If there was an award for fad of the year, coconut oil would definitely win. Health experts and the wellness industry were all abuzz with the many benefits of coconut oil and they offered endless tips on how to utilize it for everything from your hair to cooking and of course, your skin. I have even seen articles claiming that coconut oil cures acne! Unfortunately, telling an acne sufferer to put coconut oil on their skin is like advising a diabetic to eat copious amounts of watermelon because fruit is healthy. It just doesn’t work like that. Acne sufferers, like diabetics, have a genetic condition that makes their bodies react differently to certain things, even if this thing is healthy. Just like the sugar in a watermelon could mean bad news for a diabetic (even though watermelon is “healthy”), the small molecular structure of coconut oil and the fact that it is well, oil, usually means very bad news for an acne sufferer. The fatty oil produced by our skin, sebum, is largely responsible for clogging pores and creating acne so it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out what adding another fatty oily substance like coconut oil would do to acneic skin. Not to mention that the small molecular structure of coconut oil allows it to slip easily into our pores. Acne sufferers come into my clinic with the worst breakouts they have ever had due to using products with coconut oil in them. If you are suffering from acne, rid your skincare regimen of coconut oil and comedogenic ingredients and contact Acqua e Sapone to get in touch with a skincare professional who will develop a treatment program proven to clear acne.