If you have eczema, you understand the frustration and pain that comes with having eczema. Especially around this time of year. All of that severe weather, heavy clothing, and dry, dry air positively wrecks havoc on your already precarious skin situation, right? Yikes! And we’re sure that you’ve tried everything under the sun and moon to help alleviate the discomfort, itching, and sores that eczema brings to your skin.
Well, have you tried the natural way yet? We’re not talking about oatmeal baths though. Home remedies and natural treatments have been known to be the top ways to soothe the dry, itching skin that comes with eczema and we pinpointed the top five that truly help! So let’s check out how these 5 remedies can help you get some well-needed relief, and maybe, just maybe, you can finally get a grip on your eczema in winter!
What Eczema Does To Your Skin
People with eczema are always recommended to use creams, lotions, natural products, and advised about dietary and lifestyle changes to manage or prevent eczema flares. Eczema triggers come on strong, especially in the winter, when symptoms tend to be at their worst, and it can seem like a lost cause as to how to reduce the flare-ups.
Some of the best treatments for eczema are natural substances, such as aloe vera gel, manuka honey, and coconut oil, as these can moisturize dry, broken skin without help from any other ingredient, though having multiple natural elements to soothe your troubled skin certainly can help. These natural ingredients can also combat inflammation and harmful bacteria to reduce swelling and prevent infection that occurs often with eczema from the open scabs caused by excessive itching and very cracked skin.
Natural remedies cannot cure eczema since there is no known cure or medication to do so, but they can help manage the symptoms and prevent flares without any negative side effects or falsely advertised treatment options. The best natural treatments for eczema are:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is derived from the leaves of the aloe plant. People have used aloe vera for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. One common use is to soothe eczema. Aloe vera has wonderful benefits for the skin and has the following types of properties:
- Immune System-Boosting
- Wound Healing
The antibacterial and antimicrobial effects can prevent skin infections, which are more likely to occur when a person has dry, cracked skin. Aloe's wound-healing properties may soothe broken skin and promote healing.
2. Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal, also known as Avena sativa, is made from oats that have been ground and boiled to extract their skin-healing properties. A colloidal oatmeal lotion is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, resulting in improved:
- Skin Dryness
- Itch Intensity
3. Natural Bathing Products
Bathing is an important part of eczema treatment, although you may have read that baths are a total no-no if you have eczema (it’s not true if you bathe with eczema in mind). When a person has a skin condition such as eczema, their skin needs extra moisture because the outer layer is not functioning as it should be. For some, washing often can dry out the skin and make eczema worse. This can occur when:
- Using water that is too hot or cold
- Using the wrong soap
- Not moisturizing afterward
- Bathing too frequently.
Showering or bathing with eczema should be done like this:
- Bathe or shower at least once a day
- Use lukewarm water
- Limit bathing to 10–15 minutes
- Avoid scrubbing the skin
- Use gentle cleansers instead of soaps
As nice as they are, a long, hot shower can remove natural oils and moisture from the skin that is already much too lacking. It’s best to take shorter showers and keep the water at a warm, not hot, temperature. Most importantly, use a body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and a face wash that is specific for eczema skin. You want to use products that are soap free, chemical free, and with natural ingredients that will calm and nourish your skin condition, not strip it of natural oils or dry it out.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains healthful fatty acids that add moisture to the skin, which can help people with dry skin and eczema. Also, coconut oil is known to protect the skin by helping combat inflammation and improving the health of the skin barrier. Look for natural lotions or creams that contain coconut oil for everyday use, and a coconut oil treatment several times a week for an extra boost in hydration!
Now, this one is the most important for eczema sufferers. Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, containing amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and bountiful moisturization. These are all the benefits you should be looking for to repair and reverse the damage created by eczema.
Be aware that the most potent honey to use for eczema is manuka honey, however! Manuka honey contains the highest levels of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties out of all honey’s in the world. It can help heal wounds and burns, boost the immune system, fight infections, prevent gingivitis, and so much more!. Yes, manuka honey is a powerhouse ingredient that everyone should be utilizing in their life.
For the best natural skin care, as well as body and hair products, visit the Wild Naturals online store and finally get the relief and protection you’ve been looking for from your eczema!