Ok, there is no quick fix, but there are some things you can try!
One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis eczema, this effects 10 – 20% of the worlds population. This presents itself as a chronic relapsing and itchy rash. Its extremely difficult to relieve the symptoms, but Manuka Honey can help. Manuka Honey has amazing antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties which makes it an amazing natural resource! No chemicals! This honey can also moisturise, sooth and repair damaged, dry or cracked skin – so effective all round! Honey will repair strengthen and heal damaged skin as well as soothing the itching and helping skin regeneration.
Nothing will work overnight, but give it time, have some patience and you’ll see the difference!
There are home remedies and some day to day things you can change to get you on the mend quickly.
Day To Day Things You Could Change…
Change the shampoo and soaps you use – take a look at the ingredients on your products, anything that contains SLS needs to be in the bin! Try to avoid parabens (not easy!) and any other synthetic substances as they may irritate your skin.Here is a full list of the worst of them!
Try to moisturise naturally – By using Aloe Vera (Look here), cocoa butter or almond oil. This is something you could carry around with you and use as often as you can. Problems with eczema worsen when your skin is dry, so try to avoid this happening.
Vitamins –Taking extra vitamins may well help the fight against eczema. Sometimes the dryness in our skin can be caused by a lack of fatty acids which can reduce inflammation , dryness and also help heal eczema , so its worth taking a supplement containing Omega 3,6 and 9. If you also take vitamins C, E and D (antioxidants) you’d be helping the healing process as these improve collagen production improving the skins texture.
Using cows milk? – Make a change! Milk is one of the most common triggers for eczema. Try cutting it out and replacing with Soya milk for a couple of weeks and see what happens.
Avoid Caffeine! – Caffeine can aggravate eczema, drink water when you can you need to be properly hydrated to help your body fight eczema.
Washing powder –The national eczema society recommends the Simply Pure range as it doesn’t have harmful substances in it, although im sure there’s one out there for everyone! Check the ingredients.
Home Remedies …
Manuka Honey – This can be pricey for the right stuff, but your body will thank you for it (find it here)! This is a SUPER food due to its healing and antibacterial properties, this is way up there, not only will it deal with you eczema, but your OVERALL health will improve with regular use. Just two teaspoons a day on an empty stomach!
Sea Spray – this lovely homemade spray will reduce acne, help your eczema and firm your skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and clean.
· 1 cup of distilled water, or preboiled
· 1tablespoon of sea salt
· 1 pinch of epsom salt or magnesum flakes
· Essential oils
Add salt and Epsom salt/magnesium (if using) to warm water and stir until salt is completely dissolved.
Add essential oils if using and store in a glass jar or spray bottle.
To use: Apply to skin by spraying or with a cotton pad as a toner. Great for use as part of a daily skin care routine or after swimming.
In place of distilled water, herbal tea can be used as long as the tea is made from dried herbs. Calendula or chamomile tea work really well in this recipe or mint can be used for a cooling spray!
Avocado & Aloe – These can both be used to help moisturise and heal the skin, they can be mixed together into a past and left on the skin for up to 20 minutes, then gently wash off with warm water.
Please do your own research before taking on any advice given here. I have written this through my own knowledge & advice from others, it is meant purely as a guide & for information purposes only.