Can Coconut Oil Help Psoriasis Symptoms?
If you’re looking for a natural remedy to add to your psoriasis treatment plan, coconut oil gets a lot of buzz. There’s not a lot of research on whether that’s truth or hype, but there are reasons to think it might be another tool for your toolkit.
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil comes from the fruit — white part — of a coconut. You can cook and bake with it. And many people use it on their hair and nails as a natural beauty product.
It has two forms: refined and unrefined or virgin. Refined coconut oil comes from dried coconut. 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. In the kitchen, you can use it for sautéing, stir-frying, and baking.
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.
Virgin cold-pressed coconut oil (VCO) is the kind experts think has the most health benefits, both as part of your diet and for your skin. Because VCO isn’t processed with high heat, it keeps more of its germ-fighting power than refined coconut oil.
Help with inflammation
Coconut Oil and Your Skin
When you put VCO on your skin, it can help hold in moisture, ease redness and swelling, and keep certain bacteria from growing. Studies show VCO can help with symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis), a skin condition that looks a lot like 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, but both need moisturizing treatment to help with dryness, scaling, and itching. So even though they’re different conditions, VCO can help with both.
Coconut Oil to Loosen Psoriasis Scales
While it may be a good add-on to your psoriasis treatment plan, coconut oil isn’t a stand-alone solution.