Eczema is a skin condition that millions of people suffer from with many even starting their suffering as infants. It is characterized by red, scaly and itchy skin as well as cracks, ulcers and blisters. In many cases medication is required. The good news is that there are natural remedies for eczema that anybody can adopt to relieve the symptoms.
Yes, the oatmeal recommended by nutritionists as being good for your body is also a good ally against eczema. This is because oatmeal contains four skin-friendly substances:
- Polysaccharides help in the prevention of dry skin mainly by providing a protective barrier on the skin’s top.
- Proteins promote the skin’s ability to form a protective barrier.
- Saponins act as natural cleansers by keeping out the allergens like dust and dirt out of your skin.
- Fats lubricate the skin, which means more hydration for the skin and lesser likelihood for flare-ups of eczema.
The oatmeal bath is also one of the simplest, safest and most effective natural remedies for eczema. Just grind 2-4 cups of raw oatmeal in the grinder until a fine powder is produced, then pour the powdered oatmeal into the warm water of your bath and soak in the mixture for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently dab the skin with a soft towel.
First and foremost, we must warn readers that herbal preparations must be used under the guidance of your dermatologist. This is because many herbs can actually cause or aggravate the symptoms of eczema so taking extra precautions is absolutely necessary. You may want to try the following herbs:
- A combination of comfrey roots, slippery elm bark and white oat bark makes for a gentle cleanser. The total effect is the lessening of inflammation, soothing of the skin and even removing the germs that lead to infection.
- A combination of herbs like chamomile, witch hazel and licorice also shows great potential as one of the natural remedies for eczema.
Again, you must always talk to your dermatologist before using any herbal products touted to be good for eczema.
Dry skin is often the precursor for eczema so it is important to ensure that the skin stays hydrated at all times. Since the store-bought moisturizers contain possible allergens in the form of chemicals, you will want natural moisturizers. You are then lessening your chances for eczema flare-ups.
If you cannot find these natural lotions, you can buy store lotions just as long as these have no dyes, oils and fragrances. Then, add 2 drops each of blueberry and licorice extract to the lotion in your hand, mix the extracts and lotion thoroughly and apply to the skin.
But of course, you must also remember to apply the other natural remedies for eczema. You must wear loose cotton clothes to allow your skin to breathe, lessen your stress levels, and avoid exposure to any of the allergens that cause your eczema.