Eczema is a skin condition wherein the skin appears to be discolored and sometimes, inflamed. Usually, the skin could be really dry, red, and blisters or crusts are formed. Likewise, dermatitis is also used to describe eczema, since one of the symptoms is having an inflamed skin.
There are a lot of types of eczema, but the most common type that a lot of people experience it the ‘atopic eczema.’ The common belief about this skin condition is that it’s hereditary and often triggered by allergens. Even though it usually occurs in children, some adults could also experience it. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for eczema, but knowing the cause and being familiar with the on ways how to get rid of eczema could be of great help.
For those who are experiencing eczema, there’s a great possibility that your skin is producing lesser amounts of fats and oils– also, your body can’t retain water the way it should. Thus, the space between cells widens since they’re not properly moisturized, resulting in a loss of water from the dermis. When this happens, the irritants and bacteria could enter the pores of your skin with ease.
That’s also the main reason why people who are suffering from eczema should avoid using soaps and detergents because these could just worsen the condition. The pH levels of these are below 7 and it’ll strip away the lipids your skin is producing and you’ll transition from a healthy, to dry skin that’s sometimes inflamed, with cracks or blisters.
Even though I’m not a dermatologist, I also have my share of experiences with eczema– in myself and family. Likewise, being a fan of natural remedies, I researched for ways on how to get rid of eczema naturally. Thankfully, I’ve found several natural remedies for eczema and I want to share them with you guys.
These home remedies for eczema would focus on moisturizing the skin, strengthening the skin barrier, and filling in those gaps, as we address the specific issues, such as inflammation and itchiness.
1. Coconut Oil
One of our most effective home remedies for eczema would be the use of coconut oil. This wonderful oil does a great job when it comes to filling the intercellular space of the skin that opened up, causing the loss of moisture. Also, since coconut oil is packed with fats and oil, you don’t need to worry about your skin getting dry, because it can moisturize it effectively.
Just rinse your hands with water and apply the coconut oil on affected areas and allow it to dry. No need to rinse and this should be repeated all throughout the day, as much as it’s needed. Read also: coconut oil uses
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Due to the fact that apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, it’s also considered as one of the natural remedies for eczema.
All you need to do is mix a solution of 2 teaspoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink this thrice a day to improve your immune system, which would gradually reduce scarring and skin inflammation at the same time.
Likewise, you could also apply ACV directly on your skin and this could lessen the dryness and itchiness. Though, you must dilute it with one part of water first. Just massage the affected area at least once a day.