Yes, coconut oil has a plethora of benefits, but that doesn’t mean it will act as a wonder oil for anything and everything. There are certain situations where you should not use coconut oil. We have listed down all of them for you.
For oil pulling: The ancient Ayurvedic principle of oil pulling that involves swishing oil in your mouth is said to promote good dental hygiene. But a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry says oil pulling did not provide any additional benefit in reducing the bacterial colonisation .
As a sunscreen: It is true that coconut oil has some UV rays protective effects but according to dermatologist Dr Sejal Shah you should never use it in place of your traditional sunscreen. It has an SPF of around 8, and you should always use a broad-spectrum sunblock with at least SPF 30.
In the shower: Coconut oil might be soothing to the skin, but it can turn extremely greasy if you use it in the shower. Plus, you have high chances of slipping if the oil falls in the tub. You want to avoid an injury, don't you?
Unrefined coconut oil for frying: Unrefined coconut oil has a lower smoke point of 177°C so it should never be used for deep frying. Refined coconut oil has a high smoking point of 232°C and is best suited for frying at high temperatures, says nutritionist Urvashi Sawhney.
On open wounds: According to Dr Sejal Shah using coconut oil on open wounds and burns can cause irritability and redness. So make sure you use the oil once the wound starts to heal for quicker healing and prevention of any scars.