Eczema

The inflamed and rough red patches on the skin surface that cause extreme itchiness and irritation is referred to as eczema. This is also known as Atopic Dermatitis that can commonly affect children. Adults too may suffer from this skin condition because of several risk factors. Normally, those people who suffer from allergic tendencies such as rhinitis, asthma, and hay fever are susceptible to eczema.

When the infected part of the skin is visible or have developed in the exposed area of your skin, extra care and protection maybe required so that the condition will not aggravate. The exact cause of eczema is not yet specifically defined but experts believe that risk factors to developing eczema are the following.

Causes

– Genetics or family background
– Poor immune system
– Having sensitive skin
– Environment

Symptoms

– Red, blistering patches on the hands, face, legs, and other parts of the body
– In children, these patches normally occur in the creases of knees and elbows
– Itchiness on the actual patches and the skin that surrounds it
– Cracking and appearance of wounds

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Cure Your Eczema with these Safe and Effective Home Remedies

Even though eczema is known to be not as contagious as other skin diseases cause by fungus and bacteria, treatment of the condition is still required in an urgent manner because it could become worse and the open wounds due to itching, cracking of the skin, and irritation can acquire infections. These home remedy guides can help you treat your eczema using safe and natural methods and some of these remedies are something you can easily find in your kitchen.

1. Oats

Oats provides skin moisturizing effects plus it has anti-inflammatory compounds that can help cure the itchiness and irritation of your eczema and the skin around it. One method to use oats in applying to the skin patches is to buy an oatmeal soap made from safe and natural ingredients. If you want to create your own home remedy by using store-bought oats, you can do the following methods:

– Put half cup of rolled oats in a half cup of water until the mixture turns milky, then scrub it on the infected area. Make sure to wash the infected area first using a gentle moisturizing soap.

– Some people with eczema and other skin conditions use oats in their bath (oatmeal bath). After soaping and rinsing from their usual bath routine, they put a cup of rolled oats on a piece of thin cotton cloth bag and tie it in the faucet while the water runs through. When the water forms a milky texture they dip their body in the bath tub and stay there for several minutes before patting their skin dry with a clean towel. They also use the bag of rolled oats as body scrub to absorb the oatmeal better.

2. Virgin Coconut oil

When applied to skin, coconut oil supply rich nutrients that makes the skin healthy and moisturized. It is loaded with healthy fats and contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds to shield your skin from infections. The wounds caused by itching of the red patches make it vulnerable to certain air-born infection that can make the skin condition worse. That is why application of virgin coconut oil to your eczema is helpful.

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Aside from moisturizing your skin, it will also soothe the itchiness and irritation and makes it heal faster. Just apply it by rubbing it gently on the infected part and let your skin absorb the oil. Use as often as needed or when itching occurs again.

3. Jojoba oil

Virgin coconut oil would just be a second option in case jojoba oil is not available. Jojoba oil is actually a wax that contains several important fatty acids and fatty alcohols that are essential for the skin to absorb natural vitamins and making it healthy thus, preventing the development of eczema and treating many skin conditions. Jojoba oil works great by penetrating deeply into the skin pores and absorbed by the skin faster. This is also a good antiseptic for the wound because of its natural fatty alcohol content. Apply as often as needed by massaging enough amounts on the blistered eczema as well as the skin that surrounds it.

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4. Shea butter

Applying shea butter on your skin on a regular basis is a good prevention plan if you are prone to develop eczema and certain skin-related problems. Shea butter contains rich fatty acids needed by the skin. It also contains anti-oxidants in the form of Vitamin E plus the rich vitamin A that could work as an anti-inflammation agent to fight the unwanted itchiness, irritation, and swelling of the eczema. Simply rub ample amount of shea butter to your infected skin and leave it there to dry and wait to be absorbed by the skin.

5. Beeswax

Natural beeswax is one of the best and safest home treatments for eczema as well as other skin conditions. Beeswax contains large volumes of organic compounds such as esters, hydroxypalmitate, oleate, palmitate, and palmitoleate. Beeswax is actually made up by massive chains of natural alcohols and fatty acids. These fatty acids and alcohol are essential nourishing factors for your skin.

All these components are mixed well together and create beeswax that is one of the most favored natural treatments for maintaining excellent skin texture and overall skin health. Beeswax also has several important properties that are highly effective in reducing the symptoms of eczema. It also leaves your skin vibrant, supple, and itch-free. Many skin products these days contain beeswax because of its very promising skin benefits.

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6. Combine different oil mixtures

The above mentioned natural oil and wax, when combined together makes up a great skin treatment for eczema and other skin diseases. The powerful compounds each element contain, when put together, creates the perfect solution for your skin problems. All these key ingredients are natural and safe to use at all times.

This oil mixture will not just cover your eczema and skin problems. It will also give you a smooth and healthy skin and prevents eczema and other skin conditions from coming back. It would be best to store these ingredients at home for easy access.

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7. Turmeric

Consuming turmeric whether on the food you eat or ingesting directly in a form of tea will provide you with great skin benefits aside from the other internal health benefits. Research shows that this popular Indian spice helps a lot in reducing inflammation caused by several skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that protects the skin from free radicals and aids in faster healing of the skin cells. So aside from good tasting food, you will also get a healthy body and skin by eating consuming turmeric.

8. Aloe Vera gel

This is excellent for reducing the itchiness caused by the skin problems. The drying effect of eczema is one of the causes why there is itchiness and cracking of the skin. The rich moisturizing effects of the aloe vera gel also provides a soothing cool sensation. Aloe vera is also known to contain anti-inflammatory compounds and promotes healing and skin restoration.

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Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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