Eczema is known for an intense itch that can be severe, causing the skin to be scratched until it bleeds. When this happens, the rash will worsen and lead to more inflammation and itching, known as the itch-scratch cycle.
There is no cure for eczema, but, in most cases, it is very manageable.
Symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Intense itching
- Red, inflamed skin
- Recurring rash
- Scaly areas
- Rough, leathery patches
- Oozing or crusting
- Areas of swelling
- Dark colored patches of skin
A thin layer of coconut oil or a coconut oil lotion bar helps cool eczema itching and pain. For those sensitive to coconut oil, these hypoallergenic lotion bars work really well too.
Simply apply a thin layer of honey over the affected area. You can cover it with a bandage to keep it from rubbing off on anything, but most prefer to “let it breathe.” Leave it on for 20-30 minutes then rinse off with cool water, pat dry, and reapply another thin layer of honey 3 times throughout the day.
Pour 1 cup of oatmeal into some cheesecloth or muslin and tie it off securely into a little bundle. Tie an extra-long piece of material around the top. Fill the bath tub part way and then use the extra piece to hang the bag right below the faucet. Run the bath until it’s full and the water is milky and smooth. Soak for 10-15 minutes before getting out, patting gently dry with a lean towel, and applying your usual moisturizer.
4. Sea Spray
For this, it's recommended to use a homemade salt and magnesium spray. People with skin problems say that they felt better at the beach, and it makes sense. Between the Vitamin D, the magnesium and the minerals in the water, the beach is great for skin health!
5. Cornstarch and Oil
Just mix cornstarch and enough oil to make a spreadable paste. Apply to affected areas as needed, let sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel and apply your regular moisturizer as needed.
Foods that Cause Eczema
- Additives – Eliminate additives and processed foods, which can make eczema worse.
- Foods Intolerances – Avoid any potential allergens, and some common allergen foods include gluten, dairy, shellfish or peanuts.
- Margarine and other non-essential fats – These fats can interfere with the absorption of essential fats critical for healing.
- Sugar – Increases inflammation and reduces immune function.
- Fried foods – Can increase inflammation.