-fungal, so they're great for acne.
3. Witch hazel. Calms my skin if and when it becomes irritated.
4. Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is a godsend. When breakthrough happens, Burt rescues me.
5. Occasionally, I find that I still require something a bit stronger, when my face gets really freaked out. The solution: Toner. It's not totally natural, but sometimes I find I need the salicylic acid. [Here's the ingredients list, since Neutrogena doesn't tell you: Water (Purified), SD Alcohol 40, Glycolic Acid, Witch Hazel, Sodium PCA, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Extract, Peppermint Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Lactate, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance] I swear by this stuff.
6. Of late, I have been experimenting with tamanu oil, which is another Tahitian well-kept not-so-secret. So they say, it speeds up cell turnover and is a remedy for practically every skin ailment under the sun. Sometimes, I use it at night when my skin is a bit broken out, and it seems to make a difference, though I'm not sure it's a necessary addition to my repertoire.

Hope it helps!
May. 10th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the tanning/burning because haven't tried using it for that yet(and won't need it for another month at least).

For skin I also have very sensitive face. The coconut oil is OK in little doses but not an everyday thing, and I only put it on few spots. For my face I am down to 3 things. 1) Dessert Essence TeaTree Oil cleansing pads. 2) Johnson and Johnson Clean&Clear Moisturizing glow(about only commercial item I use but it's GREAT on my skin) and 3) Bare Minerals makeup.

I do use coconut oil on the rest of my body however and it's done wonders for my feet, nails and overall skin staying moisturized (I even use it along with almond oil and brown sugar to make a great body scrub).
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