Eczema, when you think of it, most likely you think of someone with dry, flaky skin. Well, you’re pretty much right because it is a highly individualized dry skin condition that can present itself in various forms and levels of severity. The good thing is – it’s not contagious! Learning how to get rid of eczema may take time and dedication, along with trial and error but fortunately, there are several home natural remedies you can go about fighting off your eczema at home!
Also, eczema can affect the skin of people of all age groups, but most often it’s diagnosed in children. You’ll notice that individuals who suffer from allergies and asthma seem to be more prone to developing this skin condition. Oddly enough, even increased levels of stress and depression can cause it to develop. In the majority of mild cases, the skin will appear dry, flaky and itchy with an increase in redness. Other, more severe cases may cause an individual’s skin to begin to weep, crust over and even bleed.
What Happens To Your Skin When You Have Eczema
The truth is, if you are diagnosed with dermatitis, your doctor may tell you that home remedies for eczema may be a good idea to be put into practice. He will pretty much tell you that your skin may not produce as many fats and oils as the person next to you which causes it to become dry and irritated much easier than someone without eczema.
Due to that, your skin will not be able to hold in as much water, so the protective barrier that your skin is supposed to provide isn’t necessarily as strong as it should be. It means that if your skin isn’t able to protect you as it should, irritants and bacteria can pass through it more quickly and end up causing you to have skin issues.
In a nutshell, your skin will break down much more easily, and you’ll notice that it quickly becomes irritated, cracked and inflamed with even the slightest irritant present such as repeated use of soap or hand sanitizer.
How To Get Rid Of Eczema Following Next Logical Remedies
Due to eczema being so irritating and causing the person involved to scratch frequently the affected areas, this may cause the skin to split open and bleed, making it an open invitation for infection to set in. Besides, it’s not very appealing to the naked eye and may cause one to become self-conscious about their physical appearance, leading individuals to do everything they can to find relief and restore the appearance of their skin.
The following home remedies for eczema will concentrate on showing people how to control this disease by improving their skin and body defense, and also showing how to take care of specific issues like red and dry skin or itch-scratch periods.
1. Try Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is composed of large amounts of magnesium sulfate, along with both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents. The magnesium sulfate will work to ease the pain and itching that eczema brings with it. Using this remedy will probably be one of the simplest things you can try to treat the inflammation (redness) that shows up when your eczema flares-up!
- 1 – 2 cups of Epsom salt -your choice
- Bathtub with warm water
- Clean, soft towel
- Mix your desired amount of Epsom salt into your warm bath water.
- If you wish you can add a few drops of natural essential oils to add a little extra goodness to this eczema remedy -lavender oil.
- Once you’ve got it mixed, place any affected areas of your skin into the bath water mixture or just have a seat in the bathtub for about 20 minutes.
- After your 20 minutes is up, pat dry with your towel.
- Wait for 20 min and apply some coconut oil.
- Daily, repeat this routine until you get rid of eczema
There are no limits to this remedy – you can add Epsom salt to your bath several times each week if you find that it helps combat your disease!
Maybe you’ve heard this one or maybe not. Anyway, turmeric is filled with numerous antioxidants and is believed to be one of the absolute best herbs to get quickly rid of that ugly eczema! Curcumin is an ingredient found in turmeric that will help to provide the pain relief you’re looking for too, which is another great reason to give this one a try!
- 1 – 1 ½ teaspoons of turmeric
- Add just enough milk to create a paste
Apply the turmeric paste directly onto any inflamed areas of skin to see results. It’s a good idea to perform this home remedy at least two times a day for the best results and disappearance of your rash.
3. Oatmeal Time
The components that make up oatmeal are both strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant materials. Plus, it will even provide your skin with that much-needed moisture it has been missing. Using oatmeal as part of your eczema remedies will eliminate that increased redness on your skin that is causing you to lose some self-esteem.
- 5 – 10 tablespoons of oatmeal
- Bathtub with warm water
- Clean, soft towel
- Grind the oatmeal into a powder and mix it into your warm bath water.
- After it is good and mixed up, relax and soak your body for at least 10 minutes.
- After your 10 minutes are up, grab your towel and pat dry.
- For even better results, apply some lotion for extra moisture after you dry off!
4. Aloe Vera
Typically you probably think to use aloe vera only during the times you suffer from sunburn. Well, eczema consists of red skin too, so why not try it! Aloe vera gel will provide your skin with all the moisture it has been missing, and then some! If you use this remedy regularly with eczema, your skin will never have the chance to be dehydrated again.
- Topical aloe vera gel
Frequently apply a liberal amount of aloe vera gel to the areas of your skin that suffer from increased redness due to eczema. After several minutes have passed once you have applied the gel to your skin, wash the areas with warm water – this will help further lock in any moisture that has been provided by the aloe vera gel.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another remedy eczema remedy. Coconut oil is filled with antioxidant and antibacterial properties. This remedy will be very beneficial to your skin and will introduce various vitamins and nutrients into your vulnerable skin areas to boost its overall health.
- Coconut oil
Apply coconut oil to the affected areas of your skin, or you may also consume 2 – 4 teaspoons of coconut oil in your favorite drinks on a daily basis to see your eczema improve. In only a short time you should notice your skin disease disappearing, and believe it or not, you will have also given your immune system a boost!
6. Count on Chamomile
Chamomile is packed with tons of flavonoids that have the goal of helping you get rid of those aggravating symptoms of eczema. Get ready to say goodbye to those unappealing and itchy rashes with an homemade chamomile tea!
- A few dried chamomile flower petals
- Hot water
- A soft cloth
- Add the chamomile flowers to a bit of hot water and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
- After the 15 minutes pass and strain your water/flower mixture into a fresh bowl and let it cool.
- Once the mixture is cool, soak up some of it with a cloth and place the cloth over your skin.
- Applying this chamomile tea on your skin should take no longer than 10 minutes after the mixture cool and then you’ll be on your way to relief!
7. Cool As A Cucumber
We bet you didn’t even think of using a cucumber to help your eczema symptoms, did you? Well, think again because the qualities of cucumbers are both refreshing and cooling. With this remedy, you’ll find one of the best solutions to combat the inflammation and redness of your skin. Plus, cucumbers are filled with water – so you’re skin will be in heaven!
- A fresh, ripe cucumber
- Some water at room temperature
- A knife
- Prepare the cucumber by cutting in into thin, round slices and then place the slices in the water at room temperature, leaving it to sit for a few hours.
- After your cucumbers soak, put the slices on the areas of your skin that are most affected by eczema.
- Leave the slices in place for about 15 minutes, give or take, and then remove.
- Once you get all the cucumbers removed, wash the areas of skin with warm water and pat dry.
- It’s okay to use this remedy up to 3 times per day if needed.
- You can repeat it up to 2 full months!
8. Find Some Flaxseed
When some people think of flaxseed, they think about how great of a source of omega-3 fatty acids that it is and how beneficial it is to their overall health. Well, one of the overlooked and excellent benefits of flaxseed is that it halts the production of an acid in our body called “arachidonic acid” – the one responsible in part for sparking the inflammation on the skin that accompanies eczema. The best and easiest way to incorporate this remedy into your to-do list is to include it in your daily diet. Start reading the labels at the grocery store to find out which items are blessed with the presence of flaxseed today!
9. All Hail Olive Oil
Of course, combining ingredients sometimes provides you with even better results to manage your eczema symptoms, such as mixing Epsom salt in some olive oil. However, using olive oil all by itself will get the job done just as well. When you incorporate olive oil into your daily routine, you’ll be providing yourself with more of those wonderful omega-3 fatty acids. Also, adding a few drops of olive oil onto your skin can give it a lighter and smoother appearance.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
From now on when you think of apple cider vinegar, you need to think “anti-inflammatory,” because that’s just what it will do for your eczema! The components in this vinegar will be strong enough to fight off your eczema…and fast! All you have to do is grab a few cotton balls, soak up some vinegar and smudge them onto your areas of inflamed skin.
Caution: If your skin is bleeding, please avoid using vinegar because due its strong acid content, it will only worsen the irritation.
11. Honey, Dear!
Yum! Using this remedy can even be tasty too! Many people found in honey an excellent relief because honey has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it the perfect choice to combat your eczema. Another advantage is that honey can even be used on those with sensitive skin without worry.
You will need:
- Pure natural honey
- To begin, wash the areas of your skin where you plan on applying the honey.
- Wait for your skin to dry and then put honey over it – the best way to do this is to put the honey over small areas.
- Once you have applied the honey to all the areas of the skin you want – grab a bandage, such as some gauze, and place it over your honeyed-up skin.
- Finally, after about 20 minutes, remove the bandages and use cool water to wash the skin off for the best results.
Caution: You should avoid putting honey on too large of areas on your skin; doing so will increase your risk of further irritation.
12. Fish Oil
Finally for those of you who like to avoid the mess on the outside. This remedy is one of the few that can do its job strictly from the inside. Fish oil is probably the best supplement to use to provide your body with the amount of omega-3 fatty acids that it needs, and the benefits will be unreal. This supplement comes in different forms – you can take pills as directed daily by mouth, or you can even mix 2 to 3 spoonfuls per day in some orange juice to get it down easier. However you go about getting fish oil into your system, your body will thank you because you may heal your eczema.
Powdered nutmeg is the best choice for use in this remedy against eczema thanks to its anti-inflammatory actions.
- Powdered nutmeg 1 teaspoon
- Olive oil 1 teaspoon
- Take 1 spoon of nutmeg and 1 spoon of olive oil and mix them to form a paste.
- Apply the paste to the affected areas on the skin in 15 minutes or less and then use cool water to wash the skin
- Pat it dry
14. Corn Starch
You will need:
- Corn Starch
- Cool water
- Olive oil
- Have warm water ready
- Mix some cornstarch into the cool water until paste forms out.
- Make sure your paste isn’t too thick or too thin.
- Add a few drops of olive oil too if you wish to help lighten your skin.
- Apply the paste to the areas of skin that are affected by eczema and leave in place for 20 minutes.
- Finally, use warm water to wash the cornstarch paste off the skin and pat dry.
Not only does sandalwood help speed up your eczema treatment, but it also helps prevent those nasty scars too! If you just take one spoonful of powdered sandalwood and place it in just the right amount of water to form a thick paste. Apply that paste over the affected areas of your skin for about 10 minutes, and then wash it off using warm water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and get ready to notice the difference.
16. Jojoba Oil
Individuals who find little or no positive results from using all the other home remedies may find just what they have been looking for with jojoba! We all know about the oils that our skin makes on its own, right? Well, the chemical makeup of jojoba is pretty much as close to it can get to being like natural oils, so, our bodies will accept it more easily that way! Go out and get some jojoba oil and try it for yourself!
- Begin your journey with jojoba by washing your hands and of course, pat them dry.
- Next, proceed to apply the waxy goodness of jojoba onto the areas of your skin that have become the most affected by your eczema, making sure to rub it in gently until it is given time to absorb into your tissues.
- Because of its texture, you don’t have to use a lot; you’ll see! To get the most optimal results out of this remedy, you should apply it three times daily at your discretion and as you feel the need.
17. Churn That Butter
Body butter can be beneficial in the case of eczema too because of its soothing properties. When making the perfect butter for your skin, you should combine jojoba oil (didn’t we just talk about how fantastic that stuff is?!), shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Shea butter comes in handy in this combo because of its unusual anti-inflammation properties, and beeswax is mainly to help thicken it up.
You will need:
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of shea butter
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- 5 – 6 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 – 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- Airtight containers or cups
- Using a double boiler, melt both your beeswax and jojoba entirely.
- Then, add in your desired amount of coconut oil and stir it all until it’s all good and melted.
- Next, drop the heat down a few notches, add finally add in your shea butter so it can melt too.
- After you notice that it’s all mixed up good, pour the mixture into the airtight containers or cups you gathered.
- Put the lids on and let it cool down before using.
- Once your butter feels cool, apply it to those areas of your skin that are most affected by eczema.
18. Green Clay
Eczema follows a rather vicious cycle, your skin itches. You scratch it. Then it breaks open and bleeds, then it crusts over, you pick off the scabs, and then the process starts over. With this repetitious cycle, your skin is given zero relief or time to heal itself. This is the situation where using clay comes into play! French Green clay is rich in those vital minerals our skin needs (magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and more), and it makes just the perfect paste to put out the fire the inflammation is causing you and give you a breath of relief! Making the paste involves either using water or witch hazel. The witch hazel will just add a little extra kick to relieve even more of your itching and help if you’ve got any of those nasty blisters or weeping skin.
You will need:
- ½ cup of green clay
- Water or witch hazel extract
Either with water or witch hazel, mix enough with your clay to form a paste that’s creamy. Apply the paste directly onto the affected area of your skin and let it dry out. Once you see that it has dried, rinse it off under some cool water, and the pat yourself dry with a soft towel.
19. Soothing Sea Spray
We are just thinking about the sea soothes most of us, so just think how well this remedy may help you out! Seaspray will work the best in situations where eczema has caused the skin to weep. The best thing to do when the skin is weeping is to try to dry it out so it can regenerate itself more quickly to heal. Therefore, making a homemade magnesium and salt spray may be just the right solution to your skin issues.
You will need:
- 1 cup of distilled or boiled water
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- A pinch of Epson salt or some magnesium flakes
- A spray bottle
- Add some Epsom salt and or magnesium to the warm water and stir it until it’s completely dissolved.
- Pour into a spray bottle for use.
- Apply it to your skin by spraying it to the areas that are affected.
This remedy can be used daily for better skin health or even after you get done at the pool.
Ultimately, home remedies are cheaper and easier things to try first before seeking much more timely and expensive medical opinions and treatments for your eczema. If at all possible try one, a few, or all of these remedies to see which one works the best for you and your irritating itching so that you can be on your way to better skin health today!
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