Dryness and eczema go hand in hand and it is this dryness that makes it so important to keep on moisturizing when you have the recurring symptoms of eczema
including itching, inflammation and thickening of the skin.
Add in heat and sweat, and the skin becomes even more irritated and itchy
When the body sweats, valuable water and moisture is lost from the skin. If you or someone you care for has eczema, establish a skin care routine to try and lock in moisture
- A daily bath helps by using a moisturizing aqueous cream rather than ordinary soaps for cleaning. The temperature should be just warm (be careful not to have the temperature too hot or too cold) and it is good to soak for 15 to 20 minutes so that the skin’s outer layer can absorb moisture. Avoid any excessive scrubbing. The skin should be dried by gently patting with a towel to remove excess water.
- For an additional soothing treat, add colloidal oatmeal like Aveeno to the bath, and even use oatmeal as a soap substitute. For the bath, pour 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal into the lukewarm water. This oatmeal is a fine powder that will remain suspended in water. For use as a soap substitute, wrap colloidal oatmeal in a handkerchief, place a rubber band around the top, wet it, wring it out and use as you would a normal washcloth.
- After patting dry and while the skin is still damp, apply a moisturizer and preferably one that is more greasy than creamy.
Two recipes for suitable and natural moisurizers to use for eczema after bathing
Home lotion for eczema
- ½ cup distilled water.
- ½ cup oil - almond, grape seed or olive.
- 1 tablespoon lecithin.
- 6 to 8 drops geranium oil.
- Add some Vitamin E oil as this is a good antioxidant.
Mix all these ingredients in a blender. You will have a thick creamy lotion which you can dilute with a little water if you want it thinner. Store in a container ready for daily use.
Another recipe is for an all-natural Vaseline-type jelly but minus any petroleum
- Place 1 oz. of beeswax in the top of a double boiler and heat slowly until it melts. Don't put beeswax in the microwave or in a standard saucepan, as it is flammable when exposed to direct heat.
- Remove the melted wax from heat and squeeze the oil from six x 400 IU vitamin E capsules into the wax. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties which nourish and protect your skin while acting as a natural preservative to prolong the shelf life of your petroleum jelly.
- Stir in 1/2 cup of extra virgin or cold pressed sweet almond oil. Stir the ingredients constantly as the mixture cools and thickens.
- While still slightly warm, scoop the jelly mixture into a dark glass jar and leave unsealed to cool completely.
- Keep in a cool, dark place or in your refrigerator. Use it as you would use commercial petroleum jelly.
These lotions are even more important to use if you are working or living in an air conditioned or heated workplace or home. Use twice a day and more often on the hands.
While establishing a daily skin care routine, you can also look at other eczema home remedies
- One is the simple use of water. Apply cold compresses or cold water. Cold, wet dressings can help soothe and relieve the itching associated with eczema. You can even use cold milk instead of water as this may be a lot more soothing. Put milk into a glass with ice cubes and let it sit for a few minutes. Then pour the milk onto a gauze pad or thin piece of cotton and apply it to the irritated skin for 2 or 3 minutes. Resoak the cloth and reapply, continuing the process for about 10 minutes several times per day.
- Some regular sunlight and the vitamin D it produces in your system are a healing combionation. Not being deficient in Vitamin D (the feel good hormone) is imperative when treating any condition so it is always worth while to be tested for your levels so that, if you are unable to get sufficient unlight for 15 to 20 minutes (closest to noon) several times per week, you can top up with a vitamin D3 supplement.
- Eczema is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home. As this heat is more drying than other types, a good humidifier is an excellent home remedy for eczema. Make sure your humidifier covers a large area of the home to be beneficial. Also put one next to the bed of anyone suffering from eczema so they benefit as they sleep.
- Essential oils have been used down the centuries as a successful home remedy for eczema and other skin conditions. Now H-Eczema is specially formulated from pure essential oils to provide the perfect healing eczema home remedy that is gentle, safe and successful to use for treating the symptoms of eczema.
Scratching can actually trigger eczematous rashes
Some eczematous rashes completely disappear without any treatment if you can just stop scratching.
By finding the perfect combination of keeping the skin moisturized and eczema home remedies, you can manage this uncomfortable skin condition.