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How to Treat and Prevent Eczema Naturally

July 23, 2013

Eczema is a common skin condition that results in dry or itchy irritation, ranging from mild patches to a severe and painful rash.

There are a few different types of eczema, but the most common form is called atopic dermatitis, which often affects children and remains throughout adulthood intermittently.

While the symptoms of eczema can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the irritation - and remove the cause - without resorting to pharmaceutical treatments such as steroid creams.

The potential causes of eczema include environmental allergens (such as hay fever, pollen, or cigarette smoke), food allergies or sensitivity, chemical irritants (such as in lotions, perfumes, or detergents), changes in temperature, and stress.

Paying close attention to what causes your eczema to appear or worsen, and experimenting with eliminating potential triggers, will dramatically reduce unwanted flare-ups.

Here are 6 natural ways to treat eczema:

Cold-Pressed Coconut oil
There’s nothing this miracle oil can’t do! Its naturally antiviral and antibacterial properties will protect the skin from infection while soothing dryness and reducing inflammation.

Steeping some organic chamomile flowers in a strong brew and applying to the skin with gauze or cotton will reduce acute symptoms such as itchiness and burning.

Healthy Fats
Consuming adequate amounts of healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, walnuts, and fatty fish will help keep your skin from drying out and support cellular repair.

Aloe Vera
Well known for its effectiveness in relieving sunburns, aloe vera is an excellent anti-inflammatory treatment for eczema as well. Both drinking aloe vera juice and applying it topically will help improve symptoms.

Argan oil
Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, argan oil is widely used to support healthy skin and hair. Applying argan oil to eczema will hydrate and nourish the skin, as well as improve skin elasticity.

Elimination diet
If your eczema is an outward symptom of internal imbalance, the solution could be as simple as avoiding a certain food. Start with the most frequent culprits of gluten and dairy by eliminating one, then the other, for a 10-day period to see if symptoms improve. Pollen foods (such as apples, peaches, and cherries) have also been linked to eczema in people with oral allergy syndrome.

One more tip: avoid scratching the rash, and replace all skincare products with mild, hypoallergenic, or chemical-free alternatives to reduce irritation and support healing.

What is your favorite natural remedy for healthy skin?