Don’t you love the luxurious feel and scent of cocoa butter on your skin? I reckon cocoa butter is skin caviar for the poor woman. It leaves your skin silky soft and smelling amazing after. Sadly, when I got seborrheic dermatitis, I found that cocoa butter may not be the best thing for my skin anymore.
Cocoa butter contains many beneficial compounds that may help reduce the inflammation associated with seborrheic dermatitis. However, it’s also very rich and high in long-chain fatty acids which can cause clogged pores, oily skin, encourage Malassezia growth and aggravate seborrheic dermatitis.
Let’s explore the skin benefits of cocoa butter and the potential risks of using cocoa butter on seborrheic dermatitis:
What is cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter is a type of fat that is derived from the cocoa bean. It’s used in a variety of products, including chocolate (yum!), cosmetics, and extensively in skincare. Cocoa butter has a creamy, pale yellow color and a mild, chocolate-like aroma. It’s solid at room temperature but quickly melts on contact with the skin, making it an effective emollient and moisturizer.
Cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids, including oleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid. It’s also a source of antioxidants, which may help to protect the skin from free radicals and other harmful substances that can contribute to inflammation. As it’s also affordable and easily available, cocoa butter is a popular ingredient in many homemade beauty and personal care products, including lotions, lip balms, and body butters.
Does cocoa butter help with seborrheic dermatitis?
Components of cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a natural product that is extracted from the cocoa bean. It is rich in a variety of nutrients and bioactive compounds, including:
- Fatty acids: Cocoa butter is high in saturated and unsaturated fats, including palmitic acid, stearic acid, and oleic acid. These fatty acids are thought to be responsible for cocoa butter’s emollient properties and its ability to moisturize and nourish the skin.
- Antioxidants: Cocoa butter is a good source of antioxidants, including flavonoids, phenols, and procyanidins. These compounds are thought to help protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and other environmental stressors.
- Vitamin E: Cocoa butter is a good source of vitamin E, which is an important nutrient for maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from oxidative stress and may help to reduce the appearance of scars and other skin imperfections.
- Phytosterols: Cocoa butter contains small amounts of phytosterols, which are plant-based compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Phytosterols may help to reduce redness, swelling, and irritation associated with certain skin conditions.
Cocoa butter also contains small amounts of other minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron, and vitamin K.