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Everything You Should Know About Using Coconut Oil for Eczema

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Coconut oil has become quite a popular ingredient found in natural skincare. Not to mention it can literally be used for and on anything.

There are a variety of ways coconut oil can be used on the body or ingested such as on hair, teeth and as a supplement.

But what about coconut oil for eczema?

If you’re looking for an easy, quick alternative to prescription creams as well as expensive ointments for your eczema, then you’ll want to read on to learn more about coconut oil and eczema!

Please keep in mind that although coconut oil has worked for many eczema sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

If you didn’t already know – coconut oil is praised for having antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. This means that it is extremely gentle on inflamed skin and can even help the itch during a flare-up.

In fact, when coconut oil was applied topically 2x daily for 4 weeks, one study found staphylococcal colonization decreased by 95% in patients with atopic dermatitis [1]. 

Coconut oil also contains lauric acid (a type of fat that is found in breast milk) that can help fight a variety of illnesses and skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis and more.

There are also several other benefits to using coconut oil for eczema:

  • Nourishes skin with vitamins and minerals
  • Excellent make up remover (for the adults, of course!), as well as a moisturizer for eyelid or face eczema.
  • Completely chemical-free

But what if you have a tree-nut allergy?

There seems to be a lot of confusion around coconut oil and whether it can cause an allergic reaction. Dr. Watson from Allergic Living Magazine states that coconut is actually a large seed from a tree of the palm family, while the FDA defines it as a tree nut. What gives?

It seems to be that most allergic reactions to coconut have occurred in individuals without a tree nut allergy. So in theory, you should be able to eat a coconut or apply coconut oil to your skin if you have a tree nut allergy.

For more information on coconut oil, as well as shea butter, cocoa butter and allergies, check out our post: The Allergy Scoop: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter.

Where to get Coconut Oil for Eczema?

Be careful! Not all coconut oils are made equal (and neither are all natural skincare products that include coconut oil). To be sure your oil is as pure as it can be, make sure to opt for an Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that is either  cold-pressed and unrefined, or pressed.

If you’re looking to try something different from just natural, pure coconut oil, there are also a variety of skincare products that use organic extra virgin coconut oil as well.

Take for example, this Coconut Aloe Moisturizing Serum, an excellent emollient that is also very cooling due to the anti-inflammatory aloe vera in also contains. Not only is it soothing for eczema, but it also provides relief for psoriasis and rosacea as well.

For other coconut oil based products, check out Vegaline that helps fight dry, sensitive or chapped skin, as well as diaper rash. Beeseline is also a great alternative to petroleum jelly.

As mentioned, coconut oil is a cheap and effective natural treatment for many skin conditions including eczema. It can also be used on the skin for everyday moisture, as a lip balm, makeup remover and so much more.

However, keep in mind that coconut oil is not a miracle treatment for eczema. If you feel your eczema is continuing to flare-up regularly, perhaps it’s time to look at what allergens or irritants might be affecting your body.

Instead of treating the outside, try treating eczema from inside with an elimination diet. For more information on success with elimination diets, check out our blog post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!)

Have you tried coconut oil for eczema? Does it work well for your skin?

References

  1. Verallo-Rowell VM, Dillague KM, Syah-Tjundawan BS. Novel antibacterial and emollient effects of coconut and virgin olive oils in adult atopic dermatitis. Dermatitis. 2008 NovDec;19(6):308-15

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

 

 

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