Did you know that over 10 percent of the American population – approximately 31.6 million people – have some form of eczema? Eczema is a skin condition that can cause your skin to appear red, chapped, purple, brown or gray on darker skin tones. It often leaves your skin feeling dry and itchy, which can be very disruptive. If you suspect you may have eczema, the best form of treatment will come from an advanced aesthetics Cypress, TX expert. Still, you can try the following five home remedies.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), apple cider can alleviate some symptoms of eczema. ACV is highly acidic and people with eczema tend to have slightly less acidic skin than other people, resulting in lower defenses. By applying diluted AVC to such skin, you can balance acidity levels and improve barrier protection. It is important to note, however, that the solution should be diluted as undiluted AVC can burn your skin.
- Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is one of the most popular and effective healing herbs in the world. It has been used for centuries to treat a myriad of conditions, including many skin problems like eczema. Thanks to its antimicrobial, wound-healing, and antibacterial properties, aloe vera can prevent skin infections and soothe broken skin. Try to use natural aloe vera or a mixture with very few added ingredients because components like alcohol could exacerbate eczema symptoms.
Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and has been used to treat wounds for centuries. Studies also prove that it can boost the body’s immune functions and help it fight off infections. As such, direct application of honey to irritated or dry skin can prevent infection, heal eczema wounds, and moisturize the skin.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Traditionally used to treat many ailments, it has wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve itching, resolve skin dryness, and fight infections. Consequently, applying it can improve eczema symptoms.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is infused with fatty acids that add moisture to your skin and can help reduce dry skin. It can also fight inflammation and improve your skin barrier’s health, making you less prone to irritants.
How Is Eczema Treated?
When home remedies fail to combat your eczema symptoms, you should visit a dermatologist. The expert will determine the underlying cause of your flare-ups and address it. Remember, eczema is not curable so treatment measures are designed to help you manage your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the type of eczema you have, possible treatment options include:
- Light therapy
- Calcineurin inhibitors to reduce itching
- Corticosteroid ointments to fight inflammation
- Oral or topical to combat infection
Your doctor may also recommend you avoid some irritants like scented detergents and soaps, fragrances, and extreme temperatures to avoid triggering flare-ups.
Common signs of eczema like dry, itchy patches of skin can cause image problems, anxiety, and discomfort. The team at Magnolia Dermatology in Cypress, Texas led by Samantha Robare, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, offers comprehensive care to help you manage flare-ups. If you wish to learn more about the available treatment options, contact the Texas office to schedule an appointment.