Eczema Treatment

Dermatologists can help you manage eczema by helping you to look after your skin as a whole. Striving for naturally healthy skin can be difficult when faced with a condition such as eczema but many sufferers see improvements when assiduously avoiding certain chemicals typically found in skin lotions, creams, soaps, and toners. Much of eczema treatment looks at enhancing overall skin health to decrease flare-ups of eczema symptoms.

Reducing toxin exposure from products applied to the skin may help you to reduce your reliance on eczema medications designed to lower inflammation. Good natural skin care can also relieve eczema symptoms should they arise.

Eczema Treatment – Avoiding Triggers

For many people with eczema, it can help to keep a basic food and symptom diary for a few weeks to track any flare-ups and see if there are any obvious triggers. It’s also a good idea to jot down any changes in use of laundry detergents, washing up liquid, or personal care products, as well as to make a note of any changes in routine, medications, or stress levels.

Smartphone apps can help with food-tracking and symptoms, and many also have space for additional notes that can help with this kind of analysis.

Read more about removing allergens and irritants in eczema.

Eczema Treatment – Reducing Itchiness and the Urge to Scratch!

It is extremely beneficial to reduce skin-scratching when trying to manage eczema. This can help reduce the risk of skin infections. Some people with eczema find it helps to keep their fingernails short (also, be sure to keep fingernails clean to reduce infection!). In some cases, it can help to wear thin cotton gloves at night to avoid scratching in your sleep.

Cold compresses can also help to relieve skin inflammation and the urge to itch. Wrap an ice pack in a tea towel and apply this to the itchy area of skin for a few minutes to relieve the itchiness.

In addition, there are many natural remedies for itchy skin relief that can be added as a compress, in the bathtub, or in the form of a lotion or cleanser. Some of these include:

  • Oatmeal (in a compress or in the bath)
  • Bleach (can help prevent infection in eczema-prone skin) – add 1/2 cup of bleach for a full tub of water and mix well. Soak for 10 minutes then rinse skin with clean lukewarm water
  • Coconut and/or jojoba oil
  • Calendula (marigold flowers)
  • Vegetable (not animal) glycerin – Mix a 1-1 ratio of glycerin and water in a spray bottle and spray on skin as needed
  • Witch hazel (mixed with green clay, perhaps)
  • Borage (starflower) oil.

Staying Hydrated to Keep Eczema at Bay

Keeping the skin hydrated is extremely important for eczema sufferers as this can help prevent the skin from cracking and feeling even itchier. A humidifier in the home may help although the atmosphere should not be damp as this may encourage the growth of moulds which can themselves at as allergens for eczema sufferers. Moisturising two or three times each day is advised for many patients although the lotions used should be natural skin lotions which are alcohol-free, paraben-free, unfragranced and with no added colours or dyes.

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