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Coconut Oil for Eczema

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Posted by Kay (Toronto, Canada) on 11/30/2007
1 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone. I've been ingesting and using 100% pure organic coconut oil since October 2007. I have excema and keratosis pilaris. I've found that my keratosis has gotten better, practicaly non existent, but my excema has worsened. I find that it is drying on my skin and I would need to keep moisturizing constantly throughout the day which is no good. Not sure if that is just because of the cleansing properties of the coconut oil and the toxins are just making their way out of my system or not .. but my excema has definitely not improved. in fact, i've developed a whole new kind of rash. kind of a blistery raised looking rash. I had to switch back to using Aveeno on my skin and just ingesting the coconut oil. Has this happened to anyone else?? Should I be drinking more water? I only take a teaspoon of the oil a day and drink aloe vera juice as well, twice a day. should I just continue to take the oil and put it on my skin?

Replied by Concerned

Try using it with petroleum Jelly.This combination is working wonders for my two month old daughter with severe eczema.

Replied by Jamie T

Keratosis pillaris is directly linked to gluten sensitivity as well as eczema. Since you have both I would definitely look into removing it from your diet and see what happens. This info is only from a lot of experience and a best friend who suffered keratosis pillaris and was told by her dr to remove gluten. It took a few months to see results and you have to be all or nothing when it comes to dietary sensitivities or allergies, but it may be worth a shot! Best of luck.

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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 11/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

re: Jock Itch and Candida: I had jock itch for years and years - tried everything and nothing worked. When I moved from UK to the Philippines I started researching this problem. Interestingly I found out that jock itch was a well known expression or symptom of Candida which worried me. So, I looked for natural remedies for Candida and came across the humble coconut. Much of the current research on coconut oil may be found on this site:

So, the gist of this was that I started to take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil everyday. The results were astonishing. Not only did the jock itch disappear,my eczma disappeared, my bowel movements became more regular, I had less indigestion and I sleep more soundly now. I was so impressed, I now cook everything in virgin coconut oil - I think it is far more healthy than any processed vegetable oil on the market. I've since also learned that coconut oil has been used in baby food for the last 30 years and people in hospital with intestinal trauma have their food cooked in coconut oil as a matter of course. The only other natural remedy I take is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy (Lemon bicarb water) which is available elsewhere on this site.

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Posted by Katy (Portland, Oregon) on 10/02/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My friend used it on her 6 month old baby eczema and swears it is the best thing she has tried, and it is also food grade and is ok when he has his feet in his mouth. i have used it on my baby as an all over body oil and it helps keep her skin soft and smelling good. we both used it on babies for cradle cap. I also use it on myself as an all over body oil.

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Posted by Liz (Nairobi, Kenya) on 09/18/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My 8 month old son has had eczema since he was four months old. I have tried many prescription creams that did not seem to work or worked for only a few days. A friend asked me to try coconut oil. Its worked miracles. I got results in a day. There was no itching and the dry patches were gone. I now make sure to keep a bottle in the house all the time. I have also noticed that water and soap worsen eczema, so when he has it, I avoid them on the patches and use the oil instead.

Replied by Kikifish
(Hayward, Ca)

I tried having my 22 month old son take the ACV mix with apple juice, and it seems stop his eczema on his body, but he still have patches on his forehead and his scalp. I wonder if I can use the coconut oil as moisturizer? I am using vaseline right now, and it gets really greasy that he hates it. He has open two patch of broken skin last almost for 6 months now. It is really heart broken seeing his baby skin constantly looking red, watery and bloody. He scratches his face and scalp like the monkey in the zoo. Any suggestion anyone??

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
117 posts

Please check your childs foods by reading all lables and besure that none of them containe soy,,,research on your computer by google 'toxic soy research report' I would take the toddler off milk for 2 to 5 days and give fresh juice with half water for drinking, try to cook all your food you self using fresh or frozen vegtables and fresh fruit, make your own bread from whole grains flour,,,cook oat meal your self and serve with cinnamon and honey, this is part of a whole foods diet that will eliminate all or part of the chemicals and preservatives that are in all your quick fixes that you buy at the store, try baking some good sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 untill the skins are 1/2 inch drawn up,,take out an skin them, slice cross-wise let cool till only warm and cover lightly with fresh local honey, the baby might like it,,,eating honey will help your body over come some allergies. I do hope this will help and give you some heathful hints. I have grandkids that this has helped,,it is not easy,,but the fast food industry is making a lot of people sick with the chemicals in the food.


Replied by Perldark
(Toano, Va, Usa)

Please note that a child under the age of twelve months should not ingest honey!

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Posted by Patty (Pembroke, Virginia) on 08/09/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, i wanted to let everyone know i have spent 9 years of my life going to the doctors for skin yeast on my legs, every cream, steroids, soaps , lotions, etc. and pure coconut oil has healed them in 2 weeks! i take 3 capsules a day , plus rub the oil on my legs. it is a wonder drug for yeast. i use it on my face and all over. i am 53 but look 43. it stops the itch -which will drive you insane. try it and good luck!

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Posted by Janet (Morayfield, Queensland) on 05/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from skin ailments all my life. I had heard about coconut oil but it seemed too simple an idea to really work, and I had tried every remedy, scientific and natural, under the sun and nothing ever worked. So after reading all the latest hype about coconut oil I decided "why not?' Well, sometimes I wish wasn't such a sceptic and then I might have tried it years ago. How it works I don't know but after less than a week of applying it twice a day my rash had cleared up, the redness and itching was gone, and has stayed gone despite the fact that I have stopped using my usual prescription anti-inflammatory cream. The kind I use is the extra virgin pure coconut oil made without chemical processes. I'm now taking it orally too.

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Posted by Marietta (Montpelier, Vermont) on 03/29/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Virgin Coconut Oil: My teenage son had raw, red and cracked skin where the ear meets the head. I remembered reading somewhere that VCO cures eczema, so I spread some on the backs of his ears after he showered. Amazingly, the very next day (after only ONE application) they were completely healed; no raw, red, no cracks! We also eat it often, on popcorn, straight off the spoon and in stir-fries. Yum!!!

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Posted by Kim (Wheaton, IL) on 02/26/2007
1 out of 5 stars

Coconut Oil and ACV did NOT help my son's eczema. He has had terrible eczema/dermatitis all of his life. He is 13 years old now and the older he gets the worse it gets...especially in winter. As I looked for alternative treatments, I read the feedbacks on this website and tried the coconut oil and ACV. Neither worked and the Coconut oil seemed to make it worse. It was the Organic virgin oil. I'm glad it worked for some people but did not help my son. Thanks.

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Posted by Jay (Chicago, IL) on 08/04/2006
5 out of 5 stars

1 TBS daily of oral supplementation has helped by facial eczema and atopic dermatitis. I have become immediately convinced that Coconut oil is nothing short of a miracle remedy for the skin and immune system. I was suffering from weekly eczema outbreaks on the face, and within 4 days of using 3 tablespoons daily and dabbing it with vitamin E oil, I noticed an almost immediate improvement. The itching and redness stopped, and the inflammation was way down. I would strongly urge ANYONE who suffers from this condition to try it, because in my opinion, there is nothing else like it on the planet.

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Posted by J Ayers (USA) on 03/21/2006
1 out of 5 stars

well it has helped my hair from being so dry. tried it on my skin for eczema but it has not cleared it up. i use spectrum coconut oil -- maybe i need a different brand.

Replied by Kyle
(Jacksonville, Florida)

Spectrum coconut oil sells both refined and unrefined. Regardless of brand, make sure you only buy the organic unrefined VCO.

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Posted by Bonnie (USA) on 03/01/2006
5 out of 5 stars

It is the only thing that gets rid of my daughter's eczema and mine. In fact mine was really bad when I was pregnant and it was the only relief I found. I used to take primrose oil internally -- that really helped, but it never offered any immediate relief. When she was about 2 months she got a bad flare up on her forehead and it cleared it within days. As a side note lice was going around the school and my boys came home with it. She never got it (I think it was the smell of coconut oil) & they always put their hats on her head.

Replied by Anon
(Rancho Santa Margarita, California)

For those who did not benefit from coconut oil try taking it internally and applying Shea butter to your skin I recently experienced a great relief using Shea butter on my itching feet.

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Posted by Amy (Reeseville, WI) on 02/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I use coconut oil half and half with butter to make my cookies or if the recipe calls for shortening, I use all coconut oil. It also cleared up eczema for me and my son. You can add it to bath water just a tablespoon or two. It works great.

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