Does Coconut Oil Cause Acne?

No. Coconut oil does not cause acne. It actually helps acne instead.

If that's the case, then why are some people saying that coconut oil causes acne?

That's because they got more breakouts on their face after application of coconut oil. But didn't I just say that coconut oil helps acne? So, why does breakout happen?

Some say that the breakout is caused by coconut oil being comedogenic. Unless you use a really poor quality coconut oil like the hydrogenated type or one that is badly processed and it feels sticky on skin, coconut oil does not clog pores easily.

In fact, the breakout has something to do with coconut oil's detoxifying compounds called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). When you rub coconut oil on your skin, because its MCFAs are small in size they can easily penetrate your skin cells, providing a burst of energy to fuel your cells to expel toxins (you're probably unaware that our skin stores toxins).

When these toxins (together with some sebum) get pushed up to the surface of your skin, and you have some dead cells clogging the pores at the same time, tiny bumps of whiteheads will break out on your face.

Coconut oil draws toxins and triggers whiteheads

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