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Old 09-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever had a problematic reaction to coconut oil?

Yesterday I purchased Nutiva coconut oil from whole Foods and added 1tsp to the curried beef soup I ate for dinner last night. I also rubbed some on my lips and on my hands. This morning I had another teaspoon to my coffee. Later in the morning I noticed the skin on my face was quite red and felt tight and rather dry. It feels almost like a sunburn. I wasn't in the sun yesterday and I can't identify anything different or new in my environment or diet other than the coconut oil. I plan to not use it again until this dermatological problem recedes but meanwhile I'm curious about whether anyone else may have experienced a similar issue.
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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are you sure its from the coconut oil? have you changed anything else in your diet and or skin regimen?
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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It is definitely coconut oil...Nutiva organic extra virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined. I haven't changed anything else in diet or skin regimen that I can think of. Fortunately the discomfort seems to have lessened a little at this point although my skin is still quite pink. If I focused on the silver lining I might say I have a healthy glow. I guess I'll refrain from ingesting more until Monday and if my face is back to normal by then I may try 1/2 tsp and see what happens.
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I can't eat CO. It makes me very anxious feeling. I do use it on my skin with no problems though.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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Coconut oil can cause a Herx if you have Lyme or probably upset Candida. It is antimicrobial and can cause die off.
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Did you have any internal allergic reaction (swollen tongue or throat, hives, etc) or just from the external application?
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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Yes! I tried putting coconut oil on my face. Within 30 minutes my skin felt hot and went red like sunburn . It faded the next day. However , when I eat coconut oil, I fell fine and have no symptons of a reaction.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:35 AM   #8
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Girlieschmoo, I'm assuming the reaction is internal and related to the CO I ingested. I suppose it is something like hives, although it doesn't itch. My face is red, tight feeling, and I have a burning sensation on the face. I never applied the CO topically to my face although I did rub it into my hands and lips.
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Thank you Muffles. My reaction seems exactly like the one you describe although I never rubbed the oil on my face. I am still experiencing the effects but hope they will diminish in a reasonable amount of time.

And thank you nspeesracer. I had never before heard of Herx but your comment led
me to do some reading which reassured me. Apparently I'm not alone in having a sensitivity to CO.
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:37 PM   #10
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Lola,

Coconut oil gives me not only upset stomach, but also rashes when I apply it topically. And it's not the alleged candida die-off, either. It comes to me in the form of hives which take a while to disappear. I now stay away from it completely.

I used to use it liberally as a moisturizer and one day I guess my body rebelled and I started getting the rashes. If you google "rash from coconut oil" you will see that allergic skin reactions to CO are not as rare as we think.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #11
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Thank you Eliza

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Lola,

Coconut oil gives me not only upset stomach, but also rashes when I apply it topically. And it's not the alleged candida die-off, either. It comes to me in the form of hives which take a while to disappear. I now stay away from it completely.

I used to use it liberally as a moisturizer and one day I guess my body rebelled and I started getting the rashes. If you google "rash from coconut oil" you will see that allergic skin reactions to CO are not as rare as we think.
I appreciate this info. My 'sunburn' lasted almost a week and somewhat unnerved me. More recently I've begun to re-introduce CO into my diet but I've done it very cautiously, adding less than 1/4 tsp to other fats when sautéing
meats for soup. So far no ill effects from that. I'm afraid to apply it topically though and your experience seems to validate my fear. Thanks for responding.
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I appreciate this info. My 'sunburn' lasted almost a week and somewhat unnerved me. More recently I've begun to re-introduce CO into my diet but I've done it very cautiously, adding less than 1/4 tsp to other fats when sautéing
meats for soup. So far no ill effects from that. I'm afraid to apply it topically though and your experience seems to validate my fear. Thanks for responding.
I would watch taking it internally as well and any skin reactions from that. I recently, without paying attention, ate something that had CO in it and got me a nice set of hives all over again. For me personally both topical application and ingestion of CO cause problems.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:25 PM   #13
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I would watch taking it internally as well and any skin reactions from that. I recently, without paying attention, ate something that had CO in it and got me a nice set of hives all over again. For me personally both topical application and ingestion of CO cause problems.
Thanks for the heads up, Eliza.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #14
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Coconut oil has never bothered my skin but I have heard some people say that it gives them terrible breakouts.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:24 PM   #15
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Other than hitting my gag reflex, no.

That is weird though considering Nutiva is supposed to be one of the best brands.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:45 PM   #16
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Please...Please...Caution!!!

If you have any sort of reaction, possibly resembling an allergic reaction, DO NOT continue to use the product that caused the reaction in the first place. A mild reaction this time does not guarantee that the next reaction will be mild. If in doubt, speak to your physician...but in the meantime, please don't use the coconut oil, or anything else that elicits a reaction.
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