By Laura Dolgy (bio below)
Eczema can be a complicated skin disease, but it does have several noticeable characteristics. Aside from itchy and oozing eczema, many suffer from severe dry skin either on their face, body or hands.
With winter just around the corner, we know how awful dry eczema can get. This week, we’re focusing on 5 natural treatments for dry eczema!
Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
If you happen to find yourself with patches of chronically itchy, dry eczema on your hands, neck, face, or legs then you know all too well how irritating and embarrassing this type of eczema can be. Not to mention that relentless scratching!
Ready to start healing? Check out these 5 natural treatments for dry eczema:
Although there are several moisturizers on the market that claim they moisturize skin properly, you need to be careful what ingredients you’re allowing to permeate the skin.
A natural moisturizer like this Organic Manuka Soothing Skin Cream works wonders for dry, itchy eczema, as it is so very nourishing and richly emollient. The cream contains Manuka honey and Manuka oil which have strong anti-bacterial properties, allowing the eczema to fully heal. Read all about the healing benefits of Manuka honey on our blog post: Why Manuka Honey Heals Skin & Eczema Naturally.
If you’re battling thick, scaly dry eczema that resembles crocodile skin, then Emily Soothers Super Dry Soother is a great product to try. This balm contains simple, natural oils infused with Chinese herbs to keep skin properly moisturized.
For more natural moisturizers, check out The Eczema Company’s products formulated specifically for dry eczema!
Wet and Dry Wrap Therapy
Nothing soothes dry skin and chronic eczema like wet wrapping and dry wrapping. The process is quite simple to do at home and requires only a natural moisturizer (Note: NEVER use a steroid ointment for either wrapping technique) and form fitting clothing to wrap the affected areas.
To make wrapping simpler and more effective, specialty eczema wrap garments are great! If your little one is experiencing dry, itchy eczema on many parts of their body, check out this WrapESoothe Eczema Suit in sizes up to 3T as well as the WrapESoothe Pants and WrapESoothe Shirt in sizes 4-5T. For babies that are suffering from dry eczema on the scalp or cradle cap there is also this GoumiHat that fits 3/6 months.
For adults and kids with more localized dry eczema such as on an arm or leg, make sure to check out these WrapESoothe Body Bands.
Learn more about wet wrapping here.
Since one of the worst symptoms of dry eczema is itchy skin, it’s important to keep scratching to a minimum. To keep your little one’s skin protected and to avoid infection, these ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves are a true lifesaver. These sleeves have been extremely popular among parents with children who suffer from eczema. Jennifer Roberge, who created this blog, used them nighty when her son was 2-3 years old and credits them with a big portion of his healing. The sleeves can be worn at night to prevent your child from scratching in their sleep or during the day.
For adults, this Comfymitt Top is perfect for avoiding scratching. The top comes with protective mittens, so that you don’t subconsciously start scratching in your sleep.
Bathing + Hand Washing
Anyone who suffers from eczema, knows that bathing can be a nightmare. However, if your itchy, dry skin is able to tolerate bathing, there are several natural soaps you can try. But first, a word about soap. Keep it to a minimum as ALL soaps will strip at least some of the skin’s natural oils, even the most natural and moisturizing soap. So, use soap sparingly and never ever sit in a bath full of soapy water. Another thing to remember is after every exposure to water and soap, make sure to moisturize the skin well.
Finding a good moisturizing soap is tricky. We like the rich, very fatty Emily Smoothers Liquid Soap because it contains both olive oil, as well as Chinese herbs that are beneficial for eczema and fight against dry skin. The best part? It can double as a shampoo!
Although there are several natural treatments for dry eczema, it’s important to remember that sometimes the best way to treat this type of eczema is from within.
Instead of simply reacting to a flare up, you can try to prevent one from occurring in the first place. This can be done by eliminating possible food allergens in a process called an “elimination diet.”
If you feel like you’re not having success in fully treating your dry eczema, then you may want to take a look at this blog post that focuses on how to carry out an elimination diet: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!)
Do you suffer from dry, itchy eczema? Let us know about your natural treatments for dry eczema below in the comments!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.