The only thing better than treating your eczema, is preventing it! While there are many treatment options for eczema, there are also a number of things you can do from home that will help you better manage your symptoms, and prevent them from occurring in the first place. Beyond understanding what your individual triggers are, we’ve compiled a list of some simple at-home remedies for you to incorporate into your daily life.
Showering and bathing
If you find your symptoms flare up after you shower, consider reducing the number of times you bathe. Bearing in mind your personal hygiene, do not bathe every day if you do not want to. Excessive bathing can wash away protective oils in the skin that will keep the skin moist. Eczema tends to get worse when the skin is dry and therefore, it’s important not to over-wash your skin. Opting for lukewarm water rather than hot water in the tub or shower can also greatly help in treating eczema.
Eliminate milk and dairy products
We’ve learned that our diet plays a huge role in treating and preventing eczema. Cow’s milk is one of the most common dietary triggers for eczema. Cow’s milk can be quite acidic and is often filled with chemicals and hormones. The best way to determine if cow’s milk is triggering your eczema is to try eliminating it from your diet. We suggest trialling this for at least two weeks to get a good gauge on how this impacts your skin. Eliminating cow’s milk is easier than ever with the vast array of milk substitutes now available. Goat, sheep or buffalo milks are great creamy milk alternatives, or try a plant-based milk such as almond, oat or coconut milk.
Take natural supplements
There are a number of natural supplements you can try to improve your eczema. Fatty acids, vitamin A, D and E. Fatty acids have been shown to relieve dry skin and reduce inflammation. Omega 3s are great as they have anti-inflammatory properties, while vitamins A and D can work to hydrate the skin and improve overall skin texture.
Natural oils can be great for nourishing, repairing and protecting the skin. Almond oil is often used to reduce inflammation caused by eczema as it also repairs the skin. By applying to your entire body, it will create a barrier that protects the skin from the drying effects of hot water.
Organic coconut oil is another great natural oil for eczema. It’s incredibly hydrating and will nourish your skin, keeping it moisturised and preventing eczema.
Unfortunately, despite all our best efforts, our eczema will return so it’s important to have effective natural treatments on hand. Our pick is the Grahams Natural C+ Eczema Cream. This cream has been scientifically developed with natural ingredients and is designed to treat sensitive skin. It will relieve itchiness, dry skin and aid in skin repair.
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