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Eating Coconut Oil Does It Help Or Cause Acne?

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Hey guys, Just started using organic unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, the product is carrington farms. I am having stomach issues, totally unrelated to acne stuff, as a result of years of heartburn. i have taken betaine hcl, but now they think i need less stomach acid, so who knows. as a result i may have an ulcer causing me alot of stomach pain and am going to get it checked out by a specialist. In the meantime I have started taking zantac to help, but someone explained to me that my super healthy diet that i have been following since May of 2014 may not have enough fats in it, as in the good fats. So I started taking coconut oil, i put it in my coffee, and the other day in my organic free range egg omelet, lol.

I have read some people saying ingesting coconut oil is good for acne and some saying it causes acne. I have no intention of putting it on my skin, just putting a teaspoon or two in my foods or coffee each day to help with the stomach pain. So which is it? Should I proceed with caution, or not worry about using coconut oil in my foods? My acne, which was worse after going off of birth control this May of 2014, has gone back to mild with vitex, as well as a probiotic, which is awesome and keeps me regular, and i really don't feel like dealing with a flare up. The internet is so confusing! GRRRR



Sorry I should note the person I spoke with was a doctor and stated the coconut oil may help heal the stomach ulcer and the pain, so that's the reason for starting.

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Anyone else? seems like everyone reacts differently hhhmmm.... maybe ill start with using 1 to 2 times per week just a teaspoon in food and ill see how it goes.

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I've been using coconut oil for ages and I've never had a single breakout from it. IN THEORY it should be healthy for your skin because its got good amounts of antioxidants in it. Plus there isn't any scientific reason for it causing acne. It's definitely much healthier than vegetable oils which are full of all kinds of rubbish. Also you're doing well in getting the raw unrefined version, because the normal versions are heated so much that the antioxidants are destroyed.

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I like it in small amounts so far, ie in coffee everyonce and a while, if i am sauteeing vegetables, I like the taste and I bought a good kind so i think it is a healthy alternative with no bad effects in moderation. thanks guys!

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Everyone is different but for me any kind of processed oil (natural, organic or otherwise, including margarine, butter, vegetable oil, coconut oil, etc) has not been good for either my digestion nor my skin. I prefer to get my oils in their natural state...whole and part of the foods they originate in --- i.e. eat wild salmon versus taking an omega-3 pill, eat whole coconut versus processed coconut oil, eat whole olives versus olive oil, etc. I think the same thing can be said for oil as has been promoted for other foods...it is far healthier to eat whole foods versus processed. Why? Because there may be factors present in the whole food that help with digestion (enzymes) and assimilation that are lost when the whole food is broken up and parts extracted.

I had terrible digestive problems until I started avoiding all processed oils. Now I eat lots of wild fish, free range fowl, avocados, olives and other high fat foods in their whole and natural state and my digestion and elimination (sorry) is perfect. And my skin has benefited too. It took a couple of weeks to get the benefits but it was dramatic enough that I have no problem following this way of eating --- which is really more like how mankind traditionally ate!

You mention drinking coffee. Coffee is a very concentrated drink (ground up roasted beans) and may be too harsh for a sensitive stomach due to naturally occurring acids. If I might suggest an alternative. I have found roasted dandelion root tea to be a tasty alternative. It is especially nice with soymilk. Plus dandelion root is good for inflammatory conditions. You can find it in the health food store. It has been used in Eastern European countries for centuries as a coffee substitute.

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No, it does not have caffeine. But actually you may find that you can do without caffeine which also adds to inflammation. I used to think I had to have caffeine in the morning but I don't. Took about a week or so to get past the withdrawal headache and the urge (...that should tell you something about what it is doing to your body...) but now herb tea or the roasted dandelion root tea (which tastes like chocolate flavored coffee --- yum!) with soy milk starts my morning just fine. A big plus is that I'm not jittery by mid-morning nor do I get acid stomach anymore. My food tastes better too.

You can wean off coffee by first going to decaf and then switching to the tea. Decaf still has some caffeine in it. It'll still have the acid but it'll get you on your way to being caffeine free which is actually quite liberating!

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mmmmm dandelion root tasting like chocolate! I can get on board with that cvd! Where could I find dandelion root tea? I don't think that's something the local wal mart would carry lol.

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I buy Traditional Medicinals "Organic Roasted Dandelion Root" tea from our local health food store. You can also purchase it online. Just had some this morning...delicious with soy milk. I shake up the soy milk in the carton and then pour it into the tea and it's like drinking a latte! If you steep the tea for a few minutes it is dark and very flavorful...just like coffee.

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I buy Traditional Medicinals "Organic Roasted Dandelion Root" tea from our local health food store. You can also purchase it online. Just had some this morning...delicious with soy milk. I shake up the soy milk in the carton and then pour it into the tea and it's like drinking a latte! If you steep the tea for a few minutes it is dark and very flavorful...just like coffee.

Thanks! I think I saw some at the local gnc so I may try it if it tastes good!

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No, it does not have caffeine. But actually you may find that you can do without caffeine which also adds to inflammation. I used to think I had to have caffeine in the morning but I don't. Took about a week or so to get past the withdrawal headache and the urge (...that should tell you something about what it is doing to your body...) but now herb tea or the roasted dandelion root tea (which tastes like chocolate flavored coffee --- yum!) with soy milk starts my morning just fine. A big plus is that I'm not jittery by mid-morning nor do I get acid stomach anymore. My food tastes better too.

You can wean off coffee by first going to decaf and then switching to the tea. Decaf still has some caffeine in it. It'll still have the acid but it'll get you on your way to being caffeine free which is actually quite liberating!

You don't think unrefined coconut oil is good but you eat soy? Isn't that suppose to be really bad for hormones? I do great with coconut oil (unrefined, virgin of course). Why do you say unrefined, virgin coconut oil is processed? It has a lot of good fatty acids while I think it is pretty hard to find good quality fish. A lot of it is farmed, and 'organic' doesn't say much when it come to it either.

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Soy is not bad for you if you eat in normal quantities like in tofu or soy milk. If you eat it in concentrated forms like protein powders then it is bad for you. But this is true of many concentrated forms of food. Also there are different forms of soy...non-gmo is the best...and making sure the soy milk is made from whole soy beans.

There are hormones in many foods that provide us with protein, not just soy. Again, it is an issue of concentration. I've never had a problem with soy milk. Although everyone is different so someone else may have issues!

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Soy is not bad for you if you eat in normal quantities like in tofu or soy milk. If you eat it in concentrated forms like protein powders then it is bad for you. But this is true of many concentrated forms of food. Also there are different forms of soy...non-gmo is the best...and making sure the soy milk is made from whole soy beans.

There are hormones in many foods that provide us with protein, not just soy. Again, it is an issue of concentration. I've never had a problem with soy milk. Although everyone is different so someone else may have issues!

I personally drink organic, whole milk twice a day. I do not seem to have any major issues, most of my acne is caused from previous bad skincare/ a past bad diet. I have read online that the hormones naturally found in cow's milk can disrupt hormonal balance in humans and one effect of this is acne. I do not imagine soy milk has the same hormones. It is true that many products out there which contain soy are often GMO based or powdered junk which are most definitely NOT good for you whatsoever. However, if you can find pure soy bean produced only, organic soy milk, it should be fine.

On the topic of coconut oil, I personally find that using it in small amounts topically to moisturize does not have a pore clogging effect, especially after using a pore cleansing mask. Orally, however, it is very good for health and if consumed in moderation, should not cause any side effects. However, everyone's skin and body are different. :)

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Eating whole foods is legit.

I feel a little funky when I eat coconut oil... a little shaky. When I eat a whole coconut I do not. Same thing happens with fruit juice vs fruit.

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Like a lot things, this varies from person to person. For most people, though, coconut oil will be neutral or good. Coconut oil is rich in good fats, can help moderate gut bacteria, and is easily digested by most people.

Often the best thing that happens for the skin as a result of people using coconut oil is not so much that they start eating coconut oil, but that they use less canola/soy/"vegetable" oils, which are full of inflammation-promoting omega-6 fatty acids. So consider that as something to try if you aren't already.

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On 10/15/2014, 10:56:03, RichardWolfstein said:

I've been using coconut oil for ages and I've never had a single breakout from it. IN THEORY it should be healthy for your skin because its got good amounts of antioxidants in it. Plus there isn't any scientific reason for it causing acne. It's definitely much healthier than vegetable oils which are full of all kinds of rubbish. Also you're doing well in getting the raw unrefined version, because the normal versions are heated so much that the antioxidants are destroyed.


There's actually a very clear scientific reason, coconut oil has the highest percentage of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) of any oil, and what do the p.acnes bacteria feed on? MCTs.

Coconut is the number one thing I must avoid or severely limit to stay clear. It's at the very top of my evil list and by some distance.

But I think it's all down to what causes your acne. I have self-diagnosed and know 100% that my acne is caused by gut permeability and malabsorption. So when I consume MCT oils and they make it into my intestines, they seep out and are taken up by my blood and expelled through the skin, where the p.acnes have a field day multiplying and feeding. 

I've never read this connection being made anywhere, I discovered a few years back that coconut absolutely positively makes me breakout guaranteed, and when I looked into why, I found out that p.ances feed on the stuff, but I've yet to read anybody else anywhere make the connection. 
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Personally went through a bad purging period with the coconut oil. Start off slow with it, I kills off yeasts and parasites. I can eat as much as I want of it now, apply it on my face every night and it doesn't break me out. If you are getting bad stomach pains, quit teas/coffees/alcohol/chlorinated water, any anything that kills gut heath. Start eating different fermented foods and drink bone broth every day. Hope this helps somebody

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I went to a derm who said not to put coconut oil on your skin because it is comedogenic. 

As far as eating it, I noticed that it makes me break out slightly and all other spots more red and inflamed, so I must avoid it. :(

Now I only cook with avocado oil and use ev olive oil for dressing.

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