Is your child one of the 30% in New Zealand that have developed eczema before the age of 2?
Or perhaps you are an adult who has struggled for years to get this inflammatory skin condition under control?
Regardless of age or circumstance, if you or a loved one struggles with Eczema, you will be all too familiar with the symptoms of localized itching, redness, dryness, swelling, pain and discomfort of the skin. You are also likely to have sought the help of your GP, only to be given a topical steroid cream which may have provided some temporary relief but sadly is not a long-term solution and fails to address an underlying cause.
Below we discuss our top 5 tips to help soothe the irritations of eczema, from the outside and within.
- Switch from chemical to natural
Contact dermatitis is the term given when skin irritation is caused following direct contact with an external material or substance (those listed above). Thus, it is important to use 100% natural for all products that come in contact with your skin (eg bodywash, bubble bath, soap, shampoo, moisturizer, laundry detergents etc), like the Native Neem Shampoo and Body Wash or traditional Neem Soap.
Be sure to also choose natural products which have little to no added essential oils or fragrance.
- Daily Oatmeal baths
Colloidal oatmeal has been used traditionally as a bath soak to help soothe the itchiness, dryness and general irritation of skin common in those with eczema.
When used as a bath soak, the oat protein’s form a protective barrier on the skin which helps to lock in moisture and reduce dryness. Itchiness can also be soothed as the oats also help to re-balance skin pH level.
- After bath moisturization with Organic Neem Cream
Within 3 minutes of bathing, it is important to apply a natural cream or lotion to help hydrate and replenish the skin.
Our Natural Neem Cream is 100% natural and is free from common skin irritants like harsh preservatives and artificial fragrance.
Natural Neem Cream also contains Certified Organic Neem Oil, used traditionally for hundreds of years for a wide range of skin complaints including eczema. You can also use 100% pure and organic native neem oil.
When used topically, research has shown that Neem Oil can help soothe by reducing inflammation and pain as well as supporting skin healing and repair by activating local immune responses.
- Add an Eczema strain-specific probiotic
Probiotics are well known for their importance in supporting gut health and immunity.
Strains from the Lactobacillus family, specifically Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG and Lactobacillus reuteri, have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity that help to reduce the occurrence of infantile eczema.
A reduction in symptom severity has also been established following supplementation with Lactobacillus probiotic’s.
- Increase your essential fatty acids (Omega 3) intake
Increasing intake of essential fatty acids (EFA) can play an important role in helping to reduce inflammation of the skin in conditions such as eczema.
Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) is a plant source of EFA and is found in hemp, borage, blackcurrant seed oils as well as evening primrose oil.
Omega 3’s from flaxseed oil have also demonstrated ability to reduce the severity of common eczema symptoms.