There are many uses for coconut oil; one of them being an emollient (fancy word for moisturizer) for the skin. Recently, we have been informed of a few of our customers even using it to treat their skin disorders such as psoriasis.
|Golden Barrel Coconut Oil works great as a moisturizer|
Psoriasis is a common, reoccurring skin disease that is characterized by red, scaly patches, papules, and plaques, which usually itch. Apparently, the cause of psoriasis is still unknown but a possible cause could be when the immune system misinterprets a healthy skin cell for a pathogen and then attacks that cell by producing new cells with the intentions of destroying the pathogen. It may also be a result of an allergic reaction to foods or drugs or even stress. Whatever the cause, it can be quite unsightly, uncomfortable, and unpleasant.
Apparently, there is no known cure for the skin disease, but there are several methods used to treat the problem. One treatment that has become popular recently is the use of coconut oil. The method is to take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil internally daily whether directly on a spoon or mixed with other foods that you typically eat on a daily basis. Another more common treatment is to apply a small amount of solid coconut oil right on the affected area and rub it in 3 times per day. The solid oil will melt on the skin as it treats and soothes.
If you do research for psoriasis treatment with coconut oil, most internet sources will tell you to use virgin coconut oil since it is the least processed. However, does that mean that refined coconut oil is ineffective or shouldn’t ever be used? The answer is no. Refined coconut oil contains exactly the same medium chain fatty acid composition as virgin coconut oil which includes lauric acid. Lauric acid, which is also found in breast milk, is great for the body as it provides antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal functions. The real concern is whether chemicals are used in the process. Click here for more information on how our Golden Barrel Coconut Oil is processed and here for more information on the debate between refined coconut oil verses virgin coconut oil.
Here are some testimonies from a few of our customers that have used Golden Barrel Refined Coconut Oil to treat psoriasis:
Anonymous on July 26, 2014:
“For any psoriasis sufferers out there, this product is amazing. Just use a tiny bit, which is all that’s needed. If you are in an area below 76 degrees, the solid just melts right into the skin. Within a day I noticed a huge improvement. HUGE.”
Peg on August 14, 2014:
“Yes, yes YES!! I have been fighting psoriasis for years, and several years back now I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. I’m taking this as part of my nutrition regimen, and also applying to my plaque psoriasis. I made the mistake of using too much, but it was a minor mistake as I just rubbed it in further up my arms and down to my wrists, and on my shins and ankles as well as my knees and elbows where I meant to apply it. It liquifies nearly instantly at skin temperature, so work with a little TEENY bit, as you can always add more! I am applying twice a day, my knees are nearly CLEAR, and my elbows are vastly improved! I also am going to apply to my scalp on nights when I’m going to shampoo in the morning… Bonus – I love this for all my cooking needs! Just made up a batch of frosting, cut the butter by 2/3, and it’s wonderful! LOVE IT!!”
Obviously, this is not a cure and we are not necessarily making any definite claims as some people may have better results than others from using coconut oil. However, we hope the above info and testimonials help you to make an informed decision on possible treatments. If you have tried or are planning to try using our Golden Barrel Coconut Oil to treat any skin conditions or just as a moisturizer in general, we would love to hear about it. Leave a comment for us and others to see how it worked for you.
Mitch has worked with Golden Barrel Baking Products in Quality Control and Online Marketing since 2002. He is a transplanted Canadian to Lancaster County who still enjoys playing hockey, eh! If you have ever asked a question through email or social media, then you have most likely interacted with Mitch.