What ingredient is causing my breakouts?
More and more frequently we are seeing clients come in to our offices with acne and clogged pores. When we ask them what they are using to cleanse their skin, or to moisturize their skin with, we seem to be getting a similar answer- coconut oil!
In recent years, coconut oil has been seen as a miracle ingredient for its hydrating properties (also in drinks), suggested as cleanser, moisturizer, deep conditioner, and more. But is the use of this organic ingredient causing you more harm than good when it comes to skincare? Lets investigate.
Does Coconut Oil Cause Breakouts?
While coconut oils, and other natural oils like Olive Oil and Cocoa Butter are extremely hydrating and excellent for dry skins and hair, they are also comedogenic ingredients that clog pores! This means that if you are oily or acne prone and using any of the above to cleanse or moisturize your skin, you are in fact, causing your own problem.
What does "comedogenic" mean?
Comedogenic means "an ingredient that clogs pores". Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Cocoa Butter are comedogenic ingredients and have the potential to clog your pores. Whether or not your pores will definitely become clogged is highly variable. Some may become clogged within days, some may take weeks, and some may see no reaction at all. It depends on your own skin, and it's unique properties.
FDA Guidelines aren't always clear when it comes to labeling non-comedogenic ingredients, so don't always believe what you read. If you are not sure, look into a product that has undergone third party testing.
Just because a product is "organic" or "all natural" or "cold pressed" doesn't mean it's going to be the right product for YOUR skin, and just because it doesn't make your friend break out, doesn't mean that you won't. We LOVE oils for the skin- the skin needs oil, but just be aware of what could possibly be causing your clogged pores, it could be your beloved coconut oil causing your breakouts.
What if coconut oil is causing my breakouts?
First, stop using the offending product. If you are getting breakouts or clogged pores within days to weeks of starting a new product (cleanser, toner, moisturizer), stop using it! It may not be the right product for you, and thats okay. Use a gentle and effective anti-bacterial and oil fighting cleanser that contains salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur. Research the ingredients included on the product to see if you can find what may be causing your issue. Come in and get a facial
so that the pores can be extracted, reducing your breakouts.
We are skilled in ingredients and happy to go over them with you to find the right products that work for you. Do you have any questions for us? Comment below!