To treat the irritation caused by eczema, coconut oil is a remedy that helps naturally relieve itchy skin. In fact this 100% natural product has thousand of virtues.
Eczema: What is it?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry skin, itching and inflammation. The eczema is characterized by an eruption (sometimes violent) on the skin with red lesions which cause intense, unpleasant and painful scratching. Depending on the symptoms of your eczema, it can impair the quality of life (the lesions can form crusts). The rash can appear on different parts of the body: face, inside the elbows, hands and feet, wrists, ankles, neck, upper chest, behind the knees, etc.
What are the factors that cause eczema?
There are several types of eczema, the most common is atopic eczema (atopic means hereditary predisposition). Other forms of eczema are less common as allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, etc.
Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema (hereditary), related to asthma and hay fever. Its most distinctive symptom is itching (pruritus), which is often difficult to endure, but also dry skin, rash, etc. Persistent itching causes the cracking of the skin and sometimes buttons.
In general, the prescribed treatment to treat eczema is with corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory) and emollients products to protect the skin hydration.
You should also know that 90% of people who suffer from atopic eczema are carriers of the bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. This bacterium can be effectively treated with a topical antibiotic, but the body sometimes can resist.
Natural treatments are a better alternative to traditional medical treatments. One of these natural remedies is coconut oil.
Coconut oil benefits for treating eczema
Coconut oil (virgin and Bio) has many health benefits allowing to treat dermatological diseases such as eczema. It promotes skin hydration and is also excellent care to fight against skin aging.
Among its many functions, coconut oil also helps to naturally treat eczema. This magical oil contains natural antibacterial agents and antioxidants that will soothe itchy skin and reduce inflammation.
Coconut oil also contains vitamins (A, E and K) that preserve the health of the skin, repair the damage caused and prevent scarring.
How to use coconut oil to treat eczema?
For this treatment, you only need virgin coconut oil (organic and 100% natural). Indeed, according to a study conducted by Filipino scientists and published in Journal of Dermatology, coconut oil helps to naturally relieve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis: in 8 weeks, symptoms of 59 patients had decreased by 68 %.
How to treat eczema with coconut oil?
- You just have to apply a small amount of coconut oil on the areas of the skin affected by eczema, several times a day.
- Take a little oil in your palms to warm it up (so that it liquefies) then apply it directly to the skin affected by eczema (on cleansed skin).
- Massage gently for a few minutes till skin soaks the oil.
- That’s all you have to do! But you have to repeat this same procedure several times a day and do not forget to do it before you go to sleep, to allow the coconut oil to act throughout the night.
- You must repeat this treatment as often as possible and as many times as necessary (during the day) to cure your eczema.
- If you suffer from eczema (or psoriasis) on the scalp, you can apply a small amount on the affected area. Take a coconut oil and gently rub your scalp (light massage to promote circulation). You can even leave the coconut oil for several hours (or overnight) before washing it with a mild shampoo.
- Coconut oil is also very beneficial to treat infant (baby) eczema.
Tips to prevent and treat eczema
- For best results and faster healing, you should use extra virgin coconut oil, 100% raw, organic, cold pressed and certified organic.
- Ask your doctor before starting treatment with coconut oil or any other treatment based on natural vegetable oil to see if it will not interact with drug you use to treat eczema.
- Before start with the treatment, take a very small amount of coconut oil and test it on a defined area to check for allergic reactions.