Home remedies for eczema

5 June 2019

Being a natural chef has proved very useful to me, not just for creating some tasty recipes, but also because it’s helped me find lots of useful home remedies for eczema.

Before I tell you more about them, though, there’s something important I need to say. While I love taking a natural approach to my eczema as much as possible, I still follow medical advice and I would never suggest that you stop talking to, and listening to, your doctor. There’s room for both a natural and a pharmaceutical approach, and it’s entirely up to you to find the balance that works best for your skin.

My favourite home remedies for eczema and natural products for eczema

As a child, I had to use steroid creams every morning and night, as well as a really thick emollient moisturiser the doctor prescribed for me. This was to stop my skin from becoming dry and cracked this can cause an eczema flare up. I became a bit obsessed with them though, and I’d take them everywhere with me and panic if I didn’t have them. But really I wanted to be like all my friends and have lovely perfumed products in beautiful packaging.

What I did was find some kind of unhappy compromise, so I used the fancy products that my friends used during the day them masked my flare ups in secret using my medicated creams. I do NOT recommend doing this! My poor skin didn’t know what was happening.

My mum took me for some tests to see if I could find out what was causing the flare ups. I was given a list of foods to avoid, but also a list of chemicals in skincare products I should avoid. It’s weird but this was the first time I’d ever really made the connection between chemicals in products and eczema. And when I checked, sure enough it turned out my shampoo, conditioner, face wash and body wash were all chock full of these drying chemicals! Even my emollient cream contained paraffin.

So these days I tend to avoid anything containing:

  • Parabens
  • Synthetic colours
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulphate
  • Sodium benzoate

I love to use:

  • Mango butter
  • Olive leaf oil
  • Shea butter

One of my favourite things to do is relax in the bath in the evenings, and I make my own nourishing bath soak. I also love a colloidal oatmeal bath this is a great, skin-soothing ingredient which helps to lock moisture into your skin. At first I thought it would be like bathing in porridge but worry not lovelies, it just feels really lovely on your skin!

If I’m having a flare up I often find colloidal silver is my skin saviour! It’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, boosts your immune system and is wonderfully healing. You can get it in gel, cream or spray form, and I make sure I’ve always got some with me when I’m on my travels. My favourite is the spray from Higher Nature, which I use topically.

I also love to make my own face masks, and again this is where the boundaries start to blur between what I eat and what I put on my skin! For example, avocados are one of my favourite go-to foods, but I also make my own super soothing avocado face mask.

I also make a nourishing honey and oatmeal facemask. You’ll need:

  • 1 spoon of oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of raw/manuka honey
  • A dash of warm water

Mix the ingredients together until they turn into a smooth paste, and apply to your face (or eczema) for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. This leaves my skin looking and smelling lush!

And a last tip is to finish up with a cold flannel after you’ve rinsed if you apply this to any areas of eczema it can help soothe your skin and relieve the burning bubbling feeling.

I hope you try some of these ideas lovelies, let me know what you think @camilleknowles.

Lots of love, Camille xx

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