Looking for an all natural approach to treating your atopic dermatitis, otherwise know as eczema? There are several home remedies and natural treatments to help you be on your way! Let’s take a further look at these below:
Take a vinegar bath soak to alleviate symptoms! I know I have discussed these in earlier posts. However, I wanted to reiterate my advocacy for this treatment option. While research continues to explore the benefits of vinegar soaks through few publications, I have documented several patients over the past couple of years that have shown remarkable improvement with implementing this natural approach to treating their eczema flares.
Because tap water’s pH varies across the states, I recommend you invest in a pH meter for accurate measurements. An ideal pH would be between 4.2 and 4.4. Here in Utah, that requires adding, roughly 4 cups of vinegar to a half full bathtub of lukewarm water. Soak in the tub for 12-15 minutes. Do not rinse the vinegar from your skin. Once outside the tub, pat your skin dry. Follow with immediate application of moisturizer for optimal moisture lock.
Exercising and Breathing Exercises
Stress can trigger eczema flares. It is important to reduce stress and exercise regularly to manage your eczema. After a workout that produces sweat, it is best to rinse off in a cool shower immediately. Sweat can exacerbate your condition. Many people reduce stress with Yoga, Pilates or deep breathing exercises. Meditation and Tai- Chi have also been shown to be effective for stress reduction. Find a stress relieving activity and exercise routine that works best for you.
Become Allergen Savvy
Eczema is often associated with contact with an allergen. Read labels to avoid harsh chemicals, allergens and irritants. Avoid using products that contain harmful toxins and allergens. Some common allergens and skin irritants you might find in skin care products, include: sulfates, parabens, PEGs, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, beeswax, lanolin and potassium sorbate.
A good rule of thumb is to seek out products with shorter ingredient lists. Still, be aware of what you are putting on your skin. Remember that some things that may be alright for consumption, can have allergic reactions with topical application. Some of these ingredients, include: olive oil, sunflower oil, peanuts, soy, oatmeal and gluten. I always encourage people to create a note within their smartphone with a detailed list of allergens to avoid. That way it is convenient and right at your fingertips, no matter where you find yourself throughout the day, making reading labels a piece of cake!
Moisturize With Care
Because eczema is a dry skin condition, it is important to implement a proper moisturizing regimen. You’ll find the TrueLipids formulas to be free of over 88 harmful toxins and allergens. They are 100% hypoallergenic, making them perfect for every skin type. They are vegan and gluten free skin care products that have shown amazing results.
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