If you’ve typed the question ‘ Can coconut oil be used on eczema?‘ in Google like I did, then you’ll be pleased to know the answer is YES!
I was recently given a tub of Coconut oil by my wife and to be honest, I thought she had gone mad. But she told me not to worry she wasn’t and she’d been told by a good friend that Coconut oil works really well for eczema and other skin conditions.
So, What the heck, I’ll try anything to make my eczema better. In my naivety, I thought Coconut oil was just for cooking. Some studies have shown and proven that it can help improve insulin levels when consumed regularly and it has many other benefits. I was totally shocked how many benefits its said to have. Some we have listed below.
What is coconut oil?
The clue’s in the name. Coconut oil is simply the oil derived from either fresh coconuts or Copras. Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection.
Coconut oil is also said to have a similar pH balance as a persons skin, promoting healthy, even-toned and nutritionally balanced skin. 94% of the oil is acidic which makes it tough for bacteria to grow – making it a fantastic natural antibacterial ointment. The natural Vitamins in the oil are very beneficial for your skin.
How to apply Coconut oil
I found the coconut oil my wife bought for me a little tough to apply. As you can see from my photo the coconut oil is very compacted and hard in the tub. However, once you rub it in your hands and warm it up, it instantly turns from a hard fatty, lard type consistency to an easy to apply oily liquid.
You only need a small amount as it goes a long way once it’s melted with the warmth of your hands. The amount you see above was used to do my whole arm.
Simply apply directly to your body straight from the tub, It looks a little off putting at first, the texture and the feel of it isn’t nice. Well, that’s my opinion. Try to get past that and it’s not too bad. The coconut oil dries very quickly within about 20 minutes and then leaves your skin feeling smooth and not oily.
Downside to using Coconut oil for your eczema
- The smell…. Love it or hate it but as you can imagine, believe it or not, it smells very strongly of coconuts. If you love the smell of Coconuts, then great! The smell doesn’t last all day, APX 20 Minutes until its fully dried.
- Reports of using it on newborn babies hasn’t been good, so we suggest you do a small sample area before trying it on your babies whole body.
- Coconut does not react well to direct sun, so make sure the oil is fully dried before you go out in direct sun
- Although it’s called a coconut its actually a FRUIT but some people who have nut allergies have reported a reaction when using coconut oil in cooking or using it for skin care. This is very rare! Always SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE IF YOU’RE UNSURE!
- The texture, feel and smell. It’s not going to be for everyone. This is a raw, fatty, natural product and not some smooth, cool, chemically mass-produced skin cream.
What are some of the benefits of using Coconut oil
- Low cost.
- Easily obtainable CLICK HERE TO BUY FROM AMAZON
- Reduces infection due to its beneficial fats.
- Said to help weight loss if eaten.
- Acts as an antibiotic would, suppressing bacterial growth and eliminating threats of disease.
- Rubbed into the scalp daily it is said to stimulate hair growth.
- Smooths and eases eczema and other skin conditions.
- High levels of antioxidant.
- High lauric acid content can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Coconut oil can help boost metabolism.
As you can see the benefits far outweigh the downsides.
Coconut oil has been reported to lower anxiety and depression? I’m not sure about that but you can read one of our blogs called ECZEMA AND DEPRESSION- HOW TO COPE
WOULD I RECOMMEND YOU BUY AND TRY COCONUT OIL?
So, Can coconut oil be used on eczema? and would I recommend it?
It’s a natural oil that’s easy to obtain and try and for as little as $5-$8 for a tub of organic coconut oil, it’s worth a try.
I have to be honest, it seems to work best on my feet and legs. Most eczema sufferers are always trying to find a product that works and this is a natural organic product that is known to work.
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Here’s a very good review on Youtube we found, It’s one of the most honest and genuine review we could find.
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