Coconut Oil (Psoriasis)

Coconut oil is commonly used in skin care because it is extremely effective at hydrating the skin. Unlike most commercial moisturisers, coconut oil doesn’t contain water or petroleum byproducts. This is important as water in your moisturiser will make your skin feel moisturised for a short time, but once it has dried out, your skin will once again be dry and in need of hydration.

Level of evidence: B

HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find any scientific data or clinical trial regarding the use of coconut oil in people with psoriasis.

Nevertheless, it has been shown to have beneficial on symptoms affecting people living with psoriasis, such as dry skin and reduced skin barrier function.

Measurements of water loss across the surface of the skin (TEWL) showed a 4 fold decrease within 4 weeks of applicating virgin coconut oil twice daily1. In another study, coconut oil showed significant improvement in skin hydration and increase in skin surface lipid levels, which might be a direct result of improved barrier function2.

The concentration of an ingredient is important for its efficacy, and therefore products containing the same ingredient may not necessarily have the same effect as in the studies mentioned above.

Updated: July 2017

References

1Int J Dermatol. 2014

2Dermatitis. 2004