Natural Remedies for Eczema
Eczema is a common skin issue that can appear at any time of the year because of a variety of different reasons, and it is the most common skin condition for children during their first 10 years of life. My middle son had severe eczema until he was 2, and we regularly saw a pediatric dermatologist at BC Children’s Hospital. His was caused by a combination of bad genetics and food sensitivities. Some triggers of eczema for most people include sweat, soaps, pollens, animals, foods, wool – and during this time of year especially – dry air. If diet has already been addressed, there are some things that can be used topically that may speed healing or at least limit discomfort & itchiness as it heals. Here are some things that we have found helpful:
1. Virgin Coconut Oil
As long as you aren’t allergic or intolerant to it, virgin coconut oil works well in combination with a moisturizer, by adding it as a second layer to help prevent moisture from escaping.
2. Fish Oil
Fish oils are rich in omega-3 which is essential for healthy skin. Omega-3 food and supplement sources can help alleviate the dry skin associated with eczema. Because an average child’s diet doesn’t contain enough omega-3s, we added a fruit-flavoured liquid omega-3 supplement, with the appropriate amount of DHA and EPA, to smoothies.
3. Colloidal oatmeal baths
Colloidal oatmeal can protect skin and soothe the itching and irritation from eczema. Studies have also indicated that colloidal oatmeal can also act as a buffer to help maintain skin surface pH. We were told by the dermatologist that limiting the length and frequency of baths is essential for maintaining skin’s natural moisture and pH when you have eczema. A 10-minute soak in the milky looking, silky water was enough to relieve the itch.
When your gut is out of balance, it can cause a number of skin conditions, eczema being one of them. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria in the body – the bad and the good. So if you have ever taken a round of antibiotics, consider taking a probiotic to reintroduce the healthy flora back into the body.
5. Healing Salve
For mild eczema, hydrocortisone ointment is not always necessary. There are a number of negative side effects that come with hydrocortisone use, and I tried to use it as seldom as possible on my son. Maple Organics Skin Therapy, our original Lavender formula, is an amazing certified organic, natural salve for eczema. Every ingredient is added with a specific intention, and work together to help replenish and repair dry skin. Lavender oil applied topically is known for its soothing and healing properties, and aromatherapically reduces stress, which is another trigger of eczema. All of the organic oils and butters in Skin Therapy will keep your skin moisturized and protected. Apply it before a warm bath to help retain your skin’s natural moisture.
If you or a loved one have ever/are currently dealing with eczema, I hope you find some of these natural remedies beneficial!