· By Emily Cunningham
Soothing an Eczema Breakout Naturally
If you’re an eczema sufferer you probably already know there is no known cure. Steroids are typically prescribed to keep flare-ups under control. But sometimes you may want to step away from the steroids or apply something on your skin in between steroid applications to keep your skin moisturized while fighting your eczema.
However, all of our skin is all different. What may work for one person may not necessarily work for another. Always test a patch of your skin to make sure it won’t react negatively. Here are some products you can try out to help prevent a new flare up.
Sheabutter is vitamin rich and full of fatty acids which help in skin regeneration. Unrefined Sheabutter can look intimidating but a little goes a long way. Break a little piece off and rub in your palms. The heat of your palms will melt the piece and make it easier to spread on your affected areas. Repeat as frequently as you need to.
Moringa oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It is also known to draw out toxins from your skin. Both are great properties to help fight secondary infections of your eczema and keep the skin around it, that’s not affected, vibrant and glowing.
Neem oil is a great antiseptic and moisturizer. But for some, using it concentrated directly on your skin can actually make your flare-up worse. Dilute Neem oil with a carrier oil before use unless you’re sure your skin won’t mind you using Neem oil undiluted.
You can purchase aloe vera gel or you can scoop the gel directly out of the plant itself. Either way, if it’s pure it should cool your irritation down because it is anti-inflammatory and also help you moisturize in the process.
While these products may help ease your symptoms our intention is not to recommend them in place of your doctor’s orders.