Eczema is a skin condition that can be quite irritating. These 9 easy home remedies can bring you relief.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin disorder that ranges from minor, itchy rashes to acute flare-ups with open, oozing sores that have to be bandaged.
This disease is often attributed to some kind of food or airborne allergies, which can be minimized by medication such as pills or ointments. However, there is no cure for eczema, and the itchy, scaly, and inflamed skin can be a source of great discomfort and inconvenience for patients. Fortunately, there are some simple home remedies that can soothe your skin and minimize the effects of eczema to a considerable extent. The following are some such ingredients and easy-to-make preparations using things that are available in your kitchen.
Coconut oil does a great job of preventing your skin from drying up, and reducing the irritation associated with eczema. Your skin soaks up the oil and this fills up the intercellular space which makes your skin lose moisture.
How to use:
With clean hands, rub the coconut oil onto the affected areas of your skin, and leave it to dry. You can do this as many times as you need throughout the day. Organic, virgin coconut oil is one of the easiest and cheapest home remedies for eczema. This solution has no side effects, unlike chemical steroids and creams.
If coconut oil does not work for you, jojoba oil is another option. More a liquid wax than oil, jojoba oil has a molecular structure that is very similar to our skin’s natural oil. In addition, it is composed of long chain fatty acids, and is extremely rich and moisturizing.
How to use:
Wash and dry your hands before applying this oil on the affected area. Massage it gently into the skin till it is partially absorbed. Apply at least thrice every day.
A body butter is very helpful in soothing the painful, dry, and itchy patches of skin for people suffering from eczema. You can make one at home by combining four ingredients that are known for their healing properties—shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax. While shea butter has fatty acids that help repair damaged skin and reduce inflammation, beeswax helps protect and soften the skin.
What you will need:
How to use:
Melt down the jojoba and beeswax completely in a double boiler, add in the coconut oil, and stir the mixture till it is fully melted. Lower the heat before adding the shea butter, and continue to stir as it melts. Since shea butter is more heat sensitive, it should be added in the end. Transfer this body butter into an airtight container. You can opt to add a drop or two of lavender oil into the mixture. Let it cool, and use liberally on the affected areas of your skin as required.
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