How to Treat Scaly Eczema

scaly eczema

By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

If you’ve ever experienced extremely thick, dry skin that resembles a “crocodile” feel to it, then this post is for you. This week, we’re sharing our top recommendations for treating scaly eczema.

The first step in treating your scaly eczema is using a proper natural cream or balm that can help nourish the skin and renew moisture.

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.

Top Scaly Eczema Skin Care Products

Emily Skin Soothers Super Dry

This Emily Skin Soothers treatment for thick, dry eczema is wonderful for healing rough skin on body, hands and feet. The beeswax, organic sunflower oil and Chinese herbs promote circulation and accelerate healing that’s needed to soothe cracked, chapped or scaly skin.

Grass Fed Tallow Balm (Paleo Skin Care)

Tallow balm is one of the purest forms of skin care, yet still is extremely moisturizing and nourishing for scaly, dry eczema. This Grass Fed Tallow Balm uses tallow that is sourced from grass fed and finished cows and is both suitable for Paleo and GAPS diets.

This balm is also available in two different scents: Tea Tree & Lavender as well as an unscented formula. The first uses tea tree & lavender essential oils that are natural antibiotics and antiseptics, which promote healing and prevent scarring. The unscented formula is perfect to use on the most sensitive skin.

Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream

This cream is a true treat for those that suffer from dry, scaly and itchy eczema. Not only is there beeswax that helps keep skin moisturized, but the manuka honey also has anti-bacterial properties. Plus – it will not burn or sting skin. It’s a very popular product – be sure to check out Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream.

Wrap Therapy

If you still are not having any luck healing your scaly eczema with just using the products above, then you should look into wet and dry therapy. These methods of treating skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis can be carried out on adults, children and babies.

Wet Wrap Therapy

Wet wrap therapy is a common process used among eczema sufferers and is usually used as a short-term fix for moderate to severe eczema. If you have not tried this method yet, then make sure to check out our blog post: Our Eczema Trials – Wet Wrap Therapy.

All that is needed is a bath, one of the creams/balms above and a set of warmed and wet clothing/bandages/dressings. Although in no way a cure for your eczema, the effects after one treatment can be extremely positive and can give you some much needed relief.

Dry Wrap Therapy

Just like wet wrap therapy, this method requires one of the creams/balms mentioned above and dry clothing/bandages/dressings. It’s definitely the easier of the wrapping methods and is the one we like to recommend trying first. For more information on what dry wrapping is and how it works, check out our post: Our Eczema Trials: Dry Wrapping.

Elimination Diet

If you have exhausted all the options above, then perhaps it is time to start looking within to heal your eczema. Many eczema sufferers waste a lot of time and money buying treatments or miracle cures, when their eczema can actually be healed from what they eat and don’t eat.

If you think your scaly eczema might be due to food, or even if you don’t (skeptical?) , then we recommend checking out our post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do it Too!). An elimination diet is essentially removing certain foods from your diet for a specific time period and then reintroducing them slowly to determine which foods are causing a reaction. Many of our blog subscribers have found relief just by eliminating a specific food that was causing their skin to flare-up, including our founder and editor, Jennifer Roberge’s son. Read more about their story here.

However, keep in mind that an elimination diet will work best with a physician or nutritionist to ensure all the proper foods are eliminated correctly AND to guarantee you’re not putting your or your child’s health in jeopardy.

Want to learn more about Eczema and how to heal? Read our Start Here for Eczema Relief guide to get you started!

Do you suffer from thick, dry eczema?

Let us know which natural treatments for scaly eczema work for you in the comments below!

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.

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  1. Kathryn on January 16, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Eczema is all new to me at 70 I have never had anything like this. I just passed an episode that made me so sick that I had fever, itches, rash all over for days. With a cortisone prescription I am much better and being more observant about trigger itch spots and grabbing them right away. But from the horses mouth (experienced people) I have questions. 1. Does it make sense for me to get the shingles vaccine? 2. Can an episode like the above described happen again? 3. What is the best “itch stop” prep that I can carry with me when random spots show up? In my investigations I have also found out that extra doses of Omega three seem to calm all as well as anti-infamatories like turmeric.. I’ve had good luck with Inflamma Care. Thanks for your help.

    • Jennifer Roberge on January 17, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Hi Kathryn – I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve developed eczema. Please keep in mind that I’m not a doctor and cannot provide medical advice. But from what I understand shingles is in no way related to eczema, but I believe it is related to chicken pox, so I don’t think the vaccine for shingles would help you with eczema. It sounds to me your symptoms above were possibly from an infected case of eczema. Did you take antibiotics then or apply antibiotic cream – medical or natural- for it to heal? It is very likely you can become infected again – but usually this happens most frequently when someone scratches their eczema and opens up wounds. So you probably will benefit from wearing gloves overnight, when you could scratch unknowingly and keep your eczema covered during the day to protect it if you do scratch. And I would suggest a natural cream with Manuka Honey as it has wonderful antibacterial properties. Read more about Manuka here.

  2. Harvey @ TagBand UK on February 7, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Dry Wrap Therapy is a fast way to get reduction form pitted eczema. My sister has used it to treat her eczema. It works deeply. Dry warp therapy is also effective in fading out scars. Thanks.

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