Coconut oil: is it good for psoriasis?

June 8, 2018 6:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin condition, characterised by the development of red, flaky, crusty patches of skin, covered with silvery ‘scales’. Its severity varies between sufferers, who themselves tend to have periods when the condition clears up and times when it worsens. It’s thought to affect about 2% of the population.

Coconut oil is thought to be able to treat psoriasis.

Can coconut oil help to treat psoriasis?

Treatment for psoriasis includes topical steroids, creams and ointments, phototherapy and more intense, systemic injections. However, those suffering from it are often keen to find natural ways of improving their condition too. One treatment that’s often suggested is the application of coconut oil. As great fans of this amazing substance, we thought we’d take a look!

Coconut oil to moisturise and soothe

Coconut oil is a brilliant natural moisturiser for all parts of the body. From head to toe, from lips to nails, it holds in moisture, keeping skin strong and supple. It’s often used for moisturising by psoriasis-sufferers, who massage it into the affected areas. Flaky, peeling patches are soothed and moisturised by the oil – reducing itching too. The oil also effectively loosens existing scales, which can then be removed. As a natural anti-inflammatory, the coconut oil relieves overall swelling as well.

How to use coconut oil for psoriasis

Coconut oil shouldn’t replace any medication prescribed by a doctor for psoriasis. And while an adverse reaction is unlikely, if the oil causes irritation, it shouldn’t be applied.

Coconut oil helps soothe affected areas.

Coconut oil is best applied after a warm bath or shower.

To give coconut oil a go, you’re best to apply it after a warm bath or shower, when your skin is most receptive to moisture. Rub it in and leave it for about half an hour. If you’re applying it to your scalp, wrap your head up in a hot towel to increase its effectiveness.

Coconut oil applied to your body will gradually sink in. On the scalp, however, you’ll probably want to rinse it off when the time is up. While you do so,  massage your scalp gently, to loosen existing scales.

You can eat it, too….

Coconut oil is a great external moisturiser. It’s also a wonderful addition to an internal healthy diet, being rich in lauric acid and antioxidants (and completely delicious). At Naturally Good Food we recommend making coconut oil a regular part of your diet, for the best benefits, inside and out!

Click here to see our range of organic, virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined and raw coconut oils.

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This post was written by Yzanne

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