Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed. Often time blisters can occur that cause itching and bleeding. There are different types of eczema, the type referred to in this article is atopic dermatitis. It can effect children and adults.
Discovering the cause of your eczema is the best way to help treat it. Here are some potential causes to eczema.
- Irritants – soaps, detergents, shampoos, disinfectants, juices from fresh fruits, meats, or vegetables.
- Allergens – dust mites, pets, pollens and mold.
- Microbes – bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, viruses, and certain fungi.
- Foods – dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, soy products, and wheat.
- Stress – it is not a cause of eczema but can make symptoms worse.
- Hormones – women can experience worsening of eczema symptoms at times when their hormone levels are changing, for example during pregnancy and at certain points in their menstrual cycle
How do I improve eczema naturally?
There are numerous things that people with eczema can do to support skin health and alleviate symptoms, I recommend trying the following.
1. Remove inflammatory foods from your diet– Removing foods that can cause inflammation is the first place to start. If you skip past this step you could be missing a crucial piece to the cause of your eczema. Simply by knowing a specific food is the culprit and avoiding that food could be all you need to do to improve your eczema.
For adults doing 30 days of clean eating is the best way to know if food is a problem. I would recommend doing my 30 day cleanse which consists of clean eating and detoxification. If you are unsure of what a detox is, I will be blogging on all the reasons you should detox soon so stay tuned. If that does not appeal to you then try clean eating for 30 days using the book The Whole30.
For Infants and children, I recommend also looking into food as a culprit. If you are breast feeding then you as the momma may need to eliminate some foods that may the cause. Try eliminating these things dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, soy products, and wheat. After 30 days of this bring back 1 food at a time for 3-5 days to see if the a flare up in eczema occurs again. If baby’s symptoms arise then avoid that food.
If the baby is on formula you may need to try a formula with less preservatives and additives.
2.Make your own eczema cream using Coconut oil mixed with essential oils will help to moisturize, sooth and clear up the skin. Coconut oil has high levels of antioxidants. It can nourish the skin with ample vitamins and minerals.
- Lavender essential oil is all things soothing. This essential oil will help to sooth and calm the skin.
- Melaleuca essential oil is fantastic for skin cleansing, it has a very rejuvenating effect on the skin.
- Frankincense is great to support healthy cellular function.
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Helichrysum essential oil can be added to the above recipe to help with inflammation of the skin. Adding a couple drops to the above recipe or using the oil with lavender essential oil and a carrier oil can be helpful and effective.
3.Take lukewarm baths Soaking in a lukewarm bath with coconut oil will help to moisturize the skin. Be sure to apply your Eczema cream within 3 minutes of bathing to “lock in” moisture. Air drying or gently patting skin dry with a towel, rather than rubbing skin dry after bathing.
4.Reducing external toxic exposure can improve skin irritation. Often times environmental factors can worsen symptoms such as toxic chemicals we use in our homes. Using toxin free chemicals to clean your home can help improve eczema. I like to use my essential oils to clean my home. Read this post to learn more about green cleaning. Lemon essential oil and Melaleuca essential oils with distilled water can clean amazing!
5.Wear cotton and soft fabrics Avoiding fabrics like wool that have scratchy fibers can reduce skin irritation. Stay away from tight-fitting clothing that can trap in moisture and irritate the skin. Use non-toxic detergents on your laundry to reduce the toxic chemicals that can be irritating your skin.
6.Avoid harsh soaps that have added dyes, scents and chemicals can be irritating also, so pay attention to the ingredients in your soaps. Often times artificial scents in soaps can cause inflammation.
7.Avoid rapid changes in temperature and activities that make you sweat (when possible). Also using a humidifier in dry weather and a dehumidifier in damper weather can be helpful.