Understanding MCT Oil

Acne-prone individuals have long harbored concerns about coconut oil due to its reputed pore-clogging tendencies. At TG, we know these worries and want to explain why they're not universally applicable. A closer look at the science reveals that a specific component of coconut oil, MCT (Medium-Chain Triglycerides) oil, is non-pore-clogging and a powerful ally in fighting acne.

MCT, or Medium-Chain Triglycerides, is a saturated fatty acid in coconut oil. The primary issue with regular coconut oil is its potential to clog pores due to the heavy, long-chain fatty acids it contains. MCT oil, however, is a refined fraction containing only medium-chain fatty acids. This refining process ensures it remains lightweight and non-comedogenic, supported by its chemical structure.

MCT Oil VS. Standard Antibacterial Acne Treatments

If you've used traditional antibacterial treatments for acne, you may have noticed their decreasing effectiveness. The challenge arises from the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains and the disruption of healthy skin bacteria, which is crucial for skin health.

However, natural antimicrobial lipids found in MCT oil offer a promising alternative. Their resilience against bacterial adaptation makes it difficult for acne-causing bacteria to develop resistance. Unlike antibiotics, which harm the skin's natural balance, bacterial cultures can thrive in the presence of antimicrobial lipids like the fatty acids in MCT oil, without developing resistance. This approach aligns with the evolving landscape of acne treatment and instills confidence in those seeking clearer and healthier skin.

Three Classes Of Antibacterial Lipids: Caprylic C8, Capric C10, Lauric C12

MCT oil includes fatty acids like Lauric, Capric, and Caprylic acids, which make it an effective acne-fighting agent. Lauric acid, in particular, is known for its potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. One study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2009) demonstrated that Lauric acid exhibits powerful antimicrobial properties, particularly against Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium implicated in the development of acne. Capric and Caprylic acids, the other fatty acids in MCT oil, also offer additional antimicrobial properties, helping to maintain a balance of beneficial skin flora while minimizing harmful bacteria.

MCT Oil: As Neutral As Squalane Oil

The comparison between MCT oil and squalane oil is noteworthy for individuals with acne-prone skin. While squalane oil is widely used and favored for neutrality, MCT oil offers a unique advantage. As scientific research supports, it shares the same lightweight and neutral characteristics but with the added benefit of acne-fighting Lauric, Capric, and Caprylic acids.

The Takeaway: MCT Oil for Clean, Clear Skin

MCT oil is a clear, scientifically-backed choice for a neutral, non-pore-clogging, and acne-fighting skincare solution for those navigating the often-tricky waters of acne-prone skin. MCT oil is not only safe for acne-prone skin; it can significantly aid in the battle against breakouts. Moreover, its lightweight and non-comedogenic nature dispels the myth of pore-clogging associated with traditional coconut oil. 

Don't let acne hold you back any longer. Embrace the potential of MCT oil and enhance your overall skin health, feeling confident in its use as a powerhouse against breakouts. Say goodbye to fears of clogged pores associated with traditional coconut oil and say hello to radiant, clear skin with the help of MCT oil.


The Product For You:

01 Cleanser consists of *otto olea europaea (olive) oil, MCT oil *caprylic/capric triglycerides, Akoya nacre pearl powder, and *signature scent (propriety blend of certified organic essential oils including magnolia and neroli). 

***We Take Aligned Action In Every Step: Our source of Pure, food-grade MCT oil comes from cold-extracted coconuts on the seaside in Malaysia. It is Fairtrade and Certified Organic. 


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