Eczema can refer to a number of skin irritations resulting in inflammation, dry skin and a rash on various parts of the body. Eczema does not discriminate and can affect everyone from little ones to the elderly. Babies tend to get the red, itchy bumps on their arms, legs, chest or back, cheeks and chin, while adults often find it on elbows, wrists, knees, ankles or their neck. Anyone who has ever experienced it can agree: It’s uncomfortable, irritating and unsightly—and it has a tendency to come back at the worst possible times.
Witch hazel is wonderful at treating the dryness and inflammation often associated with eczema. You can apply witch hazel using a cotton swab to the affected area twice daily for relief. Use witch hazel only for a few weeks at a time before giving your body a break.
Add oatmeal, chamomile or baking soda to your bath to relieve itching. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to warm water and bathe for 15 minutes three times a week. Baking soda soothes acidic eczematic skin and helps regulate the skin’s pH level.
AVOID FRAGRANCED PRODUCTS
Swear off personal care products like lotions that include perfumes or coloring, and use natural, unscented products (or make your own, like the whipped coconut oil cooling lotion with aloe) instead. If essential oils bother your skin, omit them from homemade lotions. Switch to fragrance-free and dye-free detergents, and avoid using bleach, fabric softeners and dryer sheets in your laundry routine.
USE OILS TO AVOID DRYNESS
Letting eczema dry out can make it itchier. Moisturizing with coconut oil or jojoba oil right after bathing will help keep it moisturized and will promote healing. Bathe and moisturize at night to let your skin soak in the moisture overnight. If your eczema is on your hands or feet, try wearing cotton gloves or socks with an overnight hand mask to retain even more moisture.
ORGANIC RAW HONEY
Organic raw honey is an antibacterial humectant (meaning it locks moisture in). Apply to small areas for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.