5 Natural Remedies For Eczema Prone Skin
As the weather begins to cool down and with winter just around the corner, we can’t help but notice the effects on our skin. While it’s much easier to maintain hydrated skin in the summer months, the same can not be said for winter. Unfortunately, the dryer the skin becomes the more prone people become to other ailments like breakouts and eczema. For anyone who suffers from eczema, they know just how challenging and uncomfortable the skin condition can be. Eczema is a type of dermatitis, and while it is one of the most common skin ailments, there is still no permanent solution. It can also be hard to pinpoint exactly what triggers eczema in any one person as it can be due to one’s diet, lifestyle, genetics or it can be as a result of extreme weather (hot or cold) and allergens. Fortunately, though there are natural remedies, you can try at home that could put you on the path to less frequent outbreaks. Here are 5 natural remedies to try today for eczema prone skin.
Salt and Magnesium Spray
People with eczema often say that they experience faster healing and relief when they are at the beach. So if you don’t have access to one of those (which let’s face it, most of us don’t) then you can bring a little of the beach to your home for a similar effect. In particular, this remedy is effective for eczema when it is still wet. Mix one cup of distilled water with 1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt, and a pinch of magnesium flakes or Epsom salt. Add the salt and magnesium (or Epsom salts) to warm water until everything dissolves. Place the liquid solution into a jar or spray bottle. Either spray the solution on affected skin or use a cotton pad to dab it on.
Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil & Sea Salt Exfoliator
A combination of shea butter, rosehip oil, and dead sea salt can work wonders for healing your skin. Rosehip oil is very moisturizing, shea butter restores moisture and can help with healing scars and dead sea salt helps to remove dead skin cells. The three ingredients combined create an effective exfoliator that can be whipped up at home. Place three tablespoons of shea butter into a jar, add one tablespoon of rosehip oil, and then gradually add dead sea salt and mix as you go until you have enough salt to create a paste-like consistency.
A little bit of coconut oil can go a long way when it comes to alleviating some of the symptoms associated with eczema. In particular, coconut helps to reduce the itching and pain that often accompanies eczema. Dab a little bit of coconut oil over the affected areas as long as symptoms last. If symptoms worsen, please stop immediately as everyone’s skin reacts differently to different treatments.
Consume Omega 3 Fatty Acid’s
Eating fish or consuming omega 3 fatty acid’s can reduce eczema flare-ups and help to speed up the healing process. A study at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that kids who ate fish from a young age had a smaller risk of developing eczema. Research has also found that consuming fish oils, helps to reduce “leukotriene B4,” which is a substance that leads to inflammation and contributes to eczema.
Apply Witch Hazel
If your eczema is at the oozing stage then applying witch hazel to it can help to speed up healing. Witch hazel contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Use a cotton pad to gently dab the witch hazel on the affected area. When purchasing the witch hazel ensure that it is alcohol-free so as not to irritate the skin.