Eczema is a skin condition that causes very itchy, dry, inflamed skin. Using raw organic coconut oil may help. Eczema is not a life-threatening condition, but it can cause untold discomfort. Severe itching can cause irritability and sleeplessness. The skin in the area is usually dry and rough, but the rashes may open up, oozing and forming ugly crusts that often results in social ostracism. Opportunistic infections by bacteria and fungi can exacerbate the condition further.
While you may have been prescribed a topical cream for your eczema, these often mask the problem and only take away the pain and itching temporarily. There is, however, one natural remedy that is loaded with healing properties that not only soothes acute redness and irritation but also keeps infection at bay.
Coconut Oil is Moisturising
Coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer that does a lot more than just provide a barrier. It gets absorbed into the skin tissue, where it works as an emollient. It softens the dry, brittle skin characteristic of eczema, preventing skin breakups that invite opportunistic bacteria. It improves the feel of rough, scaly skin and reduces irritation.
Coconut Oil battles bacteria
Research has proven the potent antimicrobial effect of coconut oil, which has been experimentally documented time and again. Lauric acid, the fatty acid that forms the major bulk of coconut oil is responsible for this effect. Coconut oil is among the very few natural sources of lauric acid, another one being human breast milk. That itself is proof enough for coconut oil’s beneficial effect on human health.
Coconut Oil relieves itchy skin
Itching associated with eczema is one of the most troubling aspects of this condition. It also makes way for skin breaks that invite infections. Besides removing the dryness and roughness of skin which makes itching worse, coconut oil has a soothing action on itching itself. In fact, coconut oil is often used to relieve itching due to insect bites and nettle stings.
Excellent safety profile
Coconut oil is natural and non-toxic. Since it is very stable thanks to its high saturated fatty acid content, it does not need chemical additives to increase its shelf life. Coconut oil is extremely gentle on the skin that it can be safely used on new borns and people with very sensitive skin. It is one of the best baby massage oils and is often used to wipe the baby bottoms clean of sticky meconium in the first few hours after birth. It soothes diaper rashes too.