Treating eczema prone skin can be frustrating.  The good news is following these 5 tips, and natural remedies help when treating eczema prone skin.

Is it eczema prone skin?

Treating Eczema prone skin can be frustrating.  Eczema prone skin is a common skin condition officially known as atopic dermatitis. The term eczema actually refers to a group of conditions responsible for causing this rash-like reaction in the skin.  It 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, for instance.  Older children and adults often experience rashes on their knees or elbows, on the backs of hands, or on the scalp.  

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 skin condition with no known cure. The good news is that there are various natural ways of treating eczema prone skin.  As a result, being able to controlling flare ups to bring much needed relief.

5 natural remedies for treating eczema prone skin

Once you have determined that it is eczema prone skin you are dealing with, there are a few simple steps you can take to 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 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 provides a protective barrier that will keep skin hydrated and protected. Applying moisturiser 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. Therefore, using a humidifier during winter really can help treating eczema prone skin and prevent flare ups.

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 and antibacterial ingredients  that help in treating eczema prone skin inflammation quickly.  

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.  Therefore, 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.   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.



Using Manuka Oil to treat eczema prone skin

Our 100% Organic Manuka Oil contains three properties that make it particularly useful in treating eczema prone skin.  In addition, Manuka oils anti-inflammatory enzymes help treat skin inflammation quickly, the antibacterial properties to speed up the healing process of broken, cracked and painful skin.  Lastly, the thick, viscous nature of manuka oil helps to lock in hydration in eczema prone skin.

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 moisturises even the driest of skin.  Most importantly, it’s excellent for healing open wounds and soothing irritated eczema prone skin.

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Eczema Bundle for treating eczema prone skin

Finding a product that works can be difficult for those with skin sensitivities such as eczema or psoriasis. As a result, our eczema bundlehas been specifically formulated with certified organic Manuka oil. Which is known for it’s powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which work to soothe itchy skin. Our Body Wash is toxin free making it perfect for clearing bacteria on sensitive skin and promoting skin health.   Similarly, our Body Lotion is a  excellent for soothing eczema prone skin and maintaining the skins overall barrier and health.

Why use Manuka Oil skincare products 

Manuka oil’s powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial properties work to actively soothe itchy skin inflammation. As a result, clinical trials suggesting that Manuka oil it has more effect on MRSA bacteriathan common tea tree oil.  Not only that, but Manuka oil has been shown to have exceptional cleansing and anti-bacterial effects against a wide range of microbes, including Staph bacteria. Furthermore, it helps to soothe and instantly reduces inflammation, helping your eczema prone skin appear less red.  It also assists in speeding up the healing process of broken, cracked and painful skin and a thick, viscous nature that locks in hydration.

How to apply Manuka oil to the skin

If you are new to using Manuka oil or have sensitive skin, we always recommend that you dilute 3-4 drops with your preferred carrier oil such as jojoba, rosehip or sweet almond oil. This potent essential oil should not be applied directly to the skin with a carrier oil 

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Read our Manuka Biotic Mum’s eczema experiences 

Hear directly from a few of our lovely Manuka Mum’s sharing their experiences of using our products on their little one’s Eczema. Click on the name below to see their story.

Helpful resources 

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.


Why Manuka Biotic?

  1. We use the worlds only certified organic Manuka oil.
  2. All our products contain potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and repair the skin.
  3. Our products are 100% New Zealand made.
  4. Our products are made using natural ingredients and are FREE from:
    • Parabens
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & SLES
    • PEGs, PABA, EDTA
    • Added fragrances & colouring
    • Petrochemicals
    • Mineral Oils
    • Phenoxyethanol
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Phthalates
    • Animal testing or animal derivatives

Manuka Biotic is natural skincare for the whole family, giving you access to the potent power of Manuka Oil.

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.

New Zealand Eczema Association New Zealand
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.

Australia Eczema Association Australasia
The leading professional organisation in Australasia providing support for people living with a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

United Kingdom The National Eczema Society
Dedicated to the needs of people with eczema, dermatitis and sensitive skin, the organisation is an excellent source of support and information.

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