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Natural Tips for Eczema.
Eczema is actually something myself and my sister have struggled with. Even though, I never really understood what is was. I had to really look into it. I realized that it was actually a real skin condition. Once I realized that, I was able to start looking into a natural solution. Cortisone creams can help short term, but they are very harmful to the skin. You can actually only use cortisone cream temporarily as it starts to thin the skin.
I have put together some information that will hopefully help.
Eczema refers to a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterized by dry skin, with patches that are red and intensely itchy. These patches of eczema may ooze, become scaly, crusted, or hardened. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and the condition can negatively impact quality of life. Eczema can occur anywhere on the skin and is commonly found on the flexors (bends of the arms, backs of the knees).
- Keeping your skin moist and well hydrated (e.g. applying moisturizer several times throughout the day) is the best defense against recurrent flares.
- Use a cool-mist humidifier in the house or in the bedroom of the eczema sufferer, especially during the dry winter months. (its always a nice touch to add your favorite essential oil to your humidifier.)
- Avoid overheating and sweating when possible as it increases itchiness and can worsen eczema. Maintaining regular detoxification habits will help eliminate sweating.
- Cotton clothing is often best tolerated by people with eczema.
- Avoid harsh soaps and try to select products that are formulated for eczema and/or sensitive skin.
- Keep nails trimmed short and filed smooth. Damage done from scratching may be the biggest contributing factor to eczema flares, inflammation, and bacterial infection.
- Eczema is not contagious. You cannot “catch” it from a school playmate.
- Ensure that you use your creams and moisturizers recommended by a skin care professional.
- Eczema sufferers often use too little, rather than too much, of their topical treatments, which reduces the effectiveness of the organic skin cream.
- Make sure your using products that have inflammatory properties.
There are many products out there meant to soothe eczema. Balms are especially nice for hydrating and staying put on your skin. Read about my #1 recommended balm for eczema.
Have you had any success dealing with eczema? Leave a comment below and let us know what has worked for you!
To a Bright and Beautiful You,