oil cleansing

The Problem with Coconut Oil as a Facial Cleanser; Fort Collins Dermatologist


We love coconut oil! It’s great as a body moisturizer and also for cooking with! However, there’s a recent beauty trend of using coconut oil as a facial cleanser that we would like to debunk.

Although it has many great properties, such as being antimicrobial, full of antioxidants, and is super moisturizing, coconut oil is also comedogenic, which means that it clogs pores. This can cause many problems for your face, like acne and breakouts!

Here’s how some people use coconut oil for oil cleansing. First, they put about a teaspoon of coconut oil in the palm of your hand. Warm the oil up in your hands by rubbing your hands back and forth. Then, gently massage the oil into your face using small, circular strokes for at least one minute. Rinse a washcloth under very warm water, wring out the excess water, and let the cloth sit on your face for thirty seconds. Gently wipe the oil from your face. Repeat the washcloth and wiping steps as needed. Some people also add essential oils like tea tree, lavender, or geranium during this process.

Unfortunately, the science behind using coconut oil as a facial cleanser just does not add up. Comedogenic products are not good for the face, and we do not recommend going that route. Even if you buy the best, most expensive, organic, unprocessed, etc. coconut oil- it is still comedogenic.

Instead, we recommend any of the wonderful natural cleansers from the Lira line that we carry here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado. You’re welcome to chat with us about which of the Lira products is best for you and your skin type. You can also shop them online!