Home remedies to Treat Eczema

: May 29, 2015
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Eczema is the term used to describe skin conditions, which involve itching, inflammation and skin discoloration. It is extensively used to describe rashes.

Different types of eczema:

1. Atopic Eczema:

This refers to a persistent type of dermatitis, which starts in infants and continues in childhood. In some cases it can continue even in adulthood.

2. Allergic Eczema:

This is as a result of allergy caused due to exposure of skin to a foreign substance.

3. Dyshidriotic Eczema:

Irritation of the skin of the palms and soles. There is also formation of blisters.

4. Neurodermatiti Eczema:

It is as a result of insect bite and involves the formation of scaly patches on skin of head, forearms, wrist etc.

5. Nummular Eczema:

It involves rashes with circular patches.

6. Seborrheic Eczema:

Oily, yellow patches on scalp and facial skin

7. Stasis dermatitis:

A circulatory disorder, which involves irritation on the lower parts of legs.

Causes of Eczema:

  • Combination of several factors causes eczema:
  • Hereditary
  • Bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Allergies caused by dust mites, pollen, dandruff
  • Food allergy
  • Irritation caused by certain soaps, shampoos, detergents
  • Hormonal changes in women during pregnancy and menstrual cycle.


Most common symptoms are itchiness, inflammation and redness of skin. There will be dryness and scales and patches may be observed. It may leave behind scars

Home Remedies:

Eczema usually points out deficiency of oils and fats in the skin. The retention of moisture is also lessens. There is loss of moisture from the dermis and the allergens can then attack the skin easily. Certain simple home ingredients help in giving relief from eczema.

1. Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and prevents it from being dry and thus prevents skin irritation and itching.
  • Take a little coconut oil on clean palms
  • Apply it to the affected area
  • Let in remain on the affected area throughout the day.
  • Follow the remedy everyday

2. Jojoba Oil:

The structure of jojoba oil, which is a liquid wax, is similar to natural sebum and it also penetrates deep into the skin.
  • Take jojoba oil in clean hands
  • Massage it gently into the affected areas
  • Follow the remedy thrice daily

3. Homemade butter for skin:

Shea butter has fatty acids, which have healing properties and also make the skin soft. Coconut oil and jojoba oil as mentioned above are good for the skin. Beeswax adds thickness to the mixture and also protects and heals the skin.
  • Take a double boiler
  • Add 2 tablespoons of beeswax and jojoba oil respectively
  • Stir till both melt completely
  • Add two tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Stir well
  • Finally add the heat sensitive shea butter
  • Once it has melted remove the mixture from the container into airtight jars.
  • Apply to the affected areas as and when required.

4. Honey:

Honey has a soothing effect on the skin and is a good antibacterial agent. Honey can be applied directly to the affected area and then washed off with water. Honey and sugar scrub is also a useful remedy.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Add 2 tablespoons of crystallized sugar
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area
  • Scrub for 5 minutes
  • Wash with water
  • Follow the remedy thrice in a week

5. Apple Cider Vinegar:

It is an antibacterial agent and also helps in removing scars
  • Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Add one tablespoon of water
  • Mix well
  • Apply the mixture to the affected area
  • Follow the remedy regularly

6. Neem:

Neem reduces the irritation and has a soothing effect on the skin.
  • Crush few neem leaves
  • Add a little turmeric which has healing properties
  • Add a little mustard oil which moisturizes the skin
  • Mix well
  • Apply the mixture to the affected area
  • Wash with water after half an hour
  • Follow the remedy everyday

7. Oatmeal:

Oatmeal has soothing effect on the skin and also gives relief from itching. It is a good cleansing agent as well.
  • Grind oatmeal in a grinder
  • Mix it in the water
  • Soak body in this water for half an hour.
  • Follow the remedy everyday.

8. Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera has antimicrobial properties and also reduces the irritation
  • Apply the aloe vera gel directly to the affected area
  • Wash with water after half an hour
  • Alternatively mix aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil
  • Apply it to the affected area
  • Wash next morning

9. Baking Soda:

It gives relief from itching.
  • Take two tablespoons of baking soda
  • Add one tablespoon of water
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected areas
  • Wash with lukewarm water

10. Lemon Juice:

Lemon has antiseptic properties, which gives relief from eczema
  • Directly apply lemon juice to the affected area and wash with water after some time
  • Mix lemon juice and sugar and apply this mixture to the affected area and then wash with water
Follow these simple home remedies to get relief from eczema. Also regular intake of fish oil supplements helps a long way in preventing eczema. However if the symptoms persists it is best to fix an appointment with the dermatologist.


Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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