I heard that story quite often, if it's true, how does it work?

Notice that I’m not talking about using coconut oil as a sunscreen (it’s another topic) but about the action of the sun on the oil and its impact on the human skin: will coconut oil degrade into something toxic under the sun, if so why?

And also, does the same degradation mechanisms applied for other oils (such as olive oil).


closed as off-topic by Todd Minehardt, bon, Jon Custer, M.A.R., Jan Jun 26 '16 at 16:52

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure medical related questions are allowed on this forum. I think you would be better served by either consulting a legally certified physician or by checking medical information sites online. $\endgroup$ – shre_sudh_97 Jun 26 '16 at 15:07
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    $\begingroup$ I do not understand why this was closed: "I’m not talking about using coconut oil as a sunscreen" makes it pretty clear that the interest lies in reactions due to UV, not the medical apects. $\endgroup$ – caconyrn Jun 26 '16 at 17:29
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    $\begingroup$ I also believe it can be answered from a objective chemistry point of view, hence I recommend reopening. However, I am not yet overruling the vote of the community. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Jun 28 '16 at 6:52
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    $\begingroup$ @shre_sudh_97 There is a misunderstanding : the question is not about health but chemistry. And I did not find anything on the web about this chemical mechanism (if it occurs). Please reopen the question. $\endgroup$ – Lisa Jul 2 '16 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ @shre_sudh_97 I agree, the "safe" could be understood in that way, so I removed it. The question concern the chemical mechanism about this skin-sun-UV-oil interaction. So could you please reopen the question? $\endgroup$ – Lisa Jul 18 '16 at 7:49