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What’s the verdict on coconut oil for eczema?

Does coconut oil give you relief?


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  • ecz123
    5 months ago

    My 1 year old daughter suffers from eczema since 5mths of age and we on and off use coconut oil but it only temporarily moisturizes the skin. It also doesn’t help relieve her itching. We have tried so many treatments but nothing is working to relieve the dryness or itching . If anyone has any treatment that has been helpful please share. Thank you.

  • Jeff Ten Broeck moderator
    5 months ago

    @ecz123, thank you for sharing your daughter’s experience with coconut oil. At a minimum, I’m happy to hear that she’s able to experience some relief from its application. I recommend visiting the link below. You may mind some suggestions that could further help with her dry and itchy skin.

    https://atopicdermatitis.net/living/community-recommendations-flare-care/

    – Jeff (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • Aggordon
    6 months ago

    My son had eczema and coconut oil was a great relief. He has scratching his skin off and wearing socks on his hands. The worst was after a bath or summer heat. He was prescribed medicated ointments. We started by putting on coconut oil Immediately after bath then aquaphor. This reduced the flare ups. Now we use either/both coconut oil or body butter with aquaphor.

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    6 months ago

    @Aggordon, that’s wonderful coconut oil gives your son eczema relief! Coconut oil, body butter and aquaphor are all nice thick formulas for his dry skin. I hope your son continues to benefit from these solutions! Keep us updated on how he is doing as the summer heat approaches. Take care, Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • Alethea
    6 months ago

    Any pure oil or fat applied directly to a flare-up makes mine worse. I need an emulsion, and even some thick creams can be a problem and aggravate things mechanically. There’s nothing magic about coconut oil. It has an appealing melting temperature. Olive or sweet almond oil is as useful, and emulsions made with any of these and clean water can make fine moisturizers, though not preparations to be kept without preservatives. For me, I prefer slightly more complex preps that also have a pH stabilizer to keep slightly acidic, and in a pump to keep sterile/clean.

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    6 months ago

    @alethea, That’s really frustrating. It always amazes us how different everyone responds to things like coconut oil. I’m glad you have figured out which ingredients you prefer in your moisturizers! Thank you for sharing. -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • JudyHH1
    9 months ago

    Coconut oil did not help. So far nothing I have tried helps and will discuss with my doctor on next visit.

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    9 months ago

    @judyhh1, others in our Facebook community said that it didn’t help them either. Seems like the community is pretty divided on this one! Sounds like a frustrating situation that nothing you’re trying helps 🙁 You’re definitely not alone in that feeling. Let us know how that discussion with the doctor goes. Wishing you wellness & relief! -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • Joe 1
    9 months ago

    Sometimes, but have to reply often

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi @joe-1, thanks for your input! Is there anything else that you’ve used that you don’t have to reapply as often? -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    9 months ago

    Rebecca and Tracy from FB say it helps them!

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