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Old 07-04-2013, 05:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by IAgal View Post
i SOOO want to try coconut oil but it breaks me out badly where ever it gets a chance to touch my skin sigh...
no one else ever has this problem? must just be me!grr.
Any small molecule fatty acid can be comedogenic, otherwise if you are using virgin coconut oil it might be 'contaminating' proteins that are causing the issue so a refined oil might be better. Otherwise you could try a different source of lauric acid - babassu oil, palm kernel oil, tucuma butter.

Try cutting sulphate surfactants out of your skincare routine because these are proven to thin and dehydrate the skin at concentrations as low as 1%. Instead use a shower gel that respects the skin's protective acid mantle/ beneficial skin flora (pH 4.5 to 5.5) and perhaps moisturise with a product containing medical grade lanolin.

Also review your diet so that it is as anti inflammatory and nutrient dense as possible (esp. oily fish). You'd be surprised how much you can strengthen your skin's barrier function with lifestyle modification. You need to be patient with this, it may well take a few weeks for product changes and nutrition combined to make a difference.

If the coconut oil doesn't break out your scalp and hands just keep your hair away from your skin. Do EVERYTHING upside down, cover your neck with saran wrap and shoulders with a hairstyling cape, apply the oil to the ends of the hair only and secure, pop on a shower cap, wash out the excess upside down.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics
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