Is Coconut Oil Good For The Skin?


Coconut oil has received mixed reports over the years, with misrepresentation and confusion surrounding its health and nutrition profile. At one point the media claimed that it was incredible for you, and the next minute it was an unhealthy choice. This may be due to several factors. Let’s explore these, in order to decipher whether coconut oil is a good choice for the skin.

Consuming Coconut Oil

When we talk about coconut oil (or any ingredient) being good or bad for the skin, this could mean one of two things. First is the topical application, putting a substance directly on the skin. The second is consumption through dietary means, as we know that our diet impacts our skin’s health. Let’s talk about consumption first.

Coconut oil, which is derived from the fleshy white component of the coconut fruit, contains high amounts of fatty acids, which do carry many benefits. However, coconut oil is also classified as a saturated fat. Research tells us that high amounts of saturated fats are linked with LDL (bad) cholesterol, and therefore also linked with heart disease. So there are pros and cons to consuming coconut oil, which may be the reason behind the great coconut oil debate. The ‘everything in moderation’ rule applies here, in order to obtain the positive fatty acids that assist with skin function, brightness, smoothness and texture, while avoiding over-consumption for the sake of our heart health. Global authorities on heart health recommend no more than 6% of daily calorie intake should be obtained from saturated fats - this equates to around just one teaspoon of coconut oil. 

Essential Fatty Acids

Coconut oil contains multiple beneficial fatty acids, including linoleic, stearic, myristic, and lauric acid. Lauric acid is noted to be particularly antibacterial, which is why it is frequently used commercially in soap products. For this reason, it may also be ideal for use by those with problematic or acne-prone skins. Essential fatty acids are also necessary to maintain the skin’s barrier function and moisture levels.


We know that antioxidants stave off ageing by neutralising free radicals, which damage proteins like collagen. Coconut oil also contains antioxidants including tocopherols, flavenoids, and phenols.

Applying Coconut Oil Topically

With its associated negative impacts on heart health, coconut oil may best benefit the skin by applying it topically. However, it has been noted as a comedogenic, so it may be best to apply to the skin in areas which are not already prone to blackheads. Products containing coconut oil, or pure cold pressed coconut, could serve as an excellent pre-cleanse makeup remover, a wash-off face mask to boost moisture and reduce sensitivity, an enriching body oil, or a hair oil to help seal frizz and split ends.

Mukti Organics products that contain coconut oil:

Still have questions? We offer complimentary consultations with qualified skin experts to help you discover which products and ingredients are right for you. More info here.

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Great information! Thankyou. Loving your products xx

Belle November 22, 2023
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By Mukti

Mukti has been actively involved in the beauty and personal care industry for over two decades. Her varied career has encompassed a common thread focusing on health and wellness. Her aim is to reconnect people to nature, creating health and happiness via toxin-free lifestyles and beauty regimes.