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Acne’s Most Wanted: Coconut Alkanes

“If It’s Natural, It must be safe…” True or False? What Are Coconut Alkanes? Alkanes are a chemistry term for paraffins.  You are probably more familiar with paraffins in terms of their association with waxes, but they are also a group of compounds used as solvents, fats, and even natural gases.   Coconut Alkanes are basically naturally-derived paraffins which are commonly used as an emollient (product which softens and hydrates the skin) in skin care formulations, or even on their own. They are virtually synonymous with coconut oil, as they are reduced and isolated through hydrogenation (turning a liquid to a…

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