Eczema Natural Remedies and Prevention
Is your skin dry, red, scaly, and extremely itchy? These are all common symptoms of eczema. If you've experienced these uncomfortable skin issues, you're not alone. Eczema can be a frustrating and persistent condition that affects many people. In this blog, we'll explore what eczema is, why it happens, and how you can manage it to find relief from those uncomfortable, irritating symptoms.
Let's dive into the world of eczema and discover how to care for your skin naturally!
What is eczema?
Eczema is a prevalent type of dermatitis, manifesting differently in each individual, but typical indications include skin inflammation, redness, and itchiness. These symptoms often manifest most intensely on the face, the backs of knees, inside of elbows, ankles, and underarms.
What is the root cause of eczema?
Eczema can not be passed on from person to person. Although the precise origin of eczema remains unclear, researchers have determined that it arises from a combination of genetic factors and environmental influences. Many individuals with eczema frequently experience concurrent symptoms such as hay fever, allergic asthma, and food allergies.
How to take care of eczema prone skin naturally?
Following a skin care plan is one of the best ways to prevent and treat your eczema. By incorporating a consistent and tailored skincare routine, you can better control your eczema and enjoy healthier, more comfortable skin.
1. Gentle cleansing that heals at the same time
Properly washing eczema-prone skin is the first crucial step to manage eczema and avoiding skin problems in general. Eczema damages the skin's protective layer, called the epidermis, which can lead to more water loss, a higher chance of skin infections, and reactions to chemicals and pollution. The trick is to be gentle when washing to protect your skin and prevent infections. Use lukewarm water when bathing or showering. Steer clear of hot water, as it can exacerbate skin dryness and result in increased water loss from the skin.
Using a natural organic cleanser is ideal for eczema because it contains no harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can strip it of it's natural oils and irritate sensitive skin. Organic cleansers also often avoid common allergens and fragrances that can be problematic for eczema-prone skin. By opting for natural and organic options, individuals with eczema can provide their skin with a milder and more soothing cleansing experience, which is vital for managing and preventing flare-ups. Our Shampoo & Gel Wash is made from natural, organic ingredients including Aloe Vera which has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and Organic Essential Oils that offer their own healing properties. For eczema we recommend Lavender or Rose Geranium wash or soap as we've seen these to have the best results in relieving and preventing symptoms.
2. Avoid exfoliates
When dealing with eczema, it's essential to steer clear of exfoliating products. Exfoliates such as loofahs, body puffs, or rough washcloths, can be too harsh on your already sensitive skin. They may further irritate and damage the skin's protective barrier, making eczema symptoms worse. Instead, opt for gentle cleansing methods. Pat the affected area dry after washing and avoid rubbing it with a towel to minimise friction and reduce the risk of aggravating your eczema.
3. Moisturise richly
Moisturising deeply when you have eczema is a game-changer. Eczema-prone skin tends to be dry and prone to irritation, so a good rich moisturiser can work wonders. It helps to lock in much-needed moisture, strengthen the skin's protective barrier, and reduce the itchiness and discomfort that often accompanies eczema. By applying a gentle, natural, organic moisturiser regularly, you can keep your skin hydrated and more resilient, which is a key step in managing and soothing eczema symptoms.
Our rich moisturiser creams contain ingredients that have been specially selected to relieve dry skin conditions in the gentlest, most effective way as nature intended. Wonderful organic Essential Oils, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Rosehip and Starflower Oil sink into the layers of your skin deeply nourishing, healing and rejuvenating. A thin layer is left on the surface to keep moisture in, resulting in hydrated naturally soft healthy skin. Lavender and Rose Geranium Rich Creams have received the most positive feedback for eczema care for their antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Avoid Triggers
While individuals vary in their eczema triggers, several typical culprits tend to exacerbate symptoms. Many of these are part of our daily routines. Common airborne allergens include house dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and molds, while prevalent fabric irritants include wool, polyester, nylon, and latex. Even weather conditions can incite flare-ups, so it's crucial to shield your skin from extreme temperatures in both summer and winter.
Opting for natural organic remedies for eczema is advisable to steer clear of harsh chemicals and toxins commonly found in beauty products and laundry detergents.
When dealing with baby eczema you can follow the same steps as above but it's important to remember that Baby's skin is more sensitive than older children and adult skin. When choosing a cleanser and moisturiser opt for products that are kind on their delicate skin. Here at New Dawn we have a range of baby products containing only gentle soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera, glycerine and a little organic Lavender essential oil. These ingredients are naturally cleansing, moisturising and non-drying, leaving babies skin and hair soft, lightly scented and glowing with health.
Henry's baby range is named after my nephew. Shortly after coming into the world Henry had eczema, milia and dry skin. I created Soap, Shampoo & Gel Wash and Creams especially for him. Within one week of daily use his skin was starting to look new born again. After two weeks his skin was perfect! Since then, just by using the Shampoo & Gel Wash daily his skin and hair has remained healthy, happy and blemish free...and Henry is now a teenager!
Parents can also implement preventive actions to minimise eczema flare-ups. For older infants, using mittens and gloves can safeguard affected areas from potential triggers. Also consider opting for short cotton pyjamas. These can reduce perspiration build-up in the folds of the arms and legs, which are common areas for eczema flare-ups. Additionally, using detergents specifically designed for this skin condition can be beneficial in reducing the likelihood of flare-ups.
It's worth noting that food allergies can be a trigger for eczema, so creating a special diet for your infant may help alleviate symptoms.
If you're taking prescription medications for your eczema, it's a good idea to check with your doctor before trying new remedies.