For those of us living with eczema in a seasonal climate, winter can be quite the nightmare. Forced hot air heat, blistering cold, and an itch that won’t quit are just a few of the factors that affect this all-too-common skin condition. Nearly 18 million Americans are living with eczema, most commonly diagnosed as atopic dermatitis, so it’s surprising that so little research has been dedicated to finding a cure.
Nearly 18 million Americans are living with eczema, most commonly diagnosed as atopic dermatitis, so it’s surprising that so little research has been dedicated to finding a cure. While the cause is unknown, the symptoms for adults include red, irritated, itchy, and sometimes scaly skin, usually on the back of the legs, front of elbows, and even on the face.
While many lotions claim to heal dry or rough skin, skin affected by eczema is a bit different. It’s usually sensitive, and a loss of lipids (the skin’s protective shield) means it needs to be treated very gently. So why not stick steer clear of synthetic fragrances and harsh chemicals and try out a natural regimen.
Here are a few all-natural remedies that eczema-sufferers swear by:
C’mon, don’t even act surprised. You KNEW coconut oil was going to be on the list. Coconut oil is a great natural barrier as well as anti-bacterial, an important trait since skin with eczema may have a more difficult time fending off infection. Wash and dry your hands and apply on the affected area as needed.
If you find that coconut oil isn’t doing it for you, many have also found success with jojoba oil.
For many of us, a trip to a warm, sunny beach offers temporary relief for scaly winter skin. While you might assume that the temperature and sun are the cure, it’s also been found that the drying properties of salt water play a role as well. Since ditching your day-to-day for 24/7 beach life isn’t realistic for most of us (#goals) a salt spray does the trick. Instead of trying to moisturize inflamed skin, the salt spray soothes it and gently dries out irritation.
This recipe from Wellness Mama incorporates Himalayan Sea Salt and Magnesium Flakes.
Honey has truly made a beauty comeback, and no wonder - it’s a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and humectants (meaning it draws in moisture). You can either use raw, natural honey or a honey-based product (like these from Nature’s Gold). Some people prefer to cover the area with gauze while the product soaks in while others opt to “let it breathe.”
Since the cause of eczema is unknown and everyone’s skin is a little bit different, it’s important to find the remedies that work for you. It could mean one miracle product or a combination of treatments that help alleviate the itching and inflammation. Additional natural treatments include fish oil supplements, oatmeal baths, and chamomile.
Best of luck and comment below the remedies that are tried-and-true for you!