Extreme Dry Condition and Irritation

by Anonymous

A few months ago I bought two jars of Spectrum’s Organic Coconut Oil and used them liberally over a 4-week period. During that time my skin got progressively drier and more itchy and irritated.

I have never experienced anything like this before. I never had any obvious skin allergies or conditions. I started eliminating what I thought could be causes of this problem. Finally I stopped using the coconut oil and the condition cleared up in a couple days. I was shocked. I wish someone could give me an explanation.

Hi,

From what I’ve been reading, Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil seems to be a decent product.

A true allergic reaction to coconut oil is possible, but rare. Based from what you’ve shared, it looks like you’re one of the few people who, unfortunately, have this type of sensitivity to the oil of the humble coconut.


Actually, you can check if you are allergic to it by doing the following.

Apply some coconut oil on your forearm and rub it in. If your skin becomes swollen, inflamed, or turns red, you probably are allergic to it. But if after 2-3 days nothing of the likes happened, I think it’s safe to say you’re not sensitive to coconut oil.

Of course, this all begins with the premise that the coconut oil you’re using is not rancid or anything like that.

All the best,
Frederick