Many people are arguing whether coconut oil does clog pores on face. If it does, then it will trigger an outbreak of acne. No need for that unnecessary dispute actually. To find out if coconut is comedogenic or not, just use it on your face (follow the simple steps below) and you'll soon get to find out.
Note that the skin on your face is practically thinner (and thus, more delicate) than the skin on your body.
Step 1 – Cleanse Your Face Thoroughly
Your face is covered with a layer of skin oil, dust, dirt and other micro-stuff that our bare eyes cannot see. Even if coconut oil is super easy to get absorbed, it won't penetrate your skin easily and will give the impression that it is comedogenic and does clog pores on the face.
Hence, wash your face and pat it dry thoroughly. Try using a more natural facial wash rather than those commercial facial cleansers. This will make sure your skin wouldn't get obstructed by chemicals and the test for whether coconut oil will clog pores on face will be more accurate.
Step 2 – Type of Coconut Oil Used
Normally, when people apply the oil to their face and it makes them feel clogged on the skin or even triggers an acne outbreak, they would quickly jump to conclusion that the particular oil is comedogenic. Right?
This can happen to many plant-based oils even in their most natural form. But definitely would be unfair to coconut oil as coconut oil, when in its most natural state, can penetrate skin pretty well.
So, it all boils down to the kind of coconut oil you're using on your face.
Hydrogenated coconut oil may behave comedogenically since it is unnatural, and the hydrogenation process may cause trans-fatty acids to form that can block and hurt the skin, especially the skin on the face since it is relatively thinner.
If you have cleansed your face thoroughly and after applying coconut oil to the skin, you feel clogged, then this could be hydrogenated coconut oil or some kind of low-quality coconut oil or the oil has degraded for some reasons.
Use virgin coconut oil on your face. As ingesting virgin coconut oil benefits our health tremendously due to its naturally-occurring nourishing compounds, it will benefit your skin as well.
You can also use good quality RBD coconut oil (RBD stands for "refined, bleached and deodorized") that retains most of its intrinsic compounds but without the natural coconut odor.
These types of coconut oil are the safest to use on your face.
Step 3 – Thin Layer on Skin
When you put any oil on your skin, apply just a dab will do. Smearing too much oil can saturate your skin easily. And you won't be able to differentiate which oil is best for your skin since your skin cannot absorb them all.
So now, drip some coconut oil on your face, and massage it gently for a minute or two.
If you use virgin coconut oil, you can feel that it gets absorbed fairly easily. You'll feel that your skin absorbs faster when you use RBD coconut oil because RBD coconut oil is slightly thinner than virgin coconut oil.
So, that's it. When you follow the steps above, you would have deduced that good coconut oil does not clog pores on face. It should not clog the skin on other parts of your body as well. If it does, examine the coconut oil you use.
Because it does not clog pores, you can safely use coconut oil for acne. Regular application of it can even help to make your skin less oily and hence, acne-prone.