Coconut oil is antimicrobial and antifungal, it sounds like a dream come true for acne prone skin. But the issue lies in the composition of the oil. All natural oils are comprised of 2 acids: oleic acid and linoleic acid. Oleic acid is SUPER pore clogging and linoleic is not. Guess how high in oleic acid coconut oil is? It is one of the top dogs! No wonder it is such an issue!
While coconut is no doubt a healthy traditional food, what many do not realize is that it has the potential to negatively affect the skin. This potential occurs whether it is ingested or put on the skin directly. From what we know of the immune system, it is not adequately developed until the age of two. The foods we are exposed to in childhood, are usually foods that will be less problematic later in life as we have already developed the antibodies for our immune system to recognize these foods as safe.