Atopic Dermatitis (also known as Eczema) is a very common skin irritation that affects over 30 million Americans to date. While there are many different forms of eczema, atopic dermatitis is the most common. Eczema does not have just ‘one’ cure, but is manageable for many by understanding many of the triggers that can provoke it. The word “eczema” comes from the Greek word that means to bubble or boil over. “Many people have it on their elbows or behind their knees. Babies often have eczema on the face, especially the cheeks and chin. They can also have it on the scalp, trunk (chest and back), and outer arms and legs. Children and adults tend to have eczema on the neck, wrists, and ankles, and in areas that bend, like the inner elbow and knee,” (“Eczema, 2013).
The symptoms for eczema are dry, itchy, red and patchy skin accompanied with thick spots. Flare ups can occur when you are overstressed, eat triggering foods or use triggering irritating personal care products and have constant contact with sweat. The use of harsh soaps and detergents can also leave an eczema patients skin irritated. Cold winter months also can do a number on skin that is prone to eczema flare-ups. There is a bright side to finding relief from eczema through at home remedies. You can take advantage of these simple remedies to help alleviate the pain and discomfort eczema causes (“Eczema and Your Skin.” n.d).
At Home Remedies To Alleviate Flare-Ups
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great resource for people with eczema, as its antifungal and moisturizing properties work wonders on your skin. You can use it topically, and rub it onto the affected areas after a shower (“7 Natural Remedies.” n.d).
- Jojoba Oil: Jojoba Oil is not even an oil, it is a wax. “It is composed of long chain fatty acids and fatty alcohols and is incredibly rich and moisturizing.” Because it penetrates deep into the skin, jojoba oil may be the trick for you. To apply, wash your hands and apply a small amount to the affected area and massage into the skin. Because jojoba oil is strong, you will not need a lot of it. Apply 3 times a day (Goodall, n.d).
- Oatmeal Bath: Because oats are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties they make a great option for soothing irritated eczema. Take one cup of oats, and place them in a cheesecloth or muslin. Tie off the bag, and hang it with a string near the faucet. The bath water will turn milky and smooth. Soak for 10-15 minutes. (Goodall, n.d).
- Honey: Honey is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory which helps speed up the healing process of broken and irritated skin. Honey can get messy, so apply to the affected area and cover with a bandage for 20-30 minutes. Once completed, wash with warm water and pat dry (Goodall, n.d).
- Cornstarch and Oil: When wet, corn starch forms a cool paste, and it great for soothing irritated skin. To use, simply mix cornstarch with olive oil to make a paste. Apply to the affected area for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. It is always good to use moisturizer after any home remedy treatments. (Goodall, n.d).
While honey, coconut oil, and oatmeal baths require a little clean up, they may just be the remedy that gives you relief the natural way! The pros of at home remedies are convenience, and comfort knowing the treatments are simple. Along with affordable solutions that you may have laying around your home today. The cons can be the mess some of the remedies can create. Lastly, because everyone’s eczema requires different treatment, none of these home remedies are guaranteed to give you relief. If the at home remedies do not cause you relief, consult your dermatologist as they may recommend over the counter products that can alleviate your discomfort. Additionally, many people will be wise to investigate food allergies or sensitivities that could be triggering eczema flares. Common culprits here include gluten, dairy, and sugar!
Eczema. (2013, August 15). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/
Eczema and Your Skin | Eczema Types, Symptoms, Causes, and More. (n.d). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/atopic-dermatitis-eczema?page=3
7 Natural Remedies for Eczema | Wellness Mama. (n.d). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://wellnessmama.com/12065/natural-eczema-remedies/
Goodall, C. (2014, September 29). 11 Healing Home Remedies for Eczema | Everyday Roots. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://everydayroots.com/eczema-remedies