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Benefits of coconut oil for eczema

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Millions of people around the world have to deal with eczema on their skin and bodies on a regular basis. While there are many who reach for over-the-counter medication, others are in constant search of a safe, natural, wholesome alternative. For those who seek relief without having to head to the prescription section at their local pharmacy, coconut oil may be the impactful remedy that they are looking for.

The benefits of coconut oil for skin are plentiful. Here are a few eczema tips and reasons why you should begin using this amazing ingredient to help treat eczema naturally.

Coconut oil soothes Irritation

Not only is it an excellent moisturiser that leaves zero residue and feels great on your skin, it’s also edible and smells amazing - which gives near instant relief for itching and irritation caused by eczema. This hydration reduces inflammation and pain, which is always a big positive.

Coconut oil has Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Extensive research has proven that one of the huge benefits of coconut oil for eczema is that it effectively combats bacteria better than many products can. This is due to the fatty acid (of the lauric variety) that is present within coconuts. It is also a great anti-inflammatory, which is beneficial not only for eczema, but for all people and skin types (except those who are allergic to coconuts, of course).

Coconut oil is safe and natural

The fact that the oil is all-natural, free of toxicity and chemicals, completely edible and incredibly gentle gives it an excellent track record for safety, which is important and reassuring. On a side note - the softness that the oil possesses should not be overlooked as a major benefit, as it can be used on adults, children and babies alike without concern, which is a big plus.

It’s cost-effective

Last but not least, although it may sound like it would cost a considerable amount of money, purchasing coconut oil will not break the bank which means that you can obtain the aforementioned benefits in a relatively cost-effective manner.

Now that the advantages of coconut oil for eczema have been outlined, a few quick usage tips should be mentioned. The oil should be kept at room temperature for the consumer to achieve the maximum comfort and effects of the product. This will solidify it, making it easier to apply. Once you begin rubbing it on your skin, it will begin to melt and liquefy, which facilitates the application process. For use on sensitive areas such as ears or eyelids, a cotton swab may be worth having at your disposal.

As far as specific coconut oil products to treat eczema are concerned, Sönd's night cream is a very reputable option and should be considered by consumers who are looking for a natural commodity to aid in eliminating the pain or irritation caused by eczema, which can be extremely annoying and painful. The cream can be applied during the day, but will have maximum benefits if used at night before bed.

Coconut oil is fantastic and should be praised for its numerous benefits.


Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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