While we were at the gym a couple of weeks ago, the gym owner had his baby with him, and we noticed the little guy had pretty bad eczema on his legs. We chatted with him and gave him some recommendations based on our many years of hearing from people with eczema. We suggested using a gentle soap and moisturizer, giving his son an oatmeal bath, and using laundry detergent without any fragrance in it. When we came back a week or so later, he told us that his son's skin was getting better, and we saw that his inflammation had gone down.
We've all suffered from dry skin at some point. But not all dry skin is created equal. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. Eczema can appear as red, blotchy, peeling skin or looking like a rash. If you have kids, you may know that eczema is common in babies and children and they often grow out of it. While eczema can't be cured, we put together a list of six natural ways to provide some relief.
Here are some natural ways you can relieve your eczema:
Keeping your skin moisturized is essential for managing eczema. Apply thick, fragrance-free moisturizer or emollient cream to your skin once or twice a day. Look for products with natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. Naked Skin Cream or Naked Body Butter are perfect options if you're looking for options but any moisturizer that contains natural ingredients should help. If you are using a moisturizer that like a body butter, you can apply it directly after the shower to lock in moisture and soothe your skin. If you are applying a cream or lotion, look for natural oils and butter and natural preservatives.
Identify and avoid triggers that can worsen your eczema symptoms. Common irritants include:
Opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers and detergents. We're partial to Naked or PeaceFull Body Wash as it cleanses your skin without drying you out. If you're looking for a body wash, opt for mild cleansers. Harsh detergents such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate can wreak havoc on your skin. Wear soft, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton. Also, be cautious with hot water, as it can dry your skin further. Use lukewarm water for bathing and limit shower or bath time.
Try Colloidal Oatmeal:
If you don’t mind filling your bathtub with oats, colloidal oatmeal baths can provide soothing relief by reducing itching and inflammation. You can add colloidal oatmeal to your bathwater or apply it directly to affected areas as a paste.
Use natural oils:
You can use coconut or sunflower oil on your skin. Apply virgin coconut oil or sunflower oil to your skin to help soothe and hydrate it.
Stress can trigger eczema flare-ups. Finding effective stress management techniques can help reduce the severity and frequency of eczema. Engage in activities that help you relax, such as:
Deep breathing exercises
Prioritizing self-care and getting enough sleep can reduce stress and overall skin health.
Watch your diet:
Certain foods may trigger eczema, including:
Peanuts and Tree Nuts
You can try removing these foods from your diet to see if it alleviates your symptoms. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation. Hydration is crucial for maintaining skin moisture. Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol; these habits can worsen eczema symptoms.
While these natural remedies can provide relief, it's vital to consult with your doctor or dermatologist for a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They can provide additional guidance and recommend medical interventions if necessary.