Ways To Get Rid Of Eczema Without Using Medication

How To Get Rid of Eczema

If you have been searching the internet for help on the best ways to get rid of eczema naturally without resorting to damaging corticosteroids, then you will find help on this site.

I understand what it is like to have the urge to  scratch almost all the time.  The eczema on my hands kept me awake at night, left them red and with weeping sores that just would not go away.  After several trips to my GP, and after applying stronger and stronger corticosteroids, which did not stop the eczema flare ups, I, like you ,wanted to find out how to get rid of eczema without medication.

GPs, though well meaning, appear to be too busy to offer any real information on what this skin condition really is and how to get rid of eczema naturally.   Having seen first-hand, the damage that corticosteroids did to the skin on my hands, I began to look for a natural way to clear up my eczema rash.  If you too, dislike using steroids, then you will want to know about other  eczema natural treatment options.

The trick to getting relief is to concentrate on what is the root cause of your eczema, and not to reach for the latest over the counter eczema cream or strong corticosteroids which will permanently damage your skin.

Greasy Creams Help Temporarily But The Eczema Keeps Coming Back

You see, all those eczema products that you rush to slap on your blotchy skin, are only treating the symptoms, and not the cause of it.  Sometimes those anti itch lotions will help to sooth your skin condition, but you will need to continue re-applying them because you are not solving what causes your itchy skin.  If you don’t deal with the root cause of your condition, it will keep coming back.

In other words, the key to get rid of eczema is:

  • to first understand  exactly what eczema is,
  • then look at the causes, and from there
  • make changes which will remove the causes as far as is possible.

So, let’s first look at exactly what eczema is.

To Beat Eczema First Understand What It Is

Eczema is the term, which describes a condition in which your skin becomes red, very itchy and blotchy.  Eczema happens when the skin reacts due to an immune response from your body.  This immune response is triggered by a variety of allergens.

For example, your body might be sensitive to a particular type of window cleaning chemical.  When your hands come into contact with it, the skin on your hands reacts and becomes intensely itchy and red.

There are many different types of eczema skin conditions which can affect all areas of your body.  Typically though, they are most often found on the face, the neck, the chest, hands, feet, inside the elbows and behind the knees.

You will find more detailed informational facts on eczema here.

So, if you are tired of this skin condition, and want to clear it up once and forever, you need first, to determine the cause of your outbreak.

What Causes Itchy Skin?

 Of course, there are many triggers, which can set off an eczema attack.  There are some though, that are more common than others.  When you read these more common causes, you may recognize one that could be responsible for your Continue reading

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What To Use For Eczema On Eyelids & Under Eyes

If you are trying to cope with eczema on your eyelids, or anywhere on your face,  and are looking for the best eczema treatments, this post will help as it is based on what others say worked for them.  While searching for what to use for eczema, I came across some useful threads in the forums and on social media pages.   eczema on eyelids

Face eczema in general, and eczema under the eye specifically, can be quite difficult to treat because the skin in this part of our bodies is so much more sensitive. Also, as you are dealing with your eyes there is a greater chance of irritation.

If you suffer with eczema on your face, you need to think first about whether you may have an allergic reaction to something you are putting on your face. Even if you suffer with eczema on other parts of your body, you could still have an allergy which is responsible for your face eczema.

Eczema on eyelids, eczema under eyes or any other type of face eczema can often be traced back to something such as cosmetics, face creams and moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners.

Think about all the personal products that you are applying to your skin, and study the labels for possible irritating ingredients.  Consider changing what you use on your face – one product at a time – to see if you can identify the one that may be responsible.  The National Eczema Association has a list of eczema products that they have approved as being suitable for eczema sufferers.

Best Eczema Treatment Tips For Face Eczema

  • Make a habit of cleaning your face each day with a natural, non soap cleanser such as aqueous cream
  • The best eczema treatment will always be to moisturise your skin regularly. If the skin on your face is moisturised it is in better shape to repel any irritants and less prone to itching.
  • Choose a moisturiser that is approved by the National Eczema Association rather than a cosmetic one which may have in it an ingredient that causes an eczema flare up on your face.
  • Don’t use facial toners, and exfoliating scrubs as they are too abrasive and dry out the skin on your face and will make your face eczema worse.
  • Always be gentle when drying the skin on your face – use a patting action rather than rubbing it.
  • If you use a foundation,  mascara, eye shadows and sunscreens, remember that these may well be the culprits that cause the eczema on your eyelids and face. You will have to try several different brands until you find one that suits your skin. Some people claim that a mineral based foundation did not cause irritation – but we are all different so test them first!

Eczema Products & Tips For Eczema Under Eye/On Eyelids

1.    Aveeno range of products

2.    Try cutting out milk and other dairy related products from your diet

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Eczema in Children – 9 Ways To Stop Your Child Scratching

Are you searching the web for information on eczema in children?  Struggling to cope with the frenzied itching that your child is suffering with?  In this post you will find ways to help your child to stop scratching their eczema rash.  eczema in children

It is important to try and get your child to stop the scratching because it makes their eczema rash so much worse – causes bleeding and exposes their skin to infections and irritants which just extend the whole cycle.

Also, when your child scratches it makes those eczema bumps appear so much worse. When you go out and about people stare, and you think that they doubt your ability as a parent.   Most people don’t understand the work and effort that goes into treating eczema in children.  You know it is not your fault that your child suffers so much, but you still feel so responsible for their suffering.

What to do to stop your child scratching his/her eczema rash

While the itching associated with their eczema bumps is probably the worst part of having eczema, and the most difficult to solve, there are some key things you can do.  Remember too that while things might be difficult now, most children grow out of it.

1.  Don’t Nag

Try not to always be nagging your child to stop scratching as it may bring about resentment in them.  With eczema in children, the scratching is mostly automatic, and for the most part, they are not consciously aware that they are doing it.    When you see your child scratch his eczema bumps, instead of nagging, try to distract him with a new activity that involves using their hands.

2.  Moisturise – It’s The Best Eczema Treatment

Those who suffer with eczema, be they children, babies or adults – all have dry skin.  That dry skin condition will make the itching worse so it makes sense to moisturise your child’s skin as often as possible.  Use a non-allergenic eczema emollient which has few ingredients in it – natural eczema lotions and emollients  are best.

You may have to try out several different  eczema lotions until you find one that suits your child.

When you apply eczema products for moisturising, always apply them to the skin in long, smooth motions – rather than rubbing, as this can further irritiate your child’s skin.

Make moisturising fun for your child by rewarding them with stars on a chart when they do it themselves.  Let them know that you will treat them, for example, when they have done it for a week consistently.   Regular and thorough moisturising is one of the strategies used in eczema natural treatment methods.

3.  Keep Fingernails Short

Always keep your child’s finger nails short and smooth.  This will limit the damage they do to their skin when itching.

4.  Make Your Child Wear Gloves At Night

Try to encourage your child to wear gloves or mittens when sleeping at night.  You could also get an all in one pyjama sleep suit for them to sleep in instead of regular pyjamas .  This means when they do scratch, they cannot then reach their skin.

5.  Cotton Sheets & Clothing

Sometimes the skin of children with eczema can be irritated by the bed linen that comes into contact with their skin.  It is best to use pure cotton sheets as studies have shown that this reduces irritations.  Also try to keep their clothing fabric to cotton, or cotton blends as these fabrics allow the skin to breathe.

6.  Use cold packs to calm itchy patches

Often something simple such as a damp, cold face cloth can calm down the ithy feeling in an area.  You may also like to try a cold pack wrapped in an small towel.  Don’t ever place a cold pack straight on to your childs skin though.

7.  Oatmeal Soaked In Warm Water

A good way to calm itching eczema on hands is to soak them in a bowl of warm water into which you add about half cup of oats.  This worked well for me when my hand eczema was particularly bad.

You can also add oats to bath water, but it is a bit less messy if you put it in a muslin bag and tie it to the hot tap.

8.  Keep Room Temperature Constant

A change in temperature can make your child itch more.  This can be a problem especially in the Winter time when we use central heating.  A room that is too hot could make your child scratch more, so try to keep the temperature around 18 degrees Celsius.

9.  Wet Wrapping Clothing

Ask  your doctor or health professional about using the eczema wet wrapping technique to help your child’s itching.  The idea is to bath your child in warm water first.  Then apply their eczema emollient generously, but not too thickly, followed by wet tubular bandages or clothing which locks the moisturiser in.  A dry bandage or clothing layer is added on top of the wet ones.  These bandages or coverings are left on over night.  The treatment is usually done over a period of 5 to 7 days.

The Eczema wet wrapping technique is often done for severe eczema cases and should be done under supervision of a health professional because there is a risk of infections.  There are specific Wrap-E-Soothe Suit (6-9 months) you can buy to help make this method easier.

When you implement these 9 tips on a regular basis you should see a noticeable decrease in the itching your child does.  For more information on living with eczema in children download the digital guide –  Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson to learn how to get rid of eczema without medication.

 

 

 

What is eczema and what causes itching skin?

If you’ve just been diagnosed with eczema, and are searching the internet to find answers to your question about exactly what is eczema,  then I feel sure you will find this post helpful.

If you’re like me, you’ll want to find out as much information as you can about it, and what causes itchy skin conditions like eczema.

Forewarned is forearmed                What causes itching skin and eczema

My experience has been  that GPs are just too busy to be able to explain exactly what eczema is, or what to do for eczema.   As I suffered with  eczema in the past,  I did some research to find the answers to these same  questions.  This post will help you understand what eczema is, and point you in the right direction to get it cleared up.   As that old saying goes forewarned is forearmed!

Talking about warnings… that reminds me to mention that you should be very careful when using corticosteroids – use them as sparingly as possible and follow your doctors instructions very carefully.  Know too, that they will not get rid of eczema but only treat the symptoms.

One point I will make straight away is that the corticosteroids that I was prescribed did not help the eczema on my hands.  Once I stopped using them the eczema came back, and I was back to square one.  This was because when I used a steroid cream for eczema, it was designed to take care of my symptoms only, and did nothing for the root cause of my eczema.

Corticosteroids which may be prescribed by your doctor are anti-inflammatories which means they go to work healing up the inflammation caused by the skin condition.   They helped to get rid of the soreness I had,  and  slowed down the itching cycle a bit.  They do help your skin to heal as well.

You might be thinking well then what’s the problem with corticosteroid use? 

The problem comes when you stop using them.  The eczema comes back again…

This is because they do not treat the cause of your eczema.  Also, I was left with thin lines on my hands even though I used the medication in the correct manner.

With that warning out the way, I ‘ll share with you what I have learned on the topic of what is eczema, and what causes itching skin.

What is eczema?

When doctors use the word ‘eczema’ they are referring to a group of skin rashes where the skin is itchy, red, irritated and inflammed.   The skin may do what is called weeping and there may also be crusts forming too.  Your skin may appear to be scaly, and the colour of it may change.

Eczema occurs equally in males and females.  You cannot catch eczema from someone who has it, as it’s not contagious.   This means that children playing together with a child who has eczema are not at any risk of contracting it.

Research studies show that around about 20% of babies and young children have eczema.  The good news though is that most of them will not have any signs of it by the time they reach their tenth birthday.  Some people though will have it forever.

There is no cure for eczema but it can be managed

It is true that there is no cure for eczema, but, there are ways that you can control it so that you effectively get rid of it.

The key to managing it is to understand what causes it to appear in the first place.  A resource that I found very helpful was Rachel Anderson’s Eczema Free Forever Guide.  It is a digital download which explains how to get rid of eczema naturally without using any medication. 

Before reading this guide, my hand eczema was so bad that I was unable to do my work.  I lost income as a result.  After reading and implementing what Rachel recommended, I was able to take control back from it.  Within a couple of weeks I figured out how to clear up my eczema and was able to resume work.  (You must understand that it’s not a quick fix – there are none for eczema – but you will be able to control it with this guide.)

 What causes itching skin?

When you have eczema you feel you have to scratch as your skin is always itchy, and the more you scratch, the more it itches, and the more you need to scratch.  This is because eczema skin is different from normal skin in that it is dry and more prone to irritations.

Eczema skin is inherently drier than normal skin.  It can be made much worse though from other factors such as

  • hot and cold weather where the humidity is low
  • pollution in the air
  • air conditioning
  • repeatedly washing your skin

What is the difference between healthy skin and eczema skin?

Our skin is made up of three layers of cells which have oils, fats and water in them.

When the skin is healthy those cells within the layers are filled with water, oils and fats.  To put it simply, this means that the cells are fat, push up against each other,  and so prevent any foreign substances – ie allergens, from getting into the layers.  In this way the skin is able to do what it was designed to do – protect the inner organs of the body.

With an eczema sufferer though this normal arrangement of the skin cells breaks down.  The skin cells are not as hydrated, and do not contain enough of the oils and fats needed to exclude allergens.  What this means then is that irritant substances are able to get in, which causes a reaction, and so you get inflammations, irritations and redness.

This is a simple explanation – the truth is that scientists are not exactly sure what causes the skin be different.  Recent studies have unearthed a gene that they feel is responsible for altering the skin structure in eczema sufferers.

Because skin affected by eczema cannot retain moisture as well as normal skin, you can see now why a rigorous skin care routine is key to controlling your eczema.  Also, as there are gaps in the skin where irritants can more easily gain entry, you can now understand why it is important to protect your skin from things like harsh soaps, dish washing liquid, shampoos and other standard household cleaning items – laundry liquids, fabric conditioners, certain types of fabrics in your clothing

So if you want to know what helps eczema, and what to do about eczema, it all revolves around

 Types of Eczema

As already mentioned, the word eczema covers a group of skin conditions.

Atopic eczema

Atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is the one that is most common.  The word atopic means inherited which means those who suffer with atopic eczema have an inherent predisposition to get it as it is in their genes or makeup if you like.   Researchers have found out that if you, or someone in your family has atopic eczema, then chances are that they may well develop asthma and or hayfever as well.

I have been told I have atopic eczema and I suffer with hayfever too.  My son had asthma as a young child but has mostly grown out of it.  He also has eczema from time to time, which we are able to control through a good skin care routine.

Atopic eczema is the main form of eczema but there are other types of eczema.

When you  understand what eczema is, and why your skin itches, you will have a better understanding of why a good skin care routine is the key to managing and clearing up your eczema naturally.  For more help on  what to do for eczema skin care, you will find  this post helpful

 

 

Aloe Vera For Eczema – An Alternative Remedy

Looking for remedies for your itchy skin?  Have you tried aloe vera for eczema?

Having suffered with eczema in the past, I discovered that while there is no cure for eczema, there are general guidelines you can follow that show you how to get rid of eczema through natural means, by way of managing it.

You can never really say that you have been cured, because there is no cure for eczema, but you can learn how to clear up your eczema rashes so that you are essentially free of it.

To put it simply, eczema is a condition that you manage, not cure….                                          aloe vera for eczema

If you’re interested, the book  that I followed was the one called Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson.

When researching what to use for my eczema rashes, I came across some alternative remedies with which some eczema sufferers have had success.  One of these alternative remedies which many people are using is the aloe vera gel.

Aloe Vera For Eczema – A Natural Remedy

The aloe vera plant has been grown and used for its therapeutic properties for many centuries – even as far back as the 16th century BC when its use was first recorded.

Research studies have shown that the aloe vera gel has within it ….

  • natural healing properties.
  • Scientists studying it have found that the gel contain special chemicals called anthraquinones which have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • This means that they heal and reduce pain.
  • High in vitamins and has an alkaline ph which means it is useful for fighting against or assisting in preventing cancer growth.

Aloe Vera Gel Is Now Included In Many Products

The result of these studies is that the aloe vera gel has been incorporated into many products which eczema sufferers can now use.   To find out those which are certified as containing aloe vera visit Continue reading

What’s the Best Anti Itch Lotion for Eczema?

When you’re suffering with eczema, you’ll know that the worst part of having this condition is the itching.  That’s why finding an anti itch lotion that works is important.  The key to relieving an itch is to keep your skin adequately moisturised, which is why it is so important to find an eczema moisturizer that works for you.  

Even before I was formally diagnosed with eczema, I tried out several anti itch creams.  At that time, none of them really worked and some even made my itching worse as they contained ingredients, like lanolin, which further irritated my skin.

Best Lotion For Eczema Is Specific To You

When my doctor diagnosed the eczema on my hands, she said the best eczema lotion  she could prescribe was a topical corticosteroid.  I started with hydrocortisone, and when that did not clear up the eczema she prescribed two further corticosteroids  of increasing strength, which seemed to do nothing but thin the skin on my hands – and the eczema kept coming back!  When I saw what it was doing to my hands, I threw the tube away and began to look for more information on how to get rid of eczema naturally without using the steroid treatments.

I discovered that there were many natural anti itch lotions I could use, and that these preparations worked by providing a moisturising barrier on my skin.  I began to realise that the best lotion for my eczema would only work if I made moisturising my skin a regular habit, and if I applied it regularly during the day.  Also, though one formulation could be good for one person, it might not necessarily be good for me.

Eczema moisturizers contain different ingredients to which you may or may not be sensitive.  So what this means is that you need to try several out, until you find the one that suits your skin type.  I can’t use an eczema moisturiser that contains lanolin, but another eczema sufferer might not be affected by it.

My choice for Best Anti Itch Lotion for Eczema

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Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson – Works!

My Personal Experiences With Using Eczema Free Forever

The Eczema Free Forever ebook by Rachel Anderson, is one of the best guides that I have used on how to heal eczema.

I suffered with eczema as a baby and young child. I had it behind my ears and sometimes around my neck. Fortunately, I did not suffer too badly with it as a child but then later as an adult it returned. My skin was very itchy skin around my neck, and my lower back, and later on both my hands were affected so badly that I has sores on them.

After having unsuccessfully consulted my GP and a specialist dermatologist, I began searching the internet for more information on what was causing my itchy skin, and any eczema home remedy that other people were using.

It was at this time, when I discovered that most people were not finding the corticosteroids creams prescribed by their doctors to be much help at all. What I did find was that people on the forums were talking about an  Eczema Free Forever download, written by Rachel Anderson

Eczema Free Forever
Eczema Free Forever is a digital ebook which I was able to download from the internet.

This guide was instrumental in showing me how to heal my eczema myself, at home and using only natural remedies – that is the guide does not advocate using any prescription medications.
As this product enabled me to get rid of my eczema naturally, I have written a review of it – you can read it here.

In this post though, I want to share with other sufferers just how the Eczema Free Forever guide put me on the road to getting rid of my eczema forever.

Better Understanding Of Exactly What Eczema Is

As the ebook from Rachel Anderson explains exactly what eczema is, and who it affects, I was able to realise that there were many others going through exactly what I was experiencing.

I also understood why I had the intense itching and  what I could do to stop it!

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Eczema Skin Care – 22 Tips To Improve Your Eczema

When trying to get rid of eczema, it is vital to establish a good eczema skin care routine for yourself.  Although it may be time consuming, you will soon reap the benefits of a reduction in eczema flare ups, and relief from the frantic itching.

eczema skin care

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Eczema does not have to take over your life, especially if you take the time to understand what eczema is, and decide to do what you can to minimise it’s severity.  A good place to start is caring for your skin.

Why Eczema Skin Care Is So Important?

If you were able to take a look inside your skin, you’d see that it was made up of two layers

  • The inner layer which is called the dermis
  • The outer layer called the epidermis

Research studies between the skin of eczema sufferers and those who don’t have it, have shown that the difference is in that outer epidermal layer.  Someone who does not suffer with eczema has healthy skin cells in that outer layer which have the normal cell proteins and natural oils to keep the skin hydrated.   That healthy  layer of skin is working as an effective barrier to outside allergens and chemicals.

When you look at the skin of someone who has eczema, the outer epidermal layer has cells that miss a vital cell protein.   This means the cells do not provide a good barrier to outside influences such as irritants and allergens.  There are less of the natural oils and that skin becomes drier.

What this means then, is that as eczema sufferers, we  need to have a skin care routine that helps improve those cells in the epidermis.  We can do this very effectively through a rigorous eczema skin care routine that has moisturising at its core.

Once we  understand why moisturising is so crucial for us , it is easier to be more thorough at doing it.  While moisturising is at the core of treatments to get rid of eczema, it is not the only one.  When you set up an eczema skin care routine that is as regular as brushing your teeth, and implement some of the other natural eczema home remedies as well, you will be well on your way to clearing up your eczema forever.

22 Eczema Skin Care Tips

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What To Use For Eczema – Remedies For Itchy Skin

Eczema skin care is a topic that eczema sufferers should most care about, as it holds one of the keys on how to get rid of eczema naturally without the use of medications.    Soon after finding out you have eczema, you’ll discover that you need to be very careful of what you put in contact with your skin so as not to irritate it further.  The big question is what to use for eczema, and what is the best lotion for eczema sufferers to use on their skin?

If you are like me, you might not like the idea of taking the powerful corticosteroids that doctors conventionally prescribe for eczema.

What To Use For Eczema When Showering or Bathing

When you take your daily shower or bath be careful that you don’t take too long over it.  A shower or bath each day has benefits for eczema sufferers as it adds moisture to our skin, removes irritants and dry flaky skin cells, and of course is relaxing.

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Eczema Free Forever Review – Is It Any Good?

In this Eczema Free Forever review, I hope to be able to help you decide whether this product is suitable and worth buying.

What Does Eczema Free Forever Seek To Do? Eczema Free Forever

The Eczema Free Forever book is a digital guide, which offers strategies on how to get rid of eczema naturally without using medication.   The author Rachel Anderson claims that it provides a “natural, complete and permanent solution” for those who are suffering with eczema.

The Eczema Free Forever guide is intended for use in the comfort of your own home.

Who Is Eczema Free Forever Intended For?

The product  is intended to be used by those eczema sufferers who are looking for a natural eczema treatment which will provide a long lasting and permanent relief for their itchy skin condition.  It does not recommend any over the counter eczema cream or corticosteroid use, but rather provides a solution through addressing the root causes of eczema.

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Is There A Cure For Eczema?

Is there a cure for eczema

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The answer to the question, is there a cure for eczema, depends on whom you ask.  What I mean is that you’ll find testimonials from former eczema sufferers who claim to have found a cure, and are living an eczema free life. However, if you ask a doctor they’ll tell you that no, there is no cure for eczema.  Doctors will also tell you though; that there is a great deal you can do in the way of  contact dermatitis treatment, to get relief from the itching.   

I suppose it all depends on what you might define as a ‘cure.’

That might seem like bad news to you if you are tormented by this disease and are looking for relief.

Is There A Cure For Eczema? No, But Here’s Good News 

Despite the fact that doctors and researchers claim that there is no known cure for eczema, there are many things you can do which will effectively get rid of it to the level that it is hardly noticeable, especially if your eczema is not one of the serious ones.

Unfortunately, there are some eczema cases, which are severe, and those people need to be under the constant supervision and review of doctors.  For many eczema sufferers though, there is a great deal you can do at home to improve your eczema to the point that, you can in all honesty say, you have figured out how to clear up eczema.

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