Natural Eczema cures & remedies, making the fight a lot easier and winning it!
This is something we get asked about all the time on naturesknockout.com and we have a lot to share. It’s not really a “recipe” per say, but a lot of tried and true natural eczema cures and remedies and what we believe to be cures as well (based on our own experience and feedback from all of you) So anyway, here we go…
USE WATER SPARINGLY, IF AT ALL
Water is one of the worst irritants and literally fuels the eczema, so you’ll want to protect the skin from it as much as possible. We tend to over clean and eczema is one of the bodies ways of telling us that the immune system is not very happy. There’s so much more to say, but basically our skin is covered with a natural protective oily coating. It’s important to keep that intact and using water can actually strip that away. So the better option is to use an emollient (like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil) to clean because it actually lifts the impurities off of the surface.
When you need to shower or immerse yourself in water, you can apply coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to the skin prior to exposure, then wash with a gentle, safe soap, and follow up with a little oil after towel drying the skin.
With your son’s eczema, it’s important to avoid all products containing sodium laureth or sodium lauryl sulphate (for more info on those, head to our I-Spy.) It’s best to make sure he only uses natural or organic soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents…but even if an item says it’s natural, check the ingredients to make sure it’s completely non-chemical. This might sound odd, but oil based cleansers will lift impurities, without drying the surface. So we feel that unfefined, pure organic cold pressed coconut oil is the best cleanser you could use. Use it alone and without water while skin is irritated.
If the eczema has a thick and rough texture and no lesions, freshly ground sea salt can be added to the coconut oil to scrub the area (not close to the eyes though)…often eczema will respond well to that as it usually carries bacteria that the salt fights. Remove it with a damp cloth and reapply the coconut oil to relubricate. Please be sure skin is not broken or the salt could really hurt.
Another thing to consider is that if the acid mantle has been stripped, it can cause eczema breakouts. One way to restore the acid mantle is by applying a tiny amount of apple cider vinegar to the affected area.
The skin needs lubrication, not hydration. So that means, using healthy oils is good, using water or products with water is not so good (boo) The number one best treatment we’ve found is Emu Oil It works great and soothes burning skin immediately. We believe this should be a staple in ever medicine cabinet of a person with skin problems.
NO MORE LOTION
Yes, that includes lotions. Bummer on that–at least, until the skin is healthier. But most lotions tend to aggravate eczema because of the high water content in them. And unfortunately, that even includes many of the safe and natural ones. Heavy lubricating creams and oils are the best for protecting and nourishing the skin to get it back to a more healthy state. Again, we say, the skin should be treated with Pure Emu Oil for quick relief and lasting results.
One more thing–get away from fragrance and any product that contains it. Even if it says “natural fragrance or fragrance blends” the skin can’t be fooled. :-/
LOCK IN PROTECTION
Oops, I just thought of another, so one last thing :).. covering the skin after lubricating it will help tremendously. If it’s on the hands, apply a lubricant, put cotton gloves on, and keep them on for a few hours or overnight. The skin will usually respond well.
MAKE SURE TO BE INFORMED
And I don’t want to get off on a negative note, but when it comes to steroid creams, use them sparingly if you have to, but be sure to read all of the side effects thoroughly, because they are real.
Some foods may cause a reaction in people who are eczema prone…some to watch for are red meats, sea food, eggs, dairy, GMO grains, breads with yeast, additives, preservatives, blueberries, tomatos, lemons, and lime. Psssst, I’ll share a secret–I have eczema too. I guess it’s not really a secret because I blab it all the time. Sorry, off task—anyway, I can have those items when my skin is doing well, but when it’s broken out, I try to avoid them until I can get it under control.
Something to add to the diet is more probiotics or acidophilus, more dark leafy greens
Please comment below, we LOVE to hear your thoughts, abut this or anything else that crosses your mind–we’re ready!
Take care of yourselves, YOU are so worth it!
Laurie & Tiffany