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10 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Evening Primrose Oil

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Posted by Sara (The Beach, Canada) on 05/22/2010
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I recently had a mild flare up of eczema and while I was at the pharmacy looking for relief I was told by a woman that she was completely cured of her eczema with evening primrose oil. I bought the creme and I bought evening primrose. I decided to see what the EP would do so I didn't use the creme. the first week I noticed a marked improvement, to my amazement the second week even the worst patches were gone. I don't know why it worked but it did. Sara


Fish Oil

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Posted by Elaine (Dallas, Texas) on 10/18/2010
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Eczema probably stems from a variety of reasons, and I think one of those reasons is TAPE WORMS. Many people have them and don't even know it, so I believe if you get rid of the tape worm, your skin will clear up. I have not tried ACV for eczema, but I take fish oil pills and they work just fine. It's not a cure but it remedies the problem until I stop taking the pills for a while. I had eczema since 22 and I am 33 now. Hope this helps.


Fish Oil
Posted by Nick (Grayslake, IL) on 06/02/2008
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Fish oil also known as cod oil makes the biggest difference in my skin condition. I take a spoon full daily and it either completely heals my skin or dramatically reduces the amount of eczema as well as the redness, bumps, itchiness, etc... As a side note, Fish oil is also good for your hair and nails as well.


Fish Oil, Yogurt

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Posted by Liz (Boston, Massachusetts) on 09/16/2011
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My eighteen year old daughter has struggled with eczema outbreaks almost non-stop since she was just a wee thing. Her arms were broken out so badly that she would actually wear long sleeves on hot, summer days because she was embarrassed.

In addition to steroid creams prescribed by her dermatologist, we have tried every product (and combination of products) known to man for over a decade - special soaps, lotions, creams - you name it, we've tried it. None of it worked. At best, it offered a bit of calming, but the large patches of skin eruptions remained.

In my determination to rid her, or even just ease her of this troublesome and embarrassing affliction, I continued to research and continued to try different methods.

I am beyond excited to report that I found a combination that actually works! It has been over a month and her skin has never looked better! She is blissfully happy, and I am so happy for her.

Deep down, I always felt that treatment from the inside-out would be most effective. In my research travels, I came across an article suggesting exactly that - that "good health begins in the gut" and cited eczema as one of the ailments that could be "cured" with probiotics.

I bought some quality probiotics but after a month, we didn't see any improvement. For the heck of it, I had her eat a small container of vanilla yogurt every day and I had her take a fish oil capsule with her breakfast and again before bed. The combination worked! :) I can't believe it. After all these years, all of the remedies tried, not to mention, the thousands of dollars spent - yogurt and fish oil every day did the trick and she is finally free of it!

She joked that I should win the Nobel Prize for curing eczema (hahaha). :) I'm not sure it would be a cure for everyone, but given my daughters amazing results, it is absolutely something you should try. I hope your results are equally amazing.

Replied by Shabana
(Abubhadi, Abudhabi)
05/22/2012
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Yea, it is perfect. She is right. I had also this problem but had around my eyes. I took fish oil dietary supplement. I worked and I am 90% satisfied I did ot took yogart but I will use now.

Replied by Kelly
(California)
04/24/2016

which fish oil capsule did u buy? There's too many choices available.

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Ma)
04/24/2016

Hi Kelly,

The fish oil capsules I used were nothing fancy. I, personally, have tried the pricier fish oils that come in glass bottles, but it's been my experience that they don't work any better than the inexpensive ones.

I use Nature Made 1,000mg fish oil capsules--two capsules per day. You can find that brand at any of the large chains. The vanilla yogurt was Activia brand--also available pretty much anywhere.

(I've been around EC long enough that I think I can mention brand names without anyone thinking I'm trying to 'pimp' products. ;-)

Hope this combination works as well for you as it did for my daughter!


Flax Seed Oil

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Posted by Katherine (Copenhagen, Denmark) on 04/06/2012
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I love this site! I recently tried cold pressed flaxseed oil on my eczema which was around my mouth, nose and eyes. As soon as it touched my sore skin I knew it was the right thing I was doing. I had tried so many creams over the years, but this worked! I applied the flaxseed oil in the morning and in the evening before bed time. I also drank 2 tablespoons daily. I can't believe it was this simple! A footnote would be to mention that because the eczema is worse in the winter I took a vitamin D supplement - I figured that my body could use it as we don't get much winter sun where I live.

2 weeks later since starting this treatment and it has almost all gone. I can finally leave the house!


Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Mariana (Billings, Mt) on 05/10/2010 10 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello,

I just wanted to write and let you know what I used to cure my eczema. I developed an allergy-induced eczema on my legs when I started trying to eat dairy again (I knew I had been allergic before but thought I might have grown out of it). I quit eating the dairy after a few months, after developing a nasty case of eczema. It cleared up somewhat, but never completely went away for almost four years. It was especially bad on my inner thighs, and I would scratch it at night and it would bleed and get sores. I had to go on very strong steroids and antibiotics for it several times.

Then, this year I bought some cinnamon flavored flax oil (COLD PRESSED), at the health food store in the refrigerator section. I started taking 1 or 2 tablespoons a day. Usually I would take one in the morning and another at night. I noticed after about a week that my eczema was looking and feeling much smoother, and by the end of three weeks it was COMPLETELY gone. I couldn't believe it, and I couldn't believe I had suffered with it so long when the remedy was so easy.

I continued to take the flax oil for a few months, but I noticed it also had a side effect for me. I am a 26-year-old female and, the flax oil at that dose made my periods come much closer together, sometimes only two weeks apart. So I stopped taking the flax oil, and they went back to normal.

Now I am taking canola oil and another oil mix that is high in omega-3 acids, and the eczema has not returned. I think it was the high dose of omega 3-s that cured me, but maybe it was also something specific to the flax oil? I always ate quite a bit of fish, and that didn't seem to help any (which is also high in omega 3's). Anyway, if I start having any problems with eczema again I will know what to do. An extra monthly cycle or two is definitely worth clearing have clear eczema-free skin!!!!


Gluten-Free Diet

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Posted by Jmiknikdes (North Royalton, Ohio, Usa) on 12/21/2011
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I have suffered from eczema for 6 years. I cut out all wheat and anything with gluten in it from my diet and my eczema cleared up within 3 weeks. I have been completely clear for more than two months now. In my case it looks like I had a sensitivity to gluten that manifested itself in the form of eczema. Now if I eat anything with gluten/wheat in it, I get these fine red pimples in the form of a rash on my hands or ankles. This happens within a couple of hours of eating.


Gluten-Free Diet
Posted by Dpayne (Marshall, Texas/usa) on 06/09/2011
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I have seen that a lot of people have noticed the eczema coming back after getting back to a "normal" diet. There has been a lot of research done that links eczema to celiac disease or the intolerance of gluten found in wheat and other grains. After you have detoxed and your body is clean and clear I encourage you to take a good look at your diet. If it flares back up as it did for others.

I have a daughter who was diagnosed with celiac at the age of 4 who is now 11 and since it is genetic we have all noticed things in our bodies that have become intollerant to the wheat glutens. Makes you wonder what they are doing to our food, but that is another topic!

My oldest daughter has in the month developed extream eczema on her hands, they hurt so bad that it is keeping her from really enjoying being a 12yr old. I am going to try the 3 day apple fast for my whole family and then keep everyone on a strict gluten free diet. I know it will help everyone.

Replied by Jack
(Tokyo)
06/13/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I agree with Dpayne about gluten intolerance. I eat a paleo diet that excludes all grains, legumes, and sugar. All my food is cooked at home so that I can cook everything from single ingredients. I believe that my gut was able to process the apples without inflammation, which is why outbreaks stopped during the fast and I had the breasthing space to heal up. I am really on a mission to find the cause of this eczema!

So, after the 3 day apple detox my hands and feet became completely clear. It was so great having them back again. I started back on my paleo diet and very gradually the vesicles began appearing again. It's now 20 days on strict Paleo since the end of my apple detox and my hands are back to full outbreak status.

I have been tracking all foods that I have eaten so I know the culprit is in this list. In Japan you can only test for 13 allergies per blood sample for some reason, so to kick off with allergy testing for these foods:

tomato
white potato
lamb
chicken
beef
pork
carrot
sweet potato
garlic
onion
coconut
tuna
salmon

I made sure I got a couple of nightshades in there, all the meats, the main fish I eat, and I need garlic to flavour food. Wish me luck :-)


Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Oxide Cream

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Posted by J (Scottsdale, Az) on 05/21/2011
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I have been suffering from Dyshidrotic (hand) eczema for the past 5 months. Before I did this treatment it was severe (oozing, crusting, itchy, red, cracking skin). When I went to the dermatologist, he wanted to prescribe me a cortisone ointment. I told him that for personal health reasons, I don't want to use it and would like to do something more natural. So he suggested I soak my hands twice per day for 5-10 minutes in a solution of 1 tbsp of glycerin, 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a quart of distilled water. After the soak, he said to apply a zinc oxide ointment (which I found in the diaper cream section; I use Triple Paste Medicated Ointment).

I have been doing this for the past couple of months and my hand eczema has improved dramatically. It is not gone, but it is a lot better. I also wear cotton gloves with vinyl gloves over them, secured with a rubber band, every time I shower, wash dishes etc. I don't really have to use the zinc oxide ointment much now, I use it as needed when the eczema is severe. Now, after the soaks, I apply Theraplex moisturizing cream. It works really well and doesn't have any chemicals or preservatives in it. Oh, and I only use fragrance free and preservative free soap. I hope this helps someone!


Goat Milk

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Posted by Stephanie (Paris, France) on 02/19/2012
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I was in Ireland this summer, and went to waterford and heard about a herd of goats that were very rare, so I decided to go to the santurary. When talking about the goats to the lady she said that the milk was amazing for curing eczema. She told me about a little boy who had awful eczema, all over his body, his skin would flake all over the covers when he woke up. He had been to the docs and taken steriods, but they didn't work, but as soon as he started to drink the milk it improved drasticly, within 2 weeks his eczema was almost all gone, with hardly any scars! Am not sure if your able to buy the milk or where, but is worth checking it out if you have severe eczema! Hope this helps! Sorry if my spelling is bad, am not quite perfect at english!


Hair Dye

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Posted by Bambi (Parma, Ohio) on 04/15/2016
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What hair dye is OK to use for eczema? It seems to flare up after use of dye.

Replied by Mapu
(Hawaii)
04/10/2017

Pls research the dangers of Hair Dyes. Also research Henna powder for a safer. Mountain Rose Herbs carry good quality Henna.


Hemp Seed Oil

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Posted by Pika (Colorado) on 11/23/2013
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I have eczema ever since I can remember. I always have it on my eye lids and sometimes on my elbow, arms, chest. Steroid creams worked but I believe this past Fall the huge outbreak was due to the accumulation of those creams. My eyelids were all swollen, red, and my neck was covered with red, painful and itchy patches. They even spread to my face and chest. It was miserable. I tried many methods, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, honey, eventually, what worked for me was hemp seed oil! I took one table spoon in the morning, one at night, and rubbed the oil on my skin as well. The relief came quite quickly, in a couple of days and I was clear of eczema in a month!


Hemp Seed Oil and Flax Seed Oil

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Posted by Eugene (Concord, Tn) on 09/10/2017
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Was diagnosed with Nummular Eczema and it was quite an ordeal and am posting this in hopes of helping others. Through trial and error I developed a regiment that has got me back to normal. I take one capsule of Hemp Seed oil either every day or every other day. I also take daily one capsule of Flax seed oil which cleared up the itching and swelling around my eyes. These are the most important. I also take 1 or 2 Probiotic Acidophilus. I also take 1 Borage oil capsule every other day, I think helps but I believe the others are the most important.


Homemade Cream

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Posted by Helen (Vancouver, B.c., Canada) on 05/01/2011
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My husband used to have dry skin issues during winter months while we lived in the middle east, although it was visible as very small patches on his elbow and ankle that could be easily treated using QV cream mostly and corticosteroid rarely. Dermatologists diagnosed it to be psoriasis. After we moved in to Canada a year ago, he developed extreme dry skin 2 months ago which covered his arms, legs (from the knee down), trunk (both front and back). The GP diagnosed it to be psoriasis whereas the Dermatologist said it was eczema. Both of them prescribed corticosteroids.

As we knew of the side effects of using these creams over large areas of the body, we refrained from using them completely although the situation was very bad. I developed a cream using natural ingredients that was so effective, it has brought about a major turn around and now, am so glad to say, his skin has recovered completely and is back to being normal in every sense of the word. I would like to share this recipe along with the protocol he followed with all other sufferers of this condition with a sincere wish that it will be just as effective for you and help you lead a normal life as I can totally empathise with this, having seen my husband go through all the pain and agony of having eczema.

- one 450g tub Wellskin Glaxal Base moisturizing cream (for sensitive skin)

[I used this cream as the base for preparing the cream]

- 100% Aloe Vera gel (edible variety)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- vegetable glycerine (100% pure)
- Neem oil
- Calendula oil
- Tea tree oil
- Vitamin E oil (40, 000 I. U. )
- Evening primrose oil softgels - 500 mg (GLA 50mg)

Except for the cream base, I got all the other ingredients from wholefoods market.

To half the cream base, I added about 1/4th cup aloe vera gel, 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 to 1/2 cup glycerine, about 2 tblsp vitamin E oil, around 20-30 drops each of neem oil, calendula oil and tea tree oil and squeezed in about 10 evening primrose softgel cap contents. Mix thorougly and store in a clean jar in a cool, dry place.

To use, apply generous amount of this cream to the affected areas of skin like a face mask and leave on for 1 to 3 hours, if u can. By this time, most of the cream would have been absorbed. Either dab off the excess or leave on over night. Please do not cover with plastic wraps as it can result in further inflammations. Apply morning after shower like regular moisturizer and more intensively in the evening ( as mentioned above) an hour to three hours before going to bed. The key here is to let the cream sit for 2-3 hrs in the evening and atleast 1/2 to 1 hour in the morning. Within 2-3 days , we noticed a dramatic change in the skin condition and on the fourth day, his skin had completly recovered!!

At the same time, my husband stopped using soaps of any kind and used only cetaphil. As for diet, we decided to have only fish, vegetables ( no tomatoes, potatoes), wholegrain brown rice and a berry smoothie using organic unsweetened coconut milk for breakfast (no eggs). Avoid sugar and all simple carbs atleast for the duration of this treatment. And drink loads of water too.

Wishing all of you a speedy recovery, one that's free of medications and all its unwanted side effects.

Replied by Helen
(Vancouver, B.c., Canada)
05/02/2011

I forgot mention in the above post that my husband also avoids all dairy products and have the following supplements on a daily basis:

- multi vitamin mineral complex (free of wheat, yeast, sugar, starch, dairy products, gluten, artificial preservatives, flavors, colors )
- Omega 3-6-9
- Vitamin E

He also takes olive leaf extract and a digestive enzyme supplement (the contents of one of each are mixed with a cup of water and taken with dinner).

Replied by Muttmom
(Emery, Sd)
09/14/2012

I was misdiagnosed and treated for ringworm for months after telling the derm that Bagbalm made it much better. In the end I used Vaseline and all the crud sloughed off. I think a heavy neutral emollient helps is the trick and only washed every 3 days. I stopped washing and drying twice a day as per DR. (very aggravating) It was discoid eczema- (from unecassary biopsy) symtoms- started as bug bite. Lower leg of 60 yr old male, itched worse at night, enlarging circle looking similar to ringworm, never contagious, did not respond to anti fungals.

Replied by Jatima
(Fort Meade, Md)
10/04/2012

I've found to help with my own eczema and my baby boys (2yrs old) to shower/bath using head and shoulder or off brand.. not as earth friendly but does the job with minimal of effort and I still can eat anything I want.


Homemade Thieves Oil

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Posted by Lu (United States) on 04/23/2020
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Homemade thieves oil I did not find this remedy listed in there eczema section and I had nothing short of miraculous results.

I had a small, approximately dime sized patch of eczema on my elbow. Even my doctor told me there was nothing to do about it except "manage" it. Among the natural cures I tried: ACV, lavender oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, OTC eczema remedies, oregano oil: these are the ones I remember. NOTHING helped and I had this patch for YEARS which I would sometimes scratch to the point of bleeding. Homemade thieves oil applied neat daily knocked it out completely in under two weeks and have had no sign of remission for well over a year now. I just want to share this in case it helps anyone else.

You can buy thieves oil but I googled a DIY recipe and made it at home: essential oils of cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.



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