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Can oil on the skin make you gain weight?


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My husband and I are having some disagreement. He is something of a nutritional guru, with a strong emphasis on organic, plant-based diet. I almost always agree with him, and we eat very healthy. He is naturally a tall, very lean person (145-150 lbs at 6 feet tall) and I am naturally more inclined to put on a little extra fat. Currently, I have gained 15 lbs in the last 3-4 years after menopause, and am trying like crazy to take it off.

The question today is due to my skin being quite dry because we live in the Southwestern desert. I have switched from using lotions to rubbing coconut oil on my skin after a shower...I love my skin! But my husband thinks that this will act as if I were including extra fat in my diet, and slow or stop weight loss, or even cause weight gain.

What's the real "skinny" on putting fat on my skin? Anyone know anything about this?

Edited Sep 15 2012 19:20 by coach_k
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I rub olive oil on my face after my shower, and my skin is the clearest and softest it has been in ages.  Coconut oil seems to break me out, though, so I've been using it as a lip balm.  I also use it has hand lotion, since it absorbs quickly and helps keeps my hands soft.

No weight gain here from it, and I lick my lips several times a day (thus ingesting said coconut oil on my lips). =)

Your husband's a nut.  You don't absorb oil into your digestive system though your skin.

If your skin can absorb what's on it into your digestive system, then that means that shaking someone's hand could be dangerous. You wouldn't want to absorb that person, now would you? And please don't hold a child on your knees too long. ;)

Original Post by trhawley:

Your husband's a nut.  You don't absorb oil into your digestive system though your skin.

FTW!

Original Post by trhawley:

Your husband's a nut.  You don't absorb oil into your digestive system though your skin.

 And I thought I gained five pounds last summer from the sun block I used.

WELL, if you could absorb oil into your disgestive system through your skin, then you would gain weight by cooking, painting with oil paints (if they touched you), working for an oil refinery, using WD40, being in a McDonald's, being near a McDonald's.

....now how crazy does that notion sound?

In the same way that I didn't get caffeine high just working Starbucks when I constantly spilled coffee on myself, I just don't think his argument makes any sense.

what about ppl who are always backing and cake decorating and stuff? always covered in flour? or who work in fast food.. there's grease in the air all around them!!

i agree with trhawley.

don't listen to your husband, unless he can provide several documented/ thoroughly researched accounts of your digestive system obtaining nutrients via absorbtion.

 

Original Post by listedmal:

WELL, if you could absorb oil into your disgestive system through your skin, then you would gain weight by cooking, painting with oil paints (if they touched you), working for an oil refinery, using WD40, being in a McDonald's, being near a McDonald's.

....now how crazy does that notion sound?

In the same way that I didn't get caffeine high just working Starbucks when I constantly spilled coffee on myself, I just don't think his argument makes any sense.

 awe you beat me to the punch!

What about people who use transdermal medication? Obviously things are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, even if not through the digestive system. I don't know if I'm going to gain weight with coconut oil, but I do know that things on my skin can end up in my bloodstream.

Original Post by trhawley:

Your husband's a nut.  You don't absorb oil into your digestive system though your skin.

 ROFL!! You just made my day!

...And to the OP, if your husband even thinks there is a possibility of absorbing and metabolizing energy (ie: calories) from oil that is rubbed into the skin, I would seriously rethink your description of him as a "nutritional guru".

those transdermal patches are specially made where the medication or vitamins are broken down in such a way to allow them to be absorbed.  There are some poisons that are also absorbed like this.  However, oil is not broken down enough.  In essence the fat in the oils is just too damn big to make it into the blood stream without your digestive system breaking it down.

It rubs the lotion... Sorry, I had to. No, you cannot gain weight from rubbing oil on your skin. And as another poster said, rethink the "nutritional guru" label.

I use coconut oil on my skin after showering too! it works soooo well! and yes im still losing weight. coconut oil is also really good to put in your hair at night and wash it out in the morning. also to put in your bath and soak in it, it also prevents yeast infections, the list goes on and on

I'd rethink the title of "nutritional guru" that you call your husband because that thinking is complete HOOEY - rubbing oil on your skin will NOT cause weight gain!

Original Post by squarepeg48:

What about people who use transdermal medication? Obviously things are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, even if not through the digestive system. I don't know if I'm going to gain weight with coconut oil, but I do know that things on my skin can end up in my bloodstream.

 Blood stream yes, disgestive system, no.   Since it's simply bringing the chemical somwhere else for it to be processed, your blood stream isn't digesting transdermal medical, just like if it managed to absorb the oils, it would transport them elsewhere (likely to you kidneys where they would be filtered out and you would pee them out).

Ok... I'm intrigued by the coconut oil phenom! Where do I get it? It is greasy like "normal" mineral oil??

Theoretically yes, if you rubbed for long enough you would eventually wear a hole into your digestive system and thus absorb the oil, however this would be cancelled out by the flesh you had rubbed off.

 

I hope this helps?

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You are incorrect. Many substances and essential oils as well as fatty acids are readily absorbed by the skin. Don't just rant check the facts.

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Original Post by darmanicus:

Theoretically yes, if you rubbed for long enough you would eventually wear a hole into your digestive system and thus absorb the oil, however this would be cancelled out by the flesh you had rubbed off.

 

I hope this helps?

Substances do not have to go through the digestive system to provide calories, this is why intravenous works. Vitamins A, D, K, and Ethanol are readily absorbed by the skin, especially uncalloused thin young skin. (your baby for example. )

Original Post by wonday:

Original Post by darmanicus:

Theoretically yes, if you rubbed for long enough you would eventually wear a hole into your digestive system and thus absorb the oil, however this would be cancelled out by the flesh you had rubbed off.

 

I hope this helps?

Substances do not have to go through the digestive system to provide calories, this is why intravenous works. Vitamins A, D, K, and Ethanol are readily absorbed by the skin, especially calloused thin young skin. (your baby for example. )

Does calloused mean something other than what I think it means?  My baby has no callouses.  

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