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Don't Use Coconut Oil On Your Face!

February 29, 2016

Don't Use Coconut Oil On Your Face! - Tierra Mia Organics

Coconut oil has a larger molecular structure than other oils.


Everyone’s is doing it.  Everyone’s talking about it.  Your neighbors. Your friends. Even your parents.  It seems to be all that anyone can talk about these says. What is it? Coconut oil. It’s a miracle or so it would seem. It’s like everybody went cuckoo for coconuts!


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Coconut oil isn’t a brand new thing, neither is the obsession with it. August Engelhardt thought coconuts were so amazing he decided to eat nothing but them and in 1902 he moved to the South Pacific to start a utopian cult that revolved around eating coconuts and sun bathing. It sounds like a nice vacation, but August died there, as did several other followers, at the age of 45 weighing a mere 66 pounds.  You can read all about this true story in a fascinating NPR article entitled “Death By Coconut: A Story Of Food Obsession Gone Too Far.”

We aren't saying coconuts will kill you, well, it’s possible if you are struck on the head by one, but obsessions can be totally hazardous to one’s health.


The coconut is an amazing fruit in the plant kingdom; in one great package it contains a high-calorie food, water, dietary fiber, and a very hard shell, which can be turned into charcoal or a flotation device.


There does seem to be some coconut oil debate and the issue may lie in the research that exist, or rather the research that doesn’t exist. The use of coconut oil as a nutritional supplement is definitely a concern for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA does not evaluate, test or monitor natural remedies or foods. Furthermore, the FDA prohibits manufacturers from advertising “drug claims” that support the use of coconut oil, or any food for that matter, for therapeutic purposes. That category is reserved for drugs only. That’s the law. The FD&C Act says that cosmetics and foods are not drugs and therefore can not claim to treat any medical conditions. So the real controversy is in claiming coconut oil treats, heals or prevents any diseases.  After all, it is possible to claim things that aren’t true.

There are many claims out there about coconut oil and not are baseless, they simply aren’t substantiated by one governing body.

There are claims that coconut oil is known to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, promote weight loss, balance hormones, fights fungus and even can be used as sun block.


We aren’t an authority on any of these things, but here is what we do know. Coconut oil does make hair shine and it moisturizes skin, however we don’t recommend a regimen of using coconut oil straight on the face, virgin or not, and here is why.

Coconut oil has a larger molecular structure than other oils (oils like olive or rice bran). For your pores, this can mean trouble, especially if you have small pores because the large coconut oil molecule can get trapped in your pores and cause breakouts and blackheads. In fact, in general, prolong used of coconut oil alone on the skin will cause the pores to enlarge. And since most people seek to minimize the size of their pores and their breakouts, we recommend not using pure coconut oil alone on the skin.

Oil blends seem to yield the best results. When coconut oil is mixed with other oils like olive, castor or rice bran it seems the unwanted side effects can be avoided.  Some people may never experience break outs from coconut oil and yet for others, coconut just doesn’t agree with their skin, especially the face.

We enjoy using coconut oil  as a cleanser, like that found in a soap bar, but not just any soap bar, real organic saponified soap. The key to any healthy, natural soap is the oil that is used in it. As an oil used in a cold-process soap, coconut oil helps to trap dirt, and then gets carried away by water.

Our Lime in Coconut Shampoo Bar is one of our top-selling bars and we are now introducing our latest soap bar, the Fresh Coconut Body Soap Bar.  It’s an excellent moisturizing bar with a full rich cleansing lather.  It not only contains organic coconut oil, but it also has real coconut flakes.  It will cleanse without drying the skin. It doesn’t contain water or Palm oil. The Fresh Coconut Body Soap Bar has minimal ingredients, which we specifically selected to be gentle on the skin.

Front of Fresh Coconut Body Soap Bar made with 100% organic coconut oil and goat milk

Made with 100% organic coconut oil, real coconut extract and coconut flakes. 


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