Coconut Oil for Acne

Coconut oil for acne was at the top of my list of posts to write about getting clear skin. While I don’t agree with outright food worship, I have to admit that coconut oil deserves a lot of the attention it gets. When it comes to promoting clear, healthy skin, coconut oil is definitely just what the doctor (dermatologist?) should be ordering. You can use coconut oil for acne in two primary ways:

How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne

1. In Your Body

Coconut oil is brimming with medium chain fatty acids like lauric acid and caprylic acid which are metabolized into potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents in the body. These work to fight some of the underlying causes of acne such as candida overgrowth, autoimmunity and inflammation.

The Coconut Oil Miracle (Previously published as The Healing Miracle of Coconut Oil)Recently I’ve been considering the times I’ve had exceptionally clear skin during the past few years, and one factor that keeps popping up is that whenever I had really clear skin I was also eating a lot of coconut oil at the time. I’m still not sure whether or not eating more coconut oil is a determining factor in my acne, but it’s certainly worth experimenting with.

And so I’ve renewed my commitment to eat at least three tablespoons of coconut oil every day, the minimum amount recommended by Bruce Fife in The Coconut Oil Miracle, as well as Mary Enig and Sally Fallon in Eat Fat, Lose Fat.

2. On Your Body

I know what you’re thinking: Coconut oil on your skin? Won’t it make you break out?!? …At one point in time I too was terrified of putting anything oily on my skin. Using coconut oil for acne sounded ludicrous.

I figured that acne is caused by oil so the best thing to do is kill it with dryness. Well, you know what’s worse than acne? Acne and dry skin at the same time! (And let me tell you it’s no picnic trying to apply makeup to dry, flaky skin.)

The Truth About Beauty: Transform Your Looks And Your Life From The Inside OutMy exploration in the world of real food and natural living led me to realize that oil is not your skin’s enemy. After reading what Kat James had to say in her book The Truth About Beauty, I was struck by the realization that I had been stripping my skin of everything it needed to protect and replenish itself. I was punishing my skin for having acne, and it was most definitely backfiring on me.

So I’ve tried to use gentler methods for cleansing, toning and moisturizing my face. Coconut oil is a regular part of my regimen. And believe me, my skin is oh so grateful.

Why is coconut oil good for your skin? The same antibacterial and antifungal properties in coconut oil that work wonders in your body can do the same on your skin as well. It is far more gentle than chemical antibacterial agents and yet surprisingly effective for many people. Because it consists primarily of short and medium chain fatty acids, coconut oil is also absorbed easily through the skin and provides moisture without leaving your skin feeling greasy.

Tip: If you are left feeling like an oil slick after applying coconut oil, consider scaling back on the amount you use. A very small amount goes a long way. I get much better results working a small amount into my skin rather than slathering it on too liberally.

There is always a jar of coconut oil in my bathroom now (I use it for oil pulling too). I don’t personally use it on my face every single day, but whenever my skin feels the need, I reach for my jar of coconut oil without hesitation. It has yet to produce anything but positive benefits for my skin. 

I also like to add essential oils to my coconut oil to promote healthy skin. Lavender, orange, and the special Purification blend from Young Living are some of my favorites. Learn where I shop for therapeutic essential oils online.

Do you use coconut oil for acne? How has it benefited your body and your skin? Share your thoughts and tips below in the comments!

More Posts on Natural Acne Remedies:

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192 Responses to Coconut Oil for Acne

  1. I have to say that the idea of using coconut oil on my face really freaks me out because I tend to have oily skin. I use tea tree oil every night, in a small amount of aloe gel, as an astringent but tea tree is not an oily oil. I do know that I had huge splits in my heels recently and I tried everything but nothing healed them. Then I started putting coconut oil on them every night for a week and suddenly the huge crevices just closed and healed. Incidentally, I just did a product review on a really good coconut oil that I love to use: http://tiny.cc/8c3r1

    • I don’t blame you for having reservations about putting oil on your face. If you want to try it out, I recommend just starting really small–just a dab of coconut oil. You can even just do it once or twice a week at first and then use it more often if you find that it works. I know a lot of people have mentioned that once they started moisturizing their skin, their oil production seems to calm down a bit, too, possibly because the skin doesn’t have to work so hard to restore all the moisture that was stripped away.

    • I was the same way, Deanna! I had a TERRIBLE time with my skin. I used Proactive until it stopped working, because my face was producing too much oil. Then I switched to The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil line. Even that stopped working eventually. After ready a similar article, and in a last ditch effort, I started dabbing the tips of my fingers into coconut oil and putting it on my face. Acne GONE in less than a week. My face had a healthy glow to and even my skin tone was starting to balance out. I recently ran out of coconut oil and so I haven’t been using it for a couple of weeks. My face is a disaster zone!

      I’d recommend giving the coconut oil a try. 

    • As someone with naturally oily skin (especially in a dry climate), I’ve found that moisturizing it like crazy actually has helped me the most. Giving your skin consistent moisture tells your pores that they don’t need to produce so much oil. I use Neutrogena creamy face wash, coconut oil and sometimes witch hazel. And my skin is the best it’s ever been. I don’t even have to use makeup anymore; I just powder myself in the morning.

      • I’ve noticed the same thing! When I keep my skin moisturized and don’t strip it with harsh cleansers, it tends to calm oil production down quite a bit, and my skin looks so much better.

    • Try oil cleansing with the coconut oil. Rub it in with your fingertips, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with warm water and wipe your face with a hot steamy cloth. I used to have really oily skin, and struggled with acne for years, but this stuff really works!

      • Alicia,this is exactly what I do. I am in my 50’s and have always had problems with oily skin and acne. A year ago, I started cleansing my face with a small amount of coconut oil and rinsing with warm water and now I rarely have breakouts and my oily skin has balanced out beautifully. I also have soft and even skin for the first time in a long time. I don’t use anything else on my face. (A tiny amount can be used on dry spots as a moisturizer if needed.) I also put coconut oil on my hair before washing. Just give it a try and you will be hooked.

  2. I actually sell coconut oil in my store, and I’ve been using it for a year. My facial skin used to be pretty dry and flaky, but now it’s soft and smooth.

  3. I was told by a lady from India to take off my makeup with coconut oil. She said it’s what the women there use since their eye makeup is so heavy. I rub it all over my face and then wipe it off with a dry washcloth. It cleanses and moisturizes in one step. Also, I’ve noticed that my fine lines have gotten better in the eye area. I get a lot of compliments on my “glowing” complexion.

  4. I use Tropical Traditions extra virgin coconut oil for just about everything: my face, my body (even tricky areas), my lips, my teeth (and for oil pulling when I remember), my babies (who used to have troublesome eczema patches), my eggs in the morning, my spinach, my curry, my fudge, my cookies, and even, once, when I didn’t have lesser oil around but wanted to try out a tip, on my stainless steel to make it shiny (worked great).  I talk it up and give it away so much that my friends call me the queen of coconut oil.  But it is just so amazingly useful, I can’t help myself.

    • I could write the exact same post! I used lower quality coconut oil for a while and decided to get the expeller pressed organic coconut oil from Tropical Traditions and it has made a HUGE difference in a day…less than a day! I had a cut on my finger that was really painful and as soon as I put this coconut oil on it…no joke…it healed it over. My adult acne and scars are healing up too! I try to put it in all of my food too!!

      I recommend the book they sell about the coconut oil as well. It talks about how the Philippinos who eat it every day have no problems with skin cancer despite the fact that they are in the sun all day every day…interesting info.

  5. PS  For those who wonder about the results of being the queen of coconut, I feel compelled to add that I have good skin (not perfect, but I am not consistent) and wear a size 4 (well, these days–why does sizing keep changing?). 

    • There are a lot of ways. I usually have a tablespoon or two in my tea, I cook with it, I make fudge with it. You can also get coconut fat by using more coconut milk and dried coconut.

      • I know coconut oil is suggested to give the metabolism a boost (weight loss) but what would happen if a person who needed to GAIN weight ate 3 TB of coconut oil a day. I want to try this for my 18yo super skinny son who has a moderate acne problem. He does use it topically by the way.

        Thanks!

        • I have read that it will help both ways.. if you are underweight it helps put some good fat back on you.. and if you are overweight it helps take of the excess fat. I would suggest to try it, just keep track in the beginning if you are worried :)

          • I can attest to this. I was quite under weight (108-110 and 5′ 4″) when I started using coconut oil 5 years ago. Gradually I gained to a healthy weight of 120-122, have held there for 2 1/2 years, and feel so much better. I ate like a horse when I was thin, too…now I have a good appetite but don’t seem to feel hungry all the time. I also shoot for 3-5 T per day…some days I’m more successful than others, but I keep it as a goal before me all the time and most days I get what I need.

          • Also use it as a total body moisturizer after showering. If I’m still “greasy” after a minute or two (rarely) I keep a dry washcloth just for the purpose of blotting. My dry heels are also ancient history. :)

        • Just so everyone knows, even though coconut oil is good for your skin ,acne, etc. It really is not a healthy oil. It is better than butter in terms of cholesterol but is a highly saturated fat. These are not the good fats and because they have single carbon-carbon bonds they are more likely to stack up in arteries etc. So just take caution when using them in foods, unsaturated oil is a lot healthier due to the double carbon-carbon bonds has kinks in it and prevents the stacking that saturated oils do. Information came from college organic chemistry class and nutrition for nursing class

          • Amanda,
            The problem of fat-clogged arteries actually stems from consuming pasteurized, ‘fortified’ dairy in conjunction with highly processed fats.

            Calcium phosphate, found in cow’s milk, binds to fat. This isn’t too much of a problem for human consumption when the milk is raw/unpastuerized and all the original milkfat is present.

            Reducing milk’s fat content and/or heat-treating milk leaves a higher concentration of unbound calcium phosphate, which then binds with any available fats we digest alongside it – so where those fats later travels in our bodies, the improperly added calcium can also travel and cause bloodstream plaque by attracting cholesterol and gluing it to one spot.

            I appreciate that you trust and value what your curriculum has taught you, but I have two RNs and a med-tech in the family and have seen for myself how damaging their nursing-school ‘knowledge’ is to human health.

            Even a certified nutritionist’s learning course contains information that contradicts a nurse’s nutritional learning, which my family found out after my RN mother befriended another homeschooling mother who was a nutritionist. They finally stopped discussing health matters because they couldn’t agree on what they’d been taught in comparable courses.

            Stick to the peer-reviewed studies, preferably the ones without biased funding. Love and peace.

          • Umm, wouldn’t hurt to do more research on your own……sorry, just cuz someone teaches….doesn’t mean they.re an expert….

          • Amanda you are years behind in research. Including some of the top
            research hospitals and medical schools in the world Taking 2 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day has made a major drop in my cholesterol, dropped pounds, greatly improved my memory and made my skin that of a much younger woman. I am 77 and am mistaken for my son’s girlfriend! Research before you sound off.

  6. I am a licensed esthetician and the only moisturizer I use for myself and my clients, is coconut oil. Even if one has oily skin, it will soften and heal while balancing oil production – that’s my experience with it. If your skin is oily and you are using regular liquid or cream foundation – I would recommend switching to mineral make-up along with the coconut oil. I apply the coconut oil to damp skin – not too much, a small amount goes a long way, wait 15 minutes then blot any excess with a damp cloth – lusciously soft glowing skin is the result. It is a miracle moisturizer for the entire body and healthy. Eat it every day too.

  7. I use coconut oil in my bath and my children’s baths all the time, I love how soft our skin is!  My children are bi-racial and their skin tends to dry out, I had tried many different expensive lotions and oils but nothing worked until I discovered coconut oil!  I also brush my teeth with it, cook with it when ever possible, and I do the oil pulling.  I don’t know what I ever did without it!

  8. I use coconut oil on my skin everyday.  I am older so I need lots of help!  I use it in my toothpaste, in my deodorant, I use it to cleanse my face, and I use a little tad to moisturize, and of course, I use it for cooking.  If I have a cut or a burn (yes, a burn!), I use coconut oil.  It is my go-to product for any type of skin ailment.  I buy it by the gallon when we are in the states, but we are in the Philippines right now.  Wouldn’t you think I’d be able to get virgin coconut oil cheaply here in the land that it’s produced?  Nope!  It’s hard to find and expensive, but I still bought some as what I brought with me was about to run out. Can you tell I LOVE coconut oil?

  9. I’ve recently had a kidney transplant and I’m using coconut oil to help my body heal.  The immuno-suppressants I must take to prevent organ rejection wreak havoc on my skin and hair.  Coconut oil helps calm the swelling and redness on my face and neck. Smoothing it on my hair helps tame the dryness.  Rubbing it on my large incision has helped it to heal quickly.  My doctor’s are impressed with my progress but won’t give credit to the oil – go figure!   

  10. My oily skin makes MORE oil when I try to dry it out and LESS when I apply just a tiny dot or two of coconut oil. All I can figure is that being to dry makes it freak out and over react. I do love coconut oil!

    • Yes, that’s correct, if you use harsh products on oily skin in an attempt to make it less oily, it will react by producing more oil to compensate. Coconut oil will help balance the skin’s production of sebum.

  11. I LOVE coconut oil. First I use it in almost all of my cooking to replace other cooking oils. I have also used it in a facemask I make at home using raw honey. My sister in law CURED her dandruff applying VCO to her scalp! I used it on my baby’s cradle cap and dry skin.
    I really enjoyed this post and also the comments on other uses for coconut oil! I also consume up to 3 tablespoons daily myself!

    • Did your sister-in-law apply it to her scalp and leave it for a while?  Did she shampoo it out?  Can you give a little more info?  Thanks!

  12. I have used coconut oil exclusively as my facial cleanser for about 2 years. I generously apply it all over my face (I wear minimal makeup), then wet a washcloth with warm water and hold it on my face for a mini-sauna before wiping my face gently. Every bit of dirt and makeup is gone, and my face is silky smooth! Love using coconut oil as an all-over moisturizer, cooking with it, oil-pulling, and eating it by the spoonful! With what I save on facial products, I can more than afford coconut oil!

  13. I tried to use it as a moisturiser and it made me break out a little bit, here and there. I had to give it up. I use castor oil now instead. It isn’t terribly pleasant (very viscous), but it does the job beautifully.

    I do use coconut oil for eye makeup removal thought. Works really well.

    Ruth @ http://ruthsrealfood.blogspot.com

      • I heard that is has something to do with the healing properties in the coconut oil that cause some people to break out the first few weeks.. you could think of it like a bing or detox for your skin… 

        • That’s what I thought at first. I used it for quite a while before I gave up. Either is just doesn’t agree with me, or I didn’t try long enough.

        • I noticed a huge difference when I switched to extra virgin cold pressed instead of expeller pressed. I wash my face with just warm water then dab my fingers in the coconut oil for under my eyes and usually what’s left is enough to rub toether for the rest of my face. I couldn’t use the lower quality CO without the breakouts, but don’t seem to have a problem with the extra virgin.

        • A dermo I saw a few years ago asked when I had last washed my face, and I said,”About an hour before I came here.” My face was an oil slick. She couldn’t believe it. Needless to say the antibiotics and topical stuff made me burn, itch, and ended up with a yeast infection. So I decided to try coconut oil. I don’t know what it is, but I used the extra virgin first cold press “Now” coconut oil and I broke out, got red, and itchy. I have very very oily sensitive skin.  I can use coconut oil internally which hasn’t seemed to help much, but when putting it on my skin, my skin doesn’t like it very much. Maybe my body’s PH is all messed up and that is why I’m reacting to it being on my skin.

          • Some people find virgin coconut oil to be irritating to their skin, perhaps because their skin is sensitive to the coconut compounds left in the oil. In this case, refined coconut oil can be helpful. But in the end, I’ve found some skin just doesn’t get along with coconut oil–if that’s the case, then definitely use something that works better for you.

          • Bethany,
            If you can’t use the oil, might I suggest a brand name product for you to try? I recently started using Mario Badescu products, and found they are some of the most gentle and effective I’ve used on my skin ever. And believe me when I say, I have tried everything. Every.Thing. Including coconut oil on my face, which just does not work for me.
            I use MB’s Seaweed cleanser daily, and it so so gentle.

            If you go to their website and fill out the skin questionnaire, they will send you good sized samples of all the products they recommend for you.

            Just thought you might want to look into that.

            (this may be TMI, but I’ve had blackheads/whiteheads on my face for over 20 years that nothing ever got rid of, including Rx from a dermatologist. After using MB for three weeks, they are gone from my nose area and almost gone from my chin.)

            And, no, I don’t work for the company or get any kind of perk from them. :)

          • I was reading reviews on expeller pressed. i think they said itwas good and wouldnt clog your pores. which is it? does expeller or cold pressed the bet to use for unclogged pores?

            im enjoying all these comments by the way. i have the dr bronners expeller pressed co now but im afraid to put it on my fce for fear it will clog and break out. i just use it on my skin for now & oil pulling. amazing stuff, my mouth has never felt so clean (sad but true lol)

            oh and i was reading some stuff about ‘cleaning toning then moisturizing’ the co pretty much does 2 & 3. do i need to tone still? if i cleanse (especislly with makeup on) with co then tone with like acv, i guess i put co back on again?

    • I make a mixture of 30% Castor Oil and 70% Sunflower oil for my oil and acne prone face.  I usually add a little tea tree essential oil to the mix as well since it helps with breakouts.  I use it once a day, and although the first week it got worse, by week 2, my face looked better than it had in years.  I’ve been using it for about a month now and although I never thought I’d say it, I actually like my skin now.

      I’ll definitely be trying coconut oil now too!

    • What quality CO did you use for your skin? I have acne prone skin and used the cheapest VCO because I didn’t think it would make a difference. It didn’t do much for me. I literally JUST go expeller pressed organic CO from Tropical Traditions and it’s sooo much better. It is healing my acne scars visibly in a day. Just a thought :)

    • For cleansing and makeup removal I use 50/50 olive and castor oil with a few drops of tea tree for its antibacterial properties. If I need extra moisturising after that I use jojoba oil.

      I find coconut works great as a deodorant though!

  14. coconut oil is the best sunscreen!  i work on a couple local organic farms and i can stay out in the sun for a few hours without getting burned if i slather it on my skin.  i also use it regularly as a whole body and facial moisturizer.  i love it! 

  15. I have been using monoi oil (coconut oil infused with gardenia flowers) on my face for moisturization and really love it.  Coconut oil is said to be a ‘dry’ oil – it’s lighter and less greasy than other oils.

    • you can just use a pure oil based bar of soap without glycerin.. that is what i do.. it works great! I wrote about it awhile back to share with my family overseas.. you can read it here.. http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/why-i-dont-use-toothpaste

      • I am a smoker, breakout at the slightest thought of chemicals on my skin, so I don’t figure the rest of my body likes chemicals either.

        I use a mixture of equal amounts of sea salt, baking soda, and use about a tbs in a 1/4 c of hot tap water ( I use and old apple sauce individual cup) and let it cool. The heating of the baking soda changes it to help rebuild minerals ( turns into a calcium). I pull it through my teeth for a few min. and then put a small amount of my wet toothbrush (enough to coat bristles)and use the anti bacterial properties to swab my upper gums and below my teeth (space behind lips). My guns are good, and I don’t have any cavities.

  16. I tried using coconut oil as a moisturiser (I don’t have acne) and it made me break out a little. It is a great eye makeup remover, though.

  17. Is there a brand you like best? I just purchased Garden Of Life brand and I do like it. Wondering if it’s a premium brand. Thanks. People think I’m nuts the way I talk about how I use coconut oil so much, but I keep promoting it anyway! I am working up to the 3-4 Tablespoons per day. Would love that fudge recipe if you’ll share it!!

  18. I have used coconut oil for about a year now as an all over body moisturizer when I get out of the shower, and started using it a couple of weeks ago on my face after my shower and at night before bed.  I am so surprised by the results, my face has such a healthy glow, it’s smoother,and my skin tone has really evened out!  I have combination skin, so I was skeptical it would make my skin better, but it did. Telling everyone I can! 

  19. After reading this post a few weeks ago, I started using CO to remove my makeup at the end of the day.  After all my years of avoiding oil on my oily skin, it was a real shift in thinking for me. But it’s been great – no increase in acne or oil, and my skin seems happy with it.

  20. I love coconut oil! I usually eat several teaspoons/day. Usually melted in herbal teas (I picked that up from Eat Fat Lose Fat and haven’t stopped) I eat lots of fat, hardly work out, have a desk job and maintain a size 4/6. Recently I had a lipid profile done and my blood work was fantastic! However, I was flagged as “high” for my HDL which was 80. (Interestingly enough, my HDL had always been too low before). Anyways, I will still continue eating lots of coconut oil, but in your opinion, is that number too high?

  21. I use extra finely ground coconut on my face as an exfoliater. I buy macaroon shredded coconut in bulk then use a coffee grinder to grind it up.  Then when I’m in the shower I take a teaspoon or so, add some hot water to it to form a paste and use it to scrub my face.  It leaves behind a very thin layer of coconut oil which in the summer is all the moisturizer I need. (in the winter I use a tiny bit of pure coconut oil on the parts that are extra dry)  

    I stumbled across this idea when I had a terrible out break of peri-oral dermatitis combined with cyctic acne on my chin.  My skin is beautifully clear now and my acne is greatly reduced since now my sebum glands don’t have to work overtime to try to keep my skin hydrated.  The best thing is it’s super CHEAP!  

  22. This is sooo interesting! I love using coconut oil in my hair (it literally makes a huge difference! :) ) but I never thought using it on my face! I will try :) 

  23. Like you, I had a problem with putting oil on my face. It really doesn’t bother me anymore. I am 60 and I still have blackheads but I also have dry skin. I don’t have blackheads anymore and my skin is so soft. I use coconut oil for so many things-cooking, toothpaste (along with other ingredients) body lotion, etc. DON’T be afraid.

  24. I used Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and it really clogged my pores.  It doesn’t say on the jar if it is cold or expeller pressed, so I am wondering if that is the problem.  Has anyone else tried that brand on their face?

  25. I’m interested in how you eat the coconut oil.  Do you put it in something or do you take a spoon and eat it out of the jar.  I want to add coconut oil to my diet and trying to figure the best way.  

    • Nicol, I use it for everything. Spoonful out of the jar, baking, sauteing. There is no Wrong way to use it. The downfall with it is that it has a low smoking point, so while cooking with it lower heat is better. Hope this helps.

  26. absolutely transformed the back of my arms. went to the dermatologist for years only to be told that my keratosis pilaris was something i would just have to live with. whatever. coconut oil fixed it. but, if i’m on vacation or similar and don’t have my magic oil, the bumps do come back. fortunately the oil banishes them once i get back to my regimen.

    • Do you rub it onto your arms, or is the value in eating it?  I have bumps, too and I HATE them!  Would love to get rid of them…  I’ve had this jar of coconut oil sitting in my aromatherapy stash for a while now.  Ran across this blog, “whipped” up a batch of whipped coconut oil (LOL) and am now thinking about how I can make this my “everything” like everyone else!

      • You can just rub it on your arms. I love using homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs on my arms. I think it helped with my keratosis greatly.

        • I am so thankful I caught this comment!!! Three of my kids have keratosis and I am so thrilled to try this out on them! I love coconut oil on my skin as well, but haven’t tried it on my face yet. I do use Burt’s Bees on my face but I am thinking of giving coconut oil a try…. it is certainly much cheaper than $15 for less than 250 mls of burt’s bees product!!!
          Thanks again.

  27. I’m 73 and live in the high desert of Southern California. over the last two years I have purposely lost 110 lbs to combat type two diabetes. The side effects are loose, baggy skin and dryness. I went from 29% body fat to 9% and feel like the energizer bunny. Do you think that coconut oil would help my dry skin and elasticity? I really want tight skin.

    • Coconut oil can certainly help improve skin tone. What you describe is common after extensive weight loss, most likely because of the effect of dieting on thyroid and stress hormones. Restoring these to normal levels can also help with skin elasticity and resilience. Check out Ray Peat’s work (Danny Roddy has a great blog about it). Pregnenelone may be especially helpful for anyone over 40.

  28. I do use oil on my face – I use a special blend from Dr Alkaitis, but I wouldn’t put Coconut oil on my face, simply because lauric acid is a known comedogen. It’s very healthy to eat, but it can clog your pores if applied topically!

    • That’s good to know. I know a lot of people who love using coconut oil on their face, but I do hear the occasional person say it causes them to breakout. This may be why. Thanks for sharing!

  29. I tried making this today but to no avail! After beating it for 10 minutes with a hand mixer I tried throwing it in the blender for another 10 – just to be left with oil. :( 

    At least for now that shouldn’t be too much of an issue – I’m in Arizona and my bedroom is regularly around 80+ degrees. But still, the fluffiness of yours looks so much nicer! I’m looking forward to trying this on my hormone-caused acne. 

    • If you’re trying to make the whipped coconut oil, then the heat in Arizona is the culprit if it won’t whip up. Unfortunately as many of my readers have discovered, melted coconut oil just won’t whip! I made mine in late winter when my house was still on the cool side, which I believe is why it turned out so well.

  30. I have been using coconut oil for my face for the better part of a year on and off, and noticed a drastic improvement with redness.  I don’t know that I have rosacea, but I am one of those who turns beet red at the drop of a hat & have a lot of noticeable capillaries thanks to genetics.  I have never suffered from bad acne but have never grown out of it, either.  At 37, I felt like I sure deserved a clear face for a change!  Recently, however, I have taken this a step further.  I now no longer “wash” my face with soap unless I have been gardening or am particular gritty from a day out in our extremely dry, windy weather or have been wearing makeup.  I apply my coconut oil in the shower and basically apply it after I’ve “rinsed” my face with warm water.  I then apply the coconut oil & massage it in.  I feel that by applying it in the shower, the water helps the oil glide more easily and I find that you don’t have to use as much oil to cover your face.  It also is less “greasy” looking after application.  Prior to applying it “in” the shower, when I was applying it well after my shower, I would use witch hazel prior to, to provide this additional moisture & stretch the oil.  I also add a few drops to my hand before I dispense my conditioner & work them together, then apply to my hair.  I cannot do this daily as I have very fine hair which tends to ‘look’ greasy & heavy quite quickly, but 2-3 times a week.  My hair is crazy soft even after a color!        

    •  I failed to mention that after having stopped washing my face on a regular basis that my skin is even more clear & healthier than ever.  (Which was the purpose of my posting!)  I am definitely a coconut oil fan!

    • What a great testimonial, Cathy! I know quite a few folks who “wash” their faces with coconut oil and avoid soap most (or all) of the time. Coconut oil is also a fantastic make-up remover, so much better than the harsh cleansers sold for that purpose.

  31. I absolutely love coconut oil for my skin as well! Someone mentioned to me that I should try it to help clear up my acne and it worked. At first I was apprehensive to “grease” up my face, thinking it would be counterproductive, but I was happily wrong. Try it if you havent!

  32. It helped clear the bumps I got on my thighs and upper arms from keratosis pilaris. It helped control my candida overgrowth which was causing white patches on my tongue. Its just a wonderful product. It makes the best pancakes when you grease the griddle w some. Best body scrub as well, just mix some w sugar or salt. I love coconut oil and ensure I never run out by subscribing to it on Amazon. =D

    • It’s a personal preference, in my opinion. Some people prefer virgin because it is more “pure,” but essentially the fats are the same. If you choose a high quality refined coconut oil, then there isn’t too much to worry about as far as purity is concerned. If you like the smell of coconut, then go with virgin, but if not, you may prefer refined.

  33. coconut oil LITTERALLY saved my hair. I apply the oil on my dry hair and put it in a bun and then go about doing what I have to do for a while. -the longer the better-. Then i simply wash it ONCE with a shampoo and leave my hair to dry naturally. I have never had more nourished, full of life looking hair. I have brasilian hair which means it’s extra thick and very curly and very very damaged from several straightenings. A lot of my hair actually broke from that and the oil saved the remaining of my mane (I started using the oil as a result of my hair issues)! All the very very expensive hair products never worked like the oil. It works so well for my very dry and atopy prone skin too, I use it to bake cakes…. also it’s so cheap i’s almost crazy it works so well! my personal tip is at night after removing the make up is to put some rose water, let it dry and then slather on the CO. NIght is the best to revive skin and make it look beautiful. Also a good alternative to using soap and water for your skin.

  34. I have been using coconut oil on my face (almost daily-I suppose 4-5days a week); my face has not broken out, as I too was always afraid it would. In fact, it has cleared up tremendously. I am one of those people who rarely uses make-up anymore, and what make-up I do wear, I make my self & the coconut oil is a wonderful make-up/mascara remover. I use witch hazel or make my own rose water as an astringent/toner on alternate days (sometimes w/a little baking soda as an exfolient). My husband asks me what I’m doing because I look younger and healthier than is usually does. I love it. Thanks for the article!

  35. My facial skin was getting very dry this winter and I try to stick with natural beauty care so I put some coconut oil on my face of desperation. I did notice an increase in pimples over the first few days, but I’ve read that can happen as the coconut oil detoxifies the skin. I was also under a lot of stress at the time which could have been a factor. I decided to keep trying. After the first breakout, everything cleared up. After just a few days, I noticed that my skin was soft and smooth! It didn’t just moisturize the dead skin flakes, it made them disappear completely! Coconut is my new favorite beauty product.

    • I’ve noticed coconut oil helps a lot with flaking skin, too. I sometimes use the oil cleansing method with coconut oil and castor oil. I just massage the oil into my face for a few minutes and then wipe it away with a washcloth and very warm water. If I’m having trouble with flaking skin, this takes care of it!

  36. I do use coconut oil on my face and wherever else! :) I started reading about oil cleansing method last year. My face was a disaster area – pimples, dry patches and oil slicks all at the same time. I read about using it and castor oil mixed and figured what did I have to lose? I used proactive, antibiotics and other face washes and nothing would clear up my skin! Nothing! It was so frustrating and I figured I would always have nasty skin. That changed after a couple weeks of oil cleansing! My face is definitely not as nasty as it used to be and I am a lot happier about it! Sometimes in the winter I do sub olive oil for the coconut oil because I need a little extra moisture and that definitely helps! I do not do the oil cleanse every day. Every couple days really. I just splash water and sometimes apply a little coconut oil on the in between days. I use tropical traditions coconut oil. They are my favorite place to get the stuff! :) I do use coconut oil in my homemade deodorant, too. I also made a coconut oil/beeswax bar of lotion that I’ve been using this winter on my dry hands/legs.

  37. can coconut oil be applied to back acne? – is there a particular brand i should use on the skin? what brand of coconut milk do you use ? thanks!

    • Yes, you can use coconut oil on back acne (I use it on my acne-prone face with no problems). I’ve used several brands, I just make sure to buy from vendors who only use quality coconut oil and gentle processing methods.

  38. thanks! how would i go about using it on my back? just rub it in and wash i off? i have the Nutiva brand of coconut oil / and butter spread the coconout mania what is the difference between the 2 ?

    • I would probably just rub a very light layer into your back after bathing, no need to wash it off.

      Coconut butter has the coconut meat still in it, whereas coconut oil is just the pure oil.

  39. Is there a brand of coconut oil that is better than others I have been buying a less expensive brand for a few years now. Do you think they work the same on skin and to cook with as the more expensive and organic brands?

    • The fats in the different coconut oils are essentially the same, and that is the most important part. My biggest concern with lower quality coconut oils is that they can be chemically processed.

  40. Is anyone bothered by the SMELL of coconut oil on their skin? Whenever I cook with it it, the family always comments, “Shoo….it smells like coconut!” I don’t care for the smell either, so haven’t wanted to use it on my skin..but would love to, otherwise!

  41. I have been using coconut oil to remove my eye makeup and all other makeup too! I am taking progesterone and it causes me to have very oily skin and acne but since using the coconut oil I haven’t had any problems with either. I use witch hazel after washing with the coconut oil. I hope it continues to work for me. I have had months without hormonal acne and I hope this is the oil and not one of those months. Time will tell I guess. My wrinkles under my eyes do look much better.

  42. After reading this article a few weeks ago, I decided to give coconut oil a try on my face. I have persistent cystic acne on my chin and I’ve tried just about everything but natural remedies to clear it up.

    Almost overnight the coconut oil reduced the inflammation of the various cysts on my face!! Wow! Amazing!

    I’ve been using it daily ever since and have been pretty pleased with the results.

    One question though… Is it prudent to use it on my face every day? So far it hasn’t effected my skin negatively.

    While I know my acne won’t go away completely due to hormonal imbalances, I am very glad to have found a natural remedy to keep them as small and less aggravating as possible.

  43. I have started using coconut oil on my daughter’s skin (6yo) to fight her persistent eczema…and it’s working! I feel like poisoning her skin every time we use a special cream to stop it and now it seems we have something natural that works for real. But is that ok to use it daily on young children? I would like to know your opinion.

    Thank you!

    Diana

  44. can i use ‘cold pressed and unrefined’ virgin coconut oil? is by now healthy foods its in a jar thats like a gel kinda like aloe vera. should i melt it before applying?

    or should i melt it for oil pulling? or could i just let it melt in my mouth and then swoosh gently?

  45. I’m Filipino and my mom brought me up using coconut oil as medicinal and for my stretch marks when I was preggers. It really works! I’m thinking this will work too for acne, gotta give it a go! I’ve made my own coconut oil just like my mom but now its very accessible. Thanks for the post I will have to try this!

  46. O.K, I struggle with adult acne, and I used extra virgin coconut oil on my face for a while. It helped some with the acne, but it also really dried out my face (oh, the irony of oil making your face drier!). Was this because I was using extra-virgin oil? Should I be mixing it with something else? Or maybe I shouldn’t leave it on all night long? Thanks!

    • I think coconut oil can be a little drying for certain skin types or in certain climates–I notice that in the middle of winter (when the air is very dry here), it has a more drying effect. You can blend it with other oils like cocoa butter or jojoba oil and see if that makes a difference.

  47. I grew up in India and had never heard of a store bought sun screen. When we went to the beach and the skin soaked up salt, water and heat, coconut oil protected it. Never a burn in that tropical heat and hours in the sun. After every shower in winter we would combine a few drops of oil with the last splashes of water… like in a bucket and use that water with oil for the last few splashes. Smooths the skin like magic and you do not even need to rub in lotion.

  48. I make my own face and body lotion at home and the primary oil I use is coconut oil (refined). My daughters have acne and after they started using my lotion, their acne is well under control. My lotion batches are half to 3/4 coconut oil and almond oil. This makes a very nice base for adding essential oils. It’s not greasy at all when you use coconut oil in lotion. It just readily absorbs into the skin. Very nice!

  49. I LOOOOVE coconut oil! I use it mainly for my hair, elbows and knees because they tend to be dry, but I NEVER thought of using it for my acne problems. I´ll definitely try this out, cause I´m desperate to get rid of this teenager skin.

    Thanks God I´m blessed to live in a tropical country where I can get all the coconuts I need to make my own oil, or buy the product for a good price, the only problem I have is with the people around me. I don´t know why, but Dominicans don´t like the smell of coconut (maybe because there are a lot around here) but I don´t care what they say, I´ll continue rubbing myself with this precious oil for the sake of my health.

  50. I use coconut oil both in the kitchen and bathroom – jars everywhere! I use it to take eye makeup off, and moisturize my skin. I am 66 and look like 50. I don’t know if it’s because I eat right, but I’ve used either pure shea butter, argan oil, or coconut oil as skin moisturers for over a decade. I get great tans, and am not bothered with bugs – this works for everything. Stop putting chemicals on yourself. They are absorbed from your skin right into your bloodstream. Cocconut oil is GOOD for you!

  51. I too have fallen in love with cocoanut oil! I use it for everything. I make a mixture of c.o., cinnamon, and a little honey which I slather on my breads, toast etc. Its really yummy and for those that have a hard time taking their c.o.by the spoonful this is a great.
    Also, I use it after I brush my teeth I put some on my toothbrush and massage my gums and inside my mouth. Seems like I always had a sore in my mouth and have not had any since doing this.
    I’ve also made a lotion with c.o., cocoa butter and a few drops of essential oils which I love.
    There is really nothing that I don’t like about cocoanut oil!

  52. I’ve been using coconut oil on my face after every shower for 4 months now and i loveeeeee it! The smell… fading my scars on my cheeks…takes away ao much redness. Dont knock it till you try it! Also using it on my hair which has became thicker and longer!! :) goodluck!

  53. My thoughts are that diet is the underlying cause of acne and coconut oil could help they symptoms… but to cure or avoid acne you must identify the food triggers such as nuts, seeds, high sugar fruits like bananas, fried foods, caffine, etc….

  54. Nice article about coconut oil. Useful Info.
    I’ve a question. I had dark patches on my skin during pregnancy and even after 1.5 years, the patches are still not gone. I’ve the patches in my abdomen area, back and few on leg. I don’t have much stretch marks.
    I checked with my gync and she told that this is normal and will fade away. But it is not fading at all (may be slow.. i don’t know)

    Could you kindly suggest on any tips to overcome this problem. Will coconut oil massage help?

    Thanks again for this wonderful post.

  55. Hello, am new here, but was wondering if anyone has tried avocado oil on their face? When I cook with it or make salad dressing, I put a little extra on my hands and it makes my skin so soft – I feel like it would work on my face too, but wanted some feedback. Thanks!

  56. Coconut oil is the only moisturiser I ever use. For both my face and my body. Now, my skin tend to be on the drier side, however, after I started using coconut oil, my skin has never been better, even during the dry winter months. I’ll never go back! Love that it’s all natural :)

  57. At 32, I still have acne-prone oily skin. I have lots of blackheads, I break out some (especially at that time of the month), and my skin tends to be red and irritated. Several years back, I kicked all the personal care products I was using (skin care products along with makeup and all my hair/body care junk, too). I started using soap, like Dr. Bronner’s to wash my face and body. That was too harsh for my skin, so I started oil cleansing using almond oil with jojoba to moisturize (and water + elbow grease for the rest of me). I did that for a couple of years with so-so results. About a year or so ago, I started using plain virgin coconut oil to wash my face with a tallow balm for moisturizing afterwards (oil cleansing dries my skin a bit and makes it feel tight without moisturizing afterwards). That’s all I do – once a day, I wash using the coconut oil and then put on a bit of tallow balm. My skin looks better than it has since I hit puberty 20+ years ago! I still have blackheads (fewer, though!) and I still occasionally break out, but on the whole, my skin looks much better. It’s softer, smoother, hardly red at all, less oily overall, and it doesn’t feel constantly irritated. I’m very happy with it!

  58. My family has a long history with oily skin and acne.
    As a teen, my mom and I both tried “everything”. Proactive, expensive treatments, drug store treatments, pill and cream treatments, etc.. Nothing worked long-term for us.
    I have since started my own family and have been trying to steer us down a more natural, nourished and healthier path. It’s been baby steps for us, but progress is progress none-the-less!
    I’ve been annoyed with all these face washes that are supposed to help with acne, but do nothing but cause my face to crack and bleed and make the breakouts worse.
    So, the same as you, decided to try coconut oil. I use it for so many other things, why not this as well? DUH! It cleared my sons cradle cap and helps with the skin irritations he had as a baby.
    I’ve been using it about 2-3 times per week. I put a dap on a clean, soft cloth. I rub gently, but thoroughly, starting from my nose and working my way out to my hair and jaw line. That in conjunction with daily rinsing with plain water have done wonders!
    I just hate that it took me so long to have this epiphany!

  59. For hormonal acne is it better to oil cleanse with coconut oil or apply it as a moisturizer overnight? I have oily acne prone skin. Thanks.

    • I think it depends. Some people have a lot of success with acne and oil cleansing with coconut oil, others find a gentle soap cleanser and then moisturizing with coconut oil works better. You can try either way and see how your skin responds.

  60. Do you heat up the oil to make it liquified before applying to your face? I have coconut oil for cooking and it seems pretty firm and flaky before it’s heated.

  61. Hi,

    I know this is an old post, but just wanted to say that I’ve researched coconut oil for the face and it is considered comedogenic….in other words it can clog pores, or it stated it does and can in some people. If it works for you on your skin without any problems that is great, but to people with big pores just be cautious. It is great in so many other ways, but I’ve read repeatedly that is is considered a comedogenic oil. Here is a link to just one site that I’ve seen. https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html
    Hope this helps! :)

    • I’ve read this as well, but I know a lot of people who use it with great results. Just another area where it’s best to listen to your body and see whether it works for you or not.

  62. This isn’t the first time I have heard of using coconut oil other than in cooking. I am anxious to try this method as well as using it as a hair treatment. I have only heard good things about coconut oil, so this is great! However, since our skin does not actually “absorb” oil like we would think, the best way to get the full benefits of coconut oil face treatments is to exfoliate before use!! Exfoliating will help increase circulation to the skin and also help to clear up acne. Another tip to keep acne from having a hold in your skin is to keep it clean from pathogens. On that note when using coconut oil, always remember to use something other than your hands to get the oil out of the container. Our fingers have way more dirt and grime than our face and dipping our hands into the coconut oil and then letting it sit, is just like giving bacteria a place to live and then lathering it on your face! I hope these tips help someone!!

  63. Hello! How much tea tree oil do you recommend in the coconut oil? I have a 14 oz. jar of coconut oil. Thank you so much for this article!

  64. okay, I am feeling dumb here, but how should a person with mature skin use it. I have essential oils and sick of breaking out. Please help and sorry for the dumb question. Think I have to much on my mind to understand how. Probably simples can be. Thank you.

  65. Wow, this comment train is huge! My question is simple – does anyone with hormonal acne use coconut oil with results? My skin is generally dry but I break out heavily every month from hormones, worse than when I was a teenager! Go figure. Does it only work for oily skin or also hormonal acne?

  66. I used to have moderate acne – I stopped letting my hair touch my face!!

    I followed this regimen: for the most part) I wash gently now with the Citrus Clear Face Wash and then use a Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment. I do also use the Citrus Clear moisturizer, but it does not have SPF protection – which is OK, because my skin is too sensitive for SPF.

    I use Baking soda to get my makeup off at night.

    This is what worked for me. I have begun to clear up and stay clear.

  67. Coconut oil has really helped my skin. I have used a combination of coconut oil, grape
    seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil and purified water on my face and it has looked better then it has in years. If I do breakout, I just dab coconut oil straight on the pimple, and it usually clears it up in a day or two. I use a gentle soap–Neutrogena liquid. I follow with an astringent (1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to 1/2 cup of bottled water). I put the astringent on with a cotton ball and leave it on for about 2 minutes. Then I rinse it off and put on the coconut oil mixture. My skin looks great. I also stopped eating whole grain wheat. I know quite a few people who are allergic to whole wheat. It broke my skin out for years. When I stopped eating it I lost 15 lbs. and my skin cleared up. It is also good to drink a lot of bottled water. (Note: when I used the really strong drying acne products it made my skin produce more oil=more preakouts. Hope this helps someone.

  68. I suffered for years with severe acne and have been on all sorts of medication from the doctors. A few years ago now I just decided to one day swap and go the natural way. I wash my face with honey mixed with essential oils but I might give coconut oil a go for cleansing. I use coconut oil/grapeseed oil to moisturize and also use these for my hair. I wash my hair with organic banana shampoo and condition with apple cider vinegar. I would never go back to all the chemicals! My skin and hair have never been better. I rarely get spots now :) I would recommend all of this to anyone!

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