Acne, eczema and psoriasis. From mild to extreme symptoms, millions of Aussies deal with these skin issues every day. If you’re living with one of these conditions, you know how seriously challenging it can be. The good news is, coconut oil is an effective, natural skin care treatment that can help manage the symptoms of acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Acne shows up on your skin in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. It happens when your pores, which contain sebaceous glands, become clogged with dead skin cells and too much sebum - the oil naturally produced by the skin.
Bacteria then gets trapped inside the pore and begins to multiply. This triggers the swelling and redness associated with acne. It may sound crazy to apply coconut oil to treat a problem caused by too much oil but hear us out!
Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, constitutes nearly 50% of the compounds found in coconut oil.
When it absorbs into the body, lauric acid transforms into monoglyceride which has excellent antimicrobial properties.
Studies have shown these antimicrobial properties can combat the growth of the types of bacteria responsible for regular acne; Propionibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Staphylococcus aureus. Killing that bacteria is key to getting acne under control.
Red, angry looking inflammation comes along with acne. A healthy fat, coconut oil is deeply hydrating and if you’re dealing with a combination of acne prone and dry skin, coconut oil can help reduce the appearance of inflammation by keeping skin super hydrated.
In severe cases of acne, when open wounds are on the skin, coconut oil can help speed up the healing process.
Anyone who has suffered from eczema knows how uncomfortable and often painful this common skin condition can be.
While there are different types of eczema, including atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, and discoid eczema. the general symptoms are similar. Patches of skin to become itchy, red and inflamed, these areas can become especially itchy during the night.
How can coconut oil help manage the symptoms of eczema?
Areas affected by eczema needs regular deep moisturisation, it’s essential to penetrate deep into the skin first before the outer layer can heal itself.
This means using ingredients that can be absorbed deeply into the skin. Enter, coconut oil.
Coconut oil, a saturated plant fat, has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin as it's mainly made up of medium and short chain fatty acids. Because these types of acid molecules are small, they can penetrate deeply into the skin and are readily absorbed through the cells.
Lauric acid can also be found in coconut oil and is a proven antibacterial and antifungal agent. Eczema is aggravated by bacterial infections so the lauric acid can also play a role in healing or preventing eczema breakouts.
If you are struggling with eczema, it’s also helpful to use gentle soaps, detergents and organic skincare products where possible. Steer clear of synthetic fragrances and perfumes too, as these can trigger flare-ups. Sticking with a natural shampoo, like our organic coconut shampoo can also help.
For more information on eczema causes and treatments, check out The Eczema Association Australasia.
While psoriasis shows up on your skin as a physical symptom, this condition is actually caused by chronic issues with the immune system. When your body is functioning normally, it usually produces new skin cells every 28-30 days.
Those with psoriasis produce new skin cells every 3 - 4 days. This causes a build up of skin cells on the surface resulting in the thick, red, itchy, flaky patches known as psoriasis plaques.
While the cause of psoriasis is linked to the immune system and there isn’t actually a cure, the skin symptoms can be relieved with the application of coconut oil.
Coconut oil will help manage the skin inflammation associated with psoriasis. As we mentioned earlier, the oil contains a number of fatty acids which include lauric acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid. These types of acids can help reduce inflammation. Pain often results from the inflammation and coconut oil can help with this too. It contains an analgesic agent which has been shown to help reduce pain.
Like eczema, psoriasis will benefit from the deep moisturising effects coconut oil can deliver.
Hopefully, we’ve shown you how coconut oil can help but it’s important to remember, it’s not a hard and fast cure for these skin issues. It's a wonderful natural option to help relieve and manage symptoms.Adam, co-founder of Kelapa Organics suffered from eczema and coconut oil and other natural ingredients have played a huge role in healing his skin. Our company has been founded on personal experience and results from the incredible healing benefits of coconut oil. Kelapa Organic’s range of certified organic skincare products are made in Australia and carry the cruelty-free certification.