Coconut oil is a saturated plant fat consisting primarily of medium and short chain fatty acids. These fatty acid molecules are relatively small so are readily absorbed through cell membranes. In addition, these molecules are not easily oxidized so won’t create harmful free radicals. As a result of this composition coconut oil a really effective moisturiser for dry skin.
It also has proven antibacterial, antifungal and even anti-viral components meaning that as well as moisturising, coconut oil combating the infections responsible for much of the eczema itch. It is well known that bacterial infection aggravates eczema, so these proven antibacterial properties of coconut oil must play an important part in its effectiveness in treating eczema. Coconut oil is also packed full of vitamins that help nourish the skin.
How to treat Eczema with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can either be applied directly to the skin or used in cooking. When treating children, the topical application can be a more practical approach as you need to consume 2-4 tablespoons a day for it to be effective. For mild to moderate eczema apply a light coating of virgin coconut oil to the affected skin twice a day. For severe eczema apply a generous amount of coconut oil to a bandage and wrap around the affected area and repeat up to four times a day. You can also use coconut oil as a lubricant for baby massage – which can be a great way to help itchy little ones sleep.
Advantages of using Coconut Oil
Coconut oil does more than treat eczema. It’s also great for hair and nails.
Some of the other benefits of coconut oil include:
- Smells lovely
- Antioxidant effect so will keep healthy skin looking younger
- Nourishes skin with vitamins and minerals
- Adds shine to hair
- Excellent make up remover
- Totally natural – no chemicals
Coconut Oil based wash off mask for Eczema
Combine 5 tablespoons of diluted coconut oil with two tablespoons each of rosemary oil and vitamin E oil into a little bottle and shake it to mix it all up. Apply on your eczema areas and leave it on for at least ten minutes before washing it off with water.
While most traditional treatments for eczema function to relieve the issue temporarily, coconut oil offers immediate relief that actually transforms and heals the skin. Regular use of coconut oil can restore the overall health of your skin and prevent further recurrence of the condition. Many use coconut oil regularly as an effective skin moisturiser.