Eczema Treatment & Natural, Holistic Remedies
Natural, Organic, Holistic and Homeopathic Treatments and Remedies for Babies and Children with Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema
Currently, there is no cure for atopic dermatitis and the three more commonly prescribed treatment categories for eczema bring with them a list of health concerns, side effects, and beneficial limitations and are typically not recommended for babies and young children with eczema.
- As explained by NCBI, antihistamines are frequently prescribed for eczema to relieve itchiness but do they do not treat the dry, irritated skin inflammation associated with eczema. A common side effect of antihistamines is that is known for causing drowsiness and sluggish.
- The Mayo Clinic mentions that antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to address the irritating bacteria in some moderate to severe eczema cases but long term antibiotics use can increase the frequency of eczema flare-ups by weakening the immune system as they kill off both bad and good bacteria. Antibiotics are normally prescribed as a short course and are rarely used for long periods of time because of the risk of antibiotic resistance developing.
- Topical Corticosteroid creams ointments come in different strengths, from mild over-the-counter (OTC) treatments like Vanicream 1% HC to stronger prescription medicines. both are frequently recommended to deal with moderate to severe eczema symptoms. These treatments hydrocortisone steroids can quickly relieve itching and reduce inflammation. Some topical steroid use results in diminishing effectiveness, so going forward more and more powerful steroids need to be applied to achieve the same results, and once users discontinue topical steroids, eczema symptoms can be devastating. There are also many alarming reports about permanent skin damage from overuse of topical corticosteroids and topical steroid addiction. The prospect of using these three major treatments leave many concerned parents alarmed and looking for natural, organic, holistic and homeopathic treatments and remedies for their babies and children with atopic dermatitis/eczema. Soothems has collected this research to offer you background information about dealing with eczema and common treatments, not to act as a medical consultant or to give advice on treatments. We recommend that you do further research and to remember that you should consult with your pediatrician before trying any of these eczema treatments discussed here.
Important: Information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health or treatment.
Life with Chronic Eczema – Overview
Atopic Dermatitis (AD or eczema, the common name) is an acute or chronic non – contagious skin inflammation that results in itching, redness, burning, swelling, scaling and blistering rashes on various parts of the body like the face, scalp, hands, neck, legs, upper chest, etc. The cause is due to a hypersensitivity reaction that is triggered by any for factors including an allergen, bacteria, emotional stress, hereditary, environmental irritants and excessive sweating. Eczema can be an embarrassing condition that can’t be cured completely but the symptoms can be reduced greatly with proper treatment.
Currently, there is no cure for Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema. According to WebMD, the number of people nationally with eczema has been increasing over the last 10 years with a substantial proportion of the US population regularly having eczema flare-ups Current estimates are that over 31 million people have eczema, and approximately 18 million have moderate to severe eczema. Eczema mostly affects children and is far more common than most people realize. Mount Sinai explains that eczema has been estimated to impact as many as 20 percent (approximately 8 million) of all US children under 10 years of age. According to research from the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center, in the seven-year period between 1997 and 2004, pediatric patients (aged 0–18 years) with atopic dermatitis in the US made an estimated 7.4 million office visits for consultation and treatment. Thanks to non-profit organizations like the National Eczema Association, which is which is working to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support and education there is a lot of support for people dealing with living with eczema. The NEA offers excellent resources to learn about what causes Atopic Dermatitis, what are the symptoms of eczema; and how to manage eczema, information is readily available. If you think you or a child has eczema, you should consult with your dermatologist or pediatrician to get the proper help.
Dry skin is a very common problem and is a major symptom of many skin conditions such as Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema, Psoriasis, Neurodermatitis, and numerous skin allergies. Dry skin is the result of an increased TEWL (transepidermal water loss) rate. TEWL from the stratum corneum (outer layer of the epidermis) is one of the major factors responsible for dry, scaly skin and irritant dermatitis. Dermatitis simply means skin inflammation, but it encompasses a range of health issues and ailments. Dry skin (technically called Xerosis) can lead to pruritus (itchy skin) Learn more about that here.
There are many known treatments and therapeutic remedies for relief from the discomfort of dry, itchy skin. One of the best methods of treating dry skin is eczema clothing which is offered by SOOTHEMS, LLC, a leader in the emerging science of “smart” fiber and fabric technologies that promote healthy skin. Soothems® has developed a range of eczema clothing - a first-generation, proprietary, therapeutic smart fabric called TEWLTect®. An important function of TEWLTect is to aid in preserving and managing skin moisture balance thereby reducing dry skin and help control itching. By wearing garments under the brand name SOOTHEMS made from the sustainable fibers of TEWLTect, customers will protect irritated skin, reduce itching, keep the skin’s moisture in balance, control bacteria growth and contribute to the natural healing process of inflamed skin, thereby improving their quality of life.
Eczema Treatments and Therapeutic Remedies
IMPORTANT: Before trying any new remedy or treatment, we urge you to consult with your doctor and healthcare professional. Soothems, LLC intention is not to offer this information as medical advice or to replace the consultations with a dermatologist, pediatrician or medical professional. If you think you or a child has eczema, you should immediately consult with your dermatologist or pediatrician to get the proper help.
Eczema symptoms are not pretty and typically look like a red, blotch of rough skin that is itchy and, with some severe cases, there can be flaky skin with oozing and weeping sores. Scratching an eczema skin rash can lead to infection and permanent scarring. Babies can get eczema just about anywhere on their body, but most often, it affects their cheeks and the joints of their arms and legs.
Soothems Eczema Therapy
It's easy to confuse baby eczema (also called infant eczema or infant atopic dermatitis) with cradle cap We recommend joining the National Eczema Association community and receiving their newsletters for the latest treatments and to learn about eczema research and get help from their NEA regional support groups.
Eczema Topical Steroids - Corticosteroids and Hydrocortisone
A commonly prescribed medication to treat eczema is topical corticosteroids, or just “steroids,” which can ease redness and reduce inflammation and itching so that your skin can begin to heal. That said, there are potential side effects from using these topical steroids products. In many cases, Hydrocortisone clears eczema symptoms briefly, but it thins the skin, only making it easier to break out the next time. Some of the more common side effects of systemic steroids include:
- Increased appetite, weight gain
- Sudden mood swings
- Muscle weakness
- Blurred vision
- Increased growth of body hair
- Easy bruising
- Lower resistance to infection
- Swollen, "puffy" face
It is very important to check with a healthcare professional first before proceeding, but covering the areas of the body where your doctor has prescribed the use of Corticosteroids and Hydrocortisone with Soothems can help increase topical steroids efficacy by protecting the medicine’s application so it does not rub off. At Soothems®, we have a wide selection of eczema clothing, including eczema sleeves that are especially helpful for the hard to treat areas like knees, elbows, and joint creases. Treating eczema in the creases of the elbows and knees is especially challenging.
Caution - Please do not use over-the-counter cortisone or antifungal creams without talking to your baby's dermatologist. This is very important because some of these products can be toxic when absorbed through a baby's skin and can cause irreversible damage.
Alternative Remedies for Eczema Treatment
Blue Creek Health is a great resource for finding organic, sustainable eczema therapies. There are numerous all natural, organic and sustainable eczema therapies and holistic dermatology practices.
Are you wary of commonly recommended antihistamines for your child’s eczema? Check out the following as natural treatment for eczema:
Topical Steroids and Alternative Remedies for Eczema
Many blogs recommend using castor oil, baby oil, Vaseline® www.vaseline.us, Aquaphor®, and AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream. They each work in varying degrees to provide a little comfort, but nothing works long-term and they tend to be messy. Covering an application using these types of ointments, creams, and emollients with can help increase their efficacy and reduce the mess. Before getting too deep into natural, herbal and homeopathic remedies, it is important to understand the valuable role textiles and clothing can play when used in tandem with any of these treatments or remedies for treating eczema.
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MISUSE OF PRODUCTS OR FOR THE USE OF PRODUCTS WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. SOOTHEMS, LLC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR
ANY DAMAGE TO PRODUCTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN CARED FOR ACCORDING TO THE CARE INSTRUCTIONS.
The human skin spends most of its time in close contact with textiles. The role of clothing in the management of eczema is poorly understood. This trial evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of special eczema clothing (in addition to standard care) for the management of eczema in children with moderate to severe disease. It is well documented that textiles can influence skin function in both positive and negative ways. Especially when they provide cool, thermoregulating benefits such as eco-friendly TENCEL with Chitosan, which is of botanic origin and sustainable, since they are extracted from the raw material wood. There are regular TENCEL™ which is used for sportswear and is better than regular cotton garments but TENCEL with Chitosan is a major fiber innovation for Lenzing. Chitosan is an oceanic, biopolymer embedded inside the TENCEL™ . Chitosan is a sustainable raw material with incredible capabilities. It prevents or alleviates infections, stores moisture, binds proteins, albumin and fats, is hemostatic and fully biodegradable. Chitosan is being used in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries due to its itch-relieving, cell-regulating, skin protecting and anti-bacterial properties. TENCEL fiber production itself is extremely eco-friendly, due to the closed-loop system.
Textiles of TENCEL™ with Chitosan fibers are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. What seems like a simple solution of wearing eczema clothing to protect the skin from irritants and contaminants, preserve moisture and control bacteria growth, it is important to understand that not all eczema clothing is the same. Some fibers like wool, coarse linen and cotton can be rough and irritate the skin. Although frequently recommended by health care professionals, 100 percent cotton garments (regardless whether they are organic or not) are not the best choice as cotton is extremely absorbent and draws moisture away from the skin and depletes creams, lotions, and emollient moisture, reducing their efficacy.
Some fibers can wick like polyester and nylon can wick moisture off the skin and dry the skin out making it itchier and therefore are not a fiber to wear when dealing with eczema. Silk and TENCEL™ are scientifically the best fibers for eczema clothing with most giving sustainable TENCEL™ Man-Made Cellulose Fibres. TENCEL™ offers a significant advantage over silk clothing as it is more durable, naturally preserves more moisture, is thermoregulating (silk can be too warm to wear), easy to care for (silk usually has to be hand washed because of irregular shrinkage behavior) and TENCEL™ is generally more affordable than silk clothing.
TENCEL™ with Chitosan is the most advanced fiber for protecting the enhances further natural skin biosphere. The right eczema clothing can protect the skin as an occlusive barrier, keeping irritants away from the inflamed skin. And when used in tandem with lotions, cream, emollients, specialized baths and wet wrapping or dry wrapping, they provide a practical solution that protects the application and therefore greatly increases their effectiveness. Using smooth fibers that do not strip the skin of natural moisturizers, that helps balance bacteria and cools and soothes the skin is very important. Soothems® made from TENCEL™ with Chitosan is thermoregulating. TENCEL™ with Chitosan fibers are round, soft and very pliable, making them very comfortable to wear wet (as in wet wrapping) or dry. Fabrics that overheat the skin will increase the uncomfortable sensation of an eczema flare-up and increase itchiness, so try to find eczema clothing that uses a thermoregulating fiber like TENCEL™ with Chitosan.
SOOTHEMS® are made from a proprietary smart fabric called TEWLTect®, a blend of high performance, sustainable cellulosic polymer fibers that are encapsulated with Zinc Oxide. The TENCEL™ with Chitosan used in TEWLTect is enhanced with the biopolymer called Chitosan which is blended with TANBOOCEL® viscose made from bamboo pulp fibers. The
beneficial properties of TEWLTect® fabric provide a positive, soothing effect that reduces itchiness and helps preserve moisture levels on the skin. When the skin naturally releases moisture, there is an active exchange between human skin and the unique properties of TENCEL™ lyocell fibers with Chitosan embedded, TANBOOCEL® viscose made from bamboo pulp fibers and the zinc oxide.
TEWLTect® smart fabric can be used as an occlusive barrier wet, or dry with or without emollients and topical steroids as prescribed by a medical professional for people suffering from skin diseases such as Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Neurodermatitis, Skin Allergies and Xerosis (dry skin).
TEWLTect® Smart Fabric Facts
- TEWLTect® smart fabric is an environmentally friendly, sustainable blend of natural cellulosic polymer fibers encapsulated in zinc oxide; 60 percent TENCEL™ , a lyocell fiber made from beech wood embedded with the biopolymer Chitosan, 35 percent TANBOOCEL® viscose made from bamboo, and 5 percent Creora® (latex free) spandex.
- TEWLTect is registered with the Federal Drug Administration as a Class 1 medical device, exempt status. The difference between Class I and Class II Medical Devices is explained by Innovatum.
- Eco-friendly TEWLTect® is a biodegradable blend of TENCEL® with Chitosan and TANBOOCEL®
- TENCEL™ with Chitosan, TANBOOCEL®, and Creora® raw materials have each been awarded the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class 1 for baby articles certification by TESTEX AG (the Swiss Textile Testing Institute). The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent test and certification system for textile raw, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing.
- TENCEL™ with Chitosan was awarded the European Union Environmental Award 2000 life cycle assessment of man-made cellulose in the category "technology for sustainable developments" because of its proprietary fiber production process.
- The Federal Trade Commission defines TENCEL™ with Chitosan as ‘‘a cellulose fabric that is obtained by an organic solvent spinning process’’ which is different from other man-made fibers as the process used is a non-chemical process that is very environmentally friendly.
- TEWLTect® smart fabric offers maximum wearing comfort because the yarns are soft, pliable, symmetrically rounded, smooth, breathable, and virtually friction-free to reduce chaffing.
- The cellulose fibers used in TEWLTect smart fabric have been independently tested showing they will absorb 50 percent of their own weight in moisture before feeling damp making them far superior to cotton, polyester, nylon and even silk and that they allow the release of moisture to aid in preserving skin moisture, thereby promoting an excellent climate for the human skin flora and the appropriate transepidermal water loss (TEWL) balance on the skin. The result helps regulate body temperature for greater comfort and can relieve skin irritation
- TEWLTects’ smart fibers TENCEL™ with Chitosan and TANBOOCEL® have hollow structures and are inherently thermo-regulating and boast clinically proven advantages for breathability and coolness compared to other fibers including cotton, polyester, nylon, and silk. Breathability (airflow) increases the speed of healing. Heat can aggravate eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis and the wicking properties of TEWLTect fibers trap and release moisture, providing a cool feeling that creates a pleasant sensation on the skin and can significantly reduce itching for individuals with skin problems. According to authoritative testing figures, apparel made from lyocell and viscose made from bamboo fibers are typically 1-2 degrees centigrade lower (1.8 - 3.6F) than normal apparel in hot humid summer weather.
- TENCEL™ with Chitosan enhances further natural skin function through the properties of an ocean biopolymer called Chitosan Chitin/Chitosan fibers for antibacterial textile products with incredible capabilities that are permanently (cannot wash or wear out) impregnated inside the lyocell fiber structure. The basic function is the activation of LYSOZYME and CHITINASE, enzymes which control and inhibit the growth of disease bacteria.
- Commercial Chitosan is derived from crab shells and is eco-friendly since Chitin is the second most abundant natural biopolymer after cellulose, but only about 3 percent is repurposed per annum.
- Chitosan is a hypoallergenic polysaccharide (which will not aggravate people’s fish allergies), is nontoxic and biodegradable in the human body (Chitosan is allowed for dietary use in the US, EU, Japan, Korea), and clinically proven to promote healing by inhibiting bacteria growth on human skin. It prevents or alleviates infections, stores moistures, binds proteins, albumin and fats, and is hemostatic.
- Zinc Oxide is an inorganic mineral compound which is incorporated into the TEWLTect® fibers through an encapsulation process that can never wear out or wash off, significantly controls bacteria growth, contributes to the regeneration of the skin, naturally soothing irritated skin and used to heal wounds.
- Zinc Oxide is clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory, soothing to the skin and even acting as a protective layer on the skin to lock moisture in to help relieve itchiness for people with skin problems. Soothems are excellent for wet wrapping. Wet Wrap Therapy is best done in the evening after bathing, moisturizing and applying medication. The best wet wrapping product is Soothems made from TEWLTect skin smart fabric.
CAUTION: CONSULT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL TO DECIDE IF WET WRAPPING THERAPY WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR CHILD PRIOR TO STARTING A WET WRAP THERAPY. WET WRAPPING SHOULD ONLY BE DONE UNDER THE ADVICE AND INSTRUCTIONS OF A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
SOOTHEMS® Garments Wet Wrapping Use Suggestions:
- Wash your Soothems garment according to care instructions prior to use.
- Bathe and pat skin dry before applying emollients, lotions or creams to affected areas as directed by a healthcare professional.
- Never leave a child unattended in a bath or around water.
- For comfort keep ambient room temperature between 68F/20C - 78F/25C when using Soothems®.
- Soak the Soothems garment in warm water. Squeeze out excess water; you want garment damp, not soaking wet.
- Soothems garments should fit snugly, but comfortable.
- Cover the affected areas with the warm, damp Soothems garment.
- Then cover the damp Soothems garment with a dry layer of Soothems garment or regular sleepwear.
- Depending on the dry over garment’s design, it will generally be more comfortable for your child to wear a slightly larger size for the second layer.
- Discontinue use of wet wrap therapy and Soothems garments and contact a qualified healthcare professional at the first signs of irritation, rash or discomfort.
- If re-wetting is necessary during treatment, use a gentle spray bottle with clean, warm water to dampen the fabric or completely remove garment and re-soak in warm water, removing excess water before redressing.
- Consult a healthcare professional regarding a length of treatment.
Before trying any of these treatments, or any new remedy or treatment, we urge you to consult your doctor and healthcare professional. Soothems, LLC offers this information as a source of information, it is not intended to be medical advice or to replace the consultations with a dermatologist, pediatrician or medical professional. Please note that all trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
There is always a debate on what is natural, and organic treatments, and are remedies based on a simply prepared medications or tonics, often without scientifically or clinically proven effectiveness, and that are administered without the direction of a medical professional’s supervision or are they just “old wives’ tales”, or folk medicine that offer nothing more than a psychological benefit. There are many people who subscribe almost exclusively to “homeopathy” a holistic form of treatment that is based in naturopathic medicine. Virtually all natural and homeopathic medicines are produced from natural sources – plants, animals, and minerals. A disease like Atopic Dermatitis where there is no known cure, but has cyclical flare-ups, even temporary relief is welcome. Sometimes, the benefits are perpetuated and sometimes harmlessly exaggerated. Over the counter fragrance-free, moisturizing creams, lotions, and emollient of all kinds help treat the dry skin associated with eczema. Covering the application with eco-friendly Soothems will help keep these products where they were intended to be applied. Many healthcare professionals and experienced caregivers recommend treating eczema using natural remedies in a bath will significantly help the affected skin and reduce inflammation caused by atopic dermatitis. There is a brief description for apple cider vinegar, bleach bath, garlic, oatmeal and some other unique bath mixtures that have been purported to naturally relieve the symptoms of eczema
What are the Best Natural & Holistic Eczema Therapy?
Eczema Treatments: Aloe Vera, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Bleach Bath, Coconut Oil
After taking the time for a special bath with any of these tonics, it is recommended to dress in eczema clothing. This is going to treat the skin gently. Special eczema textiles that are soft, friction-free and protect moisture levels on the skin are very important. Aloe vera has been a hallmark herbal or natural skin treatment since time and memorial. Natural and organic, Aloe Vera is an excellent eczema home remedy with numerous applications including reducing the discomfort associated with sunburn, a terrific natural moisturizer and is also great to help relieve the itchy skin symptoms of eczema and repair damaged skin. Aloe vera is well known for have many healing attributes because it contains anti-inflammatory properties and vitamins which protect the skin and moisturize the skin. The antibacterial activities of aloe vera also help to reduce or eliminate bacterial skin infections.
An article entitled “Plants Used to Treat Skin Diseases” published in Pharmacognosy Review explained why aloe vera is effective in speeding up the healing process of eczema and that the itchy, inflammatory skin conditions are greatly improved when aloe vera is applied directly to the affected area. The report goes on to say that the anti-inflammatory effect of aloe vera can help to successfully treat long-term eczema. It said that aloe vera increases blood circulation to the affected areas and prevents cell death.
Aloe Vera Remedy: Use aloe vera to quickly relieve itching and scaly skin caused by eczema and, at the same time, nourish your damaged skin, apply pure aloe vera gel to the affected area. Gently massage the aloe vera gel several times a day every day until your itchy eczema rash is cured. After applying the aloe vera gel or lotion onto the skin, cover the skin with functional eczema clothing to act as an occlusive barrier that protects the application from contaminants and bacteria further enhances skin moisturization.
10 Best Aloe Vera Creams and Gels for Eczema:
- Amara Organics (Cold Pressed) Aloe Vera Gel from Organic
- Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Lotion
- Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera
- Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Spray
- Patanjali Divya Aloe Vera Gel
- Ongaro Organic Enzyme Exfoliator
- Green Leaf Naturals Aloe Vera Gel
- Honey Skin Organics Body Cream
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Skin affected by atopic dermatitis/eczema usually has a higher pH level than healthy skin and this is one reason for the itching and inflammation. There are many health benefits of apple cider vinegar, such as its high amounts of acetic acid and other powerful healing compounds it contains like vitamins B1, B2, and B6, vitamin C, folic acid, biotin, and niacin. It also contains trace minerals such as iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, probiotics and enzymes. Apple cider vinegar helps to lower the skin’s pH level, thus helping to reduce the urge to scratch (pruritus’) itchy red patches of skin by killing off bacterial skin infections and will reduce itchiness.
Clinical research also backs up the effectiveness of the acetic acidic content of apple cider vinegar on damaged, inflamed skin. For example, a review of studies into acetic acid published on Medscape found that it can help to kill off Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in wounds. Apple cider vinegar is considered highly effective in controlling eczema with its amazing natural properties. Try to always use organic, unprocessed raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar for treating eczema.
- It contains riboflavin, mineral salts, vitamins, enzymes, pectin, and minerals (like potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron, sodium, calcium) that boost up the immune system which in turn beneficial for curing eczema.
- It has beta-carotene (an antioxidant) that helps to renew the skin cells and makes it healthy skin with no dead cell inside the skin.
- It has a rich amount of fiber content that improves the digestive system and makes it easy to flush out the toxins from the body, which helps to give relief from this skin disorder.
- It works as an astringent that removes the bacteria, dust, oil and other impurities from the skin and keeps it healthy.
- It is an excellent source of potassium that helps you in dealing with allergenic conditions to get rid of eczema.
- It effectively balances the pH levels of the skin to prevent itching, dryness, irritation and other discomforts caused due to eczema on the skin.
- It has acetic, malic and lactic acids that exhibit antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which help to combat skin infections and dry skin causing eczema.
- Detoxifying elements in vinegar helps to cleanse and detoxify the body and thus provides you with a clean and healthy skin.
- It has an anti-inflammatory and soothing property that helps to soothe the irritated skin.
Apple cider vinegar treatment formulas
Homeopathic Eczema Treatment Method No. 1 – ACV Common Health and Wellness Remedy First, dilute about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with about three cups of water. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture, and apply it to the affected areas. If it is a fresh eczema rash, it’s going to burn and be uncomfortable, so be ready. However, rashes that are a few days old shouldn’t be so bad. Apply it in the morning and again at night. Yes, you will have a mild vinegar smell, but if you’ve ever dealt with eczema, you won’t care. Always remember to moisturize your skin after using the ACV eczema treatment. We recommend covering the treated skin with a smart fabric that helps protect the skin by acting as an occlusive barrier. TEWLTECT smart fabric is an excellent fabric for this purpose.
Homeopathic Eczema Treatment Method No. 2
The second natural treatment for eczema is to add two cups of ACV to warm or tepid bath water. Soak in this bath for at least 30 minutes. Repeat this treatment for at least three times a week to soothe irritated skin. The acidic content of the ACV will help to relieve itching all over your body. Always remember to moisturize your skin after using the ACV eczema treatment. We recommend covering the treated skin with a smart fabric that helps protect the skin by acting as an occlusive barrier. TEWLTECT smart fabric is an excellent fabric for this purpose.
Homeopathic Eczema Treatment Method No. 3
The third homeopathic method is to take one or two tablespoons of ACV and mix it into a cup of water (you can add honey for a better taste). Drink apple cider vinegar once or twice every day to help get rid of the signs of eczema and prevent further flare-ups.
How to Get Rid of Eczema using Apple Cider Vinegar?
Check out New Health Advisor for tips on how to get rid of eczema using apple cider vinegar.
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How to Choose Apple Cider Vinegar
The apple cider vinegar health benefits will be influenced by the quality of the apple cider vinegar, therefore, it is imperative to ensure that you are using a top-quality organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that comes with ‘the Mother.’
What Is the Mother? Simply put, the Mother is a cobweb-like substance in apple cider vinegar that gives it a cloudy look. When the vinegar appears clear, this is a sign that it has been pasteurized. When the vinegar is pasteurized, the Mother culture has been removed and so have a lot of the nutritional benefits. The Mother culture consists of good bacteria, enzymes, pectin, proteins, and minerals. Try to not shop at the supermarket for your vinegar. When you are at the supermarket, you are likely only going to find vinegar that is pasteurized, because they are clear and more visually-appealing to customers. You may wish to check out a health food store in your area for a selection of vinegar that is not refined.
The presence of the Mother will mean a murky vinegar mixture in the bottle, but do not be alarmed. A cloudy mixture assures you that the Mother is doing its job to keep the nutrients intact.
Top Six Organic and Natural Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
One of the most widely known apple cider vinegar is BRAGG Apple Cider Vinegar. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from organically grown apples. The product is certified organic by the Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth. In addition, it is Kosher Certified and Non-GMO Certified. It is produced in compliance with USDA guidelines.
BRAGG Apple Cider Vinegar is the oldest brand available and is family-owned, which explains why it is one of the most trusted brands on the market for an organic, raw, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar that comes with the Mother. It comes in 16 0z, 32 oz. and 128 oz. bottles.
- Vitacost Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother
Another popular brand is Vitacost Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother. While Vitacost is more well-known for making general health products, their apple cider vinegar has a lot to offer. It is made from organic apples and is both kosher and vegan approved. Vitacost does not pasteurize their apple cider vinegar nor add any sugar or flavorings. One advantage that Vitacost offers over BRAGG are that their apple cider vinegar is a little bit cheaper in price. It comes in 32 oz. and 16 oz. bottles.
Another excellent choice for apple cider vinegar is Eden Foods Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Eden Foods makes their apple cider vinegar from naturally fermented apple juice that is gently aged with the use of vinegar in a wood barrel. This option is both raw and unpasteurized, and of course, comes with the Mother. EDEN Vinegar uses amber glass as a way to protect its flavor and nutrients.
If you are someone who cannot stand the harsh taste of apple cider vinegar, then Dynamic Health Apple Cider Vinegar is probably the brand for you. Dynamic Health offers a vinegar that is kosher and halal-certified. It is also unpasteurized, organic, and unfiltered. As a bonus, Dynamic Health offers their apple cider vinegar in both liquid form and a capsule. The capsule is equal to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. It is distributed in bottles with 90 capsules.
Another healthy choice is Viva Naturals Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. The product is made from organic apples and fermented naturally. The natural fermentation makes for a distinct flavor. The vinegar is raw, unfiltered, raw and unpasteurized, with the Mother in every bottle. It has no preservatives and is Kosher-certified and non-GMO.
If you wish to try other products other than the above, you may opt for other excellent vinegar products such as the Vermont Village Organic Raw and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, which is fermented in small batches in an artisan’s cannery. The vinegar is unfiltered and raw, is non-GMO and USDA organic. It is also BPA-free and gluten-free.
Another option is Fleischmann’s Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar which is made from organic apples. Fleischmann’s has been making vinegar for the past 100 years. Fleischmann’s vinegar is unfiltered, raw and unpasteurized preserving their unique flavor and are bottled with the Mother ensuring healthy and nutritious benefits. Before trying any of these treatments, or any new remedy or treatment, we urge you to consult your doctor and healthcare professional. Soothems, LLC offers this information as a source of information, it is not intended to be medical advice or to replace the consultations with a dermatologist, pediatrician or medical professional.
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Baking Soda Eczema Treatment
Yes, good old baking soda contains anti-inflammatory properties. It’s the miracle powder that seems to be used for everything including helping itchy kids with eczema. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an easy and cheap atopic dermatitis treatment. that can help to relieve skin conditions that are characterized by dry, scaly, itchy patches of skin. As a “do it yourself” homeopathic remedy, the National Eczema Association recommends taking a baking soda bath as an effective home remedy for treating eczema. This is an excellent way to help reduce the discomfort caused by eczema if you have large patches of eczema all over your body.
To prepare a baking soda bath, add half a cup of baking soda to a full tepid (warm) bath comfortable to soak in for approximately 20 minutes This is a very diluted mixture that should be safe for even smaller children. Remember to never leave a child in a bath unattended! It’s that simple and by soaking in the bath, the itchy symptoms of eczema will be relieved. After the bath, don’t forget to apply a mild moisturizer on the affected area. We recommend covering the treated skin with a smart fabric such as TEWLTect from Soothems that helps protect the skin by acting as an occlusive barrier. You can also use baking soda in a paste form if you have small patches of eczema on your hands, arms, face, or behind your elbows or knees.
To make a natural baking soda remedy for eczema, take one or two tablespoons of baking soda and add enough water to form a thick paste. Apply the remedy to the affected area to relieve itching fast. Leave for few minutes, then rinse off with warm water and apply moisturizer. Cover treated skin with eczema clothing from Soothems. www.soothems.com. When treating eczema in the joint creases of knees and elbows, it is best to cover these areas with Soothems Eczema Therapy Sleeves
Be aware that baking soda does not contain aluminum. Some baking soda brands have overtly labeled themselves aluminum-free baking soda because if it doesn’t say aluminum-free, then it must contain aluminum. Wrong, baking soda does not contain aluminum, regardless of whether it says aluminum-free or not on the packaging. The aluminum-free debate belongs baking powder, which is produced in very different ways from baking soda (though it does contain some baking soda), which often does contain aluminum.
- Are all brands of baking soda the same? No there are differences. Natural brands of baking soda are mined directly from the ground in their natural sodium bicarbonate state (also known as nahcolite), there are no chemical reactions, it’s just pure sodium bicarbonate, the way the earth made it.
- The ubiquitous Arm & Hammer baking soda brand uses a chemical reaction process through which trona ore is mined, then heated until it turns into soda ash. Then the soda ash is treated with carbon dioxide, the science yields baking soda.
- The fact is there is nothing wrong with Arm & Hammer or similar brands of baking soda if you are using them for cleaning or deodorizing a refrigerator. But if your intent is to use baking soda for skincare or to take it internally for occasional heartburn we recommend using naturally mined sodium bicarbonate as a healthy choice.
Best Brands of Natural Baking Soda
What is a Bleach Bath for Eczema?bleach bath
Caution – bleach baths should follow the strict guidelines of a medical professional. Do not use bleach baths without consulting your dermatologist or pediatrician first. A bath with a small amount of bleach added to the water may help lessen symptoms of chronic eczema (atopic dermatitis). Eczema is an itchy skin condition, often worsened by a bacterial infection. An eczema bleach bath can kill bacteria on the skin, reducing itching, redness, and scaling.
Before using a bleach bath treatment method check with a healthcare professional. Bleach baths are not for all people suffering from eczema.
How do you take a bleach bath?
- Soak trunk and limbs in the bath for 10–15 minutes. Do not submerge head.
- Rinse off with warm tap water and pat dry with a towel. Avoid sharing towels.
- Bleach baths are typically recommended at least twice a week but consult your doctor before using this method.
- Never leave a child alone in a bath and keep bleach out of reach from children
How much bleach do you use for a bleach bath?
Use a half-cup of household bleach for a full tub of water, one-quarter cup for a half tub
After finishing a bleach bath your skin will have been aggressively treated. Consult your dermatologist or pediatrician about after bath care. Putting Soothems on the freshly bathed skin will help soothe the skin and protect moisture levels, fight bacteria growth and minimize itching.
CAUTION: CONSULT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL TO DETERMINE IF A BLEACH BATH WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR CHILD PRIOR TO TRYING. A BLEACH BATH SHOULD ONLY BE DONE UNDER THE ADVICE AND INSTRUCTIONS OF A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
Coconut Oil for Eczema
Coconut oil has become widely recognized and very popular as the soothing natural home remedy to prevent and treat eczema but it is important to use virgin organic coconut oil because it has higher levels antioxidants than refined oils. In fact, a study published in the journal Dermatitis showed that unrefined virgin coconut oil is “useful in the proactive treatment of atopic dermatitis colonization” because it acts as an emollient to moisturize dry skin and its antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory kill off common skin bacteria Staphylococcus aureus that causes skin infections. It described healing properties of virgin coconut oil as gentle enough to help treat mild to moderate eczema in infants. The International Journal of Dermatology found that organic virgin coconut oil effectively helps to reduce redness on the inflamed skin of infants, as well as helping to hydrate and soothe dry skin. Combine the coconut oil treatment with a Soothems Baby Eczema Sleep Romper for maximum treatment efficacy. Many eczema sufferers claim that unrefined organic virgin coconut oil is good for eczema and that it helps keep their outbreaks of eczema under control. Scientific research is ongoing in order to prove or deny these claims, however, much of the research speaks of unrefined organic virgin coconut protein content since the replacement of sick or dying cells that can occur with various skin disorders are quickly replaced by new, healthy cells. Scientific research shows coconut oil may be linked to some potential benefits for skin, including reducing inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds. Coconut oil is a saturated plant fat consisting primarily of medium and short chain fatty acids. These medium-chain fatty acids are relatively small so are readily absorbed through cell membranes. In addition, these molecules are not easily oxidized so won’t create harmful free radicals. As a result of this composition coconut oil a really effective moisturizer for dry skin. It also has proven antibacterial, antifungal and even has anti-viral components, meaning that as well as moisturizing, coconut oil combating the infections responsible for much of the eczema itch.
Coconut oil is also packed full of vitamins that help nourish the skin. For a highly effective eczema treatment, combine a comforting warm water bath with three to five tablespoons of organic coconut oil and eczema clothing from Soothems.
Never leave a child in a bath alone. After the bath, dry off your child with a soft towel and use coconut oil to repair skin damaged by eczema. Coconut oil is also a great all-natural moisturizer/emollient for eczema. Using organic coconut oil is a great way to decrease or eliminate all the toxic ingredients found in over the counter eczema creams and prescription ointments. Apply coconut oil directly to the affected area several times a day and before you go to sleep. When going to sleep, it is recommended to cover these areas with Soothems products made from TEWLTech to increase the efficacy of the coconut oil. You should apply the coconut oil daily until the reddish itchy patches of skin have gone completely.
For babies with mild to moderate eczema apply a light coating of virgin coconut oil to the affected skin twice a day and cover the skin with Soothems Eczema Sleepwear Long Sleeve Shirt and Eczema Sleepwear Footed Leggings.
What is Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis)?
Cradle cap usually doesn't require medical treatment. It clears up on its own within a few months. In the meantime, wash your baby's hair once a day with mild baby shampoo and brush the scalp lightly with a soft brush to loosen the scale. Cover with the Soothems® Eczema Relief Skull Cap, which can help clear the dry flaky skin associated with cradle cap.
What is the best Cradle Cap Treatment?
If frequent shampooing doesn't help, consult your baby's your dermatologist or pediatrician. He or she may recommend an adult dandruff shampoo, such as one containing 2 percent antifungal ketoconazole medication. Be sure the shampoo doesn't get in your baby's eyes, as it may cause irritation. Hydrocortisone cream is sometimes helpful to reduce redness and inflammation. Don't use over-the-counter cortisone or antifungal creams without talking to your baby's your dermatologist, because some of these products can be toxic when absorbed through a baby's skin. Dandruff shampoos that contain salicylic acid aren't recommended for use in babies either because they can be absorbed through the skin.
Lifestyle and Home Cradle Cap Remedies:
The following over-the-counter treatments and home-care tips can help you control and manage cradle cap:
- Gently rub your baby's scalp with your fingers or a washcloth to loosen the scales. Don't scratch.
- Wash your baby's hair once a day with mild baby shampoo. Loosen the scales with a small, soft-bristled brush before rinsing off the shampoo.
- If the scales don't loosen easily, rub petroleum jelly or a few drops of mineral oil onto your baby's scalp. Let it soak into the scales for a few minutes, or hours if needed. Then brush and shampoo your baby's hair as usual. If you leave the oil in your baby's hair, the cradle cap may get worse. Once the cradle cap scales are gone, wash your baby's hair every few days with a mild shampoo to prevent scale buildup.
Epsom Salt and Eczema
Epsom salt is called a “hydrated salt” and is basically an inorganic salt made from magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salts can work wonders for the distressed skin. In a 1999 study published in the Archives of Dermatological Research, researchers found that magnesium salts sped up the recovery of the skin barrier. Taking regular Epsom salt soaks can help you feel rejuvenated and healthy! Known for its profound and wide-ranging benefits, Epsom salt has been proven to help to improve muscle and nerve function, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow and oxygenation in your body. As if taking a relaxing bath a few times a week wasn't tempting enough, adding Epsom salt to the mix makes it an excellent choice for your overall wellness regimen.
What Exactly Are Epsom Salts?
Epsom salt is named after Epsom in Surrey, England. These hydrated salts from magnesium and sulfate have numerous medical uses and have even earned a place as one of the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines. They’re especially beneficial for soothing skin troubles.
How Epsom Salts Relieve Eczema
Epsom salts can work wonders for the distressed skin. By providing easily absorbable magnesium sulfate directly into the skin, these salts can provide local and systemic anti-inflammatory action. Swelling and pain are soothed and even better, an Epsom salt soak can calm itchiness. The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
Did you know that magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes in your body? By soaking in Epsom salts, it can help to improve muscle and nerve function, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow and oxygenation in your body.
Here are a few other reasons why Epsom salts can relieve your eczema:
- Sulfates are needed to build healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Epsom salts help replenish the body’s magnesium levels and sulfates, which also helps to flush toxins from the body and build key protein molecules in the brain and joints.
- Sulfate molecules are so useful because they are negatively charged and able to attract (and extract) heavy metals from the body – which can irritate skin and also be a cause for eczema.
- Epsom salts also act as an alkalizing agent – which means they can balance your body’s pH and draw toxins and foreign substances from the body.
- Because magnesium sulfate is hygroscopic, i.e. draws water to itself, it often acts as an antimicrobial and prevents the overgrowth of bacterial and fungal elements directly on the surface of the skin.
- Lastly, Epsom salt is just a naturally effective cleanser and exfoliant for the skin. While you soak, the salt gently lifts the dry, damaged surface skin to reveal new skin underneath. Eczema sufferers often have compromised skin barrier function, but Epsom salts can refresh and strengthen this skin barrier, allowing the microbial flora on the skin’s surface to flourish.
Since Epsom salts are very detoxing, just make sure not to overdo them! Several times a week is a good amount. Before giving your child an Epsom salt bath check with a healthcare provider.
Here are three recommended steps to making an effective Epsom salt bath:
- Add the Epsom Salt to a tub of hot water. Test the water temperature to make sure it is not too hot before putting a child in. Remember if the water is too hot it is not only dangerous for a child but can also dry out their skin. Epsom salt dosage:
- For children less than 60 pounds, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 pounds to 100 pounds, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
- For people > 100 pounds, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
- Add baking soda to the bath to help neutralize chemicals like chlorine in the water.
Baking Soda Dosage:
- For children less than 60 pounds, add a 1/4th cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 pounds to 100 pounds, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For people weighing more than 100 pounds, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
- Add the virgin coconut oil to help the essential oils to bind to the coconut oil and stick the children’s skin which helps moisturize their skin.
Virgin Coconut Oil:
- For children less than 60 pounds, add one tablespoon to a standard bath.
- For children 60 pounds to 100 pounds, add two tablespoons to a standard bath.
- For people weighing more than 100 pounds, add three tablespoons to a standard bath.
After bathing your child with Epsom salts pat dry them with a clean, soft cotton towel and have them wear effective eczema clothing to maximize the benefits of the Epsom salt bath, retain the proper moisture level on their skin and control bacteria growth.
Evening Primrose Oil Treatment for Eczema
With all of the valid concerns about using topical corticosteroids, it is no wonder that people are looking for organic and natural alternative treatments as a remedy for treating atopic dermatitis. As we researched various natural supplement remedies and treatments, we did not find conclusive benefits regarding evening primrose oil supplements helping alleviate the irritation caused by eczema. Although some reports say that the fatty acids contained in evening primrose essential have a beneficial effect on the skin and relieving itchy skin many people have found it doesn’t help with eczema symptoms.
Oil extracts from evening primrose (containing 8-10 percent of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)) appeared to cause few side effects and because there was a very plausible mechanism to explain why supplementation with this essential fatty acid might work in atopic dermatitis.
In fact, many studies have evaluated the efficacy of oral evening primrose oil (gamma linolenic acid) supplementation for atopic dermatitis, with conflicting results. Fifteen studies (10 dealing with evening primrose oil, and five with borage oil, which contains even higher concentrations of GLA) were summarized in a systematic review of atopic dermatitis treatments that the NHS Health Technology Assessment program reviewed. NHS assessment could not pool the data because of differences between study participants, GLA doses, and outcomes (which were often clinically meaningless), they found that the largest and best-reported studies did not show convincing evidence of any benefit.
In an independent study, the University of Maryland reported that the most scientifically proven medical use for evening primrose oil is to treat the painful symptoms of eczema. A study into the effectiveness of evening primrose oil in reducing scaling and redness found that over 1,000 people found relief from eczema. Evening primrose oil also helped to reduce itching, swelling, and crusting in both adults and children with atopic dermatitis. Besides being made into supplements, evening primrose oil can also be made a topical application to nourish dry and flaky skin by adding a few drops of chamomile oil to a tablespoon of evening primrose oil. Apply the remedy to the affected area several times a day to get relief from red, itchy skin caused by eczema. To get the maximum benefit of evening primrose oil covers the treated areas of skin with Soothems eczema clothing.
Garlic Baths for Eczema
Some natural and homeopathic remedies seem unusual and even a bit farfetched like taking a garlic bath for treating eczema. Garlic is known to have a pungent scent and is commonly used to add a unique flavor to many culinary dishes as a calorie-free flavor. Garlic has also been touted garlic for medical purposes for thousands of years by ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Chinese cultures. Often cited as an effective remedy for fighting the common cold, the diverse benefits from garlic is credited to a compound called allicin, which is what gives garlic its strong smell. In a 2004 study by R.R. Cutler and P.R. Wilson found that a patented purified aqueous extract of allicin had effective antimicrobial properties against staph bacteria including MRSA. The Garlic Bath Co. markets allicin powder that is mixed with warm water as garlic bath and is cited as an alternative to bleach baths.
We suggest taking a garlic bath before going to bed at night to help you sleep better because very often the itchiness caused by eczema is worse during the night. Allimed® markets a garlic supplement that helps fortify the immune system that uses a patented extraction process to produce 100 percent stabilized allicin and locks all its benefits into convenient, one-a-day capsules designed for rapid absorption into your body without the strong smell of garlic.
We suggest you consult your dermatologist or pediatrician to determine if any of these garlic based natural, organic, holistic treatments and remedies would be beneficial for you or child prior to trying. We especially encourage you to seek professional medical advice if you have a staph infection and especially if you have MRSA.
Oatmeal Baths and Eczema
To relieve your baby or child of itchy, dry, flaky skin, diaper rash and other irritated, dermatitis skin conditions like eczema, use the natural healing properties of oatmeal and give them a colloidal oatmeal bath. Colloidal oatmeal refers to oats that are finely milled and then as evenly as possible, suspended in water. By suspending the oats, it allows them to be applied and absorbed easily on the skin. A colloidal oatmeal bath is a simple, effective, and is an inexpensive solution for a variety of pediatric skin conditions. We suggest taking an oatmeal bath before going to bed at night to help you sleep better because very often, the itchiness caused by eczema is worse during the night. Not only is this good for children, but you can use it yourself for itchy or dry skin problems.
Here are just a few of common pediatric skin conditions that can be treated with an oatmeal bath:
- Baby acne
- Diaper rash
- Dry skin
- Insect bites
- Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
How to Make Your Own Oatmeal Bath
When your doctor recommends an oatmeal bath for a skin condition, you could buy a commercial product such as Dr. Teals® Sensitive Soaking Solution with Colloidal Oatmeal, Aveeno® Active Natural Soothing Fragrance-Free Bath Treatment, or you can easily make your own solution using common ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
Steps for Making the Oatmeal Bath:
- Using one cup for children and adults or 1/3 cup for babies of oatmeal (you can also use unflavored instant oatmeal, quick oats, or slow cooking oats) blend or process the oats on the highest setting in your food processor, blender, or coffee grinder until you have a very fine, consistent powder. The finely ground oatmeal should turn the bath water into a milky looking substance with a silky feel.
- We recommend putting the powdered oatmeal into a pair of pantyhose or a muslin bag. Place the pantyhose in ground oatmeal in the tub and run the bath water hot (do not put your child in the tub until it has cooled down) so the oatmeal dissolves. Occasionally squeeze the pantyhose to help the oatmeal powder dissolve and gently stir the water so the oatmeal has dispersed evenly into the bathtub water.
- Once the oatmeal powder has dissolved and you have tested the tub water to make sure it has cooled down sufficient temperature carefully put your child in the tub. Be careful as the colloidal oatmeal bath water will be much silkier than regular water and the tub will be more slippery than usual.
- Allow your child to soak in the tub for 15 – 20 minutes. During this time, dab the powdered oatmeal pantyhose onto patches of skin with eczema to soothe the itching and reduce the inflammation.
- Carefully take the child out of the tub as it will be very slippery. Gently pat dry them with a clean, soft cotton towel and dress them in eczema clothing from Soothems.
- An oatmeal bath can be given once or twice a day, or more frequently if your dermatologist or pediatrician advise doing so.
- Take the oatmeal bath before going to bed at night to help you sleep better because very often the itchiness caused by eczema is worse during the night
- Combine the colloidal oatmeal bath treatment with a Soothems Baby Eczema Sleep Romper for maximum treatment efficacy.
Witch Hazel and Eczema
There are many known benefits of witch hazel from its long, impressive history as an anti-inflammatory and astringent for helping to relieve the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and skin infections. Witch hazel has antiseptic properties which can also be used to treat bacterial infections on the skin. The most common of these is the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus which can cause atopic dermatitis (Eczema). A study into the effect witch hazel has on bacteria on the skin showed that it was an effective topical treatment for many dermatological conditions. Witch hazel’s astringent activity has shown to help alleviate inflammation caused by eczema and prevent skin cell damage. The powerful antioxidant and antibacterial effects of witch hazel will also help avoid damaged skin becoming infected.
Use witch hazel to treat bacterial infections directly on your affected skin to help dry out weeping sores of severe eczema. Soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and gently apply to areas of skin where you have eczema. Repeat as necessary every day to get relief from eczema symptoms.
Witch hazel is one of the best natural remedies to get rid of skin rashes and is also a helpful and effective home remedy to treat acne, cuts, and more.
Witch Hazel as an Eczema Moisturizer
Another great use of witch hazel is as a skin moisturizer. Very often commercially produced astringents dry out your skin, however, witch hazel doesn’t do that, and this is a great reason to use witch hazel for the skin. If you use it straight after your shower, then it will help to lock moisture in. It is also effective when used on children who have skin conditions like diaper rash or inflammation. The European Journal of Pediatrics published a study where they showed that witch hazel extract has the same effect as dexpanthenol the popular drug used to treat or prevent dry skin, itchy skin, and minor skin irritations.
Before trying any of these treatments, or any new remedy or treatment, we urge you to consult your doctor and healthcare professional. Soothems, LLC offers this information as a source of information, it is not intended to be medical advice or to replace the consultations with a dermatologist, pediatrician or medical professional.
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