What Are The Benefits Of Using Coconut Oil For Skin
Health And Eczema?

It has reported to be beneficial for many different ailments, but just how good is coconut oil for skin.

Coconut oil is plant based. It is made from the dried kernel of coconuts, also known as copra. The kernel is the white edible part.

When you use it to manage your eczema it has been suggested that the best type to use is organic, virgin coconut oil.

If the oil comes from organic coconuts, it will be free of pesticides and other chemicals.

To make it a virgin coconut oil, it is processed in either one of two different ways.

Coconut Oil Benefits

It can benefit your body in a few different ways.

There are a few beneficial properties of coconut oil for skin

  • Anti-inflammatory. As a natural anti inflammatory it can help to relieve the symptoms of your eczema. Reducing redness, soreness and itching
  • Antibacterial. Helps reduce the bacteria on your skin that can cause an infection
  • Moisturiser. It can help to keep your skin hydrated. Stopping it becoming dry and flaky

It is recommended that you use products that are made of 100% pure coconut oil. They will not contain any other chemicals and will be more beneficial for your skin.

Using Coconut Oil For Skin Conditions

There are some simple ways you can use coconut oil

  • For the best results for your eczema, it is recommended to apply directly on your skin. You can rub a small amount of oil into your skin. Put it on evenly. It will absorb nicely to help moisturise your skin
  • It can also be added to your bath. Run a warm bath. Then add some oil. Stir it until the oil has mixed well with the water. You should soak in the bath for no more than 20 minutes
  • Coconut oil is also great for using in cooking. You can find many coconut oil recipes online. It is popular in Indian cooking. But after doing an internet search it seems to be very versatile. It is very popular in baking

Side Effects and Precautions

Side effects are quite rare when using coconut oil.

You may get an allergic skin reaction if you use it topically. If you take it internally, for example, in cooking, you may also get an allergic reaction. They have been reported but appear to happen infrequently.

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. It is advised to limit the amount used in cooking. Especially if you have high blood pressure or are wanting to lose weight.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, coconut oil is safe when consumed in a safe amount. The amount normally eaten as part of a healthy diet.

It is also safe for children to use.

There are some good benefits to using coconut oil. The other positive is that there are only a few possible negatives.

You may decide it is worth a try. Try a small amount on your skin and check for a reaction. If there is no reaction then you might decide to slather it on and see how it works for you.

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