An estimated 30% of Americans live with the chronically dry, itchy skin that eczema causes. Because eczema flare-ups can happen any time, it’s good to have some home remedies on hand to find fast symptom relief.
At Island Aesthetics & Dermatology, our skin care specialists Shannon Tumblin, ARPN and Kristy Anderson, ARPN provide comprehensive eczema care. They diagnose the condition and also provide treatment plans to help you manage eczema in the long term.
In addition to topical and oral medications, our providers can recommend home remedies that are beneficial for your skin and protect its health. Here are a few home remedies to consider during your next eczema flare-up:
Colloidal oatmeal are oats that are ground down and boiled to enhance their skin-healing properties.
When used in a lotion, colloidal oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that nourish your skin to address dryness and scaly while also calming the intensity of your itching.
Diluted apple cider vinegar helps balance acidity in your skin and also offers bacteria-fighting benefits.
You can add vinegar to your bath or soak clean cloths in diluted vinegar and apply them to your skin to ease itching and lower your risk for infection.
Aloe vera gel comes from a live aloe plant. The gel supports the healing of sunburns and wounds due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It also cools inflamed skin to relieve discomfort.
Aloe plants are easy to care for in your home. You can break open a leaf to access the natural gel. If you choose bottled aloe vera, select a natural gel product that doesn’t contain fragrances, alcohol, or preservatives that can further irritate your skin.
Coconut oil is made of fatty acids that moisturize extra dry skin and ease inflammation.
You can apply virgin coconut oil directly to your skin daily and after bathing. The oil is safe and effective for both children and adults.
In addition to using natural home remedies to relieve existing eczema symptoms, you can also make lifestyle changes that can prevent frequent flare-ups. These changes include:
Eczema is an inflammatory disease, so what you eat matters. Incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods like fish, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables, and cinnamon into your diet.
Detergents and fabric softeners often contain chemicals that irritate your skin. Select products that are gentle on the skin and free of colors and fragrances.
Cotton and linen are breathable materials that can be more comfortable for people with eczema.
Try to avoid fabrics that can irritate skin, such as polyester and nylon. Also be mindful of zippers, buttons, and other accessories that can scratch your skin.
Getting overheated or exposing your skin to cold air can trigger eczema flare-ups. Wear layers of clothing that are easy to remove if you get too hot or sweaty.
In cold weather, be sure to keep your skin covered to protect it from drying out.
If you need help managing eczema outbreaks, call Island Aesthetics & Dermatology in Coupeville, Washington, to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book an appointment online today.