7 Best Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a popular issue which causes not only the pain on skin but also the unconfident appearance. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) shows that around 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.[1] Nowadays, there are many ways to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, including medicine and natural ingredients. People tend to use natural ingredients due to their safety when using. In this article, we will give you some background information about psoriasis and one of the effective natural ingredients for psoriasis – coconut oil.

I. What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that makes the rapid buildup of skin cells. It causes scaling, redness and inflammation of the skin. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body such as hands, scalp, neck, etc, especially on joints, elbows, and knees. The people at early adulthood are usually affected by psoriasis. For most people, it appears just a few areas. However, in severe cases, psoriasis can occupy a large part of the body.

II. How Does Coconut Oil Work?

Nowadays, coconut oil is used commonly.

The first benefit of coconut oil on treating psoriasis is acting like a moisturizer, so it can reduce the dry skin, especially in winter. One reason for making the skin become dry, flaky and cracked is the water loss through evaporation. In this case, using coconut oil will provide you the  water-soluble amino acids and lipids which can prevent the enzymes and salt in skin from easily disappearing and keep the water in the skin. Applying the coconut oil on the skin can prevent the itching and scales, and keep the skin hydrated longer as well. According to a study in the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, coconut oil can remarkably decrease trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) without making skin colonization of bacteria become higher in very low birth weight neonates.[2]

Secondly, coconut oil is beneficial for healing inflammation in psoriasis. If you have psoriasis, you will have to suffer from the uncomfortable feeling of inflammation, redness, swelling, and pain in the affected areas. Because of containing the fatty acids like palmitic acid, lauric acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid, coconut oil can work as an anti-inflammatory factor.  In case that inflammation hurts you, coconut oil can become an analgesic agent. According to many studies, virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic nature. Therefore, it prevents the migration of cells and the production of TNF-α (Tumor necrosis factor-α) which lead to inflammation. In short, using coconut oil is one of the most effective ways to prevent inflammation caused by psoriasis.

As we know, infections cause psoriasis and make the condition worsen. As a result, the damaged skin can be affected by many bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Therefore, it is essential to fight off the infections in psoriasis affected areas. Because of containing fatty acids and monoglycerides, coconut oil can act as an anti-microbial agent. Moreover, the presence of lauric acid in coconut oil can fight against various bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus that is the reason for infections in people with psoriasis.

In addition, with a large amount of vitamin E, coconut oil can protect the skin from cracking and pore-smooth in psoriasis, then protect also from entering harmful substances.

Learn more: 24 best ways to use coconut oil for dry skin on face

III. How To Use Coconut Oil For Psoriasis

Option 1:

Things you need:

The coconut oil

How to do:

  • Put a small bowl of coconut oil over the stones in a pan full of water
  • Let the coconut oil melt with the heat
  • Use a sterile cotton ball to apply a little the coconut oil to the affected areas
  • It is optional to let the coconut oil remain on the affected area

How often:

3 to 4 times a day for a few months to get the improvement

Option 2:

Things you need:

  • Organic cocoa butter (50 g)
  • Organic coconut oil (25 g)
  • Glycerine (5 mg)
  • Pure Vaseline (50 g)
  • Croissant and sesame oil (10 mg)

How to do:

  • Mix all the ingredients to have a paste
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area

How often:

2-3 times daily, especially during the night when sleeping

Option 3:

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Beeswax (melted) (1 tablespoon)
  • Honey (1 tablespoon)

How to do:

  • Mix all the ingredients to have a paste
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area
  • Wash with water after few minutes

How often:

Do it daily

Read more: 11 Benefits Of Honey With Lemon On Health, Hair, And Skin

Option 4:

Things you need:

2 parts of coconut oil

1 part of apple cider vinegar

How to do:

  • Mix coconut oil with apple cider vinegar
  • Apply this mixture on the affected areas
  • Wait for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Wash with water

How often:

Do it twice daily

Option 5:

Things you need:

  • Turmeric (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Coconut oil (1 tablespoon)

How to do:

  • Mix turmeric with coconut oil to have a paste
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area
  • Wait for 20 minutes
  • Wash with water

How often:

Do it daily to have better condition

Option 6:

Things you need:

2 – 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

How to do:

  • Add coconut oil into your bath water (not too hot)
  • Soak body in it for 10 – 15 minutes
  • Take a bath normally
  • Pat dry and then apply coconut oil to the affected areas

How often:

Do it daily to have improvement

Option 7:

Things you need:

  • 1 teaspoon each of lukewarm coconut oil
  • Freshly extracted aloe vera

How to do:

  • Mix coconut oil with aloe vera
  • Apply this mixture on affected areas
  • Use a circular motion to massage for 20 minutes
  • Leave it overnight or wash with water

How often:

Do it daily

Learn more: 13 Best Uses Of Aloe Vera For Pimples, Scars, & Dark Spots

IV. For Who/Not For Who?

Coconut oil is natural, so it is safe for most people. However, you have to test this oil before using because it can cause allergic problems for you or make your problems become more serious. For women are pregnant or the babies, you should ask the doctor first.

V. See Doctor?

When knowing that you have psoriasis, you should go to see the doctor immediately for advice. You have to ask the doctor whether you can use coconut oil or other ingredients for your problem.

We hope that this article gives you some interesting and useful information about the benefits of coconut oil for psoriasis. In general, using coconut oil can help you have strong hair and skin. It is certain that you will be surprised at its benefits. All content provided is for informational & educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine that you can use coconut oil or not.

Please leave your questions or comments in the comment box. We are always welcome your opinions. If you want to know more about the benefits of other foods, you can visit the Food For Beauty page.

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