The ability of coconut oil to nourish the skin and heal skin conditions is popular since centuries in tropical countries. Many people in tropics did not refrain from using coconut oil, when there was anti-saturated fat campaign in other western countries. This is because they knew its wonderful healing power and moisturizing effect since generations.
There are many skin conditions that can be healed with coconut oil and psoriasis is one of them. Psoriasis is characterized by red thick skin patches with silvery scales. There is intense and constant itching and burning on the skin lesion.Together with skin symptoms, the joints and emotional state too is affected. The patient becomes emotionally disturbed and distressed.
Psoriasis is a skin disease which is very difficult to cure. It is a chronic disease which affects any part of skin. But most often the lesions of psoriasis are seen on knees, elbows, on the scalp, behind the ears etc. A patient suffering from psoriasis may have tried many different home and natural remedies with mixed success. Positive and successful results are observed by many for using coconut oil, both external applications as well as internal ingestion.
Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Psoriasis
Coconut oil is a good emollient, a moisturizer and it is used since ages for retaining smooth and suppleness of skin. Basically it is a saturated fat. Saturated fats have gained a very bad reputation for different health conditions, but saturated fat present in coconut oil is proved to be an important healing ingredient for psoriasis. The oil contains lauric acid. It is rarely found, but it is abundant in coconut oil.
One of the benefits of coconut oil is its anti inflammatory and antibacterial property. Both the qualities are useful to reduce inflammation and itching associated with psoriasis. The medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil act upon the free radicals which are responsible for many health related issues, especially those autoimmune problems such as psoriasis.
Use of coconut oil also prevent future flare-up of the condition. In delicate area of skin such as on the face or over the eyelids, the use of coconut oil can be used without any fear of side effects.
How To Use Coconut Oil For Psoriasis?
Coconut oil is very good moisturizer. In psoriasis, the affected part of skin becomes extremely dry. By applying coconut oil, you are trying to retain the lost moisture of skin. Coconut oil can be applied externally on the psoriatic skin lesion. It helps to reduce inflammation and itching.
The best time to apply it is soon after bath. This is because; coconut oil has the capacity to lock the moisture present on the skin and thus prevent dryness and corresponding itching sensation. It should be applied at least two times in a day.
Besides its external application, coconut oil can also be taken as you take any medicine in a teaspoon. A teaspoon in the morning and at night can be taken orally. It can also be used to fry food. In this way ingesting coconut oil in daily diet is also beneficial to treat people suffering from psoriasis.