When thinking about treating or helping oily, blemish-prone skin, avoid using this as a beauty product
In the last few years, we have become a lot more informed about what we put both in and on our bodies. The fact that we are becoming more aware is great because shop bought products can often contain a huge dollop of chemicals to prolong their shelf lives. But these chemicals, unfortunately, can (and do) create havoc with our skin, and even hormonal systems. It's a cruel joke because we buy them to look better, but in certain cases, they may exacerbate conditions related to oily, blemish-prone skin, and other skin issues, like psoriasis, and eczema.
If you're on a quest to revamp your diet and skin care, it's important to do your research. There is a plethora of advice out there, but make sure you are taking it from someone trained in the beauty industry (or has the experience that lends credibility).
Take coconut oil, for example. This is a natural product which can be used in over 100 different ways. I am a huge advocate for using natural products, and I actively use coconut oil in a lot of my daily rituals. But - it is not included in my face cleansing and moisturising ritual. Why? Coconut oil is highly comedogenic, meaning that it is likely to clog your pores.
I follow these comedogenic ratings:
- 0 Will not clog pores
- 1 Low
- 2 Moderately low
- 3 Moderate
- 4 Fairly high
- 5 High
Coconut oil is rated four - fairly high. So, people with oily skin prone to open pores and blemishes, avoid applying it to your face. Even for those with "good" skin, be aware that consistent use of this product will block and clog pores leading to breakouts.
I, for one, am keeping my coconut oil to cooking, lip balm, bathing, cuticles, and hair restoration.