Why Pure Coconut Oil Is Actually A BAD Thing To Use On Your Skin & Hair

For quite some time now, I’ve seen and heard numerous people raving about the benefits of pure coconut oil when being used on skin and hair. I’ve kept pretty quiet for a long time because I’m the type of person that if it makes someone happy, let ’em get on with it because unless it’s personally effecting me, I don’t really give a shit. However, I’m yet to come across a blog post that actually goes into why pure coconut oil is BAD for the hair and skin as opposed to good so here I am, about to explain exactly why I never have and never will be using this product anywhere near my scalp or face.

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Now, it’s said that coconut oil is the ‘all rounder’ product. By this, I mean that it’s apparently great for everything. People are using it to cleanse, moisturise, nourish, treat, you name it. So say, pure coconut oil does it. Although I am somebody who is quite heavily influenced by what other beauty bloggers and gurus say, this is not something that I will be doing or using anytime soon.

Why isn’t it good for the skin?

I’m sure this is the question that everybody has on the tip of their tongue. Well, it’s quite simple.

Oil is a thick product. By this I mean that it’s thicker in consistency than water and as I’m sure most people will already know, if you put the two liquids together they separate.

Coconut oil is said to be a comedogenic product which to a lot of people isn’t an issue. However, if you’re somebody who has a tendency to have blocked pores (blackheads, texture etc) then coconut oil is an absolute no-go for you.

Imagine you’re rubbing pure oil into your skin (one that isn’t designed to be put there) and then you ‘rinse’ it off with water. That oil formula is so thick that the water simply cannot physically touch it, get through it or wash it away. That excess oil then sits on your skin, sinking into your pores and re-solidifying. What does that cause? Blocked pores and congested skin.

I know of several people who double/triple cleanse and if you’re one of those people then that’s great! Just make sure you’re fully cleansing that oil slicked skin with a decent, deep cleansing product because otherwise your pores will be blocked with solid coconut oil below the surface and will eventually be a pain in the ass to get rid of.

So why is it bad for the hair?

I’ve had so many people telling me that their hair isn’t growing as much as it used to or that it’s weaker than normal and after some investigation, about 90% of the time they’re covering their whole scalp in coconut oil 1-2 times a week and leaving it on for hours or sometimes even overnight.

The reason that coconut oil isn’t great for your hair is pretty much the same reason as to why it isn’t good for skin. It blocks the ‘pores’ on your scalp where new hair sprouts out from and stops new hair from growing.

Don’t get me wrong, coconut oil is an extremely nourishing product and would be great on the mid lengths-ends of the hair (especially on ombre styles or balayage) but it MUST be washed out thoroughly.

I hope I’ve explained myself well enough but if anybody has any questions or comments, pop them in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

Until next time,

Georgia x

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. This was such a useful post, I never realised it wasn’t good to use on your hair or face. I have never used it but I sure won’t be urging to now after reading this post!X


    1. Thank you so much for reading lovely! I’m glad you found the post useful 😘 X

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  2. Elizabeth Seal says:

    So interesting, I really love how unique and honest your blog is! It’s so refreshing and I love what you wrote about the Heat palette, I thought I was the only one who couldn’t get the matte shades to work properly xD can’t wait to read more! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)


    1. Thank you so much lovely! Glad you enjoyed the post and that I’m also not the only one with the heat palette opinion haha! X


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