How to treat baby eczema

Baby eczema is a condition that affects up to 20% of babies; 60% of those cases persist into adulthood. Anyone who has a baby suffering from eczema knows that it is absolutely heartbreaking to see their little one so itchy and miserable. So what can you do to help your tiny tot?

baby girl with an allergic rash

Treating baby eczema: Assessing the cause

The first step in treating infant eczema is assessing the cause of flare-ups. This means that a parent should consider both internal and external factors. Internally, the baby may have a weakened immune system that need to be strengthened and restored. Food allergies, including baby formulas, are often directly linked to eczema problems. Externally, babies with eczema may be suffering from allergic reactions from a variety of sources including certain types of fabrics, soaps, lotions, detergents, fabric softeners, dyes and perfumes.

Here are a few things you can do to determine whether the problem is internal, external, or both:

  1. Have your baby tested for food allergies.  In approximately 10% of cases of eczema in babies, certain foods such as dairy products, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts, oats, and fish, even baby formulas may provoke an attack.  If you’re breast feeding, your baby may even have an allergic reaction to something in your diet.

2.  Keep a food diary. If your baby is already eating solids, note the foods given and the symptoms that arise.

3.  Have your baby tested for environmental allergies.  Environmental allergens such as dust mites and pollen are common culprits of infantile  eczema attacks.

4. Look for other symptoms.  Does your baby have an upset tummy, runny nose, sneezing or a cough?  All of these symptoms may appear to  related to the common cold, but they may also possibly be signs of food allergies.

Baby eczema treatment for immediate relief

Of course, there are measures you can take to provide immediate relief to your little one. For one, you can give your baby an oatmeal bath. Grind 2 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder using a food processor or coffee grinder. Add the powder to a running bath of warm water (not hot) and stir well. Soak for 10-15 minutes, rinsing with clean water and patting dry with a soft towel. Alternatively, you can use 2 tablespoons of baking soda instead of oatmeal. Both oatmeal and baking soda are all natural substances that can help soothe your baby’s itchy skin.

When cleansing during a normal bath, use an all natural soap and immediately moisturize the skin after. Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated is absolutely essential. Moisturizers and emollients, such as lotions and creams should be all natural and hypo-allergenic. Earth mama baby, Burt’s Bees, and California baby makes great all-natural cleansers and moisturizers that consistently receive good reviews. Eucerin, Aveeno, and Exederm are also very effective moisturizers, although not all-natural.

Avoid using steroid creams for relief.  If you or your doctor feels that it is absolutely necessary to use steroid cream, do not use it for more than two weeks at a time.  Florasone is a great all-natural alternative to steroidal and cortisone creams.  You can also apply corn starch to eczema rashes with no side effects.  If your baby has a flare-up, you can try applying cool compresses to the areas several times a day, followed by cornstarch or moisturizer.

Make sure your baby wears loose clothing, especially on hot days. Stay away from rough, itchy fabrics such as wool. You may want to consider using 100% organic cotton or other natural fibers for any fabric that comes in contact with your baby’s skin. Replacing your baby’s clothing, towels, and bedding with natural fabrics can help eliminate flare-ups caused by allergic reactions. When doing your baby’s laundry, avoid using any harsh detergent that contain phosphates, dyes, and perfumes/fragrances.

Minimize scratching and skin damage by keeping your baby’s fingernails short. Scratching while sleeping is common, so cover your baby’s hands at bedtime. Young infants may need to have their hands covered at all times as an extra safety measure. You can find some baby clothing that have mitts attached to the sleeve. If not, separate mitts or even socks over the hands can help reduce scratching damage to the skin.

You may also want to consider investing in a quality air purifier to keep the air clean and dust mites to a minimum.

Finding a long-term effective treatment for baby eczema is not easy.  But if you follow the tips above, you will be off to a great start!

Ingredients to Look For (and Avoid) In Eczema Products

Let face it, all eczema products are not created equal.  Some eczema skin products that are “specially formulated” for the condition may actually contain ingredients that can make your skin condition worse.  Other products make lofty claims to improve eczema, but fall short dramatically.  So what are the best products for eczema?  Well, that depends solely on the needs of the individual.  However, there are a few ingredients that every eczema sufferer should look for (and avoid) in eczema products.

Emollients

Anyone who suffers from eczema needs a good moisturizer that helps to replenish the natural oils in the skin. Emollient-rich moisturizers are ideal for eczema skin because they help to keep the skin hydrated without causing irritation. In fact, studies have shown that emollient-based cleansers effectively adds moisture and doesn’t dry out the skin.

Emollients

An emollient is a little like regular moisturizer, except that it’s got a base of fat. The fat layer helps to seal the moisture inside your skin, stop itching, and stop cracking.  Applying emollients directly to the skin after bathing or showering helps to lock in the moisture.

Ceramides

Scientists have discovered that people with eczema have significantly fewer ceramides in the top layer of the skin–specifically the stratum corneum.  The stratum corneum is the main barrier of the skin that keeps out and prevents chemicals from being absorbed into the body and prevents water from escaping the skin.

Eczema treatment products that contain ceramides help to replace this important skin barrier.  Even though there are several moisturizers that claim to have ceramides in their ingredients, they are only regular moisturizers unless they can show:

  • The moisturizer also contains cholesterol and free fatty acids
  • The ratio of these three ingredients is correct

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Vitamin E exists in eight different forms called “isomers”: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocopherol; and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocotrienol.  Vitamin E is great when applied directly affected eczema areas, as it has proven anti microbial qualities. This doesn’t mean to much to most people, but certain microbes and bacteria are thought to be responsible for a large percentage of the itching and discomfort from eczema, so removing them with Vitamin E can really bring some relief.  Also, it’s worth noting that synthetic vitamin E will not have the same benefits as a natural version.

Vitamin E
Important Note
Please note that not all good eczema products will have all of these ingredients together. Aim for having eczema skincare products in your repertoire that have at least one of the ingredients above, and none of the ingredients listed below.

Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Products for Eczema
  • Fragrance. Fragrances found in eczema products can cause allergic reactions.  Linalool is a type of fragrance that is a common culprit of contact allergies.
  • Nickel.  Nickel is the most common substance that causes eczema.
  • Alcohol.  Alcohol is very drying to the skin and may make your eczema condition worse.
  • Parabens.  Parabens are antimicrobial preservatives that may cause irritation
  • Sulfates.  Sulfates are harsh detergents that can further dry out the skin
  • Propylene glycol.  Propylene glycol is an irritant known to cause contact eczema
  • Colors/dyes.
  • Formaldehyde.  This ingredient is a known carcinogen and an irritant

How To Treat Eczema on Face

Having eczema on any part of the body is bad enough, but suffering from eczema on face is even more horrifying. Unlike flare-ups that occur on the body, facial eczema cannot easily be concealed, which is often a source of undue stress and embarrassment.  The severity of your condition determines how easy it will be to manage facial eczema.

eczema on face

Eczema on the face is no different from eczema anywhere else on the body.  Common symptoms include redness, dryness, and itchiness; if the eczema is very severe, then you may experience scabbing, skin cracking, scaling, and weeping.  Atopic dermatitis is the most prevalent form of face eczema, though seborrheic eczema is known to affect the face and scalp as well.

Treatment for eczema on the face

Eczema causes and treatments differ from person to person.  Fortunately, there are a few universal steps anyone can do to naturally treat face eczema:

oatmeal honey eczema

3/4 cup of unflavored oatmeal
1/3 cup of warm (not hot) water
1-2 tsp. of honey

Mix the oatmeal with water and honey until it becomes a thick paste.  Thinly apply the mixture onto your face, and let the mask sit for at least 20 minutes. Wash the mask off with water.

For best results, use organic oatmeal and raw honey.  This mixture is gentle enough to do daily, so you can give yourself a facial everyday (if you like) without any adverse effects.

2.  Cleanse your face with a mild, fragrance free non-soap cleanser.  Cetaphil is a great gentle cleanser that has even earned the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance.  Aquanil is another good product is gentle on the skin and dermatologist recommended.

cetaphil

3.  Keep the skin moist.  Lubricating and maintaining the skin’s moisture is the most important element in combating eczema on the face.  Moisturize your skin often throughout the day, and be particularly vigilant in the winter season as cold air tends to dry out the skin even more.

Always moisturize your face after cleansing with gentle fragrance-free lotion or cream.  Some individuals have found gentle moisturizers such as Aveeno, Eucerin and Aquaphor to work very well.  100% Aloe Vera gel is great all natural moisturizer that is both soothing and healing to the skin.

aveeno and cetaphil

Treating eczema on the face with creams

The skin in your face is the most sensitive, so only certain kinds of anti-itch creams should be used.  Topical steroids are the most commonly used anti-itch creams, but beware.  Your face may be especially more prone to side effects such as thinning of the skin, lightening or darkening of the skin, rosacea, acne, and increased risk of infections.  Using topical steroids on the face should be avoided, but if it is absolutely necessary only use the lowest potency steroid creams.  The cream should be applied in the smallest amounts, and used for short periods of time.  You can also request a non-steroidal cream, such as Elidel, from your doctor.

Elidel cream pimecrolimus

Some eczema sufferers have had success with local anesthetic creams such as Lanacane. Be that as it may, local anethetics are also known to cause undesirable side effects such as contact dermatitis.  Please be aware that any cream medication that gets in eyes can cause damaging side effects such as cataracts or glaucoma.

There are safer, more natural alternatives to cortisone creams. For instance, Florasone is a homeopathic, cortisone-free cream that is very effective for treating eczema rashes and itchiness. Repcillan balm is another natural facial eczema treatment that is worth considering.

Other tips to treat eczema on face

  • Avoid harsh chemicals in your cosmetics.  Stay away from soaps, body washes, and hair products that contain harsh ingredients such as sulfates, cocomide DEA, parabens, and linalool.
  • For gentlemen:  Shaving with a blade can dry out the skin; invest in an electric razor instead.
  • Adjust your diet, as needed.  Eczema outbreaks on any part of the body may result from a reaction to a food allergy.
  • Install a water filtration system.  Harmful chemicals in the water such as chlorine and chloramides may make your eczema condition worse.  A whole-house water filter would be the best investment, but a good quality under-counter and/or shower filter will suffice.
  • Consult a dermatologist if over-the-counter cleansers and/or moisturizers are not helping your eczema condition.

Managing Toddler Eczema

Watching a tiny tot suffer from toddler eczema can be heartbreaking for a parent, sometimes feeling helpless. Toddler eczema roughly occurs in 15-20% of children, and usually goes hand in hand with allergies and asthma. Fortunately, there is a good chance that your tot’s eczema may disappear as he/she gets older since most children grow out of eczema by the time they’re six years old. But in the meantime, there are some proactive steps you can take to heal your toddler’s eczema, and give your little one much needed relief.

toddler eczema

Moisture

Keeping your toddler’s skin moisturized at all times is the first line of defense against eczema.  You can help keep the skin hydrated, soft, and supple by bathing your toddler everyday.  Some parents avoid bathing their eczema toddlers on a daily basis for fear of drying out out the skin.  To avoid this you should:

  • Use warm, not hot water.  Hot water may worsen skin itching.
  • Use a mild, non-drying soap or soap substitute.  Soap free cleansers without fragrance/perfume, aqueous cream, and emulsifying ointments are the best cleansers for your baby.
  • Add a fragrance-free bath oil in the water.  Good examples of bath oils are Oilatum, AlphaKeri, and, Aveeno.
  • Add an antiseptic to a bath no more than twice a week to keep bacteria from colonizing on the skin.
  • Limit bath time to the time it takes to wash off the cleanser.  You can shorten time in the bath by covering your child with cleanser before getting in the bath, then quickly rinsing.
  • Gently pat, not rub, the skin dry with a soft towel.

baby toddler eczema

Apply a good emollient/moisturizer immediately after giving a bath to lock in the moisture.  Continue to moisturize your child’s skin throughout the day as needed.  Keeping moisturizers in the fridge (especially creams) will keep them cool and have a soothing effect on your baby’s skin.

Using fresh aloe vera from a plant is a great natural toddler eczema treatment that will soothe and hydrate the skin while preventing a bacterial infection. Pure aloe vera is also an anti-inflammatory that can penetrate to the inner layers of the skin.  Applying aloe vera topically will protect your baby’s skin as it forms a thin film on the surface.  If you’re unable to get fresh aloe, you should be able to find organic or natural aloe vera juice at your local health store or online.

Wet wraps are good at softening hard, scaly skin and they are easy to apply.  You only need to wrap damp bandages over moisturized skin, then cover with dry bandages.  Wet wraps are great for preventing scratching and keeping moisture in the skin.

Diet

Some toddlers with eczema may have an underlying food trigger.   In fact, food is a contributing trigger in about 30% of children in eczema and is the main trigger in 10% of case. The most common problem foods that trigger eczema are cow’s milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts and fish.  If you suspect that certain foods are provoking outbreaks, you should have your baby tested for food allergies.  You can also keep a food diary, observing and taking note of foods given and any symptoms that occur.  Eliminate any suspicious foods one at a time, giving each test a few weeks to get all traces of food out of your toddler’s system.

Limit the amount of junk and processed foods your baby eats, and make fresh whole fruits and vegetables the focal point of the diet.  Adding probiotics (good bacteria) is also known for eliminating eczema symptoms.

child with a skin disease

External factors that provoke eczema in toddlers

Toddler eczema may be exacerbated by a number of external stimuli, including chemicals, allergies, and fabrics.  Here a few tips that may help:

  • Avoid any products that contain perfumes, including soaps, washing detergents, lotions and shampoos.
  • Use washing detergents that are free of dyes and perfumes and avoid using fabric softeners.
  • Dress your child in loose, natural cotton clothing to allow the skin to breathe and remain cool.  Avoid harsh fabrics such as wool and other scratchy materials.
  • Use the softest sheets possible on the bed.
  • Invest in an air purifier to reduce dust mites, pollen, and mold.
  • Use a dust-mite proof mattress
  • Keep the air moist in the home with a humidifier
  • Avoid rapid changes in temperature

To prevent your toddler from scratching you should:

  • Keep the nails short
  • Put cotton mittens on hands and socks on feet at bedtime
  • Ask your pediatrician for an anti-histamine if your child has trouble sleeping because of severe itching.
  • Apply cool compresses during a flare-up, followed by a cool moisturizer.

Even though there is no magic bullet treatment for toddler eczema, you don’t have to continue to see your little one suffer.  If you keep your baby’s skin moisturized, feed her a healthy diet, and eliminate external irritants, you should see a happier toddler in no time!

Eczema on Scalp–Remedies for Scalp Eczema

Having eczema on scalp is not only irritating, but can be downright embarrassing!  If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from scalp dermatitis, you know how it feels to have your head flaking like a virtual snowstorm.  Not to mention the intense itching, soreness, redness, and sometimes bleeding.  So what can you do to get rid of these pesky oily flakes?

red skin scalp

First, you must understand what scalp eczema is.  Scalp eczema is a common form of seborrhoeic dermatitis characterized by yellowish, oily, scaly patches of skin that eventually flake off.  It can occur in men and  women of all ages but usually emerges after puberty as a mild case of dandruff.   Most people can easily eliminate dandruff with a good dandruff shampoo, but for others, the dandruff continues to worsen. Dandruff turns into  an unusually oily scalp with extremely itchy, red and irritated skin. Scaly bumps with a yellowish crust form from excess oil, and intense scratching of the scalp causes open sores and bleeding.

seborrheic dermatitis in head
Seborrheic Dermatitis

Currently, there is no definitive scientific cause for scalp eczema.  There are, however several theories of why this condition occurs.  One potential culprit a type of yeast known as Malassezia.  This yeast lives on the skin along with bacteria microbes, and factors such as excessive sweating or changes in climate leads to an overgrowth of the yeast.  This yeast is abundant, especially on the scalp, so it very well may be the trigger for eczema.  Other possible explanations include stress, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, illness, fatigue, and a weakened immune system.

What is the best treatment for eczema on the scalp ?

There is no single scalp eczema treatment that will work for everyone, but there are a few remedies you can try.  First, try to eliminate or reduce your scalp sweating at night.  A buckwheat hull pillow can help you achieve this since it allows for air circulation to occur between you and the pill which ultimately prevents sweating.

buckwheat hull pillow

Although it may seem counterintuitive, olive oil is an effective remedy for reducing eczema on scalp.  Twice a week, liberally cover your scalp with olive oil and allow it to soak for at least an hour.  Then wash your hair with an all natural sulfate-free shampoo or liquid castile soap.  Dr. Bronner’s or Trader Joe’s peppermint castile soap are excellent inexpensive choices for combatting dandruff, and can be used daily when diluted with water.  When you shampoo your hair, gently massage instead of scratching the scalp.  Take care to rinse well, removing all traces of shampoo or soap.

your scalp with olive oil

You can help combat scaling and itchiness by applying a topical cream or ointment to a clean scalp.  There are many hydrocortisone steroid creams on the market that may work,  but a gentle cream such as Eucerin will provide relief without the side effects.



Eucerin scalp treatment

Your diet is also important to maintaining scalp health.  Your diet should contain enough vitamin E, selenium, and zinc.  Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil or flax seed oil can slowly heal eczema on the scalp as well.  Adding plenty of green vegetables to your diet is also known to help treat eczema.

If your scalp eczema is resistant to any of the above treatments, you may need medicated shampoos containing ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, coal tar and salicylic acid, used twice weekly for a minimum for one month.  For severe scalp eczema, you need to consult with your doctor.  Your doctor may prescribe stronger steroid creams, ointments, or shampoos to help get the problem under control.

Eczema Home Treatment: Four Simple Steps for “Eczema-Proofing” Your Home

Sure, an eczema home treatment may consist of taking oatmeal baths, slathering the skin with emollients, and creating herbal essential oil concoctions, but if the environment in the home is out of whack, your efforts may prove to be futile.  The best eczema treatment is getting rid of irritants before they can do your skin harm.  Any eczema sufferer must live in a clean, moist environment to keep breakouts at bay.  So put down that tube of lotion and discover the four steps you can take to help “eczema-proof” your home.

Eczema Home Treatment Four Simple Steps for “Eczema-Proofing” Your Home

Adjust Your Thermostat…

One of the most important eczema home treatments is maintaining the right temperature.  Believe it or not, the temperature in your home may be the cause of some of those annoying flare-ups.  If your home is too hot, you may find yourself sweating too much, which may lead to a break out. Air that is too cold coupled with low humidity can dry out your skin. So your goal is to achieve the perfect temperature.  Observe how the temperatures may be affecting your skin.  If you find that warm temperatures contribute to outbreaks, keep your home moist and cool.  If cold air is the culprit, keep the temperature at a warm, comfortable level.  Finding the perfect balance of your home’s temperature may take some trial and error, but mastering it can ultimately bring you much needed relief.

Keep The Air Moist…

You probably already know the importance of keeping the body hydrated from the inside out by drinking water and moisturizing throughout the day. But if the air in your house is too dry, it may be sucking all of that moisture right out of your skin. You can easily remedy this by investing in a humidifier.  A humidifier will combat the effects of dry air.  But beware, too much of a good thing can be bad if you’re not careful. Humidity levels should remain with 30%-50% range; high humidity levels can create allergen problems in the home by providing the perfect humid environment for dust mites.  Mold and mildew can also grow easily in a high humidity, unventilated home.  You should also make sure to keep your unit cleaned and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clear The Air…

In addition to keeping the air moist with a humidifier, you may also want to invest in a quality air purifier with a HEPA filter.  Purifiers are designed to filter allergens such as dust, pollen mold, bacteria, and pet dander.  Coupling an air purifier with a humidifier is helpful at keeping your skin moist as it filters allergens out of the air.  Keeping your air moist and allergen free is an easy and effective eczema remedy.

Install a Shower Filter

Did you know that filtering your shower water is just as, if not more important than filtering your drinking water?  Having a shower water filter is an absolutely essential treatment for eczema.  The nasty contaminants and chemicals such as chlorine and chloramines may prove to be too much for your skin to bear.  During warm showers the pores in the skin opens up and becomes absorbent like a sponge.  Chlorine is also to be unstable hot water, evaporating out of the water and being inhaled into the lungs. So these chemicals are not only drying out your skin, but also causes an imbalance inside of the body that can be irritating to your condition.

Not all shower filters are created equal. KDF filters are the most common filtration medium, but some models are not very effective in removing chlormine.  Some filters are only good at removing chemicals in cold water. In fact, the best shower filters for removing both chlorine and chloramine are Vitamin C shower filters. These are available as shower heads with replacement filters or multi-use shower filters.

So, there you have it: the best home treatment for eczema is actually treating the home.  Making sure your home has the right temperature, clean and moist air, and filtered water can make a world of a difference in your skin.

The Eczema Diet–Healing Eczema With Food

Hippocrates once declared, “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”   The foods we eat everyday maintain our health and is fundamental to healing illnesses.  Eczema in fact, is no exception.  When it comes to eczema, diet may be a determining factor of the frequency and severity of flare-ups.  The great news is modifying your diet for the better can be easily achieved by identifying/eliminating food allergies, maintaining an alkaline/acid balance, eating fresh whole foods, and limiting your consumption of processed foods.

Identifying and Eliminating Food Allergies: The Eczema and Diet Relationship

You can customize your own diet for eczema by identifying and eliminating the aggravating foods. Food allergies are known to commonly lead to eczema outbreaks, affecting roughly 1/3 of individuals with eczema.  Foods such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, and peanuts are among the most common eczema offenders , although anyone may experience adverse reactions to a variety of other foods.  Undergoing a food allergy screening is the best way of identifying food allergens.  In addition to a screening, keeping track of what you eat in a food diary may also help to pinpoint allergens..

Please note that eczema may occur due to a variety of factors, and avoiding food allergens alone may not always be enough to eliminate symptoms.

 

Maintaining An Alkaline/ Acid Balanced Diet to Cure Eczema

One alternative medicine principle argues that acid-producing food is the reason for food allergies leading to eczema. Reducing acid foods from your diet and increasing alkaline foods may lessen food allergies as well as eczema symptoms.  But what are acid and alkaline foods?

All foods are either alkaline or acid.  This refers to the “ash residue” that is left behind after the digestion process, and eating these type of foods affect the body’s natural pH.  The body in its optimal state has an internal environment is slightly alkaline–a pH just above 7.   When the internal environment is more acid, the body attempts to prevent the blood from getting acidic by neutralizing the acid with alkaline minerals.  If there isn’t enough alkaline substances in the body to neutralize the acid, the body compensates by taking alkaline minerals from the cells. The cells then become acidic, and the body becomes vulnerable to disease.

Ideally, an eczema diet treatment should consist of more alkalizing foods than acidifying foods, proportioned at 75-80% alkalizing foods and acid foods between 20-25%. Here is a chart of typical alkaline and acid forming foods found:

ALKALIZING FOODS

VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts

OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies

ACIDIFYING FOODS

FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinioa
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes

Important Note
Please note that not all acidifying foods should be eliminated from the diet. Healthy grains, legumes, good oils, and nuts all have essential nutrients needed in every diet. Eating healthy acid foods can benefit your health as long as your diet consists of mostly alkaline foods.

Other Eczema Diet Tips:

  • The quality food you eat is just as important as the type of food you eat. The more whole, raw fresh foods you can incorporate into your eczema diet plan the better.  If possible, eat fresh organic locally grown foods that are in season.
  • Eliminate or reduce your intake of pre-packaged foods.  Packaged foods are highly processed with little to no valuable nutrients, and may create toxic by-products in the body.


  • Stay away from artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), and saccharine (Sweet ‘n Low). A rtificial sweeteners are man-made chemicals that your body doesn’t recognize and can be detrimental to your overall health.  If you need a low glycemic, low calorie alternative to sugar, try using Stevia. Stevia naturally comes from the juice of the stevia plant and is 30-40 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Add essential fatty acids to your diet.   Essential fatty acids are essential for healthy skin, and are abundant in oily fish, avocados, and flaxseeds.
  • Take whole food supplements daily.  A healthy diet should include the necessary 20 or 21 minerals, 13 vitamins, 8 to 11 essential amino acids, 2 essential fatty acids to function properly. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get all the nutrients needed even with the healthiest diet. Taking a food-based supplement can help you get all of the needed nutrients.

You don’t have to restrict yourself from eating delicious foods you enjoy with an eczema diet. You can have a healthier and satisfying diet that will not only help to reverse eczema, but can also help to improve your overall health.

Herbal remedies for Eczema

Five Herbal Plants to Alleviate Your Eczema Symptoms

If you need a break from medications and their side effects, then trying an eczema herbal remedy may be your best bet.  It is always best to address eczema holistically, focusing on treating your condition from the inside out.  Here are five natural eczema herbal remedies that may help to clear up your skin.

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant has been used for centuries for a variety of skin conditions including burns and dryness.  In fact, you will most likely find it as an ingredient in your favorite skin care product.  So why is aloe vera an effective eczema herbal treatment?  For one, aloe vera contains complex sugars, called polysaccharides, that naturally moisturize and hydrate the skin.  Aloe also helps to kill bacteria, as well as increase oxygen availability to the skin cells.  Aloe vera is also great for soothing irritated skin and prevent future infections.

is aloe vera good for eczema

Is aloe vera good for eczema ?

You can find many topical products that contain aloe vera, but the best source is from the plant itself.  To use, simply cut a leaf from the plant, and directly apply the gel to the skin.  With time, Aloe vera will help to reduce eczema symptoms and improve the skin’s overall quality.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a powerful Indian herb that is used for both cooking and medicine.  Curcumin, The active ingredient in turmeric, is an anti-inflammatory agent that can help to lower histamine production in the body.  Turmeric also contains anti-oxidant properties that will help the skin maintain a youthful appearance.

turmeric and eczema

Turmeric and Eczema

Turmeric as an herbal remedy for eczema can be used internally and externally.  Turmeric spice is readily available at almost any grocery store, and adding it to your meals may prove to be beneficial.  Alternatively, you can find turmeric as a supplement at natural food stores.  Create a topical treatment by making a paste mixing turmeric powder.  Apply the paste to the affected areas and rinse with warm water.

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the most popular eczema herbal treatments.  The German and Roman chamomile varieties are the most commonly known plants; Germain chamomile is the most commonly used plant used a an eczema herbal remedy.  Chamomile contains a compound called alpha bisabolol, an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching ingredient.

chamomile oil for eczema

Chamomile oil for Eczema

Chamomile is a topical treatment and can be found in essential oil and herb form.  Chamomile oil, diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, can be directly applied to the skin.  Adding chamomile herbs or flowers can be added to a warm bath to soothe itching and inflammation.


Witch Hazel

Originating from North America, witch hazel is a potent herb that has been used for conditions such as hemorrhoids and cold sores.  Witch hazel is also a good eczema natural remedy, due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

witch hazel for eczema

Witch hazel for Eczema

Tea is a very popular way for administering witch hazel. To create a witch hazel tea, add 2 to 3 grams of witch hazel leaves to boiling water for about 15 minutes. Witch hazel tea can be taken two to three times a day. You can also find witch hazel in liquid form at any drug store.  Bottled witch hazel can be applied to eczema problem areas as well.

Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the best eczema natural remedies because of its antiseptic and antioxidant properties.  Rosemary is known for reducing skin inflammation and stimulating blood circulation.  Rosemary also has a powerful aroma that helps to relieve stress.

rosemary for eczema

Rosemary for Eczema

Rosemary is available as an essential oil, oil capsules, and teas.  The best way to use rosemary for eczema is by adding a few drops of oil to bathwater and soak.  You can also opt to use topical creams and/or cleansers that has rosemary as an ingredient.  Rosemary is also a uterine stimulant, so it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Important Note
Before using any of the herbal remedies for eczema, perform a skin patch test to check for any allergic reactions. You should consult with your physician first before trying any eczema herbal remedy method.

Treat Eczema With Antioxidants

The term “antioxidants” has become a popular buzzword that can prevent ailments such as premature aging and cancer.  But did you know that antioxidants can be used to treat eczema?

Some cases of eczema (atopic dermatitis) are caused by a skin disorder that is a result of abnormal skin cell growth and turnover.  The epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin is made up of moist, living cells and dry dead cells known as the stratum corneum.  The stratum corneum functions as a barrier, protecting the deeper layers of the skin from damage caused by infections and irritants and help to keep the skin from drying out.  When this barrier is broken down or damaged, the skin is no longer protected from irritants and may also lose moisture and become infected by bacteria.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful treatments for eczema since they act as chemical scavengers, intercepting reactive molecules called free radicals before they have a chance to damage cells.   Free radicals are so dangerous because they not only kill cells, but also injures the cell and damage the cell’s DNA. When the DNA is changed, the cell mutates, growing and reproducing abnormally quickly.

Treating eczema with antioxidants may help prevent or regulate abnormal skin cell growth and turnover.

How to treat eczema with antioxidants ?

The most important antioxidants that are beneficial to helping eczema is vitamins A, C, E, and selenium.  Vitamin A is important for regulation of rapid turnover in skin cells, vitamin C helps to strengthen the skin, vitamin E helps to heal the skin, and selenium helps to detoxify heavy metals in the body.  The best way to get these antioxidants is by making sure that your diet is rich with this vital vitamins.

Foods rich in vitamin A:

  • Carrots
  • Yams
  • Red bell peppers
  • Liver
  • Cantaloupe

Foods rich in vitamin C:

  • Red bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Green leafy vegetables

Foods rich in vitamin E:

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hazelnuts

Foods rich in Selenium

  • Brazil Nuts
  • Wheat germ
  • Tuna and other oily fish
  • Brewers yeast
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashews
  • Lentils
  • Shellfish


You can also take supplements for these particular antioxidants.  The suggested doses are as follows:  vitamin C, 1000 mg twice daily; vitamin E, 400 IU/day; vitamin A, 5000-10,000 IU/day; selenium, 50-200 mcg/day.  The best supplements are natural whole food supplements rather than synthetic man made.

Other Antioxidants for healing eczema

Grape seed and grape skin.  The antioxidant components of grapes are great for preventing formation of free radicals, which can be an effective treatment for eczema.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).  CoQ10 helps the cells convert nutrients into energy, increasing oxygen when necessary, and reducing oxygen before it reaches toxic levels.

Green tea extract.  Green tea extract helps to boost the immune system and supports the kidneys.

Milk Thistle extract.  Helps to detoxify the liver.

Making sure that you intake an adequate amount of antioxidants daily may prove to be one of the most practical and sufficient eczema treatments.

Three Natural Eczema Creams of the Crop

The problem with most eczema creams available is that they often come with negative side effects.  If you use topical corticosteroids for a long period of type, you risk skin thinning and increased sensitivity.  Other moisturizing lotions and creams may have fragrance or other chemicals that may cause adverse allergic reactions.  Luckily, there are some natural eczema skin creams available that can help nourish the skin, fight bacteria, and reduce eczema scarring without the side effects!

Active Manuka Honey Cream

Manuka honey is quickly gaining a reputation for its powerful healing properties that are effective in treating eczema. Manuka honey contains strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that fight bacteria and eliminate infection. In addition, this powerful honey can heal damaged skin, regenerate skin cells, eliminate dry patches formed by eczema, and reduce inflamed skin. Manuka honey is native to a New Zealand tree.

Active Manuka Honey Cream is skin moisturizer made in New Zealand.  This cream is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals that is safe even for sensitive skin.  Here are some other reasons why Active Manuka Honey is a great cream for eczema:

  • No fragrance
  • All natural ingredients, no need to worry about harsh chemicals
  • Contains antioxidants to keep the skin looking young
  • Effectively fights bacteria, and is comparable (or better!) to steroid creams without the side effects.

Florasone

Florasone is a natural homeopathic cream that is the first natural alternative to cortisone creams introduced in the United States. Florasone’s active ingredient is 10% tincture of Cardiospermum. Cardiospermum is a flowering tropical vine that has anti-inflammatory properties. This plant has be used as medicine in Africa and India for centuries. Florasone is a one of the best eczema treatment creams because it:

  • Is effective at relieving itching and inflammation
  • Absorbs quickly and  is Non Greasy
  • Is an Alternative to corticosteroid creams that can be used for the long-term
  • Is Clinically proven to be effective.

ClearSkin-E Cream

Natural (not synthetic) vitamin E has been used to treat eczema because of its ability to repair dry, cracked skin. Vitamin E oil also helps to promote and support healthy skin cells.

ClearSkin-E Cream is a vitamin E based cream that moisturizes and soothes the skin. In addition to vitamin E, the cream also has other eczema fighting ingredients such as neem, licorice, and chickweed. These are the reasons why ClearSkin-E is an ideal eczema cream:

  • All natural ingredients. You won’t find any harmful petrochemicals, parabens, or sulfates in this tube!
  • Moisturizes and softens the skin
  • Gentle enough for all ages
  • Maintains overall skin health

 

You don’t always have to resort to using creams that have negative side effects.  Any of the three creams of eczema will prove to be superior.