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Two Reasons Why You Definitely Shouldn’t Use Coconut Oil!

11 March, 2018 - 08:13pm by - First Lady | 21 Comments

by BR Tabatha

Coconut oil.  My hair saviour.  My ultimate multi-tasker.  The most economical product I own.  Ahhhh.  Coconut oil.  My one-true love

But although widely touted as the cure-all for everything from stinky breath to damaged hair, coconut oil isn't for everyone.  It has two properties that might turn it from a dream product to the nightmare you can't wake up from.

1.  Coconut Oil is 50% Lauric Acid..

Lauric Acid is also naturally found in breastmilk - it's a type of Medium Chain Fatty Acid that does amazing things.  It's antibacterial, antimicrobial and promotes cellular and hormone health.  It's awesome.  So why is this a bad thing? Lauric Acid reinforces protein in the hair shaft and helps prevent protein loss from things like heat and processing damage.  Again, I hear you cry, why is being so full of good stuff bad for some hair types?

  • If you have particularly dry and coarse hair that's not badly damaged, your hair is going to be naturally full of protein, using coconut oil will stimulate protein production, essentially over-protein-ing your har and leaving it feeling hard.
  • Lauric Acid might also be incompatible with your other hair care products - if you're using products with added proteins or panthenol (a form of Vitamin B5) you'll probably find your hair left feeling really stiff and unhealthy.  Either your regular products need to go, or the Coconut Oil does.

2.  Coconut Oil is highly comedogenic.

On the Oil Comedogenic Scale an oil rated 0 won't block pores.  An oil rated 5, well you might as well slap chip fat on your face and block your pores that way.  Can you see where this is going?  My beloved Coconut Oil rates a...4.  

If you use Coconut Oil as a cleanser, moisturiser or hair mask and begin to suffer from breakouts or an overly oily scalp, it's probably the Coconut Oil that's to blame.  Like wise if you have acne or are prone to breakouts, approach coconut oil on your skin with extreme caution.

So, yes, for different people and different reasons, Coconut Oil is a wonder-product, powefully providing solutions to all kinds of beauty dilemnas.  But, before you go slathering your hair and skin in it arm yourself with the above knowledge, and do a patch test first!

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I love coconut oil. I sometimes put it on damp hair after I have washed it and then leave on overnight and then in the morning i find it looks nicer,feels nicer and is easier to style. I also use a little bit in my hair before I straighten it because it helps straighten it faster. Also good as a hand a foot moisturiser

after reading these comments I just put coconut oil on my cracked heels! amazing!

13th March, 2018 at 10:34 am

Awesome I do the same, just need to do it often otherwise skin will go dry again, otherwise its pretty good and for cheap too, I pick it up for around $6 at paknsave by the cooking oil and it last ages.

13th March, 2018 at 1:27 pm

I am pro coconut oil, I love it. I use it as a hair treatment, oil pulling, eye make up remover and slather it on my feet.

yes I am pro coconut oil too.

12th March, 2018 at 7:45 am

Oohoh feet, I haven't done that either, but it sounds good!

12th March, 2018 at 7:29 pm

I’ve only used it for cooking . Never used it as a cleanser or hair care product.

I have very dry skin and coconut oil is really nice and makes my skin feel really soft .I don't use all the time but find my skin certainly benefits from using coconut oil in summer.

Like you I have dry skin especially in the summertime. So I lather this on only on my body and feet never the face or hair.

12th March, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Unfortunately I'm one of those people that the slightest scent of coconut makes me feel ill so anything with coconut in it is avoided at all costs.

I only use coconut oil mixed with coffee grounds to make a body scrub. It is super cheap and really effective! Maybe I'll stop using it on my face though, if it is going to cause breakouts which I already struggle with.

I knew coconut oil had many uses but didn't know of these effects. I like it enough but don't actually use it.

I have used coconut oil as a hair mask in the past - can't say it did anything amazing, but the info above may be some clue to why I didn't have luscious, shiny locks afterwards

I like it but i use it sparingly, like its great for removing stubborn waterproof mascara and thats about it on my face otherwise i like it on sunburn or dry spots on my body but im not a fan of it in my hair.

Wow never knew it causes your face to break out and be oily! I've used it as makeup remover heaps but never really broke out from it.

Good to know. I've always thought the whole coconut oil thing was just another fad, and have never bought any. Just as well, as my oily skin and oily hair probably would have gone into overdrive, creating an even bigger problem.

It actually works really well for my hair and helps to balance out the oil production in my scalp but then I have really fine, long and dry hair. I do have to wash my hair twice with a shampoo designed for oily hair too otherwise my hair is left greasy. I never used coconut oil on my face as an oil cleanser or moisturizer it's too thick for me to wash off with just gel cleanser and I hate having extra laundry from using a cloth to get it off. I've used it as a body oil though a bit greasy for summer although coconut oil blends might be fine.

Highly recommend it as a cooking oil though.

12th March, 2018 at 5:58 pm

I haven't tried it as a cooking oil yet.

12th March, 2018 at 7:28 pm

I use it for lots of things but mainly oil pulling, sometimes straight on my skin at night, I eat it off the spoon or in smoothies, make chocolate with it....all sorts of things.

I have super sensitive skin and coconut oil works really well for me. The only thing I don't like is that it can be pretty greasy when using on your hair. And definitely don't like doing the oil pulling aspect - yuck lol.

I use it on my body and hair but never on my face. And i never use it for cooking.


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