What Eczema Really Is & How You Can Remedy It Naturally
Are you battling the itchy, inflamed skin of eczema? You can remedy the situation without adding more irritants to your skin. Over the years, as I have helped my dermatology patients with this skin irritation, I have found easy-to-implement natural eczema treatments. Two Steps to a Natural Eczema Treatments Treating your eczema naturally involves two key steps:
1: Get rid of all the skin allergens and irritants in your skin routine! That means you should avoid fragrance-containing products, such as heavily perfumed products and scented products. Did you know that even natural scents can be allergens? You also should avoid strong product preservatives. Use only gentle, hypoallergenic products. Be sure this includes your skin cleansers.
2: Moisturize with coconut oil immediately after toweling your skin dry from bathing. Coconut oil is an excellent hypoallergenic moisturizer that has the added benefit of reducing staph aureus on your skin. Staph aureus is a bacterium that often flares eczema in people prone to the skin problem. Be sure to moisturize every time after you bathe. When you do, it makes bathing therapeutic. Avoid steamy hot water though, as it will increase skin blood circulation and trigger itch.
Once your skin heals, you can transition to a more "elegant" hypoallergenic moisturizer, like my All Natural Face and Body Lotion, which blends coconut oil in a lighter aloe-containing formula. No matter which coconut oil lotion you use, be sure to apply it every time after you bathe your skin.
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What Is Eczema, Really?
You may not realize it, but the term "eczema" is actually an adjective (descriptive term), not a medical diagnosis! Eczema actually describes a type of skin reaction that has various causes. There are other types of “eczematous” rashes, such as facial dandruff and poison ivy/oak, which can make the topic confusing. Similar to the term “Kleenex” being used to identify any facial tissue, people say eczema when they really mean atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that is an inherited form of really sensitive skin. It's what most people mean when they say they have "eczema."
Dealing with the Sensitivity of Eczema
People with atopic dermatitis/eczema have a high risk of skin-based allergic reactions and skin irritation because of the unique and fragile skin immune system and structural factors that they inherited. This means that they have sensitive skin for life and need to take special care when picking skin care products. For my actionable tips for picking skin care products for sensitive skin, check out this post. Skin irritation and inflammation can be a nuisance, but there are natural eczema treatments that can bring you relief. Reference: Novel antibacterial and emollient effects of coconut and virgin olive oils in adult atopic dermatitis. Verallo-Rowell VM1, Dillague KM, Syah-Tjundawan BS. Dermatitis. 2008 Nov-Dec;19(6):308-15.