Eczema is a chronic condition that causes red, irritated skin. An uncomfortable and long-lasting condition, eczema can cause pain and lead to emotional distress if it becomes difficult to treat. Natural treatments for eczema can help to reduce inflammation, alleviate itching and soreness and help nourish and moisturize the skin.
Eczema is a skin condition also known as atopic dermatitis. It causes red and itchy bumps to form on the skin, typically in patches on certain parts of the body. Where eczema forms often depends on the person as people generally experience recurrent eczema in the same places.1,2
Eczema is characterized by flare-ups, meaning there are certain periods when your skin is clear and healthy, then something triggers it and the eczema develops. These recurrent flare-ups of eczema may last several months or years depending on the person.1
Though it’s common in children, eczema can affect anyone at any age. Children with at least one parent with a history of eczema are more likely to develop it. Apart from genetic factors, the exact cause of eczema is unknown. Experts feel that eczema develops due to a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger a skin reaction and flare-ups. Possible risk factors and triggers for eczema include:1,2
- Family history of eczema
- Environmental allergens such as pet dander or pollen
- Allergy to synthetic materials
- Irritant products such as soaps
- Bacterial skin infections
- Hormonal changes
Eczema can form in one place or multiple places, usually on the elbows, behind the knees or on the chest and neck. Common eczema symptoms include:1,2
- Dry, flakey skin
- Red patches of scaley skin
- Red, raised bumps that may leak fluid and form scabs
- Itchy skin
- Inflammation and redness
- Raw, irritated skin from itching
Eczema symptoms may be accompanied by other symptoms such as asthma or hay fever. In severe cases, eczema can cause such severe pain and discomfort that it can interefere with sleep and other day-to-day activities.1
Top Natural Treatments for Eczema
To treat eczema naturally, it’s important to first bring down skin inflammation. Several natural products can reduce swelling, which helps relieve itching and irritation. Natural treatments for eczema should also help nourish and moisturize the skin so that it heals faster. Try the following natural treatments for eczema and dry skin:
Apple Cider Vinegar - As a natural astringent, apple cider vinegar can help to tonify and nourish skin affected by eczema.
Olive Oil - Olive oil is rich in vitamins and fats that help to reduce inflammation and irritation caused by eczema. Applying olive oil topically to the affected skin can also help nourish and moisturize dry skin.
Marigold Flower - Oil extract from the marigold flower has natural anti-inflammatory and itch-relieving properties to help alleviate eczema symptoms.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil can help to reduce inflammation and itching from eczema-prone skin. Coconut oil also offers skin-nourishing benefits to help affected skin heal faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Flaxseed Oil and Coconut Oil - Combining apple cider vinegar, flaxseed oil and coconut oil together into a topical treatment can help to nourish, moisturize and heal eczema while reducing inflammation.