Winter: the season of cold, dry weather and equally cold and dry skin. If you’re anything like me, winter time is a dreaded season, as eczema flare-ups are a weekly struggle.
Here is a list of Eczema products and remedies that you might find useful for your itchy, dry patches of skin, but do keep in mind, products like lotions, serums, and creams are only just bandaids to internal issues. Your skin and everything else occurring on the outside is usually a indicator for things going wrong on the inside. Your skin is a reflection of your health!
Eczema is becoming more prevalent, yet there is no official cream, lotion, or serum that any dermatologist can prescribe to you that will completely cure your eczema or dermatitis related rash, as these can be related to environmental conditions or allergies.
This brand specializes in “clean” products, replacing toxic ingredients for natural antioxidants. Not only do they produce great products, they also incorporate eco-ethical standards. I am a big fan of Derma-e and I have been using their products for two years now and I’m impressed with the soothing results.
Two products that I use daily or when needed:
Derma-e Psorzema Cream – $19.95
Derma-e Sensitive Skin Cleanser – $15.50
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an all-purpose product, found to work as a cleaner, aids with weight loss and digestion, and eczema! I have used it in baths to soothe itchy, dry spots and as a deterrent for bacteria. I also drink a glass of water with 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in the mornings. I recommend that you use a organic brand of apple cider vinegar with the ‘Mother’ when ingesting.
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – $5.28 at Walmart
3. Evening Primrose & Vitamins
This goes for anyone, not just people with skin conditions: incorporating vitamins in your diet is essential, seeing as we don’t receive enough nutrients from our everyday diets. Evening Primrose Oil contains the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been known to help with reducing inflammation. Both Vitamin E oil and Jojoba oil are well known for their moisturizing properties, healing acne scars and softening skin.
Sundown Naturals Vitamin E Oil – $8.56 at Swansonvitamins
Barlean’s Evening Primrose Oil – $15.00 – 30.00 at local natural store
FaceTheory Organic Jojoba Oil – $15.00 at Facetheory
Food allergies have been known to cause some cases of eczema. You can increase your chances of pin-pointing the cause of your eczema, by eliminating some common foods that have been linked to causing allergies, such as:
A combination of self-care and natural remedies may be all you need to manage mild-to-moderate cases of eczema, if symptoms do get worse, I do recommend going to see your primary care doctor or dermatologist for more in-depth testing.
5. Ditch fragrance
Understandably, we all want to smell good, but if your skin is showing signs of irritation, it might be best to nix the fragrances in products like laundry detergent, perfumes and lotions, at least until you find the source of your reaction. Here are some alternative detergents that are natural/fragrance free and gentle on sensitive skin:
Fragrance-free laundry detergents:
Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin, Free & Clear – $7.97 – $19.97
Home Made Simple Liquid Laundry Detergent, Unscented – $21.73
Honest Baby Laundry Detergent – $12.95
Naturally scented laundry detergents:
Home Made Simple Laundry Detergent, “Lavender” (64 Loads) – $21.73
Grab Green Natural 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods, “Lavender and Vanilla” -$5.07
As I am not a dermatologist or doctor, I am speaking from my own personal experience and observations that I have made regarding what has worked well for my eczema. Not everything I suggest will work the same for you and your skin condition(s). If you do have a medical emergency or a concern, seek a medical professional at your earliest convenience.