Before you go saying I have got something against coconut oil let me tell you no coconut oil itself isn’t bad rather it’s really good if used in correct way and to understand this better let’s talk about the very composition of coconut oil – The Lauric Acid and what are its properties. 
Lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid with a 12-carbon atom chain, thus having many properties of medium-chain fatty acids.


1. Antibacterial 

It’s no secret that coconut oil is natural antimicrobial antibacterial, yes it’s because of lauric acid. Monolaurin which is exatracted from lauric acid and used to prepare antibacterial creams. 

2. A great cleanser and foaming agent. 

Lauric acid is used production of soaps and cosmetics for this purpose, coconut oil is used to prepare natural surfactants, because of its high content in lauric acid. So next time you think of buying coconut oil soap/shapmoos that claims to be super hydrating because of coconut oil think twice because soap made just from coconut oil will actually leave your skin and hair dry. 

3. Potential medicinal properties.

Lauric acid increases total serum cholesterol more than many other fatty acids, but mostly high-density lipoprotein (HDL) (the “good” blood cholesterol). As a result, lauric acid has been characterized as having “a more favorable effect on total HDL cholesterol than any other fatty acid [examined], either saturated or unsaturated”.

Is Coconut oil Bad for application? 

Have you ever had the experience of your hair getting super dry and severe hairfall? or a dry skin and sever breakouts? and you blaming it on your other hair-skin routines and changing those instead of changing the main culprit here the most famous beauty ingredient COCONUT OIL.


Now I know what you are thinking but but it’s the secret ingredient my grandmother and her mother before that were using and their hair were breathtakingly gorgeous, all long, strong and shiny. I hate to break it down to you but not all hair are same, in the end it all comes down to the porosity and quality of your hair. 
Coconut oil won’t work for every hair type.
Because it helps the hair retain its natural protein, it can be helpful for those who lack enough natural protein in hair follicles.
Typically, those with fine to medium shiny hair will see good results from coconut oil and notice stronger, shinier hair with more volume.
Those with coarse or dry hair may not struggle with low protein at all and coconut oil may lead to more brittle hair and hair loss.
Coconut oil can cause protein build up for these hair types, blocking your hair from much needed moisture which makes your hair even drier, stiffer and less elastic. And less elasticity means more breakage when combing or styling. Therefore, using coconut oil as a hair mask can actually make your hair drier, brittle and more damaged than it was before!

After reading the properties of lauric acid you all now know if you didn’t already that Coconut oil has anti bacterial properties. But if you are going to apply it directly on skin to get rid of acne or to Hydrate your skin do not do it. here is why? 

—It clogs pores which will lead to even more breakouts….

Acne forms when oil and dead skin cells clog up pores and lauric acid does have antibacterial properties and properties to fight acne but coconut oil is not just made of lauric acid, it also has other fatty-acids such as capric, caproic and caprylic medium-chain fatty acids.Better solution would be to buy a cream containing lauric acid combined with retinoic acid. Together, they inhibit the growth of the acne-causing skin bacteria. 

—It’s going to do opposite of hydration. 

why you ask? because lauric acid does not have the property to hydrate rather it has cleansing properties that is why used in making soap or shampoos. In my experience when I suffered from eczema few years back I Googled what would be best for this dry and itchy skin and most common ans was Coconut oil but the application led to even drier skin alas and I decided nope it wasn’t for me. Later after many researches and studies did I know that it’s not meant to be applied on dry skin.It simply doesn’t have the property to hydrate! 

Before you think coconut oil is all bad, nope as I said before it is not if used in correct way and that is to consume it. That’s right, Coconut oil consists almost entirely of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), it is loaded with tons of rich fatty acids and has many beneficial properties for your health. Since hair or skin doesn’t have the ability to digest or metabolize coconut oil like the digestive system does, coconut oil can offer the most benefits when consumed. Coconut oil’s natural health benefits can help improve the rate of hair growth and make your skin glow from the inside out.
Now Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat so stay away from over consumption. While lauric acid has properties to raise HDL (good cholesterol) rather than LDL(bad cholesterol) it’s better to consume it in moderation, I would recommend 1-2 tsp a day and not more. 

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