Do Doctor’s Recommend Coconut Oil for Healthy Skin?


Periodically check back with this blog post for updates.

This post will continue to grow, as Dirty Organics continues conducting research into this area.

Please note, the only purpose of this post, is to document a doctor’s approval of coconut oil for healthy skin.


General Skin Care:

  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Heidi A. Fowler reported that coconut oil “works well as a hair conditioner and as a skin moisturizer. It contains Lauric acid which is antimicrobial. It is used in some cultures for wound care & for viruses”. (1)
  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Oscar Novick, when asked about coconut oil, wrote “it works great as a skin moisturizer”. (3)
  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz, wrote “many homeopathic practitioners recommend the use of raw coconut oil for skin hydration”. (4)
  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Marsha F. Davis, wrote that coconut oil is good “for moisturizing dry scalps”. (5)
  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on March 20, 2014, Dr. Joseph S. Eastern, was asked if “coconut oil will make skin darker” by someone who is black with light brown skin. He responded by writing “No. Sunlight will make your skin darker if you apply coconut oil and sunbathe… But coconut oil by itself will not darken your skin. (6)
  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on March 20, 2014, Dr. Nayla Z. Mumneh, wrote that coconut oil is “good to apply to moisturize the skin and scalp, put on the hair and skin overnight”. (7) Dr. Jeffery Fromowitz agreed.

Lips:

  • October, 15, 2013 on Oprah.com, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban, MD reported that she uses coconut oil on her lips every night to assist her with redness and flaking. (8)

Sunburned Skin:

  • Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Michael Miller was asked, “is coconut oil good for sunburn?” To which he replied, “Yes, and also sunburn is (the) response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can (also) help…” (2)

Cited:

(1) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/312171-is-virgin-coconut-oil-good-for-allerhies by Dr. Heidi A. Fowler. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Fowler practices Psychiatry in Newport, RI. She specializes in Depression, Anxiety, Sleep and Exercise.

(2) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/983801-is-coconut-oil-good-for-sunburn by Dr. Michael Miller. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Miller is board certified in wound care and practices in Indianapolis, IN. He specializes in Cellulitis, Sunburn, Burns, Blistering and Lymphedema.

(3) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/632763-is-coconut-oil-really-effective-against-lice by Dr. Oscar Novick. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Novick practices pediatrics in Park Ridge, IL. He specializes in Female Health, Skin Rash, Cough, Sleep and Children’s Health.

(4) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/929021-which-coconut-oil-can-you-use-for-vagina-and-skin by Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Fromowitz practices Dermatology in Boca Raton, FL. He specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, Plastic and cosmetic surgery, Laser therapy and Pediatric dermatology.

(5) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/540753-is-coconut-oil-a-good-skin-remedy-for-treating-acne by Dr. Marsha F. Davis. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Davis is Board Certified to practice Internal Medicine in Mequon, WI. She specializes in Sleep, Female Health, Diabetes, Acne and Cancer.

(6) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/355146-i-m-black-with-light-brown-skin-will-coconut-oil-make-my-skin-darker by Dr. Joseph S. Eastern. And, appeared there on March 20, 2014. Dr. Eastern is a Clinical Professor of Medicine/Dermatology at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education and former Clinical Asst. Professor at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, and has practiced dermatology in Belleville, NJ for 30 years. He specializes in Acne, Psoriasis, Contanct dermatitis and Skin cancer.

(7) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/927136-i-m-from-the-caribbean-and-it-s-hot-is-coconut-oil-good-for-hair-and-skin-and-when-is-the-best-time-to-apply-it by Dr. Nayla Z. Mumneh. And, appeared there on March 20, 2014. Dr. Mumneh Dr. Mumneh completed her training in internal medicine at Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to specialize in allergy and immunology with a focus on Skin rashes and Hypersensitivity. She also served as the President of the New Jersey Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society in 2012.

(8) http://www.oprah.com/style/Perfect-Skin-Solutions-for-Wrinkles_1 by Dr. Ava Shamban, MD. And, appeared there on April 7, 2014. Many know her from her regular television appearances on CBS’ The Doctors. Dr. Shamban graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Ava Shamban, a Board Certified dermatologist, understands the close link between appearance and self-esteem, and dedicates herself to helping patients of all ages improve their skin to live happier lives.



Article source: Tawne Bachus of Dirty Organics. Originally published here on February 15, 2014. Last Updated on March 20, 2014.

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