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The Bottom Line: Can I Use Coconut Oil for Acne?


Coconut oil is something everyone knows about, because of all the hype it gets in the "natural" health industry. According to Coconut Oil Crusaders, or COC for short (as I've so lovingly coined them), coconut oil can cure everything.

Of course, in most cases, this is simply not true. Coconut oil just doesn't have the evidence backing it to make those kind of erroneous blanket claims.

Coconut oil, although it has some undeserved accolades, does have some uses, and one of them seems to be in skin care. When I first started my acne journey, I was all about that coconut oil life. I slathered that stuff all over my face and body, convinced by the COC that it would cure my acne overnight.

Well, needless to say, it resulted in a whole slew of cystic acne along my jawline that left me with hideous rolling scars. Despite this, I hold no ill-will against coconut oil, because I know that just because something didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't work for someone else. After all, the comedogenicity of something is not as important as you'd think - the comedogenic ratings are highly unreliable. Something could be considered "highly comedogenic" but not break someone out. Something that's considered "not highly comedogenic" or with a low rating could break someone else out. Everyone's skin is different, you need to try a product before determining if it will affect your skin.