Coconut Oil and Dermatitis (Eczema)

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Coconut Oil and Dermatitis

By Karen Middleton


Coconut Oil and Dermatitis; Dermatitis, also called Eczema is the name given to a range of skin conditions and these conditions typically result in one or more of the following symptoms: flaking, blistering, cracked, itchy, dry skin accompanied by redness, swelling and / or bleeding. One of the more common forms of Dermatitis is called Atopic Dermatitis and it is not contagious.

Coconut Oil and Dermatitis: references in this article to relate only to Virgin (i.e. unrefined) Coconut Oil. This is the one which has been extracted from source only through pressure from a cold mechanical press Рand not through separation using chemical agents. Oil extracted from the Coconut using chemicals is tainted by the process; it becomes impure and is then artificially bleached to restore its colouring. If a Coconut Oil is not Virgin Рi.e. if it has been refined then it will be an inferior oil and unlikely to provide any of the benefits normally associated with Coconut Oil.


What causes Dermatitis?

Atopic Dermatitis is generally considered to be idiopathic – which means, in other words, there is no cause or we just don’t know what it is – though it is believed that genetics play a role in determining who will and who will not contract the condition.


Dermatitis and its Symptoms

The skin of a dermatitis sufferer will typically be dry and scaly and this will span most if not all of his or her body. The face and neck and the bends of the arms and legs will feature maddeningly itchy, raised red lesions which will weep, crack, swell, and crust over. These lesions are a target for bacterial, fungal, and viral colonisation.


Treatment of Dermatitis

While there is no known cure for dermatitis, it can in many cases be managed. Conventional treatment of Dermatitis involves the application of moisturisers and steroid creams to the affected areas. Other treatments include Vitamin D and exposing the affected areas to Ultra Violet light, though UV radiation has been implicated as a cause of skin cancer, so this form of treatment carries its own risks.


Coconut Oil and Dermatitis

Recent research indicates that Coconut Oil is effective as a treatment against dermatitis!

On 9 December 2013 The International Society of Dermatology published the following research paper:


… which concluded:

…among pediatric patients with mild to moderate AD, topical application of VCO (Virgin coconut Oil) for eight weeks was superior to that of mineral oil based on clinical (SCORAD) and instrumental (TEWL, skin capacitance) assessments…