Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that affects the skin on the hands, face or feet. It is particularly common in babies, though many women who constantly need to clean or scrub could also suffer from what is known as ‘housewife’s eczema’. This skin problem is characterized by dry, flaky skin, skin irritation, itchiness, redness and inflammation. Most sufferers experience this problem in harsh climatic conditions and particularly when the air is too hot or too cold and dry without any water vapor in the atmosphere. Discussed below are top home remedies for eczema on the hands, face, feet or scalp in adults and babies alike.
1. Coconut oil
Without doubt this is the best remedy for eczema on the hands, face, feet and scalp. The best part about using warm coconut oil on the skin is that it can cure not only eczema but many other skin conditions. Coconut oil heals, moisturizes and soothes the skin and can be safely used on babies’ sensitive skin and scalp as well.
2. Olive oil
Like coconut oil, olive oil is also a powerful healing remedy that can be used for hydrating the skin. Use the oil on dry, flaky eczema patches to soothe and heal the irritation. Repeat application 2-3 times a day on hands, feet or even facial skin afflicted by psoriasis or eczema.
1% hydrocortisone cream can help soothe the rash and itchiness caused by eczema. However, you must not use this home remedy for more than 2 days since the steroid in the cream can be absorbed by the skin, especially in babies. Even this small amount of steroid is harmful and can lead to unpleasant side effects.
4. Castor oil and baking powder
Caution: do not use this remedy on broken skin. Mix together a little castor oil with baking powder. Apply it all over the rash in the form of a thick paste. Let it remain overnight. The rash would have healed by morning.
5. Avocado mask for eczema on face
Make a face mask by mixing avocado with some milk cream or honey. Apply it on the eczema rash all over the hands and face. Keep the mask on for at least 20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
6. Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera is used for healing all kinds of skin problems and eczema is one of them. Apply lotions, creams or gels containing this natural ingredient or you could even directly extract the gel from Aloe Vera leaf and apply it all over the itchy skin or scalp and soothe it instantly.
Calendula ointment is one of the best natural cures for eczema on the hands, face or feet and it can even be safely used on baby’s delicate skin. People with very dry skin, blisters and scaling can benefit greatly from regular use of calendula ointment.
8. Herbal teas and tinctures
- Many herbal teas and tinctures can be taken internally to soothe the skin from inside out. Chamomile and Burdock are two herbs which can be used as natural remedies for eczema around the eyes and the face. Start by consuming 4ml tincture of Burdock three times a day. You can also drink a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime to cure eczema on the face, hands or feet.
- Other herbal remedies and cures for eczema include stinging nettle tincture or tea which helps in elimination of toxic waste from the body.
- A cup of red clover leaf tea (or its equivalent of 500 mg of red clover) three times a day can help detoxify the system to clear the skin.
- Milk thistle extract is also beneficial for psoriasis and eczema. It protects the liver, detoxifies the body and reduces the cell replication caused by eczema. Take 300 mg of milk thistle three times a day.
- Cayenne pepper- A study showed that the capsicain compound in capsicum and hot peppers can actually cure many health issues including skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
9. Witch hazel
Witch hazel has astringent properties. Crushing the leaves of witch hazel and applying the extract directly on atopic dermatitis afflicted skin can help soothe it. These days, toners containing witch hazel are also available which be used to soothe the skin and reduce flare-ups.
10.Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used in numerous ways to heal eczema. You can dilute it with some water and use it as a scalp rinse to wash away dandruff and eczema on scalp. You can also add it to your bath water to reduce irritation on hands and feet. Drinking organic, raw and unfiltered ACV with a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses in the morning on an empty stomach can help flush out toxins and reduce inflammation of the gut.
Turmeric is an excellent remedy for healing eczema. Make a paste of turmeric with some milk cream or honey and apply it on the face to reduce dryness, redness and irritation.
Colloidal oatmeal added to bath water can help in soothing irritation, dryness and redness caused by psoriasis. Blend some oatmeal and add a cupful of the powder to warm bath water. Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes to moisturize and heal itchy, scaling, dry skin.
13. Banana and papaya face mask
For treating eczema on the face and hands, make a homemade dry skin face mask by mashing together bananas and papaya. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off using warm water and do not use soap. Repeat this remedy 2 times a week.
14. Diet for eczema
Eczema also results from leaky gut syndrome. People with chronic eczema must refrain from consuming gluten which is found in refined grains. Also, children with eczema could get much needed relief from itchiness by completely eliminating dairy products. Avoid foods containing allergens like artificial colors, dyes and preservatives.
15. Allergy proof your home
Vacuum the house every day and wipe down countertops. Eliminate dust by regularly cleaning all surfaces. Avoid exposing the skin to detergents, latex, harsh soaps or chemicals. Avoid contact with pets.
16. Always bathe in warm water
Never use hot water for bathing the skin. Use a mild soap like goat milk soap or none at all. Always pat the sin dry instead of scrubbing it harshly.
17. Pay attention to clothing
Dress in cool, comfortable clothes and preferably in long sleeve shirts and pants. Avoid clothing made from leather and wool. Clean and wash clothes in mild hypoallergenic detergent.
18. Avoid scratching
Scratching the skin can lead to infections. Try to keep fingernails short and clean and moisturize with a soothing cream at night to prevent scratching in sleep.
19. Avoid over heating the skin
Dress according to climatic conditions. Do not let the skin overheat and do avoid blankets and sweaters in winters. Stay away from harsh sun in the summers.
20. Moisturize with chickweed or licorice
Both these are soothing skin creams which can prevent further skin irritation.
Use these 20 home remedies for eczema to prevent itchiness and dryness.