Why I Stopped Using Coconut Oil as a Skin how to get rid of small acne scars Moisturizer – Red and Honey

Huge thanks to wilder supply co. Who asked me to try some of their skin care how to get rid of small acne scars products and originally sponsored this post. (all sponsored partnerships on this site are 100% my own thoughts, and I only publish work for products/companies I’ve personally tried and love.)

Every winter without fail, I get terribly dry skin on my face. The day after the we turn on the furnace for how to get rid of small acne scars the first time in the fall, it starts. My face – especially in my T-zone – gets itchy, dry, and flaky. After my shower, it feels tight and awful, like that feeling you get when wearing a face mask how to get rid of small acne scars that has dried and is ready to wash off. I do not appreciate this facet of my undeniably otherwise-flawless beauty. 😉 not cool, face, not cool at all.

Coconut oil is the darling of the natural living crunchy how to get rid of small acne scars community. Every real food blogger worth their (unrefined sea) salt will tell you that there are literally hundreds of how to get rid of small acne scars ways to use the stuff, from making delicious baked goods, homemade toothpaste, or eye makeup remover, to lubricating your you-know-what and using it as a massage oil in the how to get rid of small acne scars bedroom.

It’s commonly claimed that it is the awesomest! Moisturizer! Ever! Too. For years I kept some in a little sealed container how to get rid of small acne scars in my bathroom, carried it in my purse, and even packed it for trips, just so I could swipe a little out with my how to get rid of small acne scars finger to help moisturize my dry skin. It worked… sorta, but not great. I also tried jojoba oil for a while (holy expensive, batman). It was better, but still not awesome. The ideal moisturizer for your skin, according to research

Wilder supply co. Is a family-owned business located on an off-grid homestead in chickaloon, alaska. They offer a variety of products including lip balm, face/body oils, shea butter, perfume, and goat milk soap (made from fresh goat milk from the family homestead).

Backstory: when hannah asked me what I’d like to try from their shop, I mentioned that the argan oil looked interesting (I had never heard of it before) because I had suffered from dry, itchy skin on my face for so long, and my current routine was not really cutting it.

This was followed by a discussion of the various oils how to get rid of small acne scars and some brilliant explanations from her which pretty much explained how to get rid of small acne scars everything as to why the other oils hadn’t worked for me. Here’s what I learned from her, and from my own rabbit hole of research that blew how to get rid of small acne scars my mind:

Well, first of all – the body of research on plant oils for therapeutic skin how to get rid of small acne scars purposes is fairly small . Unfortunately, the laws in the united states on what skincare and how to get rid of small acne scars cosmetic companies are allowed to include in their products are how to get rid of small acne scars extremely loose. The U.S. Only bans 11 ingredients, which is in stark contrast to the 1,328 chemicals banned by law in the european union (28 countries). Canada’s laws are similarly strict to the E.U. With hundreds of ingredients banned.

According to the campaign for safe cosmetics, the E .U . Also requires safety assessments on all products prior to being how to get rid of small acne scars sold, whereas the U .S . Does not . They point out that “t he hazard-based, precautionary approach of the E . U . Acknowledges that chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects simply how to get rid of small acne scars don’t belong in cosmetics – regardless of the concentration of the chemical being used.”

What does this all mean? It means that the biggest cosmetic brands (the ones who could afford to fund studies) have little need to do so, and wouldn’t want to anyway, because the results on their products wouldn’t be good . Here’s what we DO know, based on what’s available:

• according to this 2013 study on jojoba in dermatology, j ojoba oil isn’t actually an oil . It’s a wax ester that is very similar to the how to get rid of small acne scars skin’s natural sebum. So, while it feels really nice on the skin (and worked better than coconut oil for me), it can’t soak in to the layers of the epidermis and how to get rid of small acne scars moisturize as effectively as an oil like argan.

• coconut oil is a very light moisturizer that sinks in how to get rid of small acne scars quickly, which appeals to a lot of people because it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. It works well for some, but not those with very dry skin . This 2019 study found that coconut oil was effective as how to get rid of small acne scars an emollient (softening skin) but that it was not found to leave an effective how to get rid of small acne scars barrier to seal in moisture (aka “occlusive” – for the “most occlusive” example, think of petroleum jelly leaving a thick layer on skin) . Dry skin needs something more occlusive than coconut oil, but less so than petroleum jelly (not a product I recommend, for the record).

• according to table 1 in this study , coconut oil is not considered an effective occlusive (protective barrier), emollient (softens rough skin), or humectant (draws moisture). That same study points out that it does have excellent how to get rid of small acne scars anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so if you don’t have very dry skin or acne-prone skin (see comedogenic note below), it may be a great choice for you. (it’s also worth noting that other studies do refer to how to get rid of small acne scars occlusive and emollient effects of coconut oil, and I’m sure there’s truth to that, however other plant-based oils seem to be referenced as more effective in how to get rid of small acne scars this regard.)

• conversely, coconut oil is listed with a rating of 4 (which means it can easily clog pores). That doesn’t bother many people, but if you have a tendency to get clogged pores how to get rid of small acne scars (blackheads, acne breakouts, etc), coconut oil may exacerbate that problem.

• it is worth noting that the concept of comedogenicity requires how to get rid of small acne scars more research before we can draw too many conclusions. Still – anecdotally, many people report that coconut oil just doesn’t leave their skin feeling hydrated (like me), or it leads to acne breakouts (hence the comedogenicity discussion).

• to sum up my own experience – while jojoba oil provided a protective layer without sinking in how to get rid of small acne scars well, and coconut oil sinks in but doesn’t leave much of a protective layer, argan oil does both (see research below), making it more effective overall.

• in this 2014 study involving 60 women, the researchers concluded that argan oil improved skin hydration by how to get rid of small acne scars restoring barrier function (keeping irritants, microbes, and allergens out) AND maintaining the water-holding capability (keeping moisture in).

So while coconut oil might work well for people who how to get rid of small acne scars have skin in the middle of the spectrum (generally non-problematic skin), it doesn’t usually work great for those of us who tend how to get rid of small acne scars to have dry or oily skin issues. My personal experience with argan oil

It is especially effective if I give my face a how to get rid of small acne scars quick, gentle exfoliation first. In the shower, I just gently scrub my face with a washcloth and how to get rid of small acne scars it works great. I don’t feel a need to buy special products, or to be particularly harsh with scrubbing. It’s also most effective when applied to damp skin because how to get rid of small acne scars your pores are more open.

It’s incredibly effective (this is about as close to defining something as a how to get rid of small acne scars miracle product as I’ve ever gotten) and it’s frugal too, considering how little of it you need at a time. At the risk of overstating my case, to be honest, I am utterly blown away and thrilled with this product. Truly.

Now, not only does it work well and not cost me how to get rid of small acne scars an arm and a leg (side note: yes, the price seems high at first glance compared to drugstore how to get rid of small acne scars junk, but my first bottle lasted me almost four years!!), but consider these amazing factors as well: interesting facts about the origins and production of argan oil:

• argan oil is one of the rarest, most highly-valued oils in the world ( source). It is a plant-based oil that comes from the argan tree, which is exclusive to morocco. It is called the “tree of life” there, and it has been used by locals for centuries.

• every part of the plant is utilized: “getting oil from the fruit of the argan tree involves how to get rid of small acne scars drying it, extracting the nuts, cracking them to reveal the kernels, and pressing them to release the oil. The byproduct of pressing is a thick argan paste, which is sold locally for cosmetic products. Nothing else is wasted, as the outer pulp provides food for village animals, while the shells are burned for fuel.” ( source)

• the process of extraction and selling this oil is done how to get rid of small acne scars in a sustainable fashion. Almost all argan oil is distributed by local co-operatives of women in morocco ( source). To this day, the most efficient method of extraction is hand-pressing the kernels, which provides valuable jobs to women in the country.

• argan oil has incredible health benefits. According to this study, it’s rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which are both traits held in high regard in the how to get rid of small acne scars beauty industry. The industry often adds synthetic versions of these things to how to get rid of small acne scars products to be able to market them as anti-aging and healing, but of course, the natural (non-synthetic) version is far superior.

• according to the same study, “daily topical application of argan oil has also been shown how to get rid of small acne scars to improve skin elasticity and skin hydration by restoring the how to get rid of small acne scars barrier function and maintaining the water-holding capacity. Additionally, topical applications onto skin provide a softening and relaxing effect how to get rid of small acne scars on the skin.”

I first wrote this post in 2013, and it has been viewed nearly four million times since. There has been some pushback to criticism of our beloved how to get rid of small acne scars coconut oil (of which I’m still a huge fan – I use it all the time for cooking, and a few other things!) but overall, I have heard from a ton of others who were how to get rid of small acne scars relieved to know that they weren’t the only ones struggling with it as a skin how to get rid of small acne scars moisturizer!

They’re a small family business that prides itself on offering how to get rid of small acne scars natural, affordable products of exceptional quality. They also value sustainability and top-notch service, which pretty well makes them my ideal company. What do you use to moisturize your skin? Have you tried argan oil? Sources:

• varma, S. R., sivaprakasam, T. O., arumugam, I., dilip, N., raghuraman, M., pavan, K. B., paramesh, R. (2018). In vitro anti-inflammatory and skin protective properties of virgin coconut oil. Journal of traditional and complementary medicine, 9(1), 5–14. Doi:10.1016/j.Jtcme.2017.06.012

• villareal, M. O., kume, S., bourhim, T., bakhtaoui, F. Z., kashiwagi, K., han, J., … isoda, H. (2013). Activation of MITF by argan oil leads to the inhibition how to get rid of small acne scars of the tyrosinase and dopachrome tautomerase expressions in B16 murine how to get rid of small acne scars melanoma cells. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : ecam, 2013, 340107. Doi:10.1155/2013/340107

So I know this post is a couple of years how to get rid of small acne scars old, but I just read it now because I was interested how to get rid of small acne scars (as I’m sure many were), why you stopped using coconut oil. When I read the post I had to laugh though, I love argan oil. I actually use both coconut and argan in my routine: coconut oil (with EO add ins) as my night cleanser/moisturizer (so I grease it on strongly then rinse the excess how to get rid of small acne scars off with warm water), and argan oil (also with EO add ins) as my day moisturizer. I stumbled upon both at the same time about 2 how to get rid of small acne scars years ago when I had reached despair and desperation with how to get rid of small acne scars the drug-store skin things I’d been using my whole life. No matter what I bought, I constantly struggled with a mixture of adult acne and how to get rid of small acne scars dry skin. I had tried briefly olive oil as a cleanser (too greasy), and coconut oil as a moisturizer (also too greasy, in the summer anyway), but had read up on argan oil and said, “okay, I’ll give this a last shot before I go to how to get rid of small acne scars the doctor.” and I haven’t looked back. Acne? Gone. Dry skin? Gone. Compliments on my skin? Get them a lot now. Money? Even though both cost a little money, they are both super efficient and I’m saving money on my skin routine. Yes, yes, yes, lots of props to argan oil.

Hi jason! I think anne was referring to “U r meant to use what your country of origin how to get rid of small acne scars grows!” or perhaps “argan oil sales go too finance terror groups!” I understand your claim that just sayno is not being how to get rid of small acne scars inherently racist, but I have to disagree and say that racism is how to get rid of small acne scars present! The definition of racist is “a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against how to get rid of small acne scars people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to how to get rid of small acne scars another” and one could argue that just sayno is being racist how to get rid of small acne scars by implying that he or she is too good to how to get rid of small acne scars use argan oil because it comes from a different country. This is silly, because it would also imply that just sayno doesn’t eat pizza or tacos or gyros (all very delicious foods) because they are not from america. (I assume that just sayno is an american. If he or she is italian or hispanic or greek, then I amend my statement to remove the appropriate food how to get rid of small acne scars from my example.)

We live in a global economy and are continually interacting how to get rid of small acne scars with people and products from different cultures. I believe that anne’s “racist much?” comments stems from the hope that people will someday be how to get rid of small acne scars able to look past cultural differences and embrace one another’s unique outlooks as an opportunity to learn more instead how to get rid of small acne scars of being disgusted by the foods, traditions, and oils that come from other countries.

I have used coconut oil on my face for years how to get rid of small acne scars (over 12). When I lived in a hot climate, I had no problems and it performed just how I how to get rid of small acne scars wanted it to on my face. However, we moved to a cooler climate. Now, when I look closely at my skin, I see tiny gobs of fat/wax coming out of each pore! I did several things to try to remedy this: exfoliation, masks, etc. None solved the problem. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it either. Now understand, I wasn’t getting acne at all but my skin felt rough how to get rid of small acne scars and on close inspection, I could see those clogged pores.

Then, just last week, I had an episode of terrible sweats for 3 hours how to get rid of small acne scars (blood sugar issues). When I looked in the mirror, I saw extruded waxy cores poking out of many of how to get rid of small acne scars my pores! Then it hit me, when we lived in the hot climate, I would perspire more regularly and profusely (at the beach, on walks, washing the car). In the cool northwest, I rarely break a sweat under any conditions. Explanation: the comedogenic coconut oil was building up in my pores.

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