Olive Oil On Skin Beware!
1. My Skin History and The Olive Oil Test
So my skin has been breaking out for the past 6-8 weeks. How it ended up like that is an interesting story. When I was younger I had a good bit of acne as a teen. Not super bad, but it was noticeable , especially around my T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). As I got older I refined my diet more and more and cut out certain foods. For me the last thing I removed was milk. Once I did this I saw a significant difference in my skin as I had some leftover acne around my cheeks. Milk has a lot of hormones and can be inflammatory.
Anyways fast forward to now and my skin has been clear. Sure I get the occasional bump on my face here and there but it always goes away in a few days and things are back to normal. That’s a part of life. I however had heard about olive oil and how it’s so amazing for your skin and healthy. I cook with olive oil and I use it in certain products like a water based gel and products like that. Olive oil directly on my face however was a new concept but eventually I tried it out.
2. What Happened
At first it was really smooth feeling and it felt shiny. It felt this way for quite a while. Eventually however I started getting bumps here and there. At first they went away quickly, but then they started forming in clusters and wouldn’t go away. My first instinct was that it was caused by a snack I was eating (an almond based rice cracker, quite great actually). I eliminated these as I have had acne from almond butter (also great, but I’m intolerant) in the past, but it didn’t go away. Eventually one side of my face broke out and then the other.
I started to have a hunch about the oil I was using on my face and after doing some research I saw that people who had naturally oily skin (like myself), have issues with olive oil on the skin. It was unusual because after a breakout my skin would usually clear out in a few days but this would sit here for weeks and weeks. I further stopped drinking coconut oil, as I used to cook with it and then I started drinking with it as a source of fat. I found it was making my throat burn and that’s also a bad sign. Coconut is classified as a tree nut while it’s argued to be closer to a fruit. I took it out just for safe keeping.
In a long story short, watch what you put on your skin and just because something is “natural” and “healthy” doesn’t mean that you need to put it on your face or even eat it. I believe with skin less is more and I have had good results with Cetaphil for years. it’s cheap and gets the job done. Now I’ve been avoiding the lotion as I want my skin to get its oil levels back but at least it’s heading back on the right track.
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