10 Easy at Home Remedies for your Mild to Moderate Eczema
– JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –
If you’re like anyone who has suffered from mild to moderate eczema, I know exactly what you are thinking; ‘not another article on how to cure my eczema written by someone who has never lived with it’. Does this sound about right? I don’t blame you for thinking like this because the reality of it is, in most cases it’s probably true. But, unlike the others, I have spent countless hours reading up on ways on how to get rid of my dry, red, irritated eczema especially, since most of my flare ups happen on my face & neck … not cute! However, in the end, all I would get out of it was ridiculous, unsustainable routines or go talk to your local doctor (like, thanks!).
Today, I have brought to you a list of 10-easy and sustainable at home remedies to help relieve your mild to moderate eczema, that have genuinely worked for me over the many, many years. Each of these 10-remedies should be easy to implement into your daily lives and in my experience, if used consistently should help prevent future flareups.
The below tips are based on my experience with mild to moderate flareups of eczema. If you suffer with serious eczema and experience painful, open sores [as I know can happen] I would certainly consult your GP as they may be able to prescribe specific topical creams that will be tailored to your needs. Again, I am in no way, shape or form a medically trained doctor and if you have any concerns please bring them up with you GP.
HOW TO REDUCE AND PREVENT ECZEMA FLAREUPS
Alright, now that we have that out of the way, here are my top 10 tips to implement into your daily lives to help reduce and prevent mild to moderate eczema flareups.
#1 ELIMINATION & REPLACEMENT
If you are experiencing eczema for the first time, it is essential you have a look at the household items you are using and consuming on a daily basis and then see how you can replace them, such as:
- Try eliminating heavily scented body washes or soaps and replace them with non-scented natural based products.
- Eliminate washing up products with dies and again, replace them with something a bit more natural. Not only is this better for you but, it’s also better for our environment (Hey! Win, win!)
- Heavily scented laundry detergents are also, big irritants that many people over-look especially if you live in a household with others that don’t necessarily have sensitive skin.
- Then, have a look at the types of clothing you are wearing. Tight clothing and irritating fabrics can cause eczema to worsen. It’s important to let your skin breathe and surround your skin with comforting fabrics such as, cotton, silk or linen. Now, I’m not saying go out and buy a new wardrobe because that’s just silly; I’m suggesting to be a bit more mindful when dressing, especially if your eczema is flared up.
- Also, look at what you’re putting into your body as certain foods such as, dairy, soy and fish products can sometimes play a big factor. This is down to the fact that many skin ‘conditions’ shall we call them, come down to poor indigestion and a flareup of eczema may be your body’s way of telling you it doesn’t like what you’re putting into it.
#2 INCORPORATE THIS MAGIC INGREDIENT INTO YOUR DIET
Continuing with your diet, it is a known fact that turmeric is extremely beneficial for our digestive track. According to this article, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries! The top 3 therapeutic benefits include:
- Stimulates bile which helps the body break down food
- Helps our bodies release gas
By incorporating about a teaspoon of this powerful spice into your daily diet, it can help clear your skin of many things including eczema.
My top two ways of using it would be to sprinkle it onto chicken when cooking it or incorporate it into a nice soup.
#3 ECZEMA AND OATMEAL
Just like chicken pox, eczema is a skin irritation that needs to be soothed or you’ll be pulling your hair out trying not to itch. I suggest having a lukewarm bath with colloidal oatmeal – Linked HERE. About 5-10 grams should do you just fine, sprinkle it in the bath, sit back and relax.
#4 TOP BATHING TIP FOR ECZEMA PRONE SKIN
Remember when taking baths if you have eczema or just eczema prone skin, don’t have scolding hot baths, as tempting as it may be. This will lead to your skin drying out. Also, when getting out of the bath, pat yourself dry rather than rubbing, the rubbing motion also dries out your skin.
#5 CHOOSING THE RIGHT CLEANSER FOR ECZEMA
A lot of typical cleansers will leave your skin crying for moisture but, just because you have dry, irritated skin doesn’t mean you should shy away from properly cleansing your skin. All it takes is finding the right sort of cleanser for your skin. For dry, irritated skin I would suggest something more cream-based and look for more natural cleanser if possible. Some good ones include:
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
- Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
#6 CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOISTURISER FOR ECZEMA
Keeping your skin moisturised with eczema is very important but, very popular scented creams will achieve the exact opposite of what we are try to. Finding the right moisturiser for you may be trial and error but, one moisturising brand I stand by 110% is the brand Aveeno. I have personally used Aveeno for what it feels like forever, roughly 10 years if we’re trying to be specific, and I honestly could not recommend any more. Their line of moisturising products from body washes to oils to daily moisturisers is unlike any other. They are extremely gentle on the skin and leave you feeling hydrated until you take your next shower or bath. Top Aveeno products include:
- Aveeno® Daily Moisturising Lotion
- Aveeno® Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal
- Aveeno® Daily Moisturising Bath & Shower Oil
#7 TOPICAL CREAMS FOR ECZEMA
Using over the counter topical creams specifically for psoriasis or eczema in conjunction with your daily moisturiser is helpful as well. These types of creams have specific ingredients targeted to fight the needs of your skin irritation. It is extremely important to read the back of the cartons carefully as regular use may not be recommended. Follow the instructions for the product as you would do with any medicine bought over the counter. My top two topical creams for helping ease eczema are:
- Hydrocortisone – this is a topical steroid cream that is used to fight inflammation of skin irritations such as, eczema, or psoriasis. Since it is a steroid cream, it must be used sparingly and not Again, please read the directions carefully before using and talk to your doctor if needed.
Note: depending on the country you are in, this may not be considered ‘over the counter’ and you may not be able to purchase this in your local pharmacy.
- Epaderm (UK) – this product’s ingredients include yellow soft paraffin (essentially, petroleum jelly) which, provides a layer of oil on the skins surface which reduces water evaporating from the skins surface which causes drying out/eczema.
#8 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COCONUT OIL & ECZEMA
Much like petroleum jelly, coconut oil is especially good with providing your skin that extra layer it may need. But, unlike petroleum jelly, coconut oil is from the meat of the coconut which contains antibacterial abilities which helps prevent infection if you have an open wound. Look to purchase virgin coconut oil if you choose to add this into your medical cabinet. On the plus side, you can use this in your diet as well, added bonus!
#9 HOW STRESS CAN CAUSE ECZEMA & WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS
In order to begin to relax our body and mind, we need to understand the link between stress and eczema because at this point you may think I’m crazy. But, here me out! According to this link, when we experience stressful or anxious situations our body go into a fight or flight mode. When our body enter this state, it begins to produce an abundance of stress hormones like, adrenaline and cortisol. But, when too much cortisol is produced by our body, it suppresses our immune system which then causes inflammatory conditions to our skin. If you’d like more in-depth information, please give the above link a read.
There are several daily practices we can take on to learn how to cope with day to day stress and some of these include:
- Journaling, if you like to write
- Meditation before bed or in the morning
- Regular exercise is proven to reduce stress
- Find a hobby, doing something that makes you genuinely happy
There are many ways to practice de-stressing you just have to find what works for you.
#10 BE CONSISTENT
Stay consistent. Just like in any other part of life, in order to see improvements you need to be following the appropriate steps day in and day out. Dealing with, reducing and preventing eczema flareups may be a life-long battle but, if you start implementing the right steps to prevent a flareup, chances are it’ll do you justice in the long run.
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