Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema is characterised by inflamed skin, flaking, redness, irritation and peeling of the skin.
More and more people are suffering from eczema these days and the main cause is the many harmful substances in our environment, in our beauty products and even in our food.
Genetics, or heredity, plays a key role in the development of eczema. Allergies to certain foods, environmental factors, disinfectants, personal care products, certain allergens, animal hair, dust and pollen all contribute to eczema.
There are also home remedies and treatments that can be used to control the development of eczema, and these natural remedies can also help to treat eczema at home. One such natural remedy is coconut oil. Coconut oil acts as a natural moisturizer. Eczema is often caused by bacteria in the skin. However, coconut oil has antibacterial properties, reducing the risk of re-infection. Apply coconut oil alone once or twice a day to treat infected skin.
Nutmeg can also greatly improve the condition of eczematous skin. Make a paste of nutmeg powder and water and apply it to the area to be treated.
Turmeric is known to have many wonderful effects and can help treat a number of skin conditions, including eczema. Turmeric is very effective in reducing inflammation of the skin and also acts as a great antioxidant for the skin. It also protects the skin against infections and significantly speeds up the healing time of wounds. Mix a teaspoonful of turmeric powder with a little water and apply the paste to the eczematous skin area.
Tea tree oil can also be helpful if you suffer from eczema, as it has skin-nourishing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil should never be used on its own, even when applied externally. Be sure to mix it with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin. This oil can be olive oil or coconut oil. Tea tree oil helps prevent itching and also prevents re-infection of the skin.