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Does Coconut Oil make the skin dark? {Your Opinion}


So, I was discussing this matter a few days back with my colleagues. One of the girls said that coconut oil makes the skin dark!! I was quite surprised because a long time back some body had said that besan (chickpea flour) also turns the skin dark!

I was pretty sure that this statement was equally a myth. But, then, I decided to google a bit on it. I did not really find any thing useful!! It just says that coconut oil is amazing for hair and skin and all. I have been using coconut oil for like, a month, now.

I mainly use coconut oil to remove the sunscreen from my face, neck and arms. I haven't noted any discoloration or pigmentation recently. In fact, my skin has become more plump and more hydrated and my skin has started to glow. 

When I had dry patches, I had hoped that coconut oil would be able to make it fine but that was something I could not achieve but then it was the product which was making the skin dry. Anyways, what do you think?

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44 comments:

  1. There was a time when I used virgin coconut oil daily to remove my makeup. It didn't make my skin dark though.

    But I can imagine how someone might think it can darken the skin. If they use it as a moisturizer during the daytime and forget to use sunblock... :D

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    1. yup, true, Rae and that reminds me I totally forgot about writing about application in day time and usage of sunscreen!!!

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  2. I have heard tat too from my own sister! No idea if tats true thou.I use coconut oil when my skin gets very dry.

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    1. yup, it helps with dry skin a lot because of its chemical composition!!!

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  3. No, I really doubt that. My mom's very fair and her grandma too and they've all been dunking coconut oil on themselves since they were kids, my aunt too...So it cannot make you dark, especially the pure kinds.

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    1. hey Coral, yup, that's what....the whole problem arises when someone goes out after using it as a moisturizer.

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    2. oh ok!! now I get it. that makes a lot of sense.

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  4. I think if someone applies it & goes out in the sun maybe it makes one tan more, or maybe because of the oily texture it makes the skin "appear" dark coz the skin reflects light differently with oil on it..

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    1. yup, true Tanveer...totally forgot to write about the day time usage part...your comment reminded me of that...thanks a lot :)

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    2. I used to use coconut oil just around my mouth for a few years because that's where I always used to get dry and now my skin is dark Just around the mouth....what do you think about that?

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  5. i have heard that virgin coconut oil actually helps to heal scars.. and remove any scar marks.

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    1. yup, it does!! in fact coconut oil is damn good for skin.

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  6. dnt think coconut oil..but ya that dabur laal tel..did make my sisters kids look dark and tanned wen she used dat for massage..

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    1. oh is it??? may be its because of some ingredients which coat the body???

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  7. No. I love coconut oil and I reach for it when nothing works on my skin. Coconut oil is also believed to be diminish the blemishes and has cooling effect. My dadi and nani sore by this oil when anyone got burnt.

    Also, besan/gram flour doesn't have darkening affect rather this is a natural bleach. However, when besan is mixed with Malai/cream, or if you cream alone it does darken the skin tone. It really does!!

    The best combination for getting rid of blesmishes and tanning is curd+besan+coconut oil = amazing ubtan/paste.

    Let me know what you think!

    <3

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    1. oh is it??? i didn't know that cream darkens the skin!! wow...would try the ubtan you mentioned :)

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  8. i've never heard this before..
    and besan doesn't darken the skin. for some 15+yrs i used to use only besan to wash my face & i remember those being the best days for my skin.

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    1. yup using them helps the skin so much na!! donno why people have weird notions!!

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  9. i dont know about the darkening effect...but i use it as a body lotion right after bath. it leaves my dry skin very soft n supple . my doctor told me that coconut oil is great exfoliator

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    1. yup, me too :) and, as a bonus, it acts as an anti-aging treatment as well :D yup all oils are exfoliators in fact. have you heard of oil cleansing method: http://www.perfectskincareforyou.com/2009/12/oil-cleansing.html

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  10. coconut oil is used by our ancestors years n years,its natural,highly affordale n use of cocnut oilin any form is not harmful to the skin,its amazing as a body lotion too

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  11. Please i really want to know if coconut oil would be great and not too harsh on chilren's skin.Also does it brigten skin wen used? Thanx.

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    1. no its not harsh on children's skin but whether it brightens the skin or not is not actually proved but it makes the skin texture better and glowing.

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  12. so good to see you comment on my comment!!!!!! you got great blog .keep it up. i use parachute oil.which one do you use? i have checked the oil cleansing method.planning to try this weekend`looks kind of elaborate....

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    1. i use coconut oil from patanjali...yes, it is a little elaborate but it is amazing on regular use!! hope it works for you. and, lemme know how you like it??? :)

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    2. i use coconut oil from patanjali...yes, it is a little elaborate but it is amazing on regular use!! hope it works for you. and, lemme know how you like it??? :)

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  13. hey swati guess what ... i stumbled across a tip on how to make coconut oil at home while browsing the net! planning to prepare it at home!!!! check out on e how site..... there is you tube video also :)
    me still to use the oil cleaning method :( will do so asap

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    1. thanks for the update :) I shall definitely try to give it a try :) and, do tell me if you use how the ocm went for you :)

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  14. i love d glow it ve on my skin wen i use cocoanut oil, i wish i started earlier

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    1. wow..great! how do you exactly use coconut oil...just as a moisturizer???

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  15. when to apply coconut oil on face??? During day time or during night time???

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    1. any time is fine but if you are going out in sun, i would suggest at night only.

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    2. Thankz for ur reply..... :)

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  16. I m also suffering dark skin problem aroun my mouth, specialy on my chin... can u suggest any home remedy for this???

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    1. its basically some vitamin deficiency. apply potato juice or tomato juice on the dark skin everyday after cleansing your face, let it dry and wash off. moisturize. it should help. also, use sunscreen in the day!!

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  17. Hate to disappoint anyone on here, but I've been using it for just three weeks and YES it has turned my skin noticeably darker. In the way it would usually go dark in the summer (it's the middle of winter here in Britain and there's no sun). Hence why I'm on google googling it and why I came across this thread. Don't know why this is. But I'm about to find out...

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  18. I do find that my skin gets darker after the use of coconut oil for some reason

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  19. I forgot to mention that the one that I use is organic extra virgin coconut oil. I don't know if that makes any difference, but my skin does get darker and it's not the sun that causes it.

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  20. I made mine myself though I just started. Using it so I cnt tel bt I hope it doesn't get me dark.

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  21. About tomatoes,do I have to blend it to use on my face?

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  22. I made mine myself though I just started. Using it so I cnt tel bt I hope it doesn't get me dark.

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