Eczema, a form of dermatitis, makes a person’s skin itchy from its rashes.
It’s similar to an allergic reaction and is caused by various encounters with substances such as detergents, animal dander, or metals.
Eczema is at its peak when exposed to water, dry climates, or when induced under stress.
There are many creams and ointments on the market to treat eczema, although it never goes away.
However, these four treatments below are easy and natural ways to reduce your eczema flare ups.
1. Stay Moisturized with Coconut Oil
As eczema dries your skin, your body screams for moisturizer to ease its flakiness.
Coconut oil is very good at moisturizing your skin, and it lasts for hours.
Coconut oil is full of anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
It’s also a natural cooling ingredient, so once you apply it, any pains associated with the inflammation is dulled as well.
2. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
Studies have shown that eczema gets worse in the wintertime, and that’s when most are vitamin D deficient.
Lack of exposure to natural sunlight is one major cause.
However, you can safely take between 5,000-10,000 IU of vitamin D a day.
In addition to getting more sunlight, increase your intake of the following foods:
- Fish oils
- Canned tuna fish
- Vitamin D–rich mushrooms
- Fortified milk
- Fortified orange juice
- Beef liver
3. Apply Honey Three Times a Week
Another easy way to help reduce your eczema breakouts are to apply honey directly to your breakout areas.
Of course, this works best for just small patches on your skin. Honey is a natural antiseptic.
It’s also great to heal any scars you may have from scratching too much.
Any of these easy DIY honey scrubs would work great.
4. Take a Warm, Detoxifying Salt Bath
As with any disease or irritant to the body, eliminating free radicals and bacteria can help soothe your ailment.
A warm detoxifying bath consisting of magnesium flakes or Epsom salt can make the world of difference.
Now, do be aware that water can worsen some conditions of eczema, but if you can stand it, this may be just what you need to heal your skin.
This is a great de-stresser as well, as stress can increase your breakouts. An easy detoxifying bath consists of the following:
- 1 cup of magnesium flakes
- 1/2 cup Sea Salt
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
Pour all ingredients into your tub as you run a warm bath. Again, this is meant to relax you as well, so do so before bedtime.
Do you have any natural remedies to soothe your eczema flare ups? Share with us below.
Diet can be a major factor that can cause your eczema flare ups, there are certain foods that can aggravate this skin condition. Check out this video of JJ Vergin, a nutrition expert from Vanish Eczema on what foods can cause this type of dermatitis.