Coconut oil, in my opinion, is one of the biggest fads out right now. It’s many raved about healing benefits range from weight loss, improving immunity, dental care and even hair health. After hearing all of the hype, I decided to add the good stuff to my hair and skin regimens and even add it within my cooking.
Soooo…yeah it wasn’t working for me. I tried using it on my hair before adding my products.
I tried using it on my scalp as a hot oil treatment. I even used it to deep condition my hair before doing anything else. My hair was shiny, but dry as rock! I happen to have a 3c low porosity hair type. This means that my hair is more moisturized when using a cream based conditioner and/or product along with heat. Heat causes my hair follicles to open up, allowing the moisturizing cream product to get all up in there and work its magic. Oils just sit on top of my hair. It’ll give it its sheen for a moment and then go back to looking and being dry. After much research, I found out that with repeated use coconut oil may cause protein build up, making your hair further stiff, hard and less elastic. I stopped using it in my hair, it just doesn’t work for me.
I had this stupid big jar of coconut oil so I figured I’d just use it as a skin moisturizer. I have a pretty chocolate skin complexion and I love nothing more than to walk outside sun-kissed and shining!
After my good ole shower regimen, I hopped out n got to greasing. Shiny and leaving my body marks on leather furniture, I’d make my way to the car and to my destination and would happen to notice a sheet of ashyness coating against my clean skin. I mean that ashyness that looks like you actually FORGOT to put on some lotion. That ashyness that you have to rub lotion into for about a good 2 minutes to hide the horror. What the heck is wrong with this stuff?
Coconut oil can sometimes cause dry skin. Despite the fact that coconut oil is definitely an oil, many people report that coconut oil increases their skin’s dryness. … Applying it to the skin actually communicates with your body and can modify your sebum production. Tis’ why I was ashy.
After that I went to my favorite African Shop here in Downtown Detroit, called “Jhenne’s Bead & Jewelry”, purchased my tub of raw Shea butter and apologized to it for trying to replace it with the fad.
Unfortunately along with all the delightful aspects of coconut oil come’s the downside of breakouts. Coconut oil has a comedogenicity rating of 4 on a scale of 0 to 5 with 5 being the highest. Comedogenic means pore-clogging and likely to cause acne comedones, AKA your common household pimple. This is why my skin kept breaking out.
Alright..I still have this stuff left, so I’m going cook with it.
(Side Note) I hate coconut’s. I hate the way that it smells and I hate the way that it tastes. I grew to accept the way that it smelled on my skin, after awhile I couldn’t smell it anymore.
Back to this story: I like to use a little, bit of oil when I make pancakes on the griddle. I added a little dab of coconut oil onto it, whipped up a nice batch of pancakes and sat down to eat with my family. The face that they made, along with the turnt up look that developed after a few forced bites of my own, caused me to finally make the decision to stop!
This stuff hates me.
If anyone has been having issues with the oil like the ones I have, these are probably reasons why.
I hope this helps someone!