What is Eczema?
Eczema (often known as dermatitis), is a type of skin disorder where your skin gets dried, itchy, inflamed and sometimes weep. It is reported that, about 20 percent of children and up to 3 percent of the adult population have some form of eczema worldwide. It is non-contagious and is not life threatening, however will cause pain and great discomfort to the sufferer. In many cases, the most difficult thing to tolerate is the intense itch the sufferer feel on the affected skin. And If the sufferer scratches the affected skin, it can become infected thus making the problem even worse (infections must be treated with antibiotics). What causes eczema? The cause of eczema is not fully understood. But it is thought to be triggered by an overactive immune system that responds aggressively to the presence of irritants. Is there any cure for eczema? No, Unfortunately, there is still no cure for eczema, but somehow its symptoms can be managed and controlled through the correct food intake and proper skin care routine.
It is important to choose a gentle cleanser to avoid harsh chemicals from the skin. To reduce the inflammation, products such as hydrocortisone 1% cream, creams and ointments containing corticosteroids, are often prescribed. Please take note that steroid creams should not be used long-term because of its side effects, which include the thinning of skin, irritation as well as discolouration and prominent blood vessels, and in the long run can be ineffective, as well as becoming very costly.
Of course, there are many other possible treatments for eczema but in this article, we will show you how and why natural topical substance like Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and our Virgin Coconut Emulsion (VCE) meet the following criteria and could help you in managing your eczema.
Note: to treat eczema properly, it is recommended that any treatment or any product you want to apply onto the affected skin should meet the following:
- Powerful moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated.
- Capability to control the itchiness
- Capability to prevent skin infections
- Capability to soothe inflamed skin & prevent further flare-up
- Helps in healing wound
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
First off, let’s know what is the difference between Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and which type is the best choice for eczema treatment. Virgin (Unrefined) Coconut Oil (VCO) is extracted from old fresh coconut without solvent and heat application (normally through fermentation process), hence it is certainly containing high beneficial substances such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, medium chain fatty acids, and even certain amount of proteins. While Refined Coconut Oil is produced with involvement of heat and chemical additive which results in less beneficial substances compared to Virgin Coconut Oil. Furthermore, there are many researches and journals out there specifically mentioned the usage of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and its performance is better than refined coconut oil so it is highly recommended to use Virgin (Unrefined) Coconut Oil to treat and manage eczema skin-related conditions.
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) – Why it is good option for eczema treatment?
So, we already know which type of coconut oil should be used for the treatment, right? Now, let’s see how the properties inside Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) works against eczema skin.
1. Acts as Skin Moisturiser and build protective layer on skin
People living with eczema have a damage skin barrier, which make it harder to retain water, and affected area usually appear very dry, thickened or scaly. Do remember this, the most important key in managing eczema is to always keep your skin hydrated. One of way is to apply Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) onto your affected skin. By using Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) it will give dual effects which is keeping your skin moist while at the same time providing a protective layer on the skin.
Journal by International Journal of Dermatology, Jan. 2014, reported that Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is as effective and safe as mineral oil when used as moisturiser in people with atopic dermatitis (eczema)
2. Anti-bacterial properties in Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
Due to problem with the skin barrier and increase of bacteria on the skin, people with eczema are prone to skin infections from both bacteria and viruses especially staphylococcus aureus (also known as “staph”). If an infection by staphylococcus aureus is not treated well, it can cause serious medical conditions such as impetigo or cellulitis. Virgin Coconut oil has powerful natural antibacterial properties which already proven in helping alleviate the skin infections caused by staphylococcus bacteria in atopic dermatitis (eczema). Other than that, it is reported that a compound in Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), is also very effective in killing bacteria just like any hand sanitizers (isopropyl alcohol). The best part is, topical application of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) would not make your skin dried unlike other alcohol based hand sanitizers do.
Journal by International Journal of Dermatology, Nov-Dec. 2008, reported that Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) colonize staphylococcus bacteria and kill the source of infections in people with atopic dermatitis (alleviation of symptoms was greater in the group of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) compared to Virgin Olive Oil).
3. Anti-inflammatory properties in Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
There are many factors which could lead to skin inflammation. It could be coming from within your body or from external, and environmental factors. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) contains anti-inflammatory properties which may help soothe your inflamed skin, reduce pain and make it less itchy. And regular application may help to prevent flare-ups.
Journal by Faculty of Nursing, Payap University Chiang Mai, reported that Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) has moderate anti-inflammatory effects and also moderate analgesic effects.
4. Anti-oxidant properties in Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
Virgin Coconut Oil has wonderful antioxidant properties that helps protect the skin from radical damage. It is essential for healthy skin growth and repair of skin damage
Note: Before you decide to get using Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), kindly consult with your doctor first to see if you are able to use it when you are already on any kind of medications. You don’t want to interfere with anything that you’re already taking, and you also need to make sure you won’t have any allergies that come up with Coconut Oil. Of course, you will find that this isn’t a man made chemical like a lot of medications, so there really won’t be too many side effects that you’ll have to look out for.