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According to the National Eczema Society, one in five children and one in 12 adults suffer from eczema in the UK. Eczema is caused when the skin doesn’t produce as much fats and oils, leaving it less able to retain water. The protective barrier of the skin can then dry out, break and become inflamed. Everyday products such as bubble bath and soap can contribute to the irritation and for severe sufferers, this can lead to blisters and weeping areas.
It’s easy to understand why eczema can get your down but thankfully there are a range of products, ingredients and natural remedies available to help ease symptoms. Here, we’ve compiled our favourite natural healers.
A diet rich in omega 3 can help reduce signs of eczema and feed your skin with essential oils to help it from drying out. Salmon and mackerel are great sources of essential fats. Looking for a delicious fish recipe? We've got you covered.
Eczema can strike all over the body, including your scalp. Causing inflamed, itchy and dry skin, many hair products can lead to further irritation. Give multi-award winning Gentle Herb Shampoo £12, by Odylique, a go. Soil Association approved and bursting with organic herbal ingredients and nourishing coconut oil, this shampoo can help to soothe symptoms and reduce signs of dandruff.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of primrose oil can help soothe red and sore skin. The essential oils of lavender and geranium have also been claimed to soothe and help heal skin associated with eczema. Apply to the area and leave to soak into the skin – do not be tempted to dab away the excess with a towel as this can cause further irritation.
Probiotics support gut and immune health which in turn can improve the cause of eczema. Looking for a way to up your intake? Try superfood kefir.
Almond oil has been used since ancient times to treat dry skin. When eczema strikes on the face, try a soothing moisturiser enriched with almond oil and other natural, fragrance-free ingredients. We love Weleda's Almond Soothing Facial Cream, £14.95
Jojoba oil penetrates our skin's molecular structure and is very similar to sebum, an oil which our skin naturally produces, making it a great relief for sufferers. Composed of long-chain fatty acids, it is incredibly moisturising. Apply three-times a day to affected areas.
It's key to look after your skin everyday, not just when eczema rears it's ugly head. Emolients are great for eczema-prone skin. They help prevent water loss and provide a protective barrier. For all-other body soothing, try the Diprobase range available at Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and Superdrug.
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