Last Modified on Feb 10, 2016
What Is Eczema?
Eczema, or dermatitis, is an irritation of the skin and is associated with a number of unpleasant symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching, dryness, crusting, and flaking; and in severe cases there can be blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding skin. Eczema is a very common condition, occuring in about 1-2% of adults and as much as 20% of children! Being very itchy, this skin condition can be distracting physically as well as causing embarrassment if the skin blemishes are visible, or even leave scars from excessive scratching.
It is currently unknown what causes eczema, but there is a hypothesis (the hygiene hypothesis1) that exposure to bacteria is important during developing childhood years, and keeping children in overly sterile environments could increase the risk of allergies, asthma, and eczema. There is also a high rate of eczema seen in celiac sufferers vs. people without celiac disease, suggesting there is a genetic link for eczema. Additionally, stress and environmental factors are currently being explored as possible causes of eczema. Currently, a cure for eczema has not been recognized by modern medicine.
Natural Cures for Eczema!
Here at Earth Clinic, our readers have reported successful results with many natural remedies for eczema. Our most popular natural cure for eczema is apple cider vinegar, but great results have also been reported from the use of coconut oil, honey, and the 3 day apple fast. Below are some of the best home remedies to cure eczema and contact dermatitis. No remedy is successful with everyone, so please let us know if you have had any luck curing your eczema with natural home remedies!
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Remedies for Eczema
[YEA] I have occasional flare ups with eczema, mostly because I eat and drink too much of stuff I shouldn't and because of the weather (usually really hot or cold). I have found for me that the one thing that really helps me calm these breakouts down is 10% sulfur soap and sulfur ointment, both of which can be found on the internet. As you could imagine it smells a little bit, but I've never had anybody say anything to me about it and my wife says she can only smell it if she gets really close to me.
I don't know if you should use it if you ever get to the open sore phase, but ever since I started using it when I noticed the beginning of break outs I've never got to the open sore phase again. I also use ACV, coconut oil, and turmeric and that seems to help as well. Hope this info helps. I thought I should post about it since I didn't see it as one of the many potential remedies.
-Eczema sufferer since 2012
[YEA] I have been taking Acidophilus with Bifidum wafers for one week now and it has provided me with relief from my eczema. I now feel like myself again, and can actually sleep without Tylenol PM. Don't forget to moisturize problematic areas after showering.
[YEA] After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestinal tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems.
I have suffered from eczema for 14 years, this past year it has gotten out of control due to high stress and anxiety. Recently my Husband had an abscessed tooth and I looked on here for some remedies when I came across the activated charcoal, it draws out toxins so he used it and it drew out the abscess (in the bone) in two days, he is now pain free.
Anyways, I have been unable to sleep through the night or even function normally for months, I got another rash on my hand and decided to take some of the poultice I made for my Husbands tooth and put it on my new rash. I left it on for a few minutes and washed it off, which proved to be the most frustrating part of this cure!
A few days later (which brings me to today) I ended up itching severely on my lowers legs, this has been my area of most irritation, I popped open two capsules and mixed them with organic coconut oil and applied it to the most painful areas. WARNING; this stuff will stain everything: skin, clothes, tubs I mean EVERYTHING! I ran a bath as I allowed to stuff to sink in, grabbed a book (after washing my hands a million times) and got into the tub. I stayed in for about 20-30 minutes after which I proceeded to wash my skin over and over and over with an organic all natural bar of soap and a clean washcloth (I wash all my laundry with a solution of borax, grated and diluted organic lavender bar-soap and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil, this has helped allot with my skin irritation and allergies) My skin was a dingy grey after wards and so I drained my black rimmed tub and showered, again washing my skin thoroughly but not too much as to irritate my skin again, then I washed out my tub, dried off with a fresh towel and relaxed for a few minutes (this I found to be highly important in stress management, which contributes to eczema).
My skin never felt better and I actually had some energy. I still have black lines and dingy skin but I really don't care, it will wash off the next shower I have. I have also decided to take one charcoal tablet a day to help with the IBS I frequently experience and know that it contributes to low immune function and the plethora of health issues I have faced since I was about 10.
Anyone with severe skin issues I highly recommend a healthy non-gmo diet, elimination of industrial chemicals in household products, elimination of fluoride and as odd as it seems placed in this list: Inner Child therapy (I find the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh the best, he treats the body, mind and world as a whole) Most of these immune issues stem from severe stress and trauma experienced during childhood, things we didn't and still have not faced that resurface as health problems.
Recipe for skin poultice:
- 2 caps activated charcoal Aprox. 1 Tbls
- equal amount of Organic Coconut Oil
- Mix together and apply for at least 30 minutes.
Like others have stated you may experience a urine-like smell and this indicates that it is working (not sure why, will have to look into that) First time I did this I smelled urine, very strongly in the tub until I washed the charcoal from myself and the tub, its gross and quite pungent, perhaps this is the toxins that are drawn out? If anyone has information on this mechanism please reply with your info!
An FYI in case anyone is interested, I have tried the prescription meds since I was very young, every other home remedy on this site as well as other but nothing has provided the immediate relief I experienced from the charcoal poultice. The itching, burning, swelling, redness, and small pimple-like lesions have disappeared all that is left of it is the scabs where I have scratched so much I opened the lesions.
Please drink plenty of fluoride free (if possible) water after ingesting or applying charcoal as it dehydrates the body.
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[YEA] I have a skin allergy,that a dermatologist identified as being eczema, It appears between my knee and ankle on my left leg. over the past 40 years it started about the size of a quarter and for the past 10 or 15 years had grown to cover and area of 4in.by 4 in.....I started taking the charcoal capsules twice a day, each capsule aprox 280 milligrams..the lesion has shrunk to about the size of a quarter..no more itching and burning etc,also whenever i feel an sinus allergy attack i take the charcoal..i reduce the amount that I take when the symptoms reduce.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Since my delivery last December, I got a severe eczema on the top of my right hand... since, I am trying to get rid of it.
Apple cider vinegar and Extra Virgin Oil help me to stop itching and having a soft skin. during the time olive oil was on I felt great BUT it didn't cure me cause every time I stopped putting it on my hand I got rash, itch and very dry skin =(
My husband asked me to stop putting them on my hand and to cure it like a burn and he was right cause since 1 month ..I am getting better every day and I have hope to see it disappear one day.
It seems our brain doesn't know when the skin has to be cure or not, you have to send a message to it in order to get a cure.
So by a very simple acupuncture process on my hand (the palm of my hand), my brain was able to understand that this part of my body needs to be cure. I did that 3 days and I noticed a difference!!
In addition, I stopped moisturizing my hand cause if I continued to moisturizing it , the skin will never moisturizing by herself again, so I forced my skin to do the job herself (it s not easy because you hand is very dry, you got cracks and it s painful, you itch too cause of that but if you have enough motivation and you keep in mind to stop itching it will be a success)
After that, I wet roll towel sheets with warm water and a put it on my hand with a medical tape wrap bandage. I kept this bandage all day long and I was vigilant to keep it wet. this! Help me a lot, my skin was soft, no itching , no rash etc...so feel great and you even forget about it. During the night I take it off and forced my skin to cure, so you have again a dry skin and a lot of dead skin to take off and you do that until you are skin is getting better.
Be careful about the soap you use, try to buy one very moisturizing and use always the same one. (Dove brand shea butter one helps me)
The sun will help you too, keep you hand under sun and avoid wind cause you ll get a very dry skin after (we dont want that)
Try to eat omega 3 and 6, since I started cooking cereal bars by myself, I digest well and at the end I am balancing my body will all it needs to be better and in the same time I cure my skin
As I am nursing my baby so I cant clean my intestine, (the goal it to clean all the toxins you have) usually you have eczema cause your intestines dont know how to deal with too much toxins so usually the skin is the second one to take charge of, that ' why we have eczema...
Now I can say that my hand is practically cure, I do not wear any bandage anymore.
You can do it every time you need until you get rid of it.
Eczema remedy: 1/2 cup of organic pure aloe vera juice when you wake up and the same before going to bed. You should start seeing a difference within 3-4 weeks.
[NAY] Dear Bill,
I have eczema. I have had it for 15 plus years at various degrees. I have tried all I could to treat it myself. I did have success a few years ago after being on the GAPS diet for over a year and a half. The eczema went away for about a year. I was in heaven, but then it returned with a vengeance. It is on my face, neck and arms. I itch and scratch all the time. I finally went to our family functional doctor in January. He is treating me for candida. Although he is trying to do the best he can, I did not like the protocol. I don't think it will work because I have used it before. I found your book and bought it. Since January 22, 2015 I have been on your protocol including turpentine and anti-candida diet. There has been no change but in some ways worse. I am so discouraged.
I have a wedding for my daughter in a month and I don't know what I am going to wear. I am consumed with fighting this and it really is tiresome. Summer is coming on and long sleeves and turtle necks will not work. I am tired of a very limited diet. I know you were on this protocol for a year before your symptoms went away. I am willing to go that long if it is candida I have. I am starting to think I do not have it. I have been on anti-candida diets for several years. Since I was 16 I have been aware of healthy diets and have eaten very well. I quit eating sugar when I was 16, this is how aware I was, and I have kept this up all these years. I am 54, female.
This is where my thinking is directing me now--I believe my eczema is stress related. If this is the case....I have no idea how to overcome this. I cannot walk away from the life I have. I have done as much as I can to reduce my stress, I have anxiety which I take supplements for and they are working. They even say having eczema can cause stress. What do I do? I feel I am beaten.
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San Fernando, Philippines
Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
Dilute a bit of ACV with equal amounts of water and wash your patches of eczema patches with this mixture. You should also be taking a daily ACV tonicone teaspoon of ACV in a large glass of water (natural sweetener to taste, optional). Increase the amount of ACV to 1-2 tablespoons per glass as your body tolerates it. Drinking and applying apple cider vinegar (ACV) can restore your overall skin health and stop eczema rashes.
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[YEA] I was born with Eczema and have had trouble with the rashes for 18 years before finding Apple cider vinegar (ACV). I mix half water and half ACV in a spray bottle and use it in the shower. I spray in all over, let it sit for a minute, then rinse it off. I have found this to be very effective for me, as I get the rashes from my face to my feet. However, at first I used the ACV every day in the shower and after a while it irritated my skin and made my skin dry and the rashes worse. I now use ACV only 1-2 times a week in the shower and haven't had a problem since. Long term use has been effective for me.
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Kansas City, Mo
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[YEA] I had tried several things with no luck. I was loving day to day, my asthma looked worse daily. I was in severe pain and decided I'd go to the doctor next payday; 7 days from this point. I took 1/2 cup each water & ACV and mixed in a mason jar. I took a piece of paper towel and soaked it. I rubbed over my arms and hands. I followed this treatment with a thin layer of Vaseline; this prevented my skin from over drying. After several applications on the same day, my scaled, bright red arms had relief. I couldn't belive this worked! The first few applications of ACV burned and stung. The Vaseline made the difference and expedited the healing. In only the days my inflamed ezcema is almost completely gone. The red patches I have lived with for years (had no idea this was ezcema until now) are healing. The red patches on my cheeks are going away, again I didn't know this was ezcema either. THIS SITE SAVED MY LIFE!
[YEA] Been using your site for several years. I have had eczema around my right hand fingers for 4 years and in the last two years has appeared in the arch of my left foot. Very dry skin then when in contact with hot fluids gets very itchy followed by small blisters when scratched. Tried creams from doctor with little success. By chance I saw a remedy to reduce foot odour by rubbing apple cider vinegar on feet before putting on socks. Works great but could not believe that after 2 week of applying once in the morning that my eczema had completely gone...5 weeks on and still ok. I am using double strenght acv 1 capful half in one hand rub hands together and apply to foot, repeat for other foot. The acv runs between my fingers as well....that is why eczema from hand has gone as well. No doubt this has worked, should work for other eczema sufferers as well.
After reading everyone's comments, I went out and bought a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. I took some paper towels, folded them, put some faucet water on them, then poured some ACV on too. I placed the towels on my rash (the worst one is on my arm) for about 20 or so minutes, and saw a big improvement. No more itching and the rash seemed to shrink a bit. After lunch, I had a flare up (I don't know what I ate that may have caused it, or if it was just a coincidence) so I repeated the above with fresh paper towels. And again, the red, itchy flared up skin calmed down significantly.
I don't know if the ACV is a temporary source of relief or can cure rashes, but I'm going to keep using it. And later I'll apply the same to my shoulders.
[YEA] For eczema - Hi, I use Apple cider vinegar on cotton wool and leave my hands to soak it up. When I use the apple cider vinegar it also helps with the itching. It drys the blisters up. Then I put on coconut oil on the day after to keep them moisturised. Soon as you see any sign of blisters, soak hands in Apple cider vinegar.
[YEA] Thank you so much for the suggestions, have tried all lotions - coconut oil - shea butter etc with little result. I sprayed a solution of 30% Apple Cider Vinegar 70% water directly on area. Itching stopped immediately. Rash has cleared up within a week. Tried to also keep clear of all clothing.
[YEA] Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing! I am a medical interpreter and remembered one time a podiatrist telling one patient to use apple cider vinegar for his foot. I started to developed dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and feet. It is probably because of stress, allergy, or drinking coffee. I will never know. After using Apple Cider Vinegar for couple of days, I was very happy about the result. Thank you so much.
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