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12 Great Home Remedies for Eczema You Can Do Yourself
What is Eczema?
Eczema, which is also known as dermatitis, is a
collection of diseases pertaining to the inflammation of
the skin. Characteristic symptoms of eczema include red
skin, itching, and rashes. Eczema can vary from shortterm systems consisting of small blisters to more longterm conditions involving rashes, thickening of the skin,
and can cover the entire body.
It is often unclear what causes eczema – it can involve a combination of irritation,
allergy, chemical sensitivities and other circulatory issues. For example, irritant
dermatitis can occur in people who often get their hands wet, while allergic contact
dermatitis commonly follows exposure to substances, solvents, plants and animals that a
person is sensitive or allergic to.
Symptoms of eczema can vary in type and location on the body depending on the form
of the disease. The most common symptom among all forms of eczema is dry itchy
skin. Commonly affected skin areas include face, eye lids, wrists, back of the knees and
the folds of the arms. So if you have eczema, what can you do about it? Well, there are
a number of things you can do in terms of home remedies to deal with many types of
eczema. Let's take a look at a few...
Avoiding Stress and Allergens
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Eczema, like
psoriasis, can be brought about and made more severe by stress, both physical and
mental. I'm mentioning this first because, before we proceed with other home remedies,
you would be well served to diminish your stress level, and thereby diminish its effect
on your eczema outbreaks wherever possible. Avoiding strenuous exercise, in particular
exercise that can cause excessive sweating or chafing during an eczema flare up is
advisable. Eat right and partake in moderate exercise, and get sufficient sleep. Avoid
contact with those things you're allergic to or that might bring about irritation or an
allergic reaction with your skin.
Keep it clean
Wash your skin with lukewarm water, not hot; wash about 10 to 15 minutes, no more.
Use a mild hypoallergenic soap or body wash every day. When finished, pat yourself
dry with a towel, do not rub your skin. Apply moisturizing lotion all over your body to
help prevent dry skin. Use plain vanilla type lotions, not ones with heavy fragrances,
dyes, or additives. And remember to wear gloves when handling solvents or detergents.
Avoid scratching areas affected with eczema. If it helps, cover the area affected with a
bandage or dressing. You can take Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) in pill form to reduce
the itching (be advised this will make you drowsy, so be mindful when operating
machinery or a motor vehicle). Some non-sedating alternatives would include Claritin
(loratadine) and Xyzal (levocetirizine).
Nonprescription steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone, along with an anti-itching
lotions such as calamine lotion can be applied to areas of eczema outbreak. This process
must be applied repeatedly and consistently until the rash is gone. Let me repeat that
consistency is important here – don't skip days during treatments, and apply creams as
often as possible.
Cod liver oil
Did your mother ever give you cod liver oil as a
child? Well, it may have tasted nasty but it was
very good for you because it's a great source of
healthy fats for your body (and also useful for
fighting tooth decay as it plays a part in the
remineralization process of your teeth). Along with
high vitamin butter oil, cod liver oil is a great
source of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and
help promote healthy skin.
Aloe Vera and Baking Soda and Vegetable Shortening
Gels made from aloe are rich in healing compounds and have good anti-inflammatory
properties. They provide an ice cooling sensation for itchy skin. Aloe Vera gel can be
found at most drugstores and health food stores. Baking soda is another useful topical
treatment. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 3 gallons of water; apply with a wash cloth
to the affected areas for quick relief from itch symptoms. Another useful topical
Treatment is vegetable shortening. This old-time kitchen staple can be applied topically
to dry, cracked skin to help it heal. Coat the affected area, cover with a plastic wrap and
secure with surgical tape or equivalent. Leave the wrap on for 2-4 hours to let the
moisturizer sink in. If possible, repeat daily until rash subsides.
Along with probiotic rich food, probiotics themselves are commonly absent from our
modern diet. Our digestive system (and the gut bacteria contained therein) plays an
important role in our health, including our skin health. Legacy methods of food
preservation involved fermentation, which was a good source of natural probiotics that
were incorporated into our diet. Today our foods are processed and many natural
probiotics are simply missing, so the probiotic rich foods are understandably scarce.
Some natural probiotic rich foods include Water Kefir, sauerkraut, Kombucha Soda,
yogurt, and so on. Oddly enough, sanitary practices such as hand washing (which is a
good and healthy practice in and of itself) also washes away beneficial soil born
microorganisms that provide beneficial bacteria to our gut.
Bone broth, although not very common today, was an important part of a healing diet.
This is due in large part to its high gelatin content. Gelatin is good for your gut and it's
also great for skin, hair, and nail health. Happily, homemade bone broth is super easy
and inexpensive to make. What you want to look for in selecting bones to make a
suitable broth from our those high-quality bones coming from grass fed cattle, pastured
poultry, or fish caught in the wild. It's best to start with ingredients that come from
animals that are as healthy as possible, as you're going to be taking in minerals from
them in a concentrated form. Some places to find good bones are:
leftovers from roast chicken, turkey or other poultry (best from pastured poultry)
bones from a local butcher shop; look for shops that butcher the entire animal
local farmers whose animals are grass fed
also you can also get broth from companies that specialize in organic bone
Understandably, for those who do not want to get into bone broth making, can take
gelatin as a supplement instead. If you are so bold, just web search the phrase "gelatin
recipe" for dozens of free recipes.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Tea Tree Oil
A long time treatment for skin inflammation
and burns his apple cider vinegar, which is
also useful as a disinfectant. Applying
directly with the cotton swab to affected
areas, or use a clean paper towel dipped in a
one-to-one mixture of apple cider vinegar
and water. Not to be used in areas where the
skin is bleeding or cracked, as the apple cider
vinegar will irritate and sting upon
application. Another healing food is olive
oil, which is a natural oil full of omega-3
fatty acids which help reduce inflammation.
Rub warm olive oil on affected areas of the skin; this will help to soften up scaly
patches of eczema. Also adding olive oil to diet is a good way to help treat your skin
from the inside out. You can also take a few drops of tea tree oil, diluted in olive oil,
onto eczema affected skin areas, and is useful in alleviating the itch which accompanies
Some eczema sufferers experience worsening symptoms when they soak their skin and
water, but for those who can endure immersing the affected areas and water, a
magnesium baths can be helpful in skin healing. Just add a cup of Epson salt or
magnesium flakes and a few tablespoons of Himalayan salt to your bathwater. As an
alternative, you can use magnesium oil.
For those eczema outbreaks that are wet and losing,
it may be better to try drying it out rather than
moisturizing it. Many people with skin problems
claim improvement after spending time at the
beach. Minerals in the water, magnesium, and Sun
provided vitamin D, the beach is a great place to
promote skin health! For those who can't get to the
beach, try this homemade recipe:
1 cup of distilled water (or boiled)
1 tablespoon Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
pinch of Epson salt or magnesium flakes
optional: 1 to 3 drops of essential oil (scent is up to you)
Just add the salt and Epson salt (or magnesium) to warm water and stir until ingredients
are completely dissolved. If desired had essential oils and place the mixture in a jar or
spray bottle. To use, apply to your skin by spraying, or perhaps using a cotton swab
Fast working over-the-counter remedy
If you like, you can buy a non-steroid, over-the-counter
product without a prescription that will work great for
treating outbreaks of eczema. One of the better products you
can get is Revitol skin cream, which was developed by
dermatologists, and is 100% natural. You can learn more
about Revitol Eczema Cream here.
I hope you have found this guide useful.
All the best. John C.