Can Coconut Oil Help Psoriasis Symptoms?

Experts think virgin cold-pressed coconut oil (VCO) has the health benefits, both as part of your diet and for your skin.

Apart from using coconut oil as a natural beauty product for hair, body and nails, it can also be used for culinary purposes, such as cooking and baking. But that’s not all, new reports suggests coconut oil can equally be used to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.

There are two forms of coconut oil: refined and unrefined or virgin.

Refined coconut oil comes from dried coconut, where the oil is taken out under high heat and then goes through a bleaching and deodorizing process. It doesn’t smell like coconut, it has a neutral odor.

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Unrefined coconut oil comes from fresh coconut fruit. The process doesn’t involve high temperatures, which is why you might see it called “cold-pressed.” Virgin coconut oil smells like coconuts. You can use it to bake and cook, just like refined coconut oil, but it’s best for dishes cooked at lower temperatures.

Benefits of Virgin cold-pressed coconut oil

  • It can be used as a moisturizer
  • Helps kill bacteria
  • Help with inflammation

Coconut Oil and Your Skin

When you put VCO on your skin, it can help retain moisture, ease redness and swelling, and stop certain bacteria from growing. Studies show VCO can help with symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

Eczema and psoriasis share many of the same symptoms and even have some of the same causes. Psoriasis scales tend to be thicker than patches of eczema, however both need moisturizing treatment to help with itching, dryness, and scaling. Irrespective of the differences in the two skin infection, VCO can help with both.

Coconut Oil to Loosen Psoriasis Scales

For psoriasis medications like steroids to work well, it’s best to eliminate hard scales so they can get to the skin below. Coconut oil can help relax and slacken the scales first.

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Scalp psoriasis tends to have the toughest scales because your hair traps them in place, making them tougher as time goes on. Here’s how to use coconut oil to help with the scales on your scalp:

  • Spread the oil over your scalp, focusing on scaly areas.
  • Gently massage the oil into the scales.
  • Wrap your scalp in a towel or shower cap.
  • Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Wash your hair and scalp with normal or tar shampoo.

After treating with VCO, it should be easier to take scales off gently. Do it while your scalp is still damp and the scales are the softest and loose.

  • Put a plastic comb flat against the scale and rub it in a circle.
  • As the scale loosens, try to comb it out of your hair.
  • Wash your hair to remove any leftover scales.

 

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