An effective eczema treatment regiment, sometimes called an excema treatment, is a two staged approach. When you have an outbreak, you will need to care for many of your symptoms such as the open skin, itching, and inflammation externally.
However, treating eczema means you should also take an internal approach to both relieve symptoms and control outbreaks.
There are many medical products and methods out there which externally treat your skin when you have an actual outbreak. These methods work best when they are complimented by a natural treatment for eczema.
This article will discuss three of the natural external and internal treatments for eczema that are available. These complimentary therapies will make your medical therapy more successful and help you find a better relief.
Your skin must stay lubricated in order to stay healthy and more quickly heal from an occurrence of eczema.
Having good hygiene is important to keeping skin healthy, but it can cause your skin to dry out. Sun exposure can further deplete moisture within the skin and literally drain your skin’s natural protective nutrients.
Keeping your skin hydrated and conditioned is always important, but during an outbreak it is absolutely necessary for the treatment of eczema.
A conditioning and hydrating lotion should always be considered your first line of defense form of an eczema natural treatment. This external treatment should be applied frequently, especially while your skin is damp because this will increase absorption and seal in moisture.
It will help your skin heal more quickly and keep your skin cells healthy in order to control future occurrences. Furthermore, it will actually create a barrier against external irritants and allergens that cause eczema.
However, not all lotions were created equal. Some lotions, especially those that are high in chemicals and from man-made products like petroleum, may actually further inflame your eczema.
Therefore, it is important that you select only safe, natural lotions that will help you heal.
The first quality you should look for is a lotion that is hypo-allergenic.
This means that it does not contain any of the common allergens known to cause eczema, hay fever, asthma, hives, and other allergic reactions.
Allergens are the cause of many forms of eczema and eliminating as many of allergens as possible is very important.
Your lotion should be made from natural materials. Aloe vera is a fantastic emollient, or lotion that softens and soothes skin. It not only relieves itching but accelerates healing.
Oatmeal based lotions will also help treat the symptoms of eczema. Cocoa butter based lotions are best at creating a natural barrier against irritants and allergens when you are not having an occurrence of eczema.
If possible, you should try to find a conditioning lotion that also contains certain vitamins and minerals. Zinc has an amazing ability to soothe your skin, stop itching, reduce inflammation, and accelerate the healing process.
Many lotions also contain vitamins A and E. As you will learn later in the supplements sections, these vitamins greatly improve your skin’s regeneration and renewal properties.
When these vitamins are applied via lotion they can be absorbed efficiently.
In addition to treating your skin externally, it is important that you take measures to improve it internally. You should always try to eat right.
However, there are also certain supplements which treat eczema by helping your skin stay conditioned naturally. You should take these supplements year round, but especially during an occurrence of eczema to boost your skin’s natural healing ability.
The first supplement you should take is Vitamin E. This vitamin, most often found in wild caught fish, increases your skin’s natural oils in order to stay lubricated.
It is also an effective eczema treatment because it relieves and soothes itching. As with any supplement, you should consult your doctor as to the proper dosage but the average adult will take 400IU of Vitamin E daily.
Some people have unusually rough or coarse skin that can be treated through vitamin supplements. Vitamin A not only softens the skin but increases your skin cell’s ability to regenerate.
If your skin cells are better able to reproduce and maintain themselves they are less likely to become inflamed resulting in an occurrence of eczema.
Taking additional oil supplements will also help your skin renew itself more quickly and stay conditioned. Fish oils, such as salmon oil, are rich in vitamin E.
Black currant and Flaxseed oil have shown an amazing ability to boost skin health. Some oils, such as Evening Primrose Oil, may even help balance hormone issues which some scientists believe are responsible for certain types of eczema.
When you begin an oil supplement you should introduce oils into your system individually. Make sure you know how your body reacts after a period of time taking one oil supplement before adding an additional oil supplement.
This may surprise you but simply controlling the air around you is a very good treatment for eczema. The atmosphere around you has a very profound effect on the health of your skin as well as your overall health.
Furthermore, poor air quality is believed to be one of the triggers for eczema, making it all the more important that you keep your atmosphere balanced.
First, always make sure that you are breathing fresh air. No matter if you are indoors or out, fresh air can make a big difference between having an outbreak of eczema or not.
Stuffy air is more likely to be dry and filled with dust, dander, mold, fungal spores, and other known eczema triggers. This air does not circulate and you are exposed to the irritants or allergens in greater quantities and for a longer period of time.
Make sure your air is always fresh and circulating. This may mean you only need to open a window or you may need to run a fan throughout the house. You should also invest in air filters that clean the air as it is circulated.
Ideally, your household air unit should include a quality filtration system so that all of the air in your home is fresh and clean.
Maintaining humidity is also an important aspect of atmosphere related eczema treatments. As you learned under the Conditioning Lotions portion of this article, moisture is critical to keeping skin healthy and help healing.
Central air units have a tendency to sharply decrease the moisture in the air which can leave your skin dehydrated and susceptible to an occurrence of eczema.
If you already have an outbreak, a lack of humidity in the air will exaggerate the itching and skin flaking. It is better to invest in a humidifier, especially a whole-house humidifier if you can afford it.
Make sure your humidifier allows you to control the percent of moisture in the air. Otherwise it may become too damp in your home and promote the growth of mold.
To learn more about how to treat eczema using these natural methods and more, check out the ebook Eczema Free.
If it is not treated correctly, eczema can dramatically lower your quality of life. Many times, the standard medical treatments are not enough.
You must also protect your skin both from internally and externally. Using these natural treatments to compliment your medical therapy will greatly improve the health of your skin and give you back control over your quality of life.