NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ECZEMA

Do you have itchy, dry, irritated skin?  Here’s 4 Natural remedies that could bring relief.

I am very familiar with the pain and anxiety that is caused by the skin condition -eczema. My son was born with eczema and it was heartbreaking to see him in so much discomfort. His skin was red raw, and it was a constant battle to stop him scratching, so at times he would make his skin bleed. As his mother – I had to do something, I was desperate for a “miracle fix” to make it go away, and I wanted to avoid the nasty toxins in many mainstream creams.  As a result, I madly researched and tested a variety of natural remedies in the hope of relieving his eczema. 

We found that the following 4 remedies did wonders for his skin. His eczema is now totally under control and we are more aware of the triggers and how to treat it.  I know it’s different for everyone but if you have dry, itchy, scaly skin – give these a try 😊

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important part of the immune system and typically when you have eczema, your immune system and skin barrier don’t work properly. A number of studies have found that people with eczema are more likely to have lower levels of vitamin D and that those with low vitamin D levels tend to have worse eczema than those with higher levels.  

A study by Robert Sidbury, M.D., a Seattle-based pediatric dermatologist and member of the NEA Scientific Advisory Committee, of 11 children with severe eczema showed improvements after taking vitamin D. He studied children whose eczema worsened in the winter, giving them either 1,000 IU of vitamin D or a placebo. Eighty percent of those who took vitamin D improved and none reported worsening, whereas everyone in the placebo group essentially stayed the same. 

Based on the link between sufficient Vitamin D and controlled eczema if you are not be able to access the sun exposure required to maintain vitamin D levels a supplement could be taken to avoid Vitamin D deficiency.

Sunflower seed oil

Sunflower oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidant and has been found to be effective against acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. 

 

Our bodies produce fat known as ceramides which helps to protect the skin barrier from infection. Studies by the National Eczema Association suggest that sunflower seed oil can stimulate natural ceramide production enhancing the skin-barrier function which increases protection from bacteria and helps to heal the skin. Sunflower seed oil is also naturally soothing and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture making it very beneficial for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin.

Gently massage sunflower seed oil directly into your twice skin daily. Or if you prefer to avoid the oily residue from applying straight oil onto the skin you can use a natural moisturiser that contains sunflower seed oil such as our rawbeauty Kakadu Plum & Sunflower Body Lotion. This lotion was the winner of “highly commended” in the 2018 Natural Beauty Awards. It is a crafted blend of certified organic Kakadu Plum extract, sunflower seed oil and natural lemon myrtle leaf oil. As well as being grfeat for sensitive skin, It is a natural power house of vitamins which rejuvenate your skin, leaving it soft & supple.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties which can help sooth itchy, flared-up skin and reduce inflammation.  It can effectively reduce eczema by soothing skin, easing irritation, and reducing the risk of infection.  Studies by the National Eczema Association suggest staph bacteria on the skin decreased by 95 percent after coconut oil was applied to the skin (as compared to a reduction of about 50 percent in patients who applied olive oil instead). Bacterial infection aggravates eczema, so the antibacterial properties of coconut oil play an important part in its effectiveness in treating eczema.

Gently apply a light coating of virgin coconut oil to the affected skin twice a day. Or omce again if you prefer to avoid the oily residue you can use a natural moisturiser that contains sunflower seed oil such as our rawbeauty Lilly Pilly Body Butter. This is a beautiful rich blend of certified organic Lilly Pilly & Kakadu Plum extracts & coconut & olive fruit oils which enlivens even the driest of skins.

Stress relief

Anxiety and stress are common triggers for eczema flare ups. Eczema sufferers typically find that their flare-ups start or intensify with an increase in levels of stress. Also, skin may feel itchier and you are more likely to scratch when you feel anxious. This can be challenging when you are already feeling stressed from the discomfort of eczema in the first place.  But its really important to take steps to reduce your stress levels. 

2016 survey by the National Eczema Association, found that about half of the respondents said they were bothered by poor sleep and symptoms of mental health issues like depression and anxiety due to eczema.  Therefore, eczema sufferers need to be vigilant in keeping their stress and anxiety levels down. Some of the ways you can destress include-

  • • Massage (good opportunity to use the sunflower seed and coconut oil products 😊)
  • • Meditation
  • • Journaling or colouring in
  • • Yoga
  • • Fitness
  • • Walk in nature

 

With sensitive skin it is always wise to patch test oils and creams in a small area first- just to be sure 😊

I hope you find these natural remedies helpful. Im not a dermatologist by any means, but I vividly remember how terrible it was to watch my son suffer through his eczema and not being able to take away the pain and itching so wanted to share these as they were so helpful for us. 

We’d love to hear any tips you have on relieving dry, itchy skin and symptoms for eczema, please comment below or email us 😊.