You have to be careful with coconut oil. I love it for most things, but it makes my skin dry and I have oily skin.
If you read online you will see that coconut oil is used as a drying agent in soaps.
I do use Virgin Coconut Oil internally as it is good for many things including Parkinson's and other neurological issues. But I cannot use it as a skin cream.
While I am a fan of coconut oil generally, it has been a horrible experience for my face and, to a lesser extent, my chest.
Long ago I replaced almost all my cooking oils for coconut oil and am glad I did. I have recently begun taking a spoonful in my coffee every morning and am seeing some energy level increase. I love how it makes the skin on my body feel and it is helping with some cystic skin problems I had. But my face? Nightmare!
When I first applied it I was hoping to eliminate a few dry patches (likely exzema) and aid in my determination to not grow old so gracefully (am 52). Within about 24-36 hours my skin began to itch, redden, bubble and thicken. Everything I read said "stay with it - your skin is just eliminating toxins etc. It will all be better soon". Well I stuck with it for 5 days of extreme discomfort and self-isolation. Today I am throwing in the towel, washing it off and going back to my old routines. I wish I had a more positive report but this has been my experience.
I have been using Extra Virgin Coconut oil and when the redness started I began reducing the amount I used and when that didn't work I put lots on (trying to cover all my bases)... sadly, this just didn't work for me.
I have been using coconut oil as a moisturizer for about a year now.
I read on numerous internet sites and blogs about how it was a miracle product for all kinds of skin ailments including acne.
So I started using on my face and body--it has been a great replacement for body lotion, and has mildly improved the keritosis pilaris on my upper arms, but using it on my face was a BIG mistake! I am still suffering from the consequences (pimples all over, including places where I had NEVER had them before). I have since learned that people with small pores, like me, should not use thick natural oils on the face, because the molecules are too large. People with larger pores (darker skin usually) can benefit from it, but it can really clog up people will small pores! Jojoba and tea tree oils are the only oils suitable for my delicate face.
Just want to warn others!