Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a common skin condition. In the UK alone, around 15 million people suffer from dry, itchy, and red skin associated with eczema. Classified as an inflammatory condition, it flares up periodically and cannot be cured. Nevertheless, some simple lifestyle changes and home remedies can make a world of difference when it comes to soothing those pesky eczema flare-ups.
If you are already undergoing an eczema treatment—particularly if you are taking prescription medication—consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your treatment regimen.
Extracted from coconut meat, coconut oil contains fatty acids that are a great natural moisturizer. As such, it can help with the skin dryness experienced by people with eczema. In addition, the antibacterial properties of coconut oil can minimize steph bacteria on the skin, helping to prevent infection. This can be particularly beneficial for people suffering from eczema, as dry and inflamed skin has a tendency to crack, which can allow bacteria to enter the body more easily. For best results apply cold-pressed virgin coconut oil to the skin several times a day. Be sure to use it after bathing and overnight.
Available as a powder, colloidal oatmeal, also known as avena sativa, is infused with natural emollients that soothe inflamed and irritated skin. Made from finely ground and boiled oats, colloidal oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can alleviate dry, scaly, rough, and itchy skin. Simply sprinkle some into your bathtub and have a good soak for around 10 – 15 minutes. Alternatively, invest in a lotion or cream that contains colloidal oatmeal. While colloidal oatmeal is generally safe, it is not recommended for individuals allergic to oats or gluten.
Vitamin D and Fish Oil
Vitamins can alleviate eczema by boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Since eczema often goes hand in hand with allergies, vitamin D can be a lifesaver for people suffering from the condition. Vitamin D alleviates inflammation and increases antimicrobial peptide activity to improve the skin’s protective barrier. Ingesting adequate levels of fish oil can also help to minimize the dry, scaly skin that is associated with eczema. In addition, a source from Supplementnation.co.uk also said that a recent research study found that women who took a fish oil supplement during pregnancy had babies that were 36 percent less likely to suffer from eczema.
While this may come as a surprise, honey has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In fact, honey has been used in wound care for centuries. It has also often been used to treat burns. As such, applying honey can help to heal the cracked and inflamed skin caused by eczema by moisturizing the skin and preventing infections. Manuka honey from bees that feed on the manuka bush in New Zealand have been said to be particularly beneficial for a variety of skin conditions.