Anyone who has gone through the dreaded “itch-scratch cycle” knows how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be to constantly have to scratch an itch on your body that never seems to go away. People who suffer from the skin condition known as eczema know this cycle all too well. Eczema is a condition that is characterized by inflamed and discoloured skin. The skin is usually reddish in colour and appears to have a dry, crusty texture. While eczema is a condition that none of us would ever want to experience, it can be treated with a few simple home remedies, which we are going to be discussing in this article. So what is the best cream for eczema?
First, let us start things off with the simplest thing on this list. Coconut oil can do a pretty good job of moisturizing your skin, and not to mention that it can also fill up those intercellular spaces that have opened up and caused your skin to become dry. Coconut oil is a lipid and it can provide you with the two most important things that your skin needs so it can remain moisturized: fat and oil.
To use this remedy, begin by rinsing your hands with water and then pat them dry. Get some coconut oil and rub it on the affected areas of your skin. You can apply this throughout the day as much as you need to.
Coconut oil might be fantastic for some, but it doesn’t work for everyone, so if this is the case, then you can go with another great alternative: jojoba oil. Despite its name, this is not actually an oil, but more of a liquid wax. It can penetrate deep into your skin and has a molecular structure that is similar to that of our skin’s natural oil, also known as sebum.
It is rich in fatty alcohol and long chain fatty acids, and is great at moisturizing our skin. Do not be alarmed by the word “alcohol” because the fatty variety is not harmful to your skin.
Using this remedy is quite simple. First, wash your hands with water and dry them with a towel. Next, apply the jojoba oil to the affected area and gently massage it on your skin until it gets partially absorbed. You won’t need to use a whole lot of it since jojoba oil is extremely rich. You can apply this on your skin thrice a day or as much as needed.
While most treatments for eczema often involve oil, they do not always work out for everybody. Vegetable glycerine can be a great alternative, but unfortunately it has a rather poor reputation because of its counterpart, “regular” glycerine. Also referred to as glycerol, glycerine is considered to be the main foundation of lipids, and is often a by-product in the soap manufacturing industry.
The thing that separates vegetable glycerine from the regular one is that it is actually plant based. It is derived from the fats and oils of things such as palm or coconut oil. The regular variety, on the other hand, is taken from animal fats and does not share the same kind of food grade quality that vegetable glycerine has.
It is an adequate substance to work with if you are looking to treat your eczema because it can restore moisture to itchy, inflamed, dried skin. It acts as a humectant meaning it can draw water to it and can seal in the moisture on your skin. As a matter of fact, vegetable glycerine is so effective that it can turn itself into 20 percent water if you leave it out in the open. It helps fill in the gaps on dry and inflamed skin when used for treating eczema. It is ideal for a moisturizing spritz because of how it can easily dissolve in water.