Why use harsh chemicals on your skin when simple ingredients can give you natural relief for eczema issues.
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I’ve been struggling with eczema and other skin irritations pretty often as I’m getting older.
I’ve narrowed down my outbreaks to being mostly stress-induced, but once I’ve got those itchy, scaly, dry spots, it’s a bear to make them disappear.
After loads of trial and error, I’ve gotten my facial eczema to calm down a lot. But I do still have flare-ups sometimes.
In my journey to live a simpler lifestyle with fewer chemicals in my home, I’ve researched some natural relief for eczema symptoms.
Here’s what I’ve learned!
Baking Soda Bath
Try mixing ¼ cup baking soda to a bath of warm water and soak for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to towel off gently without rubbing your skin too roughly! This method has been recommended by the National Eczema Association.
I’m not a huge bath person at this stage of my life, but I will say, a baking soda bath does wonders!
Oatmeal has been used for centuries for its skin-soothing powers. Finely ground oatmeal, also called colloidal oatmeal, can be used in a bath of warm water, similarly to the baking soda technique.
The site Very Well Family has some great tips for how to properly prep your oatmeal bath for yourself or your children.
I feel like a broken record with the number of times I’ve written about my love of shea butter on this website. It’s just so, so good.
Shea has loads of vitamins A, E, and F. Those combined with its fatty acids and high oil content, make it a natural at helping with itchy skin.
For more detailed info, check out this post about all the benefits of shea butter.
Coconut oil is very popular for helping with all kinds of things. Some people have found that it can soothe eczema irritation.
Be aware though sometimes it can have the opposite effect. I’ve found that coconut oil is actually really rough on my skin, but everyone has different experiences.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another product that seems to be used for everything these days. There may be some benefit to using ACV for help with eczema but use with caution.
The National Eczema Association has some good info on some ideas on how to use it safely.
The antibacterial properties in aloe vera can prevent infection to irritated skin. But, it is recommended to avoid using aloe vera gels with alcohol, as that ingredient could inflame tender skin more.
Some people like to get the gel fresh right from a live leaf!
Tea Tree Oil
There doesn’t seem to be many studies about how tea tree oil can help with eczema, but its anti-inflammatory features can help with the swelling and itch of eczema.
The website Healthline has more details on the effects of tea tree and other oils on eczema.
Of course, these are all only ideas.
If you do have eczema or other skin irritations, be sure to check with your dermatologist to determine what will work best for you!