Eczema prone skin needsextra attention as it is more sensitive and can become “rashy” if it gets too dry or irritated. While eczema may never go away, there are a few natural remedies that you can use to help when treating eczema prone skin and prevent future flare-ups.
Is it Eczema?
Eczema, officially known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disease that causes the skin to be easily red, inflamed and itchy. While eczema is very common in children, it can strike at any age. In babies eczema usually appears as tiny bumps on the cheeks. Older children and adults often experience rashes on their knees or elbows, on the backs of hands, or on the scalp.
The term eczema actually refers to a group of conditions responsible for causing this rash-like reaction in the skin.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from an ill-defined red or erythematous scaly rash, it may be due to eczema prone skin. While eczema tends to be a chronic condition with no known cure, the good news is that there are various natural ways of controlling flare ups to bring much needed relief.
5 natural home remedies for eczema
Once you have determined that it is eczema prone skin you are dealing with, there are a few simple steps you can take to help manage and treat the condition and prevent the number and frequency of future eczema flare ups.
Tip #1:Avoid long or hot showers
Hot water actually dries out the skin by pulling out the skin’s natural moisture. We recommend taking warm – not hot – showers and limiting bath time to less than 5 minutes in a lukewarm bath for babies and children. This is particularly important when treating a flare up for eczema prone skin.
Tip #2:Moisturise and moisturise!
Dry skin tends to worsen an eczema itch and rash, therefore moisturising your skin is a vital component to self-care management of eczema prone skin. Using a product like our Body Lotion helps to provide a protective barrier that will keep skin hydrated and protected. Applying a moisturising Body Lotion right after bathing also helps to seal in the skin’s natural moisture.
Tip #3: Humidify the air.
During the cold and dry winter months, the humidity in the air can drop to <5% humidity, whereas the humidity may be more than 25-50% during the summer months. Greater humidity in the air draws less moisture out from your skin, so using a humidifier during winter can help to prevent flare ups for eczema prone skin.
Tip #4: Use fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products.
This includes keeping an eye out for all skin products, body washes and body lotions that have fragrances in them. If it smells like bubble-gum, it most likely contains toxic chemicals that will irritate sensitive skin. Fragrance is one of the top contact allergens in the testing of allergic contact dermatitis, so it’s best to avoid it! Our all natural – no nasties – Body Wash is specially formulated with 100% Organic Manuka Oil making it particularly useful in treating eczema prone skin. It features anti-inflammatory enzymes that treat skin inflammation quickly, antibacterial properties to speed up the healing process of broken, cracked and painful skin and a thick, viscous nature that locks in hydration.
Tip #5: Monitor your food intake.
Contrary to popular belief, foods or food allergies do not actually cause eczema, however certain foods may contribute to flare ups in eczema prone skin. Maintaining good gut health is also an important factor in boosting our overall wellbeing and immunity, and our skin can be a great barometer of what’s going on internally.
Cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, fish, wheat, and soy are common culprits, and we recommend seeking professional advice from a health practitioner such as a dietitian if you believe food may be contributing to your experience of eczema.
Dr. Ford, the world’s leading expert on Food Allergies and Food Intolerances and Eczema says food-triggered outbreaks can be outgrown over time. Raised on Real Food, by Maryana Lishman, is another insightful resource, and a heartfelt community when you are looking at the link between food and eczema.
Using Manuka Oil to treat eczema
Our 100% Organic Manuka Oil contains three properties that make it particularly useful in treating eczema prone skin – anti-inflammatory enzymes that treat skin inflammation quickly, antibacterial properties to speed up the healing process of broken, cracked and painful skin and a thick, viscous nature that locks in hydration.
We combine Manuka Oil with organic, tree, nut-free oils to create our gentle, nourishing Manuka Biotic Body Lotion. Thick in texture and rich in emollients, it is a surprisingly soft and creamy balm that will moisturise even the driest of skin and is excellent for healing open wounds and soothing irritated eczema prone skin.
Please read the full ingredient list for any known irritants or allergies. We advise trying new products on a small patch of skin and waiting 24 hours to make sure there is no reaction. Any natural product on the market could contain an ingredient that won’t agree with your skin. You can read how to do this here.
Further support for treating eczema prone skin
For more information and advice on how you can treat and manage eczema, we recommend the following websites and support groups. Remember, your health provider will be able to treat you with assessing and treating your symptoms.
http://eczema.org.nz This organisation has an excellent website, with great forums, blogs, education and a support line you can call to help improve the lives of those people living with dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and a variety of other skin conditions.
http://www.eczema.org Dedicated to the needs of people with eczema, dermatitis and sensitive skin, the organisation is an excellent source of support and information.