My name is Andrea, and I am here to help you with your eczema.
I want to help you get relief, because I know what it is like to have irritated, dry, cracked, inflamed and weeping skin. I know how frustrating it is to feel itchy all the time. I have had eczema on my hands, eyelids, legs, arms and feet.
I can help you find natural relief. I know that you do not want to put toxic chemicals on your skin, you want something that is based on nature, something that is safe.
Included in this article:
- Why natural is best for eczema
- Three simple steps to treating your eczema
- Plants that soothe eczema
- Recommended product for your treatment
Why Natural? – What You Need to Know
Many of the mainstream products you find for eczema contain petroleum, a by-product of the oil industry (yuck). These petroleum based products give the illusion of moisture, but really just create a barrier on the skin. This suffocating barrier clogs pores, traps in dirt and sweat and keeps the skin from throwing off toxins. It also keeps out air and moisture, leading to more dryness.
Parabens and Phtalates can mess with our hormone systems. Avoiding these is of the utmost importance. They are often found in water-based products such as lotions and creams. Oil based products such as balms do not need these preservatives.
Nature has provided us with natural seed oils and plant butters that can nourish our skin with vitamins and minerals. Like petroleum jelly, these plant extracts will form a barrier on our skin, but this barrier still allows our skin to breathe. Nature’s oils are similar to our skins natural oils, meaning our bodies can utilize the components of these oils for healing.
Artificial fragrances can make eczema worse, because they are irritating to the skin. Unscented products, or those scented with calming essential oils are best.
I know what natural ingredients can help with eczema, I have spent years reading about and using natural plant oils and butters. I know what plant extracts soothe and calm the skin.
The best products for treating eczema are ones that improve skin hydration and boost its barrier function. Loss of moisture is the biggest concern with eczema, as this leads to flaking and itching.
THREE Simple Steps to Healing Eczema
- Keep your skin clean, but don’t use hot water. Hot water will dry out your skin.
- Use warm water when you wash and shower.
- Use baking soda in your bath water to soothe irritated skin (Make sure you use aluminum free baking soda).
- Apply a soothing balm or salve to the affected area. Reapply the balm continuously throughout the day (4-6 times a day), even if you are not experiencing irritation.
- Keeping the skin moisturized is the best way to treat as well as prevent eczema.
- I recommend using a balm rather than a lotion or cream. A balm is oil and plant butter based, so it does not need to have preservatives added. A balm will work well at creating a protective barrier for your skin to heal.
- Do not scratch your skin. Keep your nails cut short so that you avoid damaging your skin.
- If you have weeping eczema:
- Let your skin dry out a bit before moisturizing.
- Wash the area with water and baking soda, to cleanse and soothe irritation.
- Let the area air dry.
- Apply your balm.
Plants that Soothe Eczema
- St. John’s Wort – has antibacterial activity.
- Burdock – relieves dry, scaly skin conditions due to its high percentage of mucilage and inulin.
- Licorice – contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity.
- Calendula – reduces inflammation, eliminates bacteria, and helps the skin heal.
- Chickweed – exhibits extremely effective anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity.
- Chamomile – antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Has the ability to neutralize skin irritants.
Recommended Salve For treating Eczema
- Designed by a mom to treat her daughters eczema. Will not sting going on.
- Contains NO fragrance, paraben, phthalates, petroleum, mineral oil, synthetic waxes, harmful chemicals or known skin irritants. Gluten, corn and grain free. Made in USA; No animal testing.
I have healed patches of eczema with these steps. The biggest factor for me was continually moisturizing. Even when I was not being irritated by my eczema, I kept applying my balm. Eczema patches get itchy when they are dry, so keeping them hydrated will really help.
Do You have any questions?
I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ask if you need help in the comments below. I answer every question 🙂