I'm going to tell you about something that is going to blow your mind. Bear with me.
I know how to use coconut oil to make your teeth very white. I mean whiter than any kind of dental procedure. You take a tablespoon of coconut oil, and swish it around your mouth for about 20 minutes each morning. Well, 5 minutes up to 20 if you can. I know, sounds weird, but it's an ancient Ayurvedic practice called oil pulling.
You will be shocked. Whiter teeth in one week. And, here's the big thing, coconut oil is antibacterial and antiviral, so anyone with receding gums or gum issues...well say buh bye to that. Your dental hygienist will ask you what the heck you are doing!!
Google "oil pulling" if you don't believe me. It's the bomb.
One more thing, this has been known to get rid of the bumps from "chicken skin" or also known as Keratosis Pilaris. It's one of the only things known to get rid of the rough skin out there.
Also, the oil is absorbed into your body sublingually, so you'll notice less scaly elbows and heels.
I know, you think I'm nuts. I am so not lying about this. Try it and let everyone know.
Ok, MUA. Go ahead and crown me the coconut oil queen. I am obsessed with it. I hardly know where to start! Bear with me, as this review might be long; I'll break it up into parts so just read what interests you. For reference, I have combination/dry skin that is acne prone.
I've only used one brand of coconut oil, which is the LouAna brand you can find in the cooking section of WalMart. It's $6 per 30 ounce tub. This brand makes products/oils specifically for cooking or frying, so I was skeptical of trying it as a beauty product. However, the only ingredient listed is: coconut oil, which is what you want in a coconut oil (right? ;p) I figured this would do, since it was the only coconut oil available. It has a yellow tint; this brand's oil is deodorized, processed, and refined. This doesn't bother me, but I think most oil-users will tell you that you should get UNrefined (it might be better, more effective, and safer to use). When I finish this tub of LouAna, I will move on to an unrefined oil. Anyway, LouAna has been working beautifully for me in the past month. Here we go...
HAIR: My original intent in buying coconut oil was for my over-processed hair which is almost down to my butt. I went from brown to blonde and my hair was in desperate need of a drink. The night I got my highlights done, I ran out to buy this magical coconut oil that I was hearing about. Once I got home, I put about one and a half cups of coconut oil in a bowl, heated it, and drenched my dry hair with it for one hour, including scalp. Some people use it on wet hair, but I find that dry hair will soak it in more effectively. I washed it out in the shower and shampooed it twice to make sure it wouldn't leave a greasy residue.
- The effect: Once my hair started to air-dry after the shower.... man. I've never felt my hair so silky and soft. It was frizz-less; my natural wavy curls looked so healthy and my ends didn't look so horribly fried. I was stunned. I now do this once a week as a hydrating treatment for my hair. It's also good as a leave-in conditioner on wet hair, if used sparingly; it really leaves your hair smooth when you blow-dry it or straighten it. No other synthetic hair crap compares.
ECZEMA: After I used this oil for my hair and saw what it did, I tried it on my body. I slathered it on and massaged it into my skin. Obviously I used my hands, and at the time, I was having a breakout of dyshidrotic eczema all over my hands and feet. The breakouts happen once or twice a year from stress, dryness, or weather change. Dyshidrotic eczema are clusters of little red bumps or blisters that itch and cause tightness in the skin, mostly on hands and feet (though I've had it on my knees and elbows as well). I was not expecting coconut oil to work for my eczema, nor did I buy it for that purpose. I wasn't even concerned with what it would do for my eczema.
- The effect: I woke the next morning without one single trace of my eczema. Not one. It had completely disappeared. After that, I looked online and read many things about how great coconut oil is for many forms of eczema and Keratosis Pilaris. The reason for my eczema must have been serious dryness in my hands; the coconut oil hydrated my hands and left them incredibly soft with no eczema in sight. I use it on my hands and feet every night before bed. I wish my fiance' would let me use it on his dried up crocodile feet!
NAILS: As another unexpected plus from using coconut oil, I've notice that using it on my hands every night has made my nails stronger and healthier looking. I've had dry fingernails my whole life that were very much comparable to corn flakes. They'd start cracking before they even grew past my fingertip. I've always been told to drink more milk, to that which I say "shut up" (not really) because I drink more milk than anyone I know and it's never helped. This has significantly reduced the cracks in my nails. I actually LIKE my nails, now. The oil also softens the cuticles. I massage the oil right into the cuticle, over the nail, and underneath the nail. They've never looked better, but they're still not amazing nails (I'll blame my genes for that).
BODY(Skin): Every once in a while I will use it on my body after a shower or shave. It's deeply hydrating, especially for my thirsty skin. I'm like a sponge. I don't use it often only because it takes a while for it to soak in completely; it doesn't really "dry" - so I have to wait before I put on clothes or go to bed. It strangely hasn't done wonders for my body like it has my hands, face, and hair, but it does make my skin softer after each use.
FACE: As I previously mentioned, I have acne prone skin. It took a lot of thought before I actually decided to put this on my face. The idea of an oily, greased-up face made me cringe and I thought "this is gonna make me break out and clog my pores like no other". I tried it anyway because I'm desperate when it comes to my face. I've been suffering a lot of breakouts, pimples, and cystic acne for the past couple of months, right after my face was finally ALMOST clear (I was so damn close!). I exfoliate and cleanse before I apply this to my face on a nightly basis.
-The effect: holy sh*t. My redness and acne was GONE. It did the polar opposite of what I thought it would do. It nearly cleared my face up overnight, except a few cystic bumps that were greatly reduced in size. Not only my acne, but my face looked so fresh, plumped, and smooth when I woke up. I've used expensive night creams, and coconut oil tops them. It's unbelievable. I use coconut oil religiously. I put it on my lips and eyelashes and it helps them as well.
WHAT IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR?
Dry skin, hands, feet, hair, eyelashes, and lips. It is a wonderful overnight treatment for hydrating the face, reducing wrinkles, strengthening nails, and aiding the treatment of eczema. The reason it's so effective is it's antimicrobiaI properties. It's the ultimate be
I've used coconut oil for about 5 years now and use it for just about everything. I started off using it just for my hair, which was dry and damaged from all the dyes/chemical straightening/hot tools etc...that I used on it. Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair - I regularly massage it on my head to get rid of dandruff and dry scalp. I used to have a lot of dandruff, to the point that if I ran my hand through my hair a whole bunch of flakes would come out (so disgusting, I know) but I no longer have that problem because coconut oil not only hydrates my dry scalp, it helps treat fungal conditons (such as dandruff) as well.
I also use it as a conditioner and deep treatment. I wash my hair once a week and whilst my hair is still damp in the shower (towel dried) I apply a bit of coconut oil throughout the mid-lengths and ends of my hair. Once I've finished washing/shaving/exfoliating...I rinse it out and dry as normal. It helps tame the frizzies and flyaways, and overtime has made my hair a lot healthier and stronger. I use it as a proper deep treatment once a month as it provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair - I mix melted coconut oil in a bowl with sesame oil, smooth the mixture all over my hair and put a warm towel on my head (turban style) for 3 hours or so whilst I watch a movie. I then rinse with shampoo and regular conditioner. My hair looks more shiny and is a lot easier to style afterwards. It doesn't go all poofy and nasty like it did before, I used to resemble a shaggy baboon but now my hair is frizz free, soft and managable. Occasionally I use it as a serum after flat ironing my hair - only a tiny tiny amount is needed, and I just smooth it on the ends. Makes them feel so smooth and look glossy!
This may sound strange, but I also use it as a relaxing balm. I'm always stressed out because of work and family etc...and often suffer from migraines, so sometimes I just lay down in a dark room and massage coconut oil into my forehead/temples for 10 minutes or so. It really helps calm me down and the massaging action helps soothe my migraines for a while until my medication kicks in.
As for skincare, coconut oil is the best body moisturiser ever! I have dry skin on my body and most body lotions moisturising effects are only short lived. Coconut oil keeps my skin hydrated for days and days on end....it's amazing. My skin feels baby soft and plumped up. It's also good if you have anything like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. I had a nasty patch of eczema behind my knees and tried endless prescriptions from my doctors that didn't work...coconut oil got rid of the eczema within 3 days.
Coconut oil has also done wonders for my health. I used to weigh 196 lbs but decided to get healthy and in shape 1.5 years ago after someone I knew died from weight-related problems. Anyway, I replaced all my old cooking oils (sunflower/sesame/olive) with coconut oil and I truly do think it helped aid my weightloss (I am now 123 lbs). Obviously it's not all down to coconut oil as I followed a low carb low fat diet, but coconut oil in no way hurt. My doctor told me coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight because of the short and medium chain fatty acids, not to mention it helps aid the digestion process and keep the thyroid system functioning healthily. I read somewhere it helps boost metabolism (can't say if that's accurate or not as I'm not a scientist) too...makes sense, seeing as countries that have coconut oil as a staple in their diets don't seem to have high rates of overweight or obese people. Anyway, it doesn't hurt to try incorporating coconut oil into your diet, so I'd suggest people should give it a go!
I've tried using this as a makeup remover but it didn't work out - it broke me out in cystic pimples because I could not get rid of the residue left on my face. But it does work really well as an eye makeup remover; doesn't sting my ridiculously sensitive eyes and removes my mascara/eyeliner/eyeshadow quickly. I use if for my nails aswell - I've always had a hard time growing my nails long because they break off, but coconut oil makes them a lot harder and stronger so they grow better.
I always make sure to buy extra virgin olive oil. I get a huge tub for about £9 that lasts me around a year or so. I have tried refined coconut oil but it did nothing for me, so I highly recommend the extra virgin. Sorry for the long review, but I hope it helped some of you. Good luck trying it!
Virgin coconut oil - Brand Tropical traditions. and coconut milk or cream - highest fat content is the best.
I hail from South most part of India, so am not new to coconut oil. Literally used tons of oil on hair when i was younbg which am sure, along with my mom's genes, has given me lustrous thick black hair. Being a south Indian there is always cooking with coconut oil and sesame oil. After coming to America more than a decade back, i completely changed my routine which includes the intake of oils too..i have tried so many oils olive, jojoba, grapeseed, safflower,,walnut, this and that and all fancy ones, finally i am stuck with coconut oil again! Its an irony i learnt it after spending so much on best organic oils. Anyway, for the record i find tropical traditions brand (way too costly but so worth it) the best of all the coconut oils have tried.
I have written reviews on safflower oil too which i love. The reason why am emphasizing coconut oil is i dont want to spend so much money on too many stuff. Always nice to have one product do several things for us right?
Coconut oil uses for me:
1. skin cleanser incl face - absolutely great - OCM (please see my review on it). For me OCM has been tricky as i get tempted to change oils so fast (instant gratification to good skin :-(...now am sticking with coconut oil and it seems to do good.
2. Skin moisturizer other than face - wonderful. I dont like the oiliness feeling on face, which is one reason i hate sunscreens but well its a necessary evil.
3.Skin scrub - combine with sugar or salt or cinnamon and vanilla, delicious!
4. Most importantly i started using this for my hormonal problems and so far it has helped a lot, i dont believe in alternative therapies so much based on reviews scattered across internet but now i can see the difference. - Thyroid/PMS related issues.
5. Hair preshampoo treatment!
6. Coconut milk (full fat) can also be used as preshampoo see the difference inyour hair.
7. I take 3 tbsp of coconut oil ( oh my! Please dont try all the amount at once!!!) daily internally and i have stopped slathering moisturizer on my body..this is a breakthrough in my entire life..i have always had dry dry dry skin which could bleed.
8. Had to add this now: I give for my dogs, along with safflower oil (totalling 1 tsp per day) resulting in their skin and coat being fantastic!
Now for the caution: when you are using oils, there are high chances of purging, breaking out. I dont care if a product is non-como or como, i personally beleive that our environment, usage of other products, stress and internal health can show on our skin. A couple of months backs, I broke out so badly on my neck chin area. I started using coconut oil then, i got so mad at the oil. Stopped it but still had breakouts all of a sudden. I had put on nearly 10 lbs of weight combined with lack of energy and general malaise. I had to find out this mystery. I am 37 and oh well here it goes - i had hormonal imbalance.(hormone level testing can be req. to your primary care). The traditional docs do not give meds for borderline thyroid though i should warn you the symptoms whether it is borderline or not is severe. one of the symptoms contradictory is acne but EXTREMELY ashy dry skin (alligator kind)..internal lubrication was lacking.
Ladies PLEASE before blaming or buying any new product - try to see what is internally going on. It can save you money and misery - this is from my sheer experience.
In short, coconut oil has given me all good things. I have lost a little weight (I am not going to lie that i lost 10 lbs in 10 days) and most of all when taken internally acne all disappeared and the symptoms are no where...hmm is it something.,
Thanks for your patience, i really wanted to share this info as it might help someone out there.
OK, Since no one else has mentioned it..... Coconut oil is the absolute best PERSONAL LUBRICANT. I keep the big jar in the back of the fridge and scoop a little out and put it into a small cleaned jar and keep it on the nightstand. Works great for massage because it is absorbed - but lasts long enough to have a nice massage and does not leave a greasy mess on the sheets.
As a lubricant it is fabulous! Not sticky and does not need to be reapplied - it lasts! And it has no funny odor and only a very slight coco nutty flavor. Warm it slightly on your hand first or first contact can be a little cool. Swiping rather than digging in the jar works best. Just be careful because a tiny little bit goes a long way. You don't want too much or it reduces friction too much.
I have a tiny little glass jar that holds about an ounce that I use. I fill it half way and then microwave it just to let it melt into a solid piece in the jar. Then I throw it INTO my Kleenex box. Everything is right there.
Forget all the so called products with preservatives and fragrance, etc. This is the BEST !!
I call coconut oil a healing panacea. It's amazing what it's done for me so far & I've only been using it for a short time (about 2 wks).
I use organic unrefined virgin coconut oil from local healthfood stores. So far I've tried Nutiva brand but I like La Tourangelle brand much better. Nutiva feels greasier & takes much longer to absorb. It also has a stronger coconut scent, which smells great, but for me lingering smells become annoying. La Tourangelle absorbs into my skin way more quickly like a cream & feels divinely soft. I don't know why the difference.
Coconut oil on my face has transformed my hyper-oily, irritable, ruddy, acne-prone skin into normal, glowing, soft skin. Now that my pores have a break from putting out so much sebum, they actually look smaller. My complexion is clear & smooth & it doesn't break out. I haven't had fresh problem-free skin like this since before puberty (I'm 37 now). Frankly, it's really remarkable how adding healthy oil on top of oily skin causes it to normalize its oil production. My face is no longer oily & it's also not dry. I spent a small fortune on tons of skincare products over the years trying to control the oil. Now all it takes is a $5 jar from the healthfood store that will likey last a year if not more.
My skincare is now pared down to 4 products: organic foaming cleanser, an anti-aging serum, a little coconut oil, & a strong glycolic acid cream or lotion (exfoliation is still required).
I also use coconut oil on my feet at night before bed (sometimes covered with socks, but not always) & all over my body after showering & shaving. In the morning my legs & arms feel moisturized & baby soft.
For haircare, I apply coconut oil to dry hair under a shower cap for 1-2 hrs before showering. My hair is bleach highlighted & chemical-processed, but the coconut oil has strengthened my compromised hair & softened all the crunch out of it. I do this oil pre-treatment only once a week because the softening effects are durable & longterm through multiple showers. My hair feels like healthy virgin hair that's never been damaged. Again, I've spend small fortunes on haircare products to repair chemical-damaged hair, including $100 on Pureology Nanoworks shampoo&conditioner. And none of them worked like this.
I discovered coconut oil to begin with because I burned out & got sick, so I use the oil in my diet for internal nutrition. The lauric acid in it is anti-microbial, the caprylic acid in it kills fungus (like yeast overgrowth), & the medium chain fatty acids it contains provide energy & promote fat loss. I read books about all the kinds of ways this stuff feeds & protects the body's cells.
The only single ONE regret I have about coconut oil is that I didn't learn about it sooner. This product could have enhanced so many years of my life. Now I'm doing coconut-everything - soaps, cleansers, lipbalm, coconut milk, & coconut flour (I'm currently eating low-carb). I'm happy to at least know about it now rather than never. Just a short time using this oil has produced an amazing WOW. It promotes health & helps the body heal itself inside & out.
well I can't give you as much information as the people below, but I love this stuff. I was recently looking for some lotion that give my skin a healthy glow that isn't greasy, too shiney, etc. and coconut oil is it!! I was in Trinidad for carnival, so i got tanned really bad, so I needed something to help out my skin. So I got a bottle for about USD$1. And now i use it all over, for my skin and my hair and my scalp! super product, I also have a tub from spectrum, but really guys, go to an indian market or a west indian (caribbean) market, and you will be able to get it cheaper than at whole foods or trader joe's.
I stole this from http://www.longhaircareforum.com (I'm a lurker, lol):
This article was taken from the government site: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
1: J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92. Links
Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.
* Rele AS,
* Mohile RB.
Research and Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India.
Previously published results showed that both in vitro and in vivo coconut oil (CNO) treatments prevented combing damage of various hair types. Using the same methodology, an attempt was made to study the properties of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair. Mineral oil (MO) was selected because it is extensively used in hair oil formulations in India, because it is non-greasy in nature, and because it is cheaper than vegetable oils like coconut and sunflower oils. The study was extended to sunflower oil (SFO) because it is the second most utilized base oil in the hair oil industry on account of its non-freezing property and its odorlessness at ambient temperature. As the aim was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using the above oils, the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the Taguchi Design of Experimentation was used. The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils.
Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.
Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss. continued >>
If there was a word that was greater than 'love' I would use it to describe this product. I have NO need for conditioner since using this product and I have curly AA hair for reference. Unlike most conditioners which only have transitory surface effects, coconut oil's molecular structure allows it to penetrate the hair shaft providing optimal hydration and damage repair. Its also great because it contains both fatty acids and proteins which my hair loves. I simply apply a spoonful or less to damp hair focusing on the ends as a pre-shampoo treatment and leave it in for an hour-overnight. 2 washes with shampoo under tolerably hot water is all I need to get it all out. The result is well defined conditioned curls with hell-a-bounce! Extravagant results with little effort and a simple ingredient. I also use this as a night cream (burns my skin in the sun) and sometimes an all-over body moisturizer fresh out of the shower on slightly damp skin to seal in moisture. It is absorbent leaving skin with a non greasy silky feel that RADIATES. Coconut oil is truly a light non oily oil if that makes sense. Btw I use Nutiva EVCO- full bodied aroma and taste. Yes I cook with it as well. Contrary to popular belief coconut oil is highly beneficial for consumption and it boosts the metabolism and makes everything taste delicious and is a healthy way to fry because it can withstand high temps and will not oxidize and form unhealthy fats, plus the oil can be re-used with all of its abundant properties intact. It's great when used in place of butter be it for breakfast or baking etc. HTH! ENJOY!
**Update 04/05/09** As you know EVCO has anti-viral/ bacterial growth inhibiting properties. So, I recently contracted conjunctivitis (pink eye) and I applied a fingernails amount into my tearduct and rolled my eye around (it stung slightly).reapplied no more than 2 times during the day. Needless to say, the same day I contracted it-was the same day it was cured-and it didnt reoccur. This has also worked for breakouts. Trust me coconut oil can be so powerful you can even use it as deodorant (I tried it and worked out while at it; it doesnt block sweat-a natural bodily process, but it does stop the FUNK!) the only reason why I dont use it for this anymore is because of the oily pits issue staining clothes. who wants that?lol.
EDITED: I've been using it for 2 months now and LOVE it. My hair looks amazing. My skin glows like a celebrity with photoshop. My feet no longer need loofah scrubbing. You are nuts not to try it.
FOR HAIR: I have lots of fine, dry wavy/curly hair that needs moisture and gentle handling. I use VCO as an overnight treatment on dry hair (wet strands prevent the oil from saturation - I read that somewhere in some highly technical article), using a couple drops and really smoothing it into ends and working it into mid-shaft. I found that 2 shampoos can still leave the ends feeling and looking a bit greasy, so I compensate with Oscar Blandi's dry shampoo (not the spray). One teeny, tiny so-little-you-almost-can't-see-it drop is perfect for taming flyaways and smoothing ends after styling. I've been using VCO on my hair for a month and see a substantial difference - hair is shiny, smooth, incredibly soft, less breakage when combing, almost frizz-free, dullness is gone and overall, hair is easier to manage.
FACE: I have normal skin. I get a breakout every now and then but nothing major and I'm game to try anything. I stopped using jojoba oil a a pre cleanser and started using VCO instead. I found VCO works better - I use it as an eye makeup remover and honest to God, I think my lashes are growing. Neat. Then I started using it as a moisturizer. I thought I was tricking myself into seeing the VCO glow others mentioned, but my son looked at me the other morning when I was getting ready for work and said, "you look really pretty." I had nothing on my skin but VCO, and was actually waiting for it to finish absorbing before using a primer. Awesome. The glow is unreal - it does exactly what I wanted Laura Mercier's illuminating tinted moisturizer to do - reflect light, minimizes imperfections, even out skin tone, etc. The VCO makes me want to go bare faced and I am a foundation addict. I actually skipped liquid foundation twice this week and felt really good about it. I haven't had any breakouts, and I've noticed my blackheads are shrinking. I'm not doing the heat/steam/VCO thing, just using it as a precleanse, then with a drop mixed into my facial cleanser, and then as a moisturizer. Last night I decided to see if jojoba oil had the same effect. Nope. No glow and in fact, I had to add more because it didn't have the same moisturizing effects as VCO. I stopped using anything else on my face - no more Caudalie, no eye creams, no serums, no more crap! The department stores are probably suffering a decline since I started using this, I was always searching for the next big thing in skin care.
BODY: I've been rubbing myself down with VCO after every shower, and then got lazy the last couple days. My skin still feels amazing and moisturized. My skin feels silky-baby-soft and the keratosis pilaris on the backs of my arms are gone.
My son also has keratosis pilaris and his skin was looking great with just a couple applications but he actually doesn't like the smell of VCO so he runs when he sees me coming with the jar. I'll have to bribe him.
My husband has feet that are incredibly dry ... he's tried OTC remedies and scrips from our Dr but nothing has worked permanently. Now I give him a little foot rub each evening and the difference is amazing. He's concerned it's a temporary fix but I remind him it's safer than anything else he's used and if he has to have a foot rub at night, what's the big deal?
DOG: Our dog has skin issues. I've tried everything on him, and nothing had worked. He scratches himself raw and now I rub him down with VCO and I can see his coat growing in and the scratching has scaled back.
CAT: Our cat doesn't have any issues, but she likes to eat VCO so I give her a little dab to snack on and rub the rest into her coat.
I haven't tried it for teeth whitening yet, but that's next on my list. I've been reading about oil pulling and I'm a little freaked about swishing VCO in my mouth for 5 minutes nightly, but it's worth a shot. I drink coffee and diet soda and smoke, and hate shelling out $100+ for whitening treatments, so VCO seems like a great alternative. I paid $10.99 for my jar in the organic section of my grocery store, and it's worth every penny.
my mom used to put coconut oil on my hair when i was younger and my hair was always soft and shiney. i didnt need any expensive shampoos or conditioners at all. last year i started using VCO, but this time not only on my hair, but my body, hand, feet, and face!i have oily, acne prone skin and it did not break me out nor clog my pores. i stopped using it and started using DHC deep cleansing oil which broke me out HORRIBLY!!! my pimples had just cleared up recently and i want to use coconut oil again...i've just started using on my face last night...and tonight...my skin is still alright..(after breaking out from olive oil i freaked out completely thinking all kinds of oil in this world will break me out. but coconut oil didnt break me out earlier so i'll give it a try...AGAIN). i'll see how it goes within a week and i'll update my progress. UPDATE:Been using this on my skin for 3 nights now, no break out, no clogged pores. actually my skin looked a bit like its glowing:)will update on how it goes in a week. UPDATE(04/09/07):its been a week now and wow..i cant believe how much my skin is clearing up!it didnt give me new clog pores, but it kind of detoxed my face because 2-3 of the old clog pores were actually unclogging:) tiny pimples around my nose were clearing up, and so are little rash-like pimples(i dont know what that is called) around my cheek bones are 80% GONE!my skin is so smooth now!UPDATE:(04/19/07) it had been 17 days since i first used coconut oil. my skin is now 90% perfect. 10% more to go!