Be it acne, rosacea or psoriasis, dealing with any kind of skin related problem is never perfect. And unfortunately, the worst of winter is often when your skin is at odds with the elements.
Eczema is no different! With itching, redness, and swelling, eczema is a recipe for discomfort. This may make you feel less suspicious of yourself.
Although it doesn’t always seem like this, it is possible to control your symptoms until you feel comfortable in your own skin again. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today! But first, let’s talk more about what eczema looks and feels like.
Spotting Eczema: Common Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, eczema is a general term for atopic dermatitis that is known to cause the skin to become red and itchy. And while it is particularly common in children, symptoms can appear at any age.
These symptoms include:
Dry patchy skin
Small, raised bumps that may weep or ooze
Swollen rough skin from scratching
Eczema is a chronic condition with periodic flare-ups. Although there is no cure for it, there are clinical treatments and self-care measures that may help relieve itching while preventing outbreaks of new diseases.
10 Clean Eczema Ingredients
If your symptoms become so unbearable that they affect sleep or daily activities, or if they show signs of infection (red streaks, yellow crusts, pus), it’s best to see a doctor. However, there are natural ingredients that can be beneficial on a daily basis. And today, we’re going to talk about the best ingredients in clean skin care for eczema.
As a naturally soothing emollient, oatmeal is one of the most popular natural ingredients for eczema. Oats are anti-inflammatory and gently exfoliate, helping to soothe itchy skin and help rebuild the skin barrier. Oats can be used in the bath or applied directly to the skin with warm water.
Zinc is an essential element found in our bodies. It is essential for many functions such as metabolism and immune health. But on top of that, zinc may also help reduce inflammation in the skin, and even promote its appearance.
#3: Shea Butter
As a particularly rich emollient, shea butter is known to create a protective film on the skin while deeply moisturizing it. Plus, it can reduce swelling. You can find shea butter in a variety of moisturizers, such as Coconut Butter Hand Cream!
#4: Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter may be more popular with pregnant and postpartum women to help heal stretch marks, but it may also help heal rashes! As an ingredient rich in fatty acids, cocoa butter is touted for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Mask provides an extra burst of soothing hydration to the skin.
#5: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid. Since people with eczema have higher acidity levels, it is assumed that apple cider vinegar may help balance this. However, keep in mind that because it is acidic, it may be irritating to some individuals. Therefore, be sure to do a carrier test and dilute it with water beforehand!
No. 6: Calendula Flower Extract
Calendula is exceptionally gentle, yet it is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antiviral, and immune-stimulating. These qualities make it a powerful ingredient for eczema. Used for a number of skin concerns, calendula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin types.
No. 7: Witch Hazel
As an ingredient, witch hazel is an extract taken from the bark and leaves of the witch hazel bush. It has been used as an astringent for centuries. While research on eczema is still limited, it is often used topically for inflamed and oozing skin.
No. 8: Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is great for just about anything, so it’s no surprise that you can use it to treat eczema too! Due to its emollient and antimicrobial properties, cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil may help reduce discomfort while killing bacteria on the skin. You can use coconut oil straight from the jar, although it’s best to do so right after you shower when the skin is still damp.
#9: Baking soda
If you have very dry, cracked eczema, the antibacterial properties of baking soda can be helpful, especially in a 15-minute lukewarm bath. Before soaking, be sure to do a patch test, as some individuals are allergic to baking soda.
#10: Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is nature’s way of treating burns and bites, so it makes sense that it might help soothe eczema too! While research is still limited, aloe vera has been shown to have antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, its high antioxidant content may help speed up the healing process.
Ingredients to avoid in case of eczema
When it comes to soothing eczema symptoms and preventing flare-ups, using ingredients that are clean and beneficial is really half the battle. The other half is to avoid ingredients that may irritate the skin and trigger an eczema flare-up. If you suffer from eczema, the following ingredients may exacerbate it and should be avoided.
Lanolin is an emollient derived from sheep’s wool. And while it may provide excellent hydration, many eczema patients have been found to be sensitive to it. And we’re not fans of it, personally, because it comes from animals.
Ethanol is basically a lightweight, fast-absorbing alcohol that leaves a cooling sensation. Because of these properties, ethanol is often found in gel-based products such as body lotions, shaving gels, and gel deodorants. But for many people with eczema, ethanol can sting and burn, causing skin irritation. Plus, it dries out the skin, which can quickly catch fire.
Fortunately, our shower gel is ethanol free!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
If you notice that your new body lotion is making you itch more with each use, sodium lauryl sulfate may be to blame. Sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is an agent used in products to make them foam, which makes it popular in body washes, bubble bath, and Car wash solutions.
Sulfates are generally best avoided, but eczema sufferers should pay special attention to this pesky foam maker.