Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition that makes the skin look red and itchy. Eczema is common in children, but it can occur at any age. It is characterized by patches of skin that are inflamed, itchy, red, rough and cracked. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. Atopic refers to a series of diseases that affect the immune system, such as asthma, hay fever and atopic dermatitis. Some people overcome eczema over the years, while others continue to have it throughout their lives. Atopic dermatitis is long-lasting and may inflame periodically. In this article, we are going to talk about home remedies to prevent outbreaks of eczema.
Avoid strong soaps, avoid the triggers of food, apply creams and medicinal ointments and moisturize your skin regularly are some tips to prevent eczema rashes.
Read also: The 5 main triggers of eczema you should know
Here are other home remedies that can help prevent outbreaks of eczema.
1. coconut oil
Coconut oil is amazing for the skin, and can even help prevent outbreaks of eczema. The application of coconut oil to the skin topically can reduce the staphylococcal bacteria in the skin. This helps reduce the infection. Regular use of coconut oil on the skin regularly can prevent outbreaks of eczema. It can moisturize your skin effectively. Be sure to choose virgin coconut oil cold pressed, as it is processed less and does not further irritate the skin.
Coconut oil is ideal to prevent eczema rashes
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2. Aloe vera gel.
You make a skin problem, and the aloe vera gel is there to rescue you. The gel has refreshing properties that can soothe the skin and prevent outbreaks of eczema. It can reduce the severity of itchy patches on the skin caused by eczema. Aloe vera gel is antibacterial and antimicrobial in nature, thus preventing skin infections. It can facilitate the healing of wounds and give a boost to your immune system.
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3. sunflower oil
Sunflower oil helps the skin act as a better barrier by retaining moisture. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent the triggers of eczema. Applying sunflower oil to the skin shortly after bathing (while the skin is still moist) can help prevent eczema outbreaks. However, avoid using sunflower oil in case you have allergies.
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey can keep eczema and atopic dermatitis under control. Studies have shown that honey can help heal wounds and improve the immune system. Therefore, it can help in the fight against infections such as eczema. You can apply honey to the area of the skin affected by the eczema. Do a patch test first to see if it suits your skin or not.
The antibacterial properties of honey can be useful to treat eczema
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5. Dietary changes.
In some cases, eczema is often triggered by food. Take note of the times you experience eczema outbreaks and see what foods you ate before that. This will help you identify if there is any food that triggers the eczema. Include more anti-inflammatory foods in your diet to prevent outbreaks of eczema. Turmeric, cinnamon, leafy greens, fish, beans, lentils and vegetables are some of the anti-inflammatory foods you can use for your comfort.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy for numerous skin disorders, including eczema. However, vinegar can damage the soft tissues and, therefore, should be used on the skin with caution. It should be noted that vinegar is highly acidic, but the skin is also acidic by nature. People with eczema have less acidic skin than others. This weakens the skin's defenses. You can dilute ACV to balance the acidity of the skin.
Soaps, cleaners and detergents are all alkaline. If they are too sparkling, they can disrupt the acidity of the skin, leaving the skin vulnerable to damage. This is the reason why some soaps and cleansers can cause eczema outbreaks.
Also read: Does apple cider vinegar help treat eczema?
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