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Top Tips For Treating Eczema Naturally

Top Tips For Treating Eczema Naturally

Avoid steroid treatments

Eczema treatments typically includes the use of ‘topical corticosteroids‘. These can suppress the symptoms of dry itchy skin in the short term but long-term use can cause thinning of the skin.

Choose lotions and creams that don’t contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

A recent study at Bath University showed that aqueous cream containing sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS (commonly recommended for the treatment of dry skin) reduced the thickness of healthy skin in volunteers by more than 10% in just 4 weeks and increased water loss. This means that skin is more susceptible to irritation by chemicals. SLS is also widely used in shower gels and bathing products, so make sure you wash off any residue after a shower or bath.

Identify food sensitivities

Common food allergens include; wheat, dairy, yeast, sugar and foods with chemical/synthetic additives. Hair analysis can help to establish food sensitivities, and also identify heavy metals and mineral/trace element imbalances. If you are unsure seek the support of a reputable, progressive nutritionalist.

Turn the heating down

Central heating can cause drying and aggravation for sensitive skin. Open a window in the room where you sleep, or humidify by placing a bowl of water near the radiator.

Choose chemical free natural skincare products

Surprisingly, many natural creams for eczema contain synthetic and skin drying ingredients such as alcohol. Watch out for products containing potential allergens such as lanolin (from sheep’s wool), nut oils, petroleum and petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, vitamins, colours and perfumes, preservatives and emulsifiers.

Wear chemical free clothing

Much of what we can buy on the high street is coated in the fire retardant formaldehyde, commonly an irritant for sensitive skin. It is common knowledge that wearing organic cotton is helpful but it needs to have been properly processed so that the fabric threads are smooth and don’t cause further irritation. Leading the way in clothing for eczema are Cotton Comfort who make carefully designed garments out of beautifully soft organic cotton with flat seams and labels on the outside. Try their Silver Soothe collection which utilises the magic of ionic silver, adding significant healing benefits and anti-bacterial properties.

Wash clothing and bedding at above 60C

Clothing and bedding should be washed regularly at above 60C to kill house dust mites and effectively remove dead skin cells. Pillows and soft toys can be put in the freezer to kill dust mites. When the pollen count is high do not dry washing outside. We recommend using soap nut or a chemical free washing liquid.

Avoid chemicals in your environment

Choose non toxic paints, household cleaning products, shampoos and cosmetics. Look for skincare creams and lotions with high quality plant ingredients that will soothe dry skin and provide anti-bacterial and anti-fungal protection.

Find ways to reduce the stress in your life

A positive attitude and care for yourself reflects in your physical health. Learn to love and appreciate yourself and find moments each day for relaxing and doing things that nourish you.