Please Help Me with Some Answers Regarding Coconut Oil on the Face

I began using virgin coconut oil one week ago taking it internally and applying it to my face. My face is now so dry and flaky I am not sure what is going on. I have read of many other people that rave about the wonderful effects on their skin. Should I stop using it or is this just a temporary side effect? Can anyone tell me what is happening to my skin?


I believe this is just temporary. You could be currently undergoing a healing crisis.

When I first used coconut oil on my face, I developed an acne problem. Pimples covered my face and they were even bigger than usual. Even my arms and legs developed some acne which never happened before. I said to myself, what's going on? I thought coconut oil is supposed to make my face smoother, softer, etc? I got scared but I stuck with the plan.

After two weeks, the pimples stopped developing. Two weeks more or so, my face was completely free from acne. Nowadays, I very seldom get acne on my face and anywhere else. Thanks to coconut oil, my face is now pimple-free, blemish-free, smooth, soft, etc.

The dryness and flakiness of your face right now could mean that coconut oil is doing its job. Certain healing foods can exert a powerful influence on our bodies by accelerating the detoxification and regeneration processes.

Coconut oil is a fantastic exfoliant! My face used to be dry and flaky but just one use made it a thing of the past. It could be that coconut oil is actually pulling out and removing toxins and dead tissues, many of which could have been buried for years. Any food that stimulates our body's recuperative powers has the potential to cause a healing crisis.

I suggest you stick with the plan. Use virgin coconut oil (VCO) on your face. Don't worry, it's not a drug, so it's safe. It's so safe that the FDA includes coconut oil on its Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) list.

Give coconut oil a fair shot, at least a couple of months. Avoid cosmetics as chances are, they contain hidden and harmful chemicals that weaken your immune system. Is it winter now where you live? The intense cold could certainly aggravate the dryness...

Avoid stressing yourself out and eating processed foods. As great as it is, coconut oil can't do it all by itself. But all things equal, coconut oil, overall, is unmatched in the dietary oil kingdom. I hope this helps and look forward to your update...

All the best,

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Mar 17, 2015
Thanks for the wonderful testimony NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the wonderful testimony on using a coconut oil. Right now i am facing the issue of acne and also pimples which left my skin scarring and dull with no life. I really wish to be back to my normal skin where i can get this virgin coconut oil, i was bothering about it. I work with essay service online and i am really in seek for this help.

Jan 20, 2015
Thanks NEW
by: Dane

Coconut oil does have so many vitamins contained in it. Applying them to face will nourish and make the skin smooth and glowing. And with your symptoms, I think its temporary one, as I never have come across one before. EMR software companies

Jun 25, 2014
Face Looks Swollen After Applying Coconut Oil
by: Anonymous

Hi. I hope someone can help me out.

I began using coconut oil over 6 months ago. I apply it on my face every night (because I was told it'll help me with my acne). However, in the morning and pretty much throughout the day, my face looks like its swollen. It's like my pores get larger and sink down, where skin around the pores lift/swell up, or cottage cheese looking.

My face actually looks better/smoother if I don't wash it at night. I originally have oily face/skin and coconut oil did help me control that. Am I not cleaning my face well enough so I get the swelling look???


Jul 22, 2013
Diary of Progress
by: Anonymous


I've started using virgin, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil a few weeks ago. Does anyone have a diary of progress they can share? Like what we are expected to see by week?

As I’ve said earlier, I've been using the oil for a few weeks now. I'm on week three of applying it on my face. I use the wash cloth method at night and use it as a moisturizer in the morning. I also ingest 3 tablespoons daily in my drink or by the spoonful.

Just want to see if by doing the above I'm performing the rights tasks and what can be expected each week. I've heard the acne gets worse before it gets better... Want to know when to expect the better.

Much obliged
Kevi ;)

Jul 15, 2013
In Addition to Coconut Oil
by: Anonymous

I used coconut oil on my face for several months and it did help, but when I added just a drop of vegetable glycerin and water, the results were very pleasing. My skin tone firmed and my wrinkles were less noticeable.

I mix a little coconut oil, vegetable glycerin and water together as my moisturizer. It gave me better results than any man-made moisturizer ever did! I use it all over my body now.

May 25, 2013
Health Properties
by: Sandy

I also read that you absorb some of the properties that are in the coconut oil... Is that also helping with a holistic approach?

May 24, 2013
Unrefined is Best
by: Frederick

Hi Sandy. Does it say Virgin Coconut Oil on the label? If it does, great!

Spectrum is offering two types of coconut oil: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined) and Organic Coconut Oil (Refined). The former, Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined), is of higher quality.

But since both varieties essentially contain the same amount of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) (the fat molecules responsible for coconut oil's amazing health attributes), the "refined" type is still considered good quality oil.

So yes, I have reason to think that Spectrum Coconut Oil can be a quality oil to use for skin damage repair and daily maintenance purposes as well.

How long can it take to recover from the damage? It depends from person to person. You can expect some considerable improvement within the first three days. So keep using coconut oil on your skin, you won't regret it.

May 21, 2013
Brand of Coconut Oil to Use
by: Sandy

Is Spectrum expeller pressed organic coconut oil a quality oil to use for a skin moisturizer and helping to heal severe skin damage? How long can it take to regenerate to a healthier state?

I was severely sun-burned a couple years back and have tried so many products but none seems to work. I’m giving this brand a chance in helping me fix the damage I have done. Please help...

May 16, 2013
Coconut Oil
by: Matte ifs

Two months ago I started to use coconut oil on my face. I had previously used E45 cream day and night and was quite happy with it, until I read about the ingredients it contained. It actually draws moisture from deep within your skin and brings it to the surface, thus making you feel like your skin is hydrated, when it isn't really.

I started to investigate creams that had more nourishing qualities and noticed that most of them had either shea butter or coconut oil in them, so I thought I would cut out the middle man, so to speak, and just get those ingredients.

I found that the coconut oil dried my face out (I've always had good skin) and this was a shock, after all the rave reviews I'd read. I found that coconut oil worked wonders on the rest of me, though. I use it every couple of weeks on my hair overnight, too.

As a family, we have 3 tablespoons a day and I cook with it. It has cleared up my toe nail which was discolored and tender just through eating it. I later discovered this was fungus – yuck.

I have lost weight and feel happier in myself, more contented and less impatient. I feel satiated more often and don't crave any more. My brain fog has gone, too. I also oil pull with it and my teeth are whiter and less sensitive.

On my face I now use avocado oil thinly in the morning, and I oil cleanse with it at night. Sometimes I put a bit more on before bed, but sometimes I don't need it. My skin feels so hydrated and soft! I also exfoliate with some sugar mixed with olive oil three or four times a week after my run. My skin really glows with health! On my hands and feet I've found that unrefined shea butter works the best. A tub lasts for ages and the "moisturization" lasts like no other cream I've used.

I've tried Barleans coconut oil and Viridian. Both are nice but the latter is superior and sinks into the skin quicker. I've bought some for my mum, hoping it will cure her arthritis (as it is said to do so). I wish I had found out about this years ago. I am educating my children about this life giving product, in the hope that they will never be plagued with debilitating diseases in later life. I'm hoping our allergies will be cured next.

Wouldn't be without it now!

Apr 28, 2013
Stay on the Safer Side
by: Frederick

Hi Valerie! Yes, it does matter what brand of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) you use. Why? Because there are businesses that blatantly lie to their customers and/or are unaware of their harmful manufacturing practices.

Some VCO brands are made using "hexane," a known neurotoxin. Others use "copra" to produce their oil, which if not properly cleaned, can introduce mold and bacteria into the product.

VCO is superior to Refined, Bleached & Deodorized (RBD) coconut oil because it retains the other phytonutrients lost in the production of RBD oil.

But RBD is considered a healthy oil because it still retains most of the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) which give coconut oil its remarkable health attributes.

Apr 28, 2013
by: Valerie

Does it mater what brand you use and does it have to be VCO?

Mar 23, 2013
Healing Crisis
by: Frederick

Hi Nancy. Sometimes in order to get better, things have to get worse first.

I remember when I first used coconut oil on my face back in 2007. The pimples on my face got bigger and definitely more than the usual occurrence. Even my chest, arms and thighs developed acne which rarely happened before. I got disappointed, too. But after about two weeks, it never happened again, and my face has never been more radiant.

I believe the coconut oil was able to push the toxins and debris out of my skin that was buried for years. The dryness could be the result of your skin trying to exfoliate those dead skin cells, to be replaced by new ones nourished by the coconut oil.

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Gold Label is a good product, so I don't believe switching brands is the solution. Maybe, a little more patience could be all there is to it. Hope this helps.

Mar 22, 2013
Dry Skin
by: nancy

I thought I was crazy. I just started using virgin coconut oil. I was using it on my face quite liberally and I too started to have extreme dryness, redness and a even a small patch of very small pimples. I was so disappointed.

I am taking it orally also. I'm using TT gold label??? Don't know if I should try another brand or go back to my regular moisturizer. Help!

Mar 22, 2013
Could it be the Exfoliant?
by: Leslie

Hi Mary. Do you use an exfoliating liquid, cream, lotion, etc.? Many exfoliant products contain harsh chemicals that can definitely dry your skin.

Mar 21, 2013
Dry Skin Also
by: Mary

I have been using coconut oil on my face too for a couple of weeks and am experiencing dryness and flaky skin. I exfoliate occasionally with a rub and use the oil morning and night. I am eating low carb and fairly higher fat. I am so surprised this is occurring.

Mar 09, 2013
Coconut Oil for Face
by: Julie

I heard about using virgin coconut oil for facial moisturiser. I bought organic product rainforest herbs, but discovered that within two days of using it my face is filled with pimples. I don't know what to do.

Should I stop using it or continue? Some people made comments that ache is part of a healing process. But the question is for how long? I have been on it for the past 3 weeks.

Feb 10, 2013
Skin Elasticity
by: Anonymous

It says on this website that coconut oil can increase skin elasticity. Does that mean it can reverse some signs of aging a little, like make laugh lines a bit smaller, etc.?

I had an accident and my face got very swollen for some time. Now that the swelling went down, I feel that my skin was stretched a bit. It's minimal, but enough to make a visual difference on my very small face.

I am wondering if it is too late for coconut oil to have any healing influence in returning my skin to normal since it has already been about 9 months since the swelling... Any ideas? Thanks.

Jun 17, 2012
Dry Skin But No Acne?
by: Shirley

Let me see if I understand this correctly. Are you trying to say using coconut oil caused dry patches on your face, but no acne problems?

Jun 07, 2012
Coconut Oil
by: Anonymous

I started using coconut oil on my face now for one week. I have realized my face has got dry patches now. I have no acne. Can anyone tell me what is going on?

Mar 02, 2012
Applying Oils on the Face
by: Frederick

IF it's true that applying oils on the face will stop the production of your natural oils, then you have to make sure that the oil you're going to put on your face is a good one.

Coconut oil has been serving the human skin and hair for thousands of years. It has a history of safe usage and up to now, not a single study has shown it to cause any harm to us humans, even animals like dogs, cats, etc.

At any rate, coconut oil can only benefit your face, just as it has since time immemorial.

Feb 21, 2012
Drying of Skin
by: Anonymous

If you put oil on your face then your skin will stop producing its own oil. Same goes for your hair.

If you overwash your hair or face, then your skin will try to compensate by producing more oil. So it only makes sense that your skin will get dry from adding oil to it as your own natural oils stop producing.

Aug 22, 2011
Suggestion Please
by: Anonymous

As I wore tight pants, I got marks on my hip... Two lines stayed as marks. A few suggested to massage coconut oil. But I have fear that it leads to hair growth. Please, any one clarify my doubt.

May 11, 2011
Coconut Oil on the Face
by: Rossalyn

Thank you for your comments to my question on using coconut oil on my face. I stopped using it and haven't tried it again since. My dry face problem continued so I think you are right that this was not related to the VCO.

I am still battling with the dryness of my face but it is better now. I was using the brand Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I will give it another try and let you know how it goes.


May 11, 2011
Coconut Oil is Great for the Face
by: Katherine

Yes, I agree with Frederick! You could be experiencing a healing crisis or whatever it is they call it. Give it some more time, like a month or so. Coconut oil is a food, not a drug, so it should be safe.

The dryness and flakiness of your face could be happening because your skin is actually exfoliating. Old/dead skin is being replaced by new skin... I have been using coconut oil on my face for many years now and I just couldn't imagine it to cause dryness or anything like that.

Coconut oil is such a fantastic moisturizer as it easily penetrates the skin to nourish it from the inside out. Use high-quality Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) for best results. If I may ask, what brand of coconut oil are you using?

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