2. Relieve Skin Irritations
Coconut oil can be used as an effective DIY remedy for some common skin irritants like dry skin and conditions like eczema. It can also be used as a moisturizer, sun screen, and face cleanser. Healthline refers to studies that found coconut oil was able to improve the moisture in skin and relieve dry skin, as well as reduce the symptoms of eczema. One specific study published in the International Journal of Dermatology monitored the results of coconut oil on children with eczema and found that 47-percent of the patients had major improvements.
The way it works is that the “fatty acids (caprylic and lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize, making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions,” writes Dr. Axe. It is also able to protect the skin with its many antioxidants which also make it ideal for healing, but we’ll explain that more later. “In addition, the antimicrobial properties balance out the candida or fungal sources that can cause many skin conditions,” explains the source.