The love for coconut oil is in the air because it makes the skin feel good when applied. It’s like every life hack has coconut oil in it. But, like most things, it should be used in moderation.
Coconut oil is a natural source of essential vitamins and healthy fats, which have numerous health benefits. But if you’re not well aware, this “miracle” product can cause some skin issues. Surprisingly, a Harvard professor explicitly called coconut oil as ‘pure poison.’
Today we will disclose some little known risks or side effects of using coconut oil for skin and health.
It can clog pores
Coconut oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and cause blackheads. For acne-prone and with oily skin, coconut oil is not the best choice. Coconut oil commonly blocks pores, and it’s not recommended for people who have acne-prone skin.
Prolonged use of coconut oil can actually make the skin worse. You can use it on hands and legs after shaving or after a hot-shower to effectively moisturize the area, but on the face, it’s a big NO!
It has high-cholesterol
Coconut oil is plant-based, tasty, and downright trendy. It also may have adverse effects on your heart if you use it for the long-term.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, and Saturated fat has been shown to raise LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol. And increased LDL cholesterol levels can risk heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. You can surely use the oil for the short term, but using it daily could be a matter of concern.
It can be a dangerous personal lubricant
Using coconut oil as personal lube can be tempting, but it can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. It is without doubt anti-bacterial, but it also means it has the potential to upset the vagina’s pH balance, which could put your sexual health at risk as it can lead to yeast infections.
It’s important to know that oil-based lubes can cause infections and is not recommended. The greatest risk of using coconut oil as a lubricant is that it can damage or tear condom and lead to breakage.
It’s not the ultimate backup
The most dangerous thing about coconut oil is all the hype on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. By no means are we saying coconut oil is not good? We only want to clarify that it’s not a miracle product too.
Some even promote coconut oil as a heart-healthy oil without any scientific evidence. Well, science doesn’t support this statement. Also, drinking coconut oil daily in coffee is not recommended. (No offense to bullet coffee drinkers) please note oils are used for cooking- just let it be!
It may add harmful chemicals during pregnancy
Most coconut oils include additives that are harmful to health. Whether you’re using refined or unrefined coconut oil, both have potential risks.
Especially during pregnancy, extra virgin coconut oil is the best type of coconut oil for cooking and beauty. Any other type of coconut oil may have harmful ingredients. Those who are pregnant shouldn’t consume it.
Tip- Always read the label whenever you are purchasing any product to be on the safer side.
It may cause diarrhea
Coconut oil can make you sick in some cases. Even if you are a healthy individual, coconut oil can cause diarrhea and other gut issues if consumed regularly. According to a study, the most common side effect is upset stomach and loose stool. Using coconut oil in moderation is highly recommended.
It can cause an allergic reaction
Coconut is not a common food to cause any food allergic reaction. But it may cause a skin irritant.
Since coconut oil is used in many skincare products, one should be aware that a mild allergy to coconut can cause a rash. In case you have a food allergy, ingestion can cause a mild or life-threatening reaction, from hives to anaphylaxis.
Piece of Advice
Whenever using a new product on the skin, perform a patch test on your inner wrist and wait for the next 24 hours if the area looks normal, you are not allergic to it, and you can safely use the product.
I hope you still are friends with Coconut oil. You need to use it in moderation and, of course, extra care. Just be cautious, and the oil would be good for you!