Why does coconut oil clog my pores but not my friend’s?
Posted Jun 24 2013 2:01am
ThinkArt says….Why is it that coconut oil can be one person’s best friend, and another one’s enemy? I read somewhere that it had to do with its fatty acid ratios being suitable for large pores, but not small pores…is this a fact? I can’t find enough evidence to back this up.
The Beauty Brains respond:
The way we see it there are two possibilities:
a) Your friend is lying to you about not having clogged pores and she’s just using good concealer.
b) There some confounding factors that could be triggering a response in you but not her. Let’s take a closer look.
A clogged pore (aka a blackhead) is caused by an increase in the number of dead skin cells that build up and stick together inside the pore. Certain ingredients are more likely to cause blackheads because they are able to penetrate into the follicle and and cause a reaction known as “retention hyperkeratosis.” (It’s the size of the molecule, not the size of your pores, that determines if the ingredient will penetrate or not.) Coconut oil is one of these ingredients so it’s not surprising that having this problem. So why doesn’t it affect your friend the same way? There are at least three relevant factors that could be different between the two of you:
Hormone levels: Especially androgens, can make things worse. This is especially true during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills.
Prescription medications: Taking corticosteroids, androgens or lithium (as well as the aforementioned birth control pills can make a difference.
Different diets: Dairy products and carb-rich foods which increase blood sugar can affect skin as well.
As you can see, while certain ingredients tend to clog pores, there are other factors unique to you that also affect how you react to comedogenic ingredients.