Journal of Indian System of Medicine

REVIEW ARTICLES
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 86--89

A narrative review on use of virgin coconut oil in dermatology


Nishigandha Umate, Vaishali Kuchewar, Shweta Parwe 
 Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College Hospital and Research Centre, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University), Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Vaishali Kuchewar
Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College Hospital and Research Centre, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University), Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra
India

Background: Coconut oil is of two varieties: virgin and refined oil. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is made by cold-pressing the liquid from the fresh part of coconut meat. It has a milky appearance. This oil extraction method prevents the loss of vitamin E, pro-vitamin A, and polyphenols. It has various properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer. Skin is the general structure of the body. It is the first line of protection against traumatic injuries and microorganisms. Aim: This review is focussed on the existing data on the effect of VCO on the skin. Materials and Methods: PubMed and Google Scholar were searched for citations for keywords “virgin coconut oil and dermatology” and “virgin coconut oil and skin.” In search of the various databases, 13 articles were found on VCO related to skin. Result: Virgin coconut oil is used as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as skin protector, in Alzheimer’s disease, in wound healing and as moisturizer. Conclusion: From this review, it can be concluded that VCO is beneficial for various dermatological disorders. It is antifungal and antibacterial and also acts as an immunomodulator. It also has anti-inflammatory, angiogenic, wound-healing, and skin protective properties.


How to cite this article:
Umate N, Kuchewar V, Parwe S. A narrative review on use of virgin coconut oil in dermatology.J Indian Sys Medicine 2022;10:86-89


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Umate N, Kuchewar V, Parwe S. A narrative review on use of virgin coconut oil in dermatology. J Indian Sys Medicine [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Sep 25 ];10:86-89
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