14th July 2014
Not everyone is keen on using steroid based creams and ointments and some people find they are not compatible with their skin. In these cases alternative treatments are often considered. The problem with many of the alternative solutions that have been experimented with by suffers is that there is often little medical research that backs up the remedy. Also, what works for some doesn’t work for all and personal allergies can cause issues too. However, we thought we’d share five natural treatments that could be worth considering introducing into your eczema management routines.
Oatmeal for EczemaColloidal Oatmeal can be used to help reduce itching and for soothing the skin. It helps to leave the skin feeling soft, reduce inflammation and can be useful when the eczema flares. Adding the finely ground oatmeal in the bath is the easiest method. It is important to take great care when getting out of the bath as the base of the tub will become slippery! Another word of caution to anyone that suffers with gluten allergies, speak to your dermatologist or GP before giving this method a try.
Probiotics for EczemaBifidobacteria are part of the lactic acid bacteria group that can be found in fermented foods such as cheese and yoghurt but they can be taken in capsule form too. They are the friendly bacteria and there is sufficient evidence that suggests that the use of these bacteria can be beneficial to those who have eczema (all research can be found here). The probiotics increase in the intestines and help to prevent bad bacteria from taking over, boosts the immune system and there are also claims that it helps reduce inflammation.
Coconut Oil for EczemaCoconut oil is praised by many people who live with eczema (here’s an example of a successful experience). Providing the individual isn’t allergic to the coconut it can be applied as a thin layer to the skin or a coconut oil lotion bar can be used, it’s also possible to ingest the oil. The oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and it works to sooth inflamed skin, reduce itching and nourishes the skin. Coconut oil is also often used by individuals that have dry skin and psoriasis.
Have you tried any natural remedies to manage your eczema. Come and tell us your experiences on Facebook, we’d love to hear your thoughts.