The Topical Coconut Oil Experiment


When I returned from my trip to Ohio in December parts of my face were dry, slightly red and starting to flake. Damn you veggie oils and gluten! I had read about how some people use coconut oil to both moisturize and rejuvenation their skin. Could coconut oil restore my skin? I decided to do an experiment in my own unique way.

Instead of using coconut oil on my entire face, I decided that I wanted a control in the experiment, so I only applied the coconut oil to the right side of my face. I did this for two months. What I discovered was that the coconut oil did an excellent job as a moisturizer, however the dryness and redness healed at equal rates. After 2 months of use I can say that coconut oil provided no additional healing benefit to my skin. The left and right sides healed at equal rates.

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2) – The brand I used.

Without having a control, I may have given credit for my improved skin complexion on the product and not the body’s ability to self heal. My guess is what I discovered may be true for other skin care products and procedures. Run your own experiments and find out for yourself. The worst case scenario is one side gets beautiful while the other remains constant. If that happens, start a “catch up” routine for the ugly side. Problem solved.

I’m ending the one-sided coconut oil experiment. A new skin experiment begins today. That will be the topic of a future post.