Eczema is an uncomfortable and often itchy and painful skin condition that cause a rash, flaky skin, redness and swelling. Battling it often involves prescription medications, but if you prefer, there are also some natural ways to treat and care for your eczema. Of course, they should never replace something your doctor has prescribed, but it’s always worth it to discuss natural alternatives with your dermatologist, whether they replace medications or work in conjunction with them. Consider one of these options next time you have a flare up.
1. Coconut Oil is a Miracle for Your Eczema
I’ll stand behind this natural treatment for eczema because I’ve used it. I don’t have chronic eczema, but I get a bit now and then. Simply massaging coconut oil into the affected areas can provide relief. The coconut oil eases the itchiness and can help relieve the symptoms of eczema. You can also combine the coconut oil with a bit of ground oatmeal for even more relief.
2. Try Taking a Gamma-Linoleic Acid Supplement Each Day
Gamma-linoleic acid, or GLA, is a nutrient that is hard to get in abundance from your diet. Experts say that it nourishes your skin, helping treat eczema and prevent further flare-ups. The average dosage for a GLA supplement is 500 milligrams, twice per day. Talk to your doctor about the amount that is right for you.
3. Aloe Vera Gel Can Be Especially Soothing
Aloe vera gel is great for a sunburn, but it also provides relief for eczema. Aloe is incredibly soothing so it makes sense that it would help get rid of itching and discomfort. That means less scratching and feeling better sooner. You can use straight aloe vera gel from an aloe plant or you can buy it at the drugstore. Apply it as needed.
4. A Homemade Sea Spray is Beneficial for Many People
Many people with eczema report that summertime means a lessening of the condition. For many people the salt in ocean water, combined with the vitamin D from sunshine can help stop eczema flare-ups. If you don’t live near the sea, or it’s wintertime, you can simulate the effect by spraying your eczema with a simple mixture of salt and water.
5. Topical Magnesium May Be Better than Oral Magnesium
Low magnesium levels can sometimes interfere with skin health, but some experts report that applying it directly to eczema can help even more. Try taking a bath infused with magnesium flakes or applying magnesium oil directly to the affected areas. This method can be used in conjunction with other treatments, but be sure you aren’t getting too much magnesium. Talk to your doctor about how much is right for you.
6. Boost Your Intake of Probiotics to Help Your Skin
You’ve probably heard about taking probiotics for your intestines. Turns out they can help your skin too. If your eczema is related to food or digestive issues, adding some probiotics to your daily routine can really help alleviate symptoms. You can get probiotics from yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir, but you can also take probiotic supplements if you prefer.
7. Limiting or Avoiding Dairy Foods Might Be All You Need
According to the National Eczema Association, dairy foods are often linked to symptoms of eczema. Talk to your doctor about removing them from your diet to see if it helps. Eliminating dairy can lead to nutrient deficiencies, particularly when it comes to vitamin D and calcium, so you should only do this under supervision.
How do you control your eczema? What other natural remedies have you tried that have really worked?