These days, coconut oil seems to be the solution to every problem, whether it's something with your skin, your diet, or even fighting off an infection. The trendy food can definitely be useful, but there are also times when you should never use coconut oil, not only because it won't work, but because it could potentially be unsafe. It may be in the spotlight right now as the ultimate it-food, but you should still proceed with caution before you use it for anything and everything under the sun.
"The most important thing to understand is that not all coconut oil is good — you need to make sure that when you are shopping around, to buy the organic virgin coconut oil," says Dr. Jill Waibel, owner of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, over email. "This is the natural oil, without it being refined or hydrogenated and containing GMOs. If the coconut oil that you purchase contains an abundance of sugar, this will cause clogged pores and potentially unwanted acne breakouts."
So how do you when it's okay to turn to coconut oil as your saving grace? Watch out for these eight times you should never use coconut oil, and try some other alternatives instead.