Novel Antibacterial and Emollient Effects of Coconut and Virgin Olive Oils in Adult Atopic Dermatitis

Vermén M. Verallo-Rowell; Kristine M. Dillague; Bertha S. Syah-Tjundawan


Dermatitis. 2008;19(6):308-315. 

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A history of safe topical use and no known or reported cases of contact dermatitis, along with its dual effects as moisturizer and antiseptic, opens up more research and clinical possibilities for virgin coconut oil (VCO) and monolaurin. In the laboratory, VCO and monolaurin have also shown antimicrobial effects on fungi[36] and enveloped viruses[37] that (like Staphylococcus aureus) may infect or colonize sites of atopic dermatitis.

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