If you have psoriasis, you probably already know how it works. Caused by a glitch in the body’s immune system, the immune system sees skin cells as pathogens and ups the production of new skin cells. The dry scales on your elbows, knees, and scalp are these extra skin cells, bundled up and flaking. Luckily, a coconut oil psoriasis remedy is working wonders for many and may turn out to be a solution for you too. I’ll show you how to treat psoriasis with coconut oil body butter.
Coconut Oil Psoriasis Remedy
Coconut oil is made up of some of the most effective emollients found in nature: medium chain triglycerides. Scan the ingredient list of an expensive skin lotion, and you will find one or more triglycerides listed near the top. Coconut oil delivers high triglyceride content to your skin without the harmful solvents and preservatives of a drugstore psoriasis remedy.
To be clear, many other botanical oils including olive oil, Organic Argan Oil, and almond oil also contain triglycerides. The reason why only coconut oil seems to work well for psoriasis is that the polyunsaturated fatty acid content in coconut oil triglycerides is less than 5%. Coconut oil’s low unsaturated fatty content means two things:
- first, its saturated, yet medium-chain, fatty acids offer heavy-duty moisture, and
- second, it retains its moisturizing properties for a long time even if no antioxidants are added to it, and
- third, all those MCT benefits!
Will Coconut Oil Treat My Psoriasis for Good?
While coconut oil is an effective remedy for psoriasis, it is not a sure shot cure–nothing is. Scientists are still working on identifying the causes of psoriasis and hence, no definitive cure exists yet. Even if you ingest coconut oil instead of applying it topically, it can’t cure your psoriasis for good. Coconut oil doesn’t alter the body’s haywire immune system. But it does moisturize the damaged skin and relieve the symptoms.
How to Use Coconut Oil to Treat Psoriasis
The trick is to find virgin coconut oil that hasn’t been refined or peppered with preservatives to extend its shelf life. It should be cold pressed, meaning no external heat should have been employed while mechanically pressing the oil out of the coconut palm nuts.
Coconut oil for psoriasis may be administered orally and topically.
- Food: The ideal solution is to replace your cooking oil with coconut oil. If that is too much hassle, try eating 1–3 tbs of it every day.
- Topical: You can also apply coconut oil topically on your skin. I recommend this one. The best time for this is right after your shower while your skin is still damp. It doesn’t take much! You can also whip up homemade DIY products like a coconut oil body butter:
Coconut Oil Body Butter for Psoriasis
Directions: Use a mixer, food processor, or wire whisk to whip your coconut oil into a luxurious, fluffy body butter. For this to work, the oil needs to be solid and cool — too much warmth plus the mixer’s friction can make the oil liquid. Still not sure? Try popping your coconut oil in the freezer or fridge for several minutes before whipping it. If you want, you can add one part 100% Unrefined Organic Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter for every two parts coconut oil, a spoonful of liquid Vitamin E, and a few drops of essential oil.
Off-the-Shelf Coconut Oil Products
If you are in more of a hurry to start using coconut oil for your psoriasis symptoms, I’ve compiled some products that I rate highly for their fantastic natural ingredients. I won’t list anything that claims to be coconut-oil based and natural yet also contains harsh chemicals.
|Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Soap – Coconut Oil is moisturizing (aka, an emollient), and vanilla is a humectant that helps retain the moisturizing benefits of the coconut. I love this natural soap brand so much, by the way. Everything smells good enough to eat! Seriously, it’s like heaven.|
|Pure Fiji Spa Coconut Sugar Rub – This spa scrub is made from high-quality virgin coconut oil, nut extracts, and natural sugar cane to buff skin and unclog pores. Other coconut scrubs I’ve seen for sale use salt, which I don’t think is as ideal as sugar for treating Keratosis Pilaris and red bumpy skin. Plus, this is made with cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil, not the typically refined kind in other bath products. For a similar product with a lower price, see the next entry.|
|Organic Fiji Sugar Polish (Pineapple Coconut) – Another scrub made of real organic virgin coconut oil and sugar. This one is a lower price than the Pure Fiji option above. It’s available in two scents.|
|Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54-Ounce Containers (Pack of 2)|
|Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter 8 Oz.|
Potential Side Effects
If you have any special medical conditions, meet a dermatologist or a physician to decide your dosage. However, be mindful that they may try to turn you to over-the-counter topical lotions for treating psoriasis. Here’s a list of other potential side effects of coconut oil.
Coconut oil’s has so many benefits! First, it moisturizes the skin but also cleans sebum, helping clear acne alongside psoriasis. If you use it for treating scalp acne it will also nourish the hair shaft and the roots. A few studies show that despite its high fatty acid content, the oil may actually reduce cholesterol and help lose weight. It may also prevent Alzheimer’s and Chrohn’s disease while keeping the pancreas and the thyroid gland functioning well.
With stable triglycerides and many peripheral benefits, coconut oil is one of the best treatments for psoriasis. Grab a jar today and get started clearing up your flaky skin (You can buy coconut oil here). Hopefully, out coconut oil psoriasis remedy can save you hundreds of dollars in expensive lotions!
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