Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by hot dry itchy skin, with symptoms that often vary over the course of the seasons or even days. It is provoked when the subject is exposed to certain triggers, especially allergens, emotional stress, heat, sweating and mechanical irritants (solvents, chemicals, detergents, bleach, woolen clothing, skin care products that contain alcohol, and certain soaps or fragrances.)
Skin with itchy eczema must be kept moisturized throughout the day. You can massage the area twice daily with 10 drops of chamomile german essential oil (EO), 5 drops yarrow EO, 5 drops tagetes EO diluted in 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 30 drops of jojoba oil, and 10 drops of evening primrose oil. A natural skin moisturizer like shea butter should also be used after a bath or shower and each time you wash your hands if they are the affected area.
To keep your eczema under control with an alternative to prescription medicine method try the following:
- Prevention – Avoid or reduce your exposure to things that can irritate your skin such as household cleaners, detergents, certain soaps and wool clothing.
- Moisturize – Use a moisturizer like shea butter or mango body butter on your skin every day to help keep it soft and supple.
- Don’t Scratch – Even when it itches! Scratching irritates the skin and causes it to break and crack, leading to infection.
- Identify Your Triggers – This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the culprit even better. If you believe a food is causing your problems, ask your doctor about an allergy test or try an elimination diet to identify the irritating product on your own.
- Keep Hands Dry – Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to Moisturize.
- Wear Protective Gloves – Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them (dish washing, house cleaning.)
- Stress Management – Learn to manage your stress through regular exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga.