Cocoa Butter for Topical Steroid Withdrawal – Does it work? Evidence is Needed

Cocoa butter is being used as an anecdotal solution for its potential role in managing Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW), but there is minimal evidence of its efficacy. Cocoa butter is a good source of antioxidants and has been shown to have some health benefits. Cocoa butter is thought to be helpful in preventing stretch marks and improving the appearance of scars. It is also sometimes used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. TSW is a complex illness and more research is required around the efficacy of Cocoa butter.


Topical steroid withdrawal is a complex health phenomena that can be described as a series of symptoms associated with the gradual or abrupt cessation of topical corticosteroid use. Symptoms of TSW can include red, itchy, and inflamed skin, as well as fatigue, anxiety, and depression. There is no known cure for TSW, but throughout Facebook groups and online communities, some people are suggesting that cocoa butter can help to relieve the symptoms. Please keep reading before you attempt to use cocoa butter to assist with Topical Steroid Withdrawal.


Cocoa butter for Eczema and Psoriasis


Eczema and Psoriasis are the most common underlying skin conditions of people with Topical Steroid Withdrawal. Although it is difficult to separate the symptoms of TSW from Eczema and Psoriasis, communities online are suggesting the use of cocoa butter to potentially improve their symptoms.


What is Cocoa butter?


Cocoa butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the cocoa bean. The cocoa bean is the seed of the cacao tree, which is native to South America.


The cacao tree produces large pods that contain seeds, or beans. The beans are roasted and ground to make cocoa powder. Cocoa butter is made by pressing the roasted beans to extract the fat.


Cocoa butter has a rich, creamy texture and a strong chocolate flavor. It is used in food and cosmetics. Lotions, creams, and lip balms frequently contain cocoa butter as an active ingredient.


What are the benefits of Cocoa butter for eczema?


Cocoa butter is often used as a natural remedy for eczema. Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, and inflamed.


Cocoa butter is thought to be beneficial for eczema because it is a natural emollient and anti-inflammatory. Cocoa butter has compounds that may contribute to the formation of a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in and prevents the skin from drying out. Cocoa butter has also been shown to help improve the appearance of scars and blemishes.


According to some research, cocoa butter may be able to both prevent and treat skin conditions. It might also shield the skin from damage that could cause early aging. However, future research is still required to validate these effects.


Cocoa butter is generally safe to use on the skin. However, some people may be allergic to it. If you experience any irritation or swelling after using cocoa butter, stop using it and see your doctor.


Can Cocoa butter help with psoriasis?


Although it is not frequently used, cocoa butter has a number of qualities that may help in reducing the symptoms of psoriasis.


There is an existing study that explains that cocoa butter has polyphenols, which are organic antioxidants that also support skin elasticity, tone, and hydration. However, it will take additional investigation for scientists to determine the precise effects of cocoa butter on the skin because this was a small-scale study. Additionally, cocoa butter’s high saturated fat content (about 60%) makes it a good solution for relieving and treating dry and cracked skin.


There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that use of cocoa butter is effective for psoriasis. However, some people find that it helps to moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation.


How is Cocoa butter used?


Cocoa butter can be applied to the skin in several ways. It is often used as an ingredient in lotions, creams, and soaps. It can also be bought in its pure form and applied directly to the skin or on the area where you want to moisturize. 


If you are using cocoa butter on your skin, it is important to choose a product that is right for your skin type. For example, people with dry skin should look for a product that is hydrating. People with oily skin should look for a product that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.


Cocoa butter can also be used to make homemade cosmetics and skin care products. For example, it can be used to make a body scrub or lip balm.


Cocoa butter can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to two years. Once opened, it should be used within six months. Cocoa butter can also be stored in the fridge, where it will solidify. It can be melted again by placing it in a bowl of hot water. Never leave cocoa butter in direct sunlight, as this can cause it to go rancid.


If you have any questions about using cocoa butter on your skin, be sure to ask your dermatologist or other skin care professional. They will be able to recommend the best products for your particular skin type or skin condition.


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Does Cocoa butter help with Topical Steroid Withdrawal?


Cocoa butter has not been specifically studied or proven to assist in people with topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). Although anecdotally, some people suggest it may help with TSW, we are collecting information to understand if there is a trend of success with Cocoa butter.


Topical Steroid Withdrawal is a highly complex health condition caused by an adverse reaction to the cessation of prescribed steroid creams. Because TSW is an iatrogenic illness, currently there is no known cure, standardized medical treatment, or support for sufferers. Many people suffering with Topical Steroid Withdrawal are turning to online groups and Facebook forums to try an array of products, therapies and solutions to manage their inflammation of their skin during this withdrawal period from topical steroids. The challenge we are seeing is that there is no tracking of the efficacy of cocoa butter and other anecdotal solutions.


At TSW Assist, we are aiming to discover the collective efficacy of anecdotal recommendations from the TSW community. We hope to identify trending solutions that may be helpful in assisting with the symptoms experienced during topical steroid withdrawal.


Learn more about the crowd-sourced solutions and treatments for topical steroid withdrawal that are trending as helpful.


More research is required to understand the  benefits of Cocoa butter for TSW


If you are considering using cocoa butter for Topical Steroid Withdrawal, it is important to understand that more research is needed to understand its efficacy. Although some people may have success with cocoa butter in treating their eczema or psoriasis, further clinical studies are required for TSW.


Through the TSW Assist website, we hope to share crowd-sourced information on the efficacy or inefficacy of cocoa butter in helping TSW, as well as other solutions that may help.


If you are unsure, please speak to a healthcare professional before using cocoa butter for topical steroid withdrawal.


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