Natural remedies for eczema are growing in popularity as sadly more people are being diagnosed with eczema every day. Physicians usually just prescribe topical hydrocortisone to treat this condition, but there are plenty of natural products for treating eczema that you can try first. Many of these ingredients can even be found in your own kitchen cabinets! But first, let's talk about what you should steer clear from.
Avoid These Ingredients
The big bad list of harmful ingredients that everyone should avoid include: Parabens, Phthalates, PEG's, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, and SLS. These are equally harmful for those with eczema, if not more so since the skin barrier is weaker and allows more toxic ingredients to pass through the skin and right on into the body.
Adults and babies with eczema should also be wary of any form of alcohol, including cetyl alcohol (commonly found in most lotions and creams) because it often burns the skin. With eczema, it's like pouring alcohol on an open wound. Ouch! Some herbal extracts also contain small amounts of alcohol. So proceed with caution or consider using essential oils instead.
Try These Ingredients Instead
If your or your baby's eczema is mild, some nourishing carrier oils and butters can work wonders even when used alone. Always look for cold processed, virgin oils and raw, unrefined butters when possible. Here are a few to try for mild eczema:
When the eczema is more moderate to severe or you're in need of some itchy skin relief, it's best to boost the effects of the oils and butters above with the addition of some powerful herbs and other ingredients.
Ideal for itchy skin relief:
Ideal for red rashes and inflammation:
Ideal for topical bacteria:
Thankfully there are plenty of products on the market that contain really effective, natural ingredients for eczema. So unless you enjoy making your own natural remedies for eczema at home, you can surely find something that works great for you and your children.
Manuka Honey Skin Cream contains healing manuka honey and manuka oil to reduce redness and fight topical infections, all while moisturizing the skin. Learn More »
Intensive Baby Balm is loaded with oils and herbs to treat minor to more severe cases of eczema. Kids love to use the roll-up stick. Learn More »
Jennifer blogs about her family's journey with eczema, allergies, and asthma at It's Itchy Little World. She is also founder of The Eczema Company, an online store which provides natural skin care, protective clothing, and laundry alternatives for children and adults suffering from eczema. Jennifer can usually be found in the kitchen where she prepares all meals from scratch and without genetically engineered ingredients. She enjoys playing board games with her two children and husband.