Doctors often treat eczema with ointments, antibiotics, and antihistamines, but you may get tired of purchasing and using all of these things. If so, why not try using natural ingredients you already have at home as a way of reducing the symptoms caused by this frustrating skin condition? Here are two natural ingredients you can try using at home.
Oatmeal is a product you probably have in your pantry, and it is best to use whole rolled oats (old-fashioned oats) for this. Oatmeal has the ability to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and relieve itching, which are three important reasons it works great for treating eczema.
The best way to use oatmeal for relief is by bathing with it. To do this, you should grind up whole oats in a food processor until they look like powder. You can then add approximately one cup of the oats to bath water.
Soaking in an oatmeal bath for at least 15 minutes may bring relief, but always avoid taking baths that are really hot because hot water dries out the skin even more.
The other option you have with oatmeal is to prepare a paste by mixing together two or three tablespoons of oatmeal with enough water to make a thick paste. You can apply this paste directly to affected areas and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. After that, gently rinse it off with warm water and pat dry.
Another ingredient you may have at home is coconut oil. This is a product often used for cooking, but it can also be effective for treating eczema. There are numerous ways to use the product, but here are two methods that work well for treating skin conditions:
- Ingestion – Coconut oil is safe to eat, as long as you are not allergic to coconuts. To do this, add it to foods you eat, or you can consume two tablespoons of the oil by swallowing it.
- Topically – Applying coconut oil directly to the skin is another method you can try. Some people prefer whipping it up with an electric mixer first, but either way works well.
Coconut oil works well because of the properties it contains. It is an oil that is antibacterial and antifungal, and it also contains dozens of different vitamins that can help provide nourishment to your skin.
Using natural products is a great way to treat all types of skin conditions, but if these do not work as well as you expected, make an appointment with a doctor that specializes in eczema treatment.