Top 10 Natural Ways to Treat This Common Skin Condition

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It seems as if everyone knows someone who has suffered from eczema, that irritating and sometimes painful inflammation of the skin that affects as many as 30 million Americans. Most cases of eczema are related to diet or problems with their gut bacteria. Sometimes it’s allergies to foods, other times it’s sensitivity to food dyes or additives.

Unfortunately, most of the “cures” for this skin condition are downright scary. Bleach baths, steroids, and hydrocortisone treatments are commonly recommended. You don’t have to go that route, however. First, try to address the food issue that is the base cause of the problem. Try eliminating wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts, corn, beef, tomatoes, and citrus from the diet. These are often a major contributor to eczema. Another issue is stress. Stress and genetics also play a role in this disease and while we can’t change our genetics, we can change our stress levels and learn how to appropriately deal with stress and remove it from our lives as much as possible.

After these issues have been addressed, take a look at the top 10 natural ways you can treat eczema.


1. Get sufficient amounts of essential fatty acids

Even if you don’t have eczema, your body needs these essential fatty acids. Some studies show that about 90 percent of Americans are deficient in these essential fatty acids because our bodies cannot make them on their own, we must obtain them from our diets. It’s recommended that we get between 7 and 11 grams each week.

Cold water fish, cod liver oil, krill oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds are one great way to add more of these healthy essential fatty acid omega-3’s into our diets. Hemp oil, primrose oil, and borage oil are also good sources of another essential fatty acid called omega-6.


2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is simply great for everything, from skin conditioner to cooking (See more about coconut oil uses). It’s also great for those with eczema. (As long as that person isn’t sensitive or allergic to it!)

Placing a thin layer of coconut oil helps to stop the itching, pain, and cool eczema. If you are one of the unfortunate ones who are allergic to coconut, there are hypoallergenic lotion bars you can buy at most health foods stores that work well.


3. Detox

Of course, in today’s modern world, it’s impossible to completely avoid toxins entirely, but we can lessen our exposure to toxins in our day to day lives. Remove all pesticides, herbicides, and toxic cleaning products from your home. Then set up a regular detox routine, which, besides juice detoxing, should include some massage and sweating (think saunas) detox programs.

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