Eczema is a skin disease that happens due to dry skin, swimming in chlorinated pools, food allergy or intolerance, perfumes, hormonal changes, stress, pregnancy conditions, changes in temperature, pollution, excess alcohol consumption, smoking, fat metabolism, etc. It is also known as atopic dermatitis. It is observed that about 90 % of the eczema patients are under the age 5.
In children, rashes usually appear on the hand, feet, face, and scalp. In adults, the rashes appear inside of the knees, elbows, feet, hands, and neck. Well, this disease can be controlled with proper care and treatment.
Some of the common symptoms of eczema include thickened, cracked or scaly skin, intense itching, skin inflammation, or bleeding, intolerance to certain foods, severe itching especially at night, and, etc. Have a look at some of the remedies that will help you get rid of eczema fast.
Common symptoms of eczema in adults and children include:
- Redness of the skin
- Scaly or cracked skin
- crusted thick lesions on the skin
- Itchy patches on the skin or intense itching especially in night
- Changes in skin pigmentation- red-brownish colored patches
- ear discharge
- hay fever
- fluid-filled small blisters
Natural Remedies to Cure Eczema
Honey is a natural solution for eczema. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties so it speeds up the healing process of scaly, dry skin. It is a humectant also. Just dab some honey on the affected area.
Take some organic raw honey. Wash the affected area with warm water, and pat them dry. Apply a thin layer of honey over affected skin area. Just dab it, don’t rub it. Keep for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water and then dry. Repeat this process for 3 times a day.
2. Cornstarch and oil
A mixture of cornstarch and oil is also good for eczema problem. Mix cornstarch with water, and make a paste. Add a moisturizer to keep it balanced, for that mix it with either grapeseed oil or olive oil. Do not make a much thick paste, it will be difficult to spread and also not too thin paste as it is watery. Make a properly balanced paste and apply it to over infected area. Keep for 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil helps in treating dry, flaky and itchiness of the skin. You need to have a high-quality organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil to treat eczema. This oil is much effective than the creams and lotions that you buy spending a lot of money for treating eczema. The reason to use cold pressed coconut oil is that it contains all nutrients, minerals, and enzymes which remain intact during the cold pressing process.
4. Aloe Vera
If you are looking for natural home remedies for eczema then extract fresh aloe juice from the leaves rather than buying a bottle of aloe juice. Take few leaves of aloe Vera and squeeze out the gel. Apply this gel softly over your affected skin area. Store the remaining gel in the fridge for other uses. Aloe Vera is safe to use, does not have any negative effects. It possesses anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that are effective in the cure of eczema as it moistures the dry skin and soothes itchiness.
5. Sea salt spray
Using sea salt spray you can dry eczema naturally, instead of moisturizing it. This will also help in relieving the pain. Sea salt is rich in magnesium, vitamin D, and minerals. It works great in keeping skin healthy.
6. Magnesium oil bath
Sometimes the conditions of eczema patients worsen when they soak in water. But bathing in magnesium can help in treating this skin condition. Add some magnesium salt or magnesium flakes in the bath tub when you take a bath. Soak yourself in the bath tub and relax. This remedy will help you get rid of some bad feelings from eczema. This home treatment is safe and can also be used for kids.
Probiotics are great in healing eczema, in the same manner, it is for the stomach. Add probiotic-rich foods into your daily diets. Furthermore, you can use probiotics to wash your hands and face. This helps in relieving from eczema symptoms. Common foods and drinks which can be used are- water kefir, yogurt, kombucha soda, sauerkraut.
8. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is also a great ingredient in healing eczema in both, children and adults. Apply jojoba oil on affected regions of your hands, face, legs, etc. and massage gently. Then wash your hands and pat them dry naturally. Apply this home remedy 3 times per day.
9. Shea butter
Shea butter will soften your skin, repair the damaged, dry areas, and also reduce inflammation. Take 1 tablespoon of Shea butter, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of beeswax, and 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and some lavender essential oil. Melt beeswax and jojoba oil and mix them well then add coconut oil and stir. Now, heat Shea butter and pour the mixture into a glass jar. Add some drops of lavender essential oil to the whole mixture. Stir well and let it cool naturally. Apply it over the affected areas.
Glycerine is one of the most common home remedy used to treat dry skin for every age. Take glycerin, filtered water, and a spray bottle. Mix glycerin and filtered water, in equal amounts and pour them into the spray bottle. Shake the bottle until they are blended nicely. Spray the mix on the affected skin.
Oatmeal is also a good home method to reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort of eczema. A bath with plain old oatmeal can help moisturize and soothe your affected skin. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve the discomfort associated with eczema. Moreover, it also relieves the itchiness and other skin problems.
Take some oatmeal and pour it in some muslin cloth, then tie it off. Soak it in a bath tub for around 10-11 minutes, and lay down. Use a clean towel to pat it dry.
12. Chamomile tea
A cup of chamomile tea is very healthy your skin, especially in eczema and also keeps you healthy. Chamomile tea helps in healing spots, itchiness, and also in reducing inflammation. Bisabolol present in this tea helps in easing the irritation, acne, and fights microbial effects and decrease inflammation.
13. Fish oil
Fish oil is a popular and valuable ingredient for health. It is also good as home remedies for eczema. Fish oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It works great in reducing the itchiness of the skin. Take some fish oil and apply it directly over the affected area. You can also use capsules, as well.
Gelatin is great for your skin, hair, nails, and gut. It is also one of the best home remedies for eczema. Look for some bones from the pastured poultry, wild fish, or bones from grass-fed bison. Well, you must seek for the healthy foods from grocery stores.
15. Apple cider vinegar
ACV works great for eczema like it works for other skin diseases. Mix 2 teaspoons each of raw apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water. Drink this solution to get rid of eczema. Else, you can also apply the mix of water and vinegar, directly on the affected area to ease the dryness and itchiness.
16. Grape seed extract
Grape seeds are rich in antioxidants and possess anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the itchiness caused by eczema. Apply some grape seed extract directly on the skin to get relief.
17. Indian lilac
Crush some leaves of Indian lilac and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric and sesame oil to it. Mix them well and apply this mixture directly over the affected area. Keep it for 30 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat this process daily.
Turmeric is the age old and the best cure for almost all the skin infections. Prepare a paste by adding turmeric, coconut or almond oil. Apply this paste over affected area and let it sit for about half an hour. Then wash it off and pat it dry.
19. Camphor and sandalwood
Prepare a paste of sandalwood powder and camphor tablets by adding water. Apply this paste directly onto the skin. It provides instant relief from the itchiness and burning sensation caused due to eczema.
Peel 2 to 3 carrots and slice them into small pieces. Boil the pieces in water until they turn soft. Prepare a paste by mashing these boiled carrots. Apply this paste on the affected area of skin and let it stand for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cool water. This remedy is great to get rid of eczema on face.
Tips to remember
- Exercise daily.
- keep your body hydrated, so drink plenty of water- 2L daily
- Do yoga, meditation, etc. to keep away stress.
- Maintain hygiene.
- If you have excess sweating then, have shower multiple times.
- Wear cotton clothes.
- Wear loose clothes.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin A, B, D & E, zinc.
- Wash your hands before eating anything.
- Apply Vaseline to keep skin moisturized.
- Avoid consuming saturated fats, spicy & oily foods, fermented cheese, alcohol, nuts, sea foods, dairy foods, strawberries, artificial sweeteners, animal protein, tea and coffee, sugars.
- Don’t have any fruit without washing.
- Avoid wearing rough, scratchy, tight fitted clothes made of synthetic fabrics.
- Don’t scratch your skin. The more you scratch, the more bacteria will spread, and worsen the problem.
- Don’t use irritating soaps and detergents. Use mild soap for bathing.