7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Seven Natural Remedies for Eczema 7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

I get quite a few questions about skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. I’m not a dermatologist by any means, but I have had some personal experience with eczema (in myself and family) and have found some natural remedies that are helpful so I wanted to share.

The Diet Connection

I feel it is important to note that all of the topical remedies in the world didn’t help us until we addressed the underlying problem, specifically: diet and lifestyle factors that were causing/contributing to the eczema to begin with.

Just as you can’t out supplement a bad diet in other areas, topical remedies don’t address the underlying problem that is causing the eczema to begin with.

Certainly, eczema and other skin issues are complex conditions with a potential variety of causes, but there do seem to be some common things that help (both dietary and other).

In our family, our son struggled with eczema off and on for a long time before we were finally able to get rid of it. He was born via c-section (due to placenta previa) and was given antibiotics and steroids as soon as he was born. This led to problems with his gut bacteria, some learning delays and some skin/digestive problems. We started the GAPS program combined with a pretty intensive supplement and lifestyle change for him and finally started to see improvement.

If you haven’t heard of it, GAPS is:

“The protocol in Gut and Psychology Syndrome is basically an intensive nutritional program to heal the gut lining. It focuses on soothing and healing the gut lining with foods like bone broth and beneficial fats while boosting beneficial gut bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods.

Depending on the severity of the patient, one either begins with or works up to the Introduction Diet, which is the strictest part of the protocol, focused on intensive healing. There are then stages as the person begins to introduce other foods. The most difficult factor of the GAPS diet is that in order to be effective, especially in the beginning, one must be 100% compliant. This means a lot of preparing foods at home, as practically any foods prepared by someone not familiar with the protocol will have things that can aggravate the gut.”

For us, it meant a diet high in healing foods like bone broth(great for skin)  and healthy fats and removing certain foods including gluten and casein (wheat and dairy). We also found that it was helpful to avoid food dyes and any processed ingredients, though this was as much from a behavior perspective as a skin one.

If you or a family member struggle with skin problems, allergies or behavior struggles, I’d definitely recommend at least checking out the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome to see if the protocol would be helpful for you.

Of course, once diet has been addressed, there are some things that can be used topically to speed healing or limit discomfort during the healing time. For us, these things were helpful:

1. Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for everything. It is one of the things that would absolutely be on my list in a you-are-going-to-an-island-and-can-only-bring-five-things type situation. We use it for skin, hair, teeth, health and even soap making at our house, but it is also great for eczema (as long as the person isn’t allergic/intolerant to coconut!).

I’ve found that for us, a thin layer of coconut oil or a coconut oil lotion bar helps cool eczema itching and pain. For those sensitive to coconut oil, these hypoallergenic lotion bars work really well too.

2. Sea Spray

For eczema that is wet/oozing, I’ve found that drying it works better than trying to moisturize it and offers relief. For this, we use a homemade salt and magnesium spray. I’ve often heard people with skin problems say that they felt better at the beach, and it makes sense. Between the Vitamin D, the magnesium and the minerals in the water, the beach is great for skin health!

For those who don’t live near the ocean, this homemade spray can help achieve some of the same benefits at home.

3. Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Sounds nasty (doesn’t taste so great either) but fermented cod liver oil is one of the supplements we take daily. From a past post:

“Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO) is recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation and is a great source of healthy fats for the body. This supplement is also an integral part of the tooth remineralization process as detailed by Dr. Price and by Rami Nagel in Cure Tooth Decay. These two help reduce inflammation in the body and lead to healthy cell, hormone and brain development. They are especially important during pregnancy and for children while their brains are developing.

Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil are a great source of the fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K and as such are supportive of hundreds or processes in the body. The supplements are rather pricey, but we’ve seen a big difference from adding this to our regimen (including skin health!)

We take Fermented Cod Liver Oil in Capsules or Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil blend in Gel Form.

Yes, the taste is terrible and yes, my kids do have to take it anyway. You can sneak the chocolate flavored gel into smoothies though.  7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

4. Magnesium Baths

For some people with eczema, soaking in water makes it worse. For those who tolerate it, magnesium baths and other types of detox baths can be helpful in skin healing.

I regularly add a cup of epsom salts or magnesium flakes and a few tablespoons of Himalayan salt to my kids baths. When I have the time, I take relaxing baths in this mixture also.

When I can’t take the time for a bath, magnesium oil also helps. Amazingly, I notice the benefits of transdermal magnesium (baths or magnesium oil) much more quickly than when I take internal forms of magnesium.

My favorite magnesium bath recipe is:

  • 1-2 cups of epsom salts or magnesium flakes (magnesium flakes are absorbed much more easily)
  • 1/2 cup Himalayan or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I love lavender and mint)

These three detox bath recipes are also all great if the person can handle warm water.

5. Probiotics

Just as with the Fermented Cod Liver Oil, probiotics are one supplement that seems to make a noticeable difference with skin health (if the problem is diet/gut related). For us, high quality probiotics were vital when we were intensively doing GAPS.

Probiotics and probiotic-rich foods are another element that is often missing from the modern diet. I’m constantly seeing more research on the many ways that gut bacteria influences our health. In the past, people often preserved food by fermenting it, which also was a good source of probiotics for them. Now, most foods are dead, and we rarely ferment them in the traditional ways, so we don’t consume probiotic rich foods without a specific effort to do so.

We also make an effort to wash our hands and our food (a good thing with the chemicals on them these days) which also wash off the beneficial soil-borne micro-organisms that provide friendly-bacteria to the gut.

Since gut bacteria is so important, probiotics are one supplement I always make sure to take. You can get some probiotics in fermented food and drinks such as:

We take Bio-Kult Probiotics (developed by the founder of the GAPS diet… it doesn’t have to be refrigerated) and I’ve seen digestive improvements from this brand (I’ve often see no result from other probiotics). We all take these as a daily maintenance, but at the first sign of digestive troubles or illness, we double or triple the dose until we are better. I also took these to heal after I got food poisoning, and was back to normal in a couple of days.

I sneak them into the kids smoothies and drinks, and my older ones will even swallow or chew the capsule (they are small).

6. Additional Gelatin-rich Foods

I’ve mentioned that bone broth was an important part of a healing diet for us, and this was partially because of its high gelatin content. Gelatin is very soothing to the gut and is also great for hair, skin and nail health.

Homemade, nutrient dense bone broth is incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. There is no comparison to the store-bought versions which often contain MSG or other chemicals and which lack gelatin and some of the other health-boosting properties of homemade broth.

In selecting the bones for broth, look for high quality bones from grass fed cattle or bison, pastured poultry or wild caught fish. Since you’ll be extracting the minerals and drinking them in concentrated form, you want to make sure that the animal was as healthy as possible.

There are several places to find good bones for stock:

  • Save leftovers from when you roast a chicken, duck, turkey or goose (pastured)
  • From a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal
  • From local farmers who raise grass fed animals (ask around at your local Farmer’s Market)
  • Online from companies like US Wellness Meats (also where I get grass fed Tallow in bulk- they sell pre-made high quality broth) or Tropical Traditions (I order high quality beef, bison, lamb and chicken bones from them at good prices)

This recipe for broth is my favorite and is an adaption of the recipe in Nourishing Traditions.

For those who aren’t ready to jump in to having a pot of boiling bones on the stove, some of the same benefits can be obtained from taking Gelatin as a supplement instead. We use Great Lakes Kosher since I was able to verify with the company that it is sourced from grass-fed, humanely raised cows, and as such is higher in nutrients.

I also use Gelatin in recipes like:

7. Homemade Healing Salve

For scars or blisters from eczema that take longer to heal, a homemade healing salve was helpful for us. Our son would get eczema on his face before we were able to heal his gut and we are still working on reversing the scars from that. One thing that is helping is this homemade healing salve.

My homemade healing salve (or “boo-boo lotion”, according to the kids) is helpful on eczema as well as: cuts, bruises, stings, poison ivy and skin irritations. It also helps diaper rash and baby skin irritations- just don’t use with cloth diapers or line them first!

Here is the recipe.

Have you ever struggled with eczema or skin problems? What helped you? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Jennifer L. says

    Ugg, three out of four in our family deal with random skin stuff here and there. Right now I have eczema in my ears (?!) and it itches like crazy. My youngest just broke out in a random rash on her thigh that I am thinking is due to yeast. It seems to be going away with a diluted solution of Grapefruit Seed Extract and water, along with apple cider vinegar added to her bath. She and I have been going to acupuncture for our respective things and have been keeping our diets fairly clean. I feel that I tend to waffle between WAP theories of soaked gluten-free grains/legumes, and paleo ideas of no grains/legumes and I can’t seem to tell a difference one way or another for myself. I am considering trying some of the strategies you listed in your post about how to combat yeast/parasites. I’ve done your Wellness Challenge and the 21-Day Sugar Detox, but I still find myself bloated in the evenings (and dealing with the random itch ears!). We don’t add sweeteners to anything and my diet is as clean as I can make it, even with probiotics, bone broth, FCLO, and fermented food. Is there a way to test for yeast? I’ve read about the spit in the glass experiment and I’ve never been too sure of that. I am looking forward to reading how others have dealt with eczema and skin issues. My youngest had a spot on her chin that cleared up very well with manuka honey and a home-made tallow balm (in addition to a very clean diet).

    • Tiffany LaFave says

      have you tried an alkaline diet? are you getting enough iodine and magnesium? you sound like you need a major detox program.

      • Jennifer L. says

        Yeah, that whole detox-while-nursing isn’t the best idea. I would definitely do a fasting or more serious detox if it weren’t for nursing and/or being pregnant these days. I haven’t thought about iodine lately. I’ll check it out. I have read bits back and forth about alkaline diets (mostly via The Alkaline Sisters). Thanks for your insight. It’s good to have new paths to check out or revisit.

        • Shannon says

          Consider eating sushi kelp sheets like snacks to get natural sources of iodine. just be careful of where it is sourced.

    • Christine Jargick says

      I used to get quite a lot of bloating in the second half of the day. You might look at SIBO, or small intestional bacterial overload. Healthy foods such as apple cider vinegar and coconut were the very worst for me. When I corrected that it took care of my bloating and stomach distention. Now I only get bloated when I eat cabbage or lentils ;-)

    • stephenny says

      I know it’s a year late, but my husband suffered from eczema in his ears for years and he was finally tested for food allergies. He ended up being allergic to things like corn, soy, egg, and wheat. Once he stopped eating those, it literally disappeared. It might be worth having an allergy test to see if it’s just one thing instead of changing your whole diet not know what is causing it. Hope this helps :)

  2. Jenne says

    I think you missed a big one – light exfoliation combined with moisturizing. I have found that natural sugar scrubs with great moisturizers like raw shea and other oils is really the perfect combo. Even the coconut oil like you mentioned is fine to follow up with but 2-3 times a week using a sugar scrub has saved my skin for sure!

    • Kristine says

      THIS is the one that has finally helped me! I am late 40’s, and have had eczema since birth. I recently started making homemade sugar scrubs that I use daily: so simple-organic brown sugar (larger “chunks”), and organic coconut oil, with occasional add ins of essential oils like lavender or lemon, and sometimes a little vitamin E oil. This has actually had a HUGE EFFECT on some eczema that had developed on my hand and upper lip area due to sun sensitivity. No doctor, test, or expensive steroid cream could touch it for 3 years and it’s GONE! I also use coconut oil with lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils as a preventive measure in these areas before and after any sun exposure.

  3. Katy Debard says

    You must have been reading my mind. I was googling “natural remedy for exzema” literally yesterday. I just got back from the dermatologist who gave me yet another steroid (i’ve been battling this for years – my whole life actually) and when I asked him point blank, “Is there anything in my diet I should not eat or eat more of” and he responded with “No, that’s not how eczema works. It has nothing to do with diet.” My instinct was to find a new doctor immediately and start looking for other ways to heal. Thanks for this post – I don’t know if I have the willpower to stick to a strict GAPS diet, but I’m ready to try :-/

    • Shannon says

      I can relate! I felt the same way at first- this whole health quest can be overwhelming. First, I eliminated all prescribed and OTC meds. Then I learned that increasing iodine is very important. I have found it helpful to substitute unprocessed, raw honey for anything I add sugar to that is unheated (yogurt, for example). I also seek out high protein foods whenever I crave grains or sugar- that helps. Eliminated all soda and replaced with water. I have been practically living on homemade chicken soup from whole chicken with no starchy foods added (such as rice or noodles). Add only fresh veggies. For foods that require sugar that are hot (like coffee, tea), I just eliminated it, added cream only, or substituted less processed whole food options such as sorghum syrup, maple syrup, or raw cane sugar. Wheat will spike blood sugar as much as processed sugar (read “Wheat Belly”). I have also increased supplements such as a good daily multiple, Vit. C, krill oil, Vit. D3, iron (as per diagnosed by dr.), magnesium; and I’ve gone mostly gluten-free and avoid all grains as much as possible, even though that means eating rice with meals 4 or 5 times a week still. Also taking 1 tsp baking soda w/water at night to reduce acidity daily. This has helped dramatically on many fronts, and I have lost weight, reduced joint pain, got my energy back, and started daily walks. I am in my 40’s w/three kids. This has been over the course of a few years of trial & error. I have been struggling with thrush, fatigue, joint pain, and poor health since college and finally starting to feel alive again.

    • Shena says

      I have had a lot of trials with eczema. Diet is definitely something you want to target first. Modernized wheat with all the gluten should be removed, as well as other processed foods. I love Einkorn wheat, and raw milk. Try to use goat, but we have been fine with Organic, raw cow milk.

      Greens have also really helped to clear up my kids. We love kale, watercress, alfalfa, parsley, and basil. Dried, fresh, tinctures- all types of forms.

  4. Jessica Pelletier says

    I developed eczema on my hand one week after my son (19 months) was born. I read that coconut oil would help restore the Lauric Acid I lost when breast feeding (stopped at 16 months). I have tried coconut oil topically but it usually makes my hand blister and itch even worse. I have been trying Apple Cider Vinegar for the past couple days which seems to be helping. I just apply it topically and it has dried out the blisters, yet has smoothed some of the rough skin I developed after using a steroid cream. I have yet to change my diet, but your blog is very inspiring and i will be trying some of your other suggestion!

    • suzy ferguson says

      eucerin lotion is the only thing that made my eczema go away after having it on my stomach for a year! i still remember how good it felt when i scratched it.. my poor 2 year old has it now and unfortunately eurcein does not work for him or the aquaphor or oatmeal baths and no longer does aveeno baby eczema anything.. i feel so bad because hes always scratching, but hes such a happy child.

      • Kathleen says

        Try bleach baths…a capful of bleach in a whole tub of warm water…..have him soak (play) in the water for about 40-60 minutes. Do this about three times a week until you see improvement, then less often. Follow baths with VaniCream while skin is still moist. My son and daughter-in-law discovered this remedy for my grandson. It was a life saver! Of course getting to the bottom of the problem is most important!…..have the child checked thoroughly for allergies…..get on a clean diet and stick to it! Death begins in the gut…….it is true! Repair the core and healing will follow.

  5. Jen says

    Came upon your site today; been stuck here for hours so far… I was sent a salve this afternoon by a customer who says it’s been useful for some folks’ psoraisis

  6. Anna Phylaxis says

    I came across your site today; been stuck here for hours… Magnesium articles very interesting, and my psoriasis is on rampage this year so I’m searching anything that might help. A lovely customer sent me a salve today made with Yellow Dock – will let you know how that works out!
    We have quite a few customers who request bones – some want knuckles only, some just want bones – but I really didn’t understand beyond ‘beef stock’ as in, make gravy for husband. (We raise 100% grass fed beef without added hormones/antibiotics/pesticides) Thank you for coloring in that picture, and I think I’m going to head out to the meat locker and raid the freezer now!

  7. April says

    Most eczema is linked to food allergies, according to our doctors. For 1 son it was wheat and eggs (he did outgrow it). For my other son it was grass. The biggest reliever was when I started making my own laundry detergent. My son stopped reacting to grass (he would come in with giant welts, even when wearing long pants tucked into socks). It had been so many years of clear skin that I sort of forgot that the detergent was such a factor, and last year when we went to visit my family for a month, I forgot to take some. The Dreft at my parents’ house brought back all the bleeding eczema. I felt awful. For my 3 month old baby right now, the problem seems to be that due to the craziness with a newborn (and 6 kids 6 and under), I hadn’t gone to buy any raw milk, so my husband bought regular milk at the store, and I’ve been drinking it in my smoothies. Got more raw milk this week and her eczema is clearing up. Allergists are the medical field I’m most frustrated with bc you will get a COMPLETELY different answer from every. single. one. There seems to be no unity of thought at all.

  8. Helen says

    my dishidrotic eczema is linked to the weather (i get it the same time every year despite my diet being 100 times better this year than it was last). coconut oil didn’t help me out at all (i was applying it multiple times a day), then i tried cotton balls with acv and hydrogen peroxide which both helped slightly to sooth the itching, but my miracle cure was jojoba oil. just in case anybody else is trying coconut oil and doesn’t find relief, jojoba oil may work instead! :)

    • Jacqueline says

      Thank you, I will try this! I also get it every winter in the same spot. I’m off grains this winter; I would think that would make it go away, but it isn’t, it might even be worse. Hope this works! I’ll keep researching.

  9. dan says

    40 years of suffering with eczema … eczema is a symptom not the condition and what works for one doesn’t work for another. Over the years I tried EVERYTHING … spent the last year in bed, I was covered from head to toe and in constant pain. I found a Functional Medicine doctor who treated me from the comfort of my own home. I finally have answers, I am out of bed and I can actually leave the house now!

    • Nicole Sherrill says

      Danfisc, when I was about 12 I started going to an allergist for my allergies, asthma and eczema. Worst mistake ever! Within a year I had eczema from head to toe from allergy shots! I was a couch for about a year as well due to the pain of moving. I lived in Florida yet I always wore pants and long sleeved shirts out of embarrassment. I never left the house. My parents and I ran into a lady at the health food store as I was all bundled up with gloves, scarf and hat in the summertime who recommended us to a lady who got me started on a ton of natural medicines and detoxedy body, got me using a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. Within a year she got rid of it all. I still get it time from time and I know my diet has gone bad and I need to detox! I have a very hard time finding things to help or just not harm my skin including things that are supposed to help eczema! I still take probiotics, detox, drink lots of water and do salt scrubs with salt from the dead sea. It’ll burn like hell if you have open sores but it helps get rid of any infections and heals it a lot faster too! If you can’t take the pain which if its really bad you probably won’t be able to, try the sugar scrubs! Hope this helps anyone reading! Def get rid of breads and milk in your diet till its under control too. I still have to sometimes get it out of my diet for awhile. Good luck to you fellow eczema sufferers!

      Also try oatmeal baths mixed with Epsom salt or dead sea salt!!! Calms, sooths and heals!

    • olayinka mogaji says

      Please what did he use on u? I would really like to know as i have lived with eczema for over 18years and it makes me really hate myself,i cant swim with friends,i cant take of my cloth at the beach,its so sad and annoying. please get back to me.

  10. Charmaine Taylor says

    Our daughter pediatrician convinced us for a while her eczema wasn’t related to foods. In the meanwhile I came across your website on babycenter, after my husband had an asthmatic episode that hospitalized I was all ears! Finding out that allergies, asthma and eczema are in the same family of illness I was super motivated to let go of veganism and vegetarianism and trial a diet closer to primal. It was my 2013 New Years resolution. Best decision if my life!
    For us coconut oil wasn’t working. I came up with a hodgepodge lotion bar recipe that has calendula infused olive oil, Shea butter and cocoa butter. We haven’t seen a flare in over six months. Even with the occasional wheat or unfermented dairy treat!

    • Perdita says

      Hello, my 9-year-old daughter is suffering from eczema, but it doesn’t itch. How do you make the lotion bar? Is it for the bath or after? Thanks!

  11. Jodie Baker Fasullo says

    I read your posts regularly-thanks to my email subscription! So glad to see this post today. Been gluten-free for a year and a half to treat migraines and four months into Paleo with amazing results. I do FCLO with butter, bentonite detox baths, regularly eat 1/4 cup cocnut oil, make bone broth and supplement with bovine gelatin, Learned that I’m allergic to my prescription migraine medicine and promptly have an eczema flare-up 1-2 days following taking it. Still having one menstral migraine a month and needing the med. I’ve had the GAPS book in my amazon cart for 6 months. I think I’m ready to be done with these migraines an eczema for good!

  12. Ruth Moshier says

    i have been suffering with an unknown rash for 4 years. ive been to 3 different dermatologists and been thru countless tests and biopsies. with no result. ive tried everything under the sun, from stuff the doctors give me to home remedies-since i am a naturalist.
    i finally figured it out.
    my first rash was an allergic response, and the poisons remained in my skin and festered. my body had then developed an allergic reaction to the poisons in my skin. so it was constantly reacting to what remained. i needed to flush my skin from the inside out.
    purity is the key….
    i eat clean pure foods for good skin health
    i take warm epsom baths to steep in the salt and flush the poisons once or twice a week.
    i apply warm water, with salt added to it, several times a day and let it dry.
    and i dab hydrogen peroxide on after my shower and let that soak in and dry on my skin.
    it is finally working. the salt fluids are flushing the poisons out and and drying up the weeping from the allergy.
    the hydrogen peroxide is keeping any infection away.
    the skin is returning to normal and the pain and inflammation is almost gone.
    i stopped the reaction and reversed the process of re-allergen.
    it feels goo to be almost back to normal.

  13. Aime says

    The thing that made the biggest difference for me was switching to all-natural homemade detergents, soaps, lotions etc. I used to get out of the shower with bright red blotches all over my chest, arms and legs- especially after shaving. The eczema on my legs brought me to tears if anything came in contact with it right after shaving, bed sheets were torture. The FIRST shower with homemade body wash, I got out of the shower with zero!! blotches! I didn’t shave for almost two weeks (thank goodness it was winter!) and then started up again using coconut oil as a shave cream, and my legs are clear and smooth! I haven’t had a flair up in over a year, I believe the SLS in the store bought products were causing most of the flair ups, plus I have cleaned up my diet immensely and use magnesium oil daily!

  14. Brittni Dixon says

    I battled eczema for many long, hard years, but have had it under control for about 2 years now. Oddly enough, this battle led me to become a nurse, an occupation I chose because I genuinely want to help sick people unlock their own healing potential. In my experience, the most valuable tool in healing myself has been nutrition. I found that some of the most important dietary changes for controlling symptoms were restricting processed/artificially colored/MSG/generally unnatural foods; increasing good fat intake (olive/coconut oil, avocado, unsalted nuts, flax seeds); increasing probiotic intake; and focusing on eating whole, REAL foods. I think for a lot of people eczema is simply a physical manifestation of the body’s rejection of some of the nasty, fake stuff we consume these days. Did I mention I lost 40 lbs as a result of this nutritional healing? And I have never felt better! Hope this helps someone :)

  15. Cathy Heard says

    Diet is definitely key here. I always hated seeing my nephew struggle with eczema all over his hands and arms. He has changed his diet though and rarely gets even slightly itchy anymore. thanks for the awesome post!

  16. Karimen C. montero says

    I am interested in the fermented cod liver oil but on the label it says it has dairy. I am avoiding dairy due to it making my eczema worse. Is there an alternative that works just as well but without the dairy?

  17. Lauren Decker says

    Hi, My son seems to be developing eczema on his shoulder and neck area. I’ve applied coconut oil and want to get him some probiotics, been wanting to for a while now and just haven’t. But I wanted to ask you about your baby and the antibiotics. My son was in a similar situation where he was put on antibiotics right after birth because of an infection I contracted during labor. He seems to be having the same issues your little one did. He has always had problems with very loose stool and never really solid and I’ve never been able to figure out why. He is now 2 and still not verbal so we are seeking treatment for that, and now the skin issues. Does this sound like what your child went through? Should I bring up the antibiotics with his doctor? We are vegan so we won’t be doing the bone broth but I will try other things. He never has the dairy anyway but I can remove gluten. I tried it once but only for about two weeks and didn’t notice a difference, maybe I just need to try for a longer period of time?

  18. Nicole Iannitti says

    I want to thank you for this…I have been an eczema sufferer for my whole life. Lately my eczema has been getting worse on my hands (I am in cosmetology school and from washing hair, I am drying out my hands) and I was at a loss as to what to do. I am definitely going to use these tips to help cure my eczema.


  19. Shannon says

    I believe eczema is a candida infection. It responds well to anti-fungal creams, whereas most other topical creams (OTC) produce stinging and burning. Try approaching it as such and you may get better results. We have.

  20. Terza Simon Norton says

    I started using Goat’s Milk Soap from The Dirty Moose. One day I noticed that the eczema on my hands and legs was just gone. I am eating healthier and better, but this soap seemed to have a part in it too.

  21. alyssa says

    Something that really works is triamciline it is proscribed and mix that with jergens lotion the one that says extra healing and mix those two with Johnson’s baby oil…works wonders:-)

  22. Hannah B says

    My mom had eczema when she was pregnant with me and I’ve never had a problem with it until recently (I’m 18). I read that apple cider vinegar has been working for everyone but I have it right on my eyelid and its causing it to become swollen. Help!

    • Elizabeth Jones says

      I’ve had it on my eyelids before. Depending on what kind of face wash you use, that could be an irritant. All the neutrogena, clean and clear, and other “brand” name stuff has a lot of harsh chemicals in them that is bad for your skin. I use Burt’s Bees creamy cleanser. Also in terms of healing…get some fish oil supplements, poke a hole in the gel pill, and put some of the oil directly onto your skin. You can do the same with Advil liquid gels (the anti-inflammatory properties in Advil will help reduce the swelling). Just try not to get the stuff in your eyes. I’d probably use a q-tip for application. And it might be obvious, but don’t wear any makeup while this is going on. Hope that helps!

  23. Deanna says

    Does the salt/mag spray sting the skin when using for eczema? My 13 month old son has eczema and I gave him a bath with some Epsom salt and he was itching like crazy and his skin was welty when he got out. Also, do you rinse their hair with the salt water? Or do it with fresh water?

  24. Christine Jargick says

    Coconut oil works very well for me. I have had some eczema on the inside of my elbows on and off for several weeks now. I don’t know if it’s environmental allergies ( I live in Central Valley, California where the air is TERRIBLE this year ) or if it’s due to sugar. I corrected my SIBO late last year, have been gluten free for 6 years, pasteurized dairy free for 5 and I added sugar to a few recipes recently. I suspect I need to back off the sugar again. Anyway, I have been using coconut oil and tea tree oil for relief, it takes care of the itch nicely.

  25. Ana says

    I cured eczema by avoiding NIGHTSHADES

    I finally found a cure by realizing that Eczema is a reaction to certain foods or chemicals. I’ve had eczema for as long as I could remember and it wasn’t until recently that I figured out NIGHTSHADES foods (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes…) were the source of my skin irritations. Since then, I’ve been eczema-free.

    Start by eliminating certain foods after a rash occurs so that you can figure out what to avoid. I wish a doctor had told me that simple truth a long time ago, but then again, most are in the business of making money, not giving permanent cures.

    A lot, if not all things can be healed naturally. To cure it, it’s not about putting ointments or shea butter on it, those only mask the symptoms- with eczema, it’s simply about eliminating substances you react to.

  26. sj says

    my 3 month old baby has severe eczema all over her body- the worst on her cheeks. They are inflamed and oozing . Looks like a burn. And is very painful for her. Do you have any suggestions on what i can do for her ? (mostly her cheeks ?)

  27. Nikki says

    Sj my daughter had the same thing on her cheeks and it was an allergy to dairy. She also ended up with open wounds like burns on her forehead which was caused by an allergy to egg. It was strange but the different foods (via breastmilk). affected different areas on her face.

  28. Emily S. says

    This is a great list and contains some really good advice. I’ve dealt with eczema my whole life (since I was an infant and I’m now 31) and it can be very painful, frustrating, and, honestly, quite depressing. A couple years ago I started to get recurrent patches on my face and that’s when I decided slathering hydrocortisone and petroleum-based goo all over myself just wasn’t cutting it. I moved to all-natural remedies and made a few lifestyle changes, and my skin is doing so much better. I found that raw apple cider vinegar mixed 50/50 with distilled water was a game changer for me. I started applying it 2-3 times a day to the worst patches and saw dramatic results within 6 weeks. I now apply it right after I shower, follow up with coconut oil and/or a homemade shea & cocoa butter cream and my skin has dramatically improved. I also gently exfoliate my skin with a mixture of chamomile powder and oat flour about 1-2 times a week. I think one important thing for individuals with skin sensitivities to keep mind as they are trying to find solutions to their skin woes, is that everyone is different. In short, what works for one individual might not work for someone else. For example, I tried giving up certain foods – a method that has worked for many – and it had zero effect on my eczema. I have found that my eczema is greatly effected by climate, stress, dehydration, and exposure to irritants, like artificial fragrances. I just want to encourage those who are searching for a natural cure to a skin issue to not give up. It can be a frustrating process, but in the end I think finding that all-natural, safe, non-toxic solution that is right for you will serve you better in the long run. I shudder when I think about the years I spent, under the advice of a dermatologist, putting nasty chemicals all over myself. But, ob la di, ob la da – life goes on and now my skin is better than ever.

  29. says

    My daughter is on GAPS diet for 10 days and her eczema is getting worse and she is itching more. She is on omega 3 medical grade, probiotics, glutamine.
    It seems anything she eats makes her itch. Her eczema now looks like discoid almost like ring warm type of rash….

    • Rachel says

      Hi, I am not a dermatologist, but I have been battling various skin conditions on and off my whole life. Most recently, while searching for what these new itchy tiny skin-colored bumps are on the sides of my finger and elbow (i think eczema, not sure), I came across this condition that is sometimes similar in appearance to ringworm: Granuloma annulare. I mention it because of your description of diskoid like rash on your baby. Mention it to your doctor if you think the images you see when you search for it look like what your baby has.

    • Quianna says

      Victoria – what were your results like? My son is two and we are on day seven of intro basically stage one and his eczema is worse and very itchy now too. Is there hope because I’m starting to second guess this diet? Thanks for any info!

      • Melissa says

        So this will sound counter intuitive, but what these babes are most likely experiencing is a die-off, and is a good sign about the diet. It means toxins are being cleared out from their bodies. If their symptoms get too bad, you can slow down their cleanse by adding small amounts of fruits back into their diet here and there for a day or two. I have experienced this kind of cleanse myself, it is not pleasant!! Poor babies, and poor parents watching it happen. Don’t give up, though! If it is a die-off, the symptoms will abate, and their problems will heal. Don’t give up!!

  30. Marci says

    I recently developed a rash and puffiness on my cheekbones a few days after starting regular lemon water (fresh squeezed juice from an organic lemon, pure water) in the mornings. I eat a better than average diet, mostly organic/grass fed/grain free, but still have a lot of things I could do better on.

    About two weeks before that I had started organic matcha and cinnamon (yum!), so at first I was unsure what the cause might be….but when reading about healing crises and retracing, I remembered that as an infant I had severe eczema which cleared up when my mom stopped feeding me spaghetti and/or wheat cereal. (She says both, but it’s hard to know which…and with the spaghetti, was it the tomato sauce or the noodles?)

    I’ve had a few other minor allergic reactions to food over my lifetime, but have never restricted tomato sauce (I’m Italian!) or wheat products specifically because of allergies (but I have cut out most grains, including pasta, for general health purposes).

    There was a time during high school when I was drinking a lot of orange juice and laying in the sun….and I started developing ocular migraines. At the time, after a trip to the allergist, my mom remembered the alleged tomato sauce allergy, and we thought perhaps it was the citric acid (combined with or intensified by sunshine?) and when I cut the OJ habit, things improved immediately.

    So lemon juice seems to be a likely culprit, given than I suddenly started having a lot — similar to my sudden passion for OJ, or the fact that my mother was feeding me spaghetti regularly. That being said, I can’t discount other possibilities.

    I also wonder about the possibility of eczema as a healing reaction to liver detox (from lemon juice). The skin is the largest clearing organ of the body, so it makes some sense that if my body is trying to rid itself of toxins, the skin would be a likely outlet. (But could it not go out my arms, legs, or feet instead? Why my face? lol) I realize this is

    I have, for now, tried cutting back on the lemon – every other day, and less juice. I don’t want to give it up entirely, because detox is good! But slowing down is ok, if it avoids having a red, scaly face. I am still drinking matcha, but I stopped the cinnamon as it seemed to be a more likely culprit in a skin reaction. If I get the eczema to clear up, I’ll add back the cinnamon and see what happens.

    Any other thoughts or advice would be most welcome!

  31. SANDY says

    My 13 months old son has eczema, milk and tree nut allergies, and wheezes once or twice a month. The day he was born he had apnea attack and got Gentamiacin antibiotic therapy that day itself. Do you have any recommendation which can help in curing his illness.

  32. Dani Frederix says

    Hello everyone,

    I’ve had eczema for a long time now. These past two winters have been killer. I had to start doing my research. As all these are great suggestions and each one works differently for everyone. I’d like to let people know, using those methods coupled with the consscious effort to overcome the problem with the MIND & FEELING can help very much.

    I am a very spiritual person. I feel that diseas is something we can raise our vibration out of. There are some people who are able to get over cancer with this belief. I’d like to also mention during these past two winters I was very depressed. When I started becoming depressed, as I look back now, the eczema spread. When I worried it started to affect my eye lids.

    Diseas comes about when the soul is trying to tell us to be aware of something. For me it’s deep depression I believe. this is when I look at the things in my life that were causing the depression and watching my skin get worse as I went deeper. I’ve turned around now and can feel and see some difference. Overcoming skiness is very much a mental thing as well as going at it with different external solutions. External solutions work greater with internal determination and effort.

    Take care. Best of luck.


  33. Goldi says

    In Oct 2013 I developed some red marks near the corners of my eyes. I assumed I picked up ring worm or something from the pool since I use goggles. I went to the doc and was given antifungal cream. No Joy!

    Since then I had random spots here and there, my eyes still have not healed up completely. Probably for the last month I have been on these blogs trying to help myself. I have made a lot of changes. However, I gained some weight and on Monday my skin was a MESS! Shoulders, back, eye lids, neck, lower hair line, areas around my arm pits, lower part of my ribs front and back had raised red bumps and were very itchy. I have been putting ACV on them when they start itching again.

    Am I detoxing or something? This is really frustrating!!!! Any suggestions?

    • Janelle says

      Hi Goldi, I highly recommend juicing. I know its nothing new. When I tried this myself I got great results and people wanted to know what beauty and make-up products I was using!!! It was then, while training as a Beauty Therapist, that I realised that no product can achieve that natural healthy glow! Try juicing up kale, apple, cucumber, celery and carrot. (preferably organic). I find juicing greens like kale does wonders for skin imperfections. Drink it with pineapple or apple if you have difficulty drinking it. Not only does your skin benefit but you feel great energy wise and your mental clarity improves dramatically. You think a lot clearer. Go full tilt by drinking 3 litres throughout the day over 3 days at least or longer if you can. You also sleep much better not waking up groggy. Try.

      • Janelle says

        P.S Just let me clarify my suggestion… The vegetables I recommended, you don’t have to juice up all of them at once! Use a combination of 3 at a time. Like for example 2 veg + 1 fruit. Carrot usually is sweet enough to enable you to get the greens down. Go easy on fruits though. Vegetables are the key! All the best.

  34. Paula says

    Great post! I like that you addressed how to deal with it from the inside, with what you eat, and the outside. My husband was getting eczema and we were at the point of having to look for new soaps, but we’re excited to find an easier, cheaper solution with Norwex body cloths. Our whole family has just been using the cloths and water to wash for almost 3 years. It has been a great solution for us.

  35. Karen says


    Thanks for the post. Can you explain how you link your son’s exposure to antibiotics and steroids at birth to learning delays? Also, how old was your son when you tried GAPS and how bad were his skin problems?

    I was given antibiotics and steroids when I was pregnant due to PPROM at 30 weeks. The rest of pregnancy was fine and my daughter was born naturally. She does, however, have eczema. It’s not terrible, thought, and it doesn’t seem to itch or bother her. It typically appears on the cheeks and chin, and flares up noticeably if she eats highly acidic foods like tomatoes.

    She’s 2 now. She still breastfeeds but she also drinks cow’s milk. I’m wondering whether gut might be the underlying issue. Were you able to reintroduce dairy?


    • says

      We have been able to reintroduce dairy, especially raw. We started noticing things around age two. His skin wasn’t terrible, but would occasionally get really red and break out around his mouth, cheeks and chin and he would get digestive issues as well. From researching I realized that the particular drugs he received were linked to higher rates of digestive and behavior problems and figured GAPS was worth a try.

  36. Brooks says

    I’ve recently tried the sea spray. I have battled with eczema since I was a child. I had been prescribed steroids and ointments that had been harsh to my skin. I started developing uneven coloration. The sea spray has cleared my breakouts, and it doesn’t have a harsh effect on my skin. I’m so glad I found natural remedies, rather than expensive steroids.

  37. Ramlah says

    I tried the sea salt spray with magnesium infused with mint for scent and it burnt my skin. I persisted for a few days but my skin worsened and I stopped using it. I was surprised it didn’t work because bathing in the sea water on the African coast did help my eczema much but sadly this spray didn’t work for me. I will try other suggestions though. Thanks for the ideas.

  38. karl van tassel says

    I had horrible eczema. I looked like an “all over” burn victim. I would scratch myself till I bleed all over. I once went to the emergency room. I should have gone more than that. I never slept and I smelled like mold and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy and that’s a fact. Somehow I recovered till it was only on my hands but it itched like crazy and wouldn’t heal. I’ve had it spread on my whole body from that vantage point. Ok, here’s the one thing that worked. Nothing else did and I tried everything imaginable. That one thing is: cayenne pepper. It would burn like crazy but for me, to get rid of the itch, it was golden. AND – it encouraged skin cell regeneration. You would think it’s a bad idea but it works, it works, it works. You still have to work hard on practicing good health holistic wisdom.

  39. Melane says

    Goat milk is actually a natural remedy for eczema and other skin issues. You can actually purchase soap and lotion made with goat milk that will improve your skin immensely!

  40. Laurel says

    I’ve had eczema for the last four years. I’ve tried countless topical remedies, taking herbal blood cleansing pills, evening primrose oil, probiotics, cutting out dairy, etc and nothing helps at all. The only thing that seems to help a little is raw shea butter! Do you have any diet advice for us vegetarians? Because gelatin, cod liver oil, and bone both aren’t an option for me.

    • Danielle says

      I was wondering the same thing. Although if I knew for sure it would work, I might just make an exception… I have it on my face around my mouth and right eye and my hands. Only thing that’s worked for me so far is prednisone, which I don’t recommend for anyone. So I had pretty skin for a week, but the side effects were terrible!!!

  41. Nancy Kollman says

    I have suffered from eczema for years. I used to work in daycare, and I literally washed my hands hundreds of times a day. Ever since then my hands have just been open sores. It’s gross, painful, and embarassing. I’ve tried the steroid creams and pretty much every lotion out there. Then I was talking to a friend of mine one day and she told me about Melaleuca.com . They have an entire line of creams, body wash, and hand soap that is specially formulated for skin conditions such as eczema. They are all-natural, not very expensive, and it works! Just a thought…

  42. Sherri says

    My son had eczema when he was little and we fought it for over a year, back and forth to the doctor at least once a month to get a cream to put on it. Was a nightmare to deal with UNTIL we went to Florida for a family vacation and he went swimming in the ocean in all that salt water and within 2 days his eczema was completely GONE!!!!!! He had a break out a couple of months after we got back home so I mixed up some salt water (alot of table salt and warm water) and had him soak his hand (was on 2 fingers) in it twice a day for a week and he has never had a break out again, he is now 24 and still eczema free! I also worked with a guy who had eczema on his wrist and had been dealing with it for a while, had never gone to a doctor about it due to not having insurance and he had no idea it was eczema so I told him how I treated it with my son and he tried the same treatment and his was gone in a week, I told him if he started getting a flare up to do it again. That was 3 years ago and he hasn’t had a break out for 2 and a half years now. Cheap, easy and no need to go shopping because I bet you already have salt!

  43. Rebecca says

    I don’t know if this will help: my husband had it quite badly as a child. He went swimming in a polluted pond and the eczema got infected, he was treated with antibiotics and the eczema never returned since.

  44. Kels says

    This blog has a a lot pf great idea and recipes that I’d love to try. Thank you! One question though: Where can I purchase these ingredients?

  45. Adam says

    I had really bad eczema for 2-3 years on my legs it’s scared them the way I honestly cured it is sun and salt.

    I have just started t8 get it back on my legs and belly now =(

    But I went to holiday to Bulgaria spent alot of time the the sea and sun and it went.
    It’s just stated to come back my advice would be get it out in the sun and take salt baths

  46. Lase says

    I often used to get eczema on my eye lids as well – but use the Made from Earth Pure Aloe Treatment in the area! It really worked for me and several people I know. Its gentle enough to be put around the eyes – and no harsh chemicals. . .and no more eyelid eczema. super moisturizing and calming…

    • Sharon says

      Thank you so much! I have eczema on my eyelids and around my eyes and it has been an almost constant battle for a year. Neither the dermatologist nor allergist can really help, so I am trying to get some ideas myself. I have had 5 rounds of steroids. :( I am going to try the product you mentioned!

  47. Lisa says

    I read the entire blog and didn’t see the one thing that worked really well for me, so here goes…borage oil/or any oil blend w/borage oil taken internally. A tablespoon once a day. I moisturized from the inside out and was successful! And most importantly, itch free!

  48. Katie Loffredo says

    Horrible eczema on hands and on brows of face/eyelids, Have tried desonide oint and have tried rodan and fields soothe products and have gotten nowhere. I have tried antihistimines, hydrocortisone cream/oint. It looks terrible and is such a confidence killer…..Help

  49. Malihini says

    I’m glad your mineral salt baths are working well for you, but I would just like to pass on a bit of a warning about Himalayan salts… I am a burn nurse and we had a lady who was severely burned (due to a chemical reaction) when she sat in bath water that she added Epsom salts & Himalayan salts to. Please, readers, do not make the mistake of mixing these two together.

    On a lighter note, thanks for the tips on clearing up eczema- I have some on my hand that is very irritated by excessive hand washing & use of alcohol hand rubs (part of the job).

  50. Serena says

    A friend recommended Aveeno’s eczema cream for babies which is made with colloidal oatmeal and my eczema showed dramatic improvement in a few days, after it had been very bad for weeks on end!

  51. Sharon says

    Eczema runs in my family but I didn’t have it develop until I was pregnant. Since the doctor couldn’t give me a steroid cream at that time I had to find other ways to calm it. First and for many years was Penaten diaper cream. It would heal but the cream was still be visible the next day no matter how much I tried to rub it in. Then I found a zinc cream that sinks into the skin. Clayburn Comfort soaps is the business. Also found Hazlewood jewellry online. I know it sounds bizarre but it works for me and my sister. The necklace works for 3 months and the eczema returns and the necklace needs replacing. Or if I leave it off for a couple of days it returns but heals after I put it back on for 3 days. The one I get is from Quebec Canada but should be available at American retailers as well. Learned of it when my neighbour was looking at the baby necklaces for her baby Granddaughter’s severe teething diaper rash. It was calmed in about 10 hours and completely gone within a couple of days with the hazelwood. Will definitely try some of your recipes to calm flare ups when they do happen. Thanks!

  52. Laura says

    I have twin girls who were born at 36 weeks and were given all their vaccines until they were 2 before I heard anything about what vaccines can do to kids. They haven’t had many problems except foreir exzema whih is getting increasingly worse and I can’t figure out if they are allergic to anything. They had sensitivities to milk when they were infants and I’ve taken dairy out o their diet but it doesn’t seem to e helping. I haven’t been giving them their kefir smoothies or probiotic yogurt that I make and in wondering if I should start gicing it to them again? We also fr them probiotics but cheap ones so I’m going to order the ones you suggested. A friend too me she has had success with lavender essential oils but Im not sure yet if they are allergic to fragrances and dyes (I juststarted to clean their clothes with fragrance free detergent) the salt baths and salt spray seem to help one day and make it worse the next. I’m so confused! We can’t afford to go on the gaps diet right now. What are your top three suggestions for our situation?

  53. Elizabeth says

    Thank you for pointing out what so many people seem to miss–that dietary changes are the only way to cure eczema. I can’t tell you how many people have given me creams and topical treatments of every variety, thinking they were being helpful. Those things are just Band-Aids for the real issue.
    I am happy to report that removing grains and dairy from my diet, along with following a Standard Process supplement regimen, has reversed the painful eczema on my hands. I highly recommend Standard Process in the beginning of a treatment protocol to help the skin calm down. The supplements worked wonders for me.

  54. Jenny says

    After a long road of struggling with eczema in my ears all throughout childhood, teenage years, and through my 20’s, I, (at 35 years old) finally cured my eczema just by taking a zinc sulfate supplement!

    Recently eczema appeared on my face—on my lips!! I was terrified and didn’t know what I did wrong. I started making my own detergent, went on a restricted diet, used ACV, and the Seaspray posted above. These helped, but nothing totally got rid of it. I finally made the connection when I was researching how to get rid of my (reoccurring) yeast infections.

    Apparently, my vegetarian diet was copper toxic and zinc deficient (if interested, Google copper zinc imbalance.) Zinc deficiency/copper toxicity can cause eczema, yeast infections, fatigue, etc. Within 4 days of taking zinc, the eczema on my lips was totally gone! I must say that the bone broth recipe helped ALOT due to the high mineral content in which I was severely deficient due to my vegetarian diet.

    Here’s a link to read more about it http://www.progressivehealth.com/zinc-deficiency-and-eczema.htm

    I am currently copper detoxing (day 9) which is a roller coaster in of itself.

    Have a blessed day!

  55. pam says

    Ayurveda believes that milk, meat, processed food, sweets and cakes, heat from chillies, peppers etc, acidic/tangy/citrusy/sour food, and salt to be totally contraindicated for eczema. My personal experience has been that all/any meats, eggs, sugar, flour-based stuff, store bought foodstuff containing preservatives, sour food, butter and oil-intensive foods all worsen the condition. What I have discovered to provide instant relief is cucumber which is awesome in immediately reducing pain, burning, to some extent the itching, and the inflammation. If you can get yourself to eat copious quantities of the thing u ought to find there’s a reduction of symptoms and drying up of infections from ulcers and wounds from the itching. No salt, no dressing btw. Just plain peeled cucumber, one whole number at a time if you can or at least a half of one. A couple of slices throughout the day is also okay. Sugar is definitely the villain of the plot. Even fruits containing nat sugars worsen the condition. Salt compresses are great provided you dont cause wounds to ulcerate and become septic. They really do work in lessening the problem and then again they could cause them to get worse. U have to exercise the utmost care. Sans protein and dairy i have lost a considerable amt of weight and my condition remains largely unchanged. I really am considering calendula, hydrogen peroxide next. The salt dab i have already tried but due to bad timing or whatever it just ballooned the conditon. But the cucumber is a real relief-giver and ought to even lead to a cure with a little help from some other effective measure. It gives overall relief to sugar levels I think as well as promotes general health both of the whole body and facial skin. Anytime ur conditon flares up from something you ate (and be alert to this reaction) try eating a cucumber or two (once again sans salt or any dressing). The pain and irritation immediately subsides, and healing takes place. The weeping nature of wet eczema tends to reduce. I’m okay with rice drained of its starch, vegetables to some extent. Period. Beyond that there doesnt seem to be anything I can eat. Maybe my liver’s sounding the alarm or something.

  56. Kim Fahrni says

    My problem is on my scalp. I am struggling to find something I can use in my hair that will not make it greasy or smelly! HELP!

    • shay says

      My daughter has severe eczema we can’t get under control even with extensive food eliminations, but the one thing that has worked was fir her scalp eczema. We use Jason brand tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner, it healed the itchy scales and has never returned. If only we could figure out the rest.

  57. Kirsten says

    Thanks for the suggestions! My daughter has had eczema on her whole body for weeks. I have tried lots of different things but what seems to be working these past few days is dead sea salt baths. She won’t stay in for long (she’s only 11 months old) just about 10-15 minutes but I can see the difference in just 2 days. I’ve also been slathering her with coconut oil after her bath. Thanks again!!

      • Kirsten says

        Thank you! All her eczema has cleared but now she is left with terrible scars. Do you have any recommendations for what I should use to help? I’ve been putting coconut oil and vitamin E oil on her whole body at least once a day. It’s keeping her skin moisturized but I can’t tell if it’s helping with the scars. Thanks :)

    • Sidrah Kay says

      Hi Kirsten,
      Have you looked into homeopathy for eczema? Homeopathic treatment is holistic, safe for all ages, even babies, and has no side effects.

      • Kirsten says

        Hi Sidrah,

        I’ve used a few homeopathics over the years but I’m not familiar with which ones to use for eczema. Do you have any suggestions? As of now her eczema has cleared but she has full body scarring as a result of her previous severe case of eczema. Thanks!

        • Sidrah says

          One of the remedies indicated for scarring is Silica. Calc carb is a useful remedy for babies with eczema. Can you tell me a bit more about your daughter- is she thirsty? body temperature- does she tend to get hot or cold easily? does she prefer sweets/salty/sour, any foods she really loves, any perspiration during sleep? how is her temperament/nature? What did you notice about the eczema etc

          • Kirsten says

            Hi Sidrah,

            I just now saw your comment from January! Ok, so to answer your questions: my daughter is now 15 months old. She doesn’t seem abnormally thirsty during the daytime, although she does enjoy nursing all through the night! She is definitely more on the cold side for body temperature. She is a very picky eater and hardly eats…her favorite that I can always count on her eating is cheese! She does not sweat at all during sleep. She has a very strong and outgoing personality. She is generally happy but also very strong willed (or weak willed as the case may me :) Her eczema came on very suddenly, covered her whole body except for her face. It looked very angry and bright red and there were many sleepless nights! It lasted a few weeks and she has not had another episode like it, except she does still have a few rough patches. My main concern is that now her legs and arms have very noticeable lighter patches of skin. They are smooth, like regular skin, but splotchy and bleached looking. I’m really concerned with summer around the corner that any sun exposure will possibly make these splotches permanent. I would be interested in trying any alternative method. I’ve been using coconut oil/vitamin E oil and it is keeping her skin moisturized but it isn’t doing much for the lighter patches of skin. Thanks so much!!

  58. Belinda says

    I struggled with eczema from early childhood through college. Kids used to tease me saying that I had ‘alien landing sites’ on my forearms and that I was changing colors inside my elbows and behind the knees. I never scratched at it when I was awake, I did it in my sleep! I have made a few specific changes that have pretty much made my eczema disappear for the past 7-8 years, and I have received several comments on how beautiful my skin is now:

    – Use dye and fragrance-free laundry detergent and natural lavender dryer sheets.
    – Take an omega-3 supplement (smells like oranges, very delightful)
    – Use moisturizing body wash and Aveeno in-shower body oil at the end of my showers

    On top of these items, which I did specifically to remedy my eczema, I also quit drinking soda, drink plenty water and tea (no coffee), limit fried foods, use minimally toxic and organic makeup and lotions (which I don’t have to apply everyday anymore to remedy my eczema). Good luck everyone!

  59. Erin Pritchard says

    Ugg, eczema is the worst! I’ve had it all my life. My cat actually even has it! I know it’s not spreadable, but kind of weird…. I used to scratch my wrists so badly in grade school the teachers actually thought I was suicidal as I would often have bandages around my wrists to prevent the scratching on the thin skin. As an adult, it’s been hit or miss throughout my life. I’ve tried all the special lotions for eczema and the steroid creams from the doctor… nothing helped that much. A few years ago, I actually got it really bad around my eyes. It was so frustrating that even my doctor could not diagnose it, I actually had to Google it and discovered it was eye eczema! the creams the doctor gave me were too harsh for the sensitive eye skin, or had terrible side effects. I was at a total loss until I took a trip to Sephora (I had a coupon!). Someone on staff there also had eczema on her face, and she recommended First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Healing Cream, with collated oatmeal and other natural ingredients. What a life saver! So that is a great suggestion, although I soon discovered good old coconut oil works almost just as well, and is much more natural if you prefer that. Because of the weather change lately I’ve had it really bad on my legs. I actually woke up scratching them raw last night, my husband was horrified! And this was after I drowned them in calamine lotion before bed. I don’t like to use the FAB on larger parts of my body as it is spendy, but I am not sure why I never thought of trying coconut oil on my legs before reading this post, so thank you!! Changing your diet seems like a good suggestion, but growing up on a farm, my love of cheese and all things dairy runs WAY too deep to cut ties with.

  60. April says

    I came across this article while researching ways to treat eczema. And though the blog post is old, I can’t help but comment.

    There is a perfect reason to not follow random advice by non health care providers, and this is a perfect example.

    The GAPS diet has been making the rounds lately, but it is incredibly dangerous, filled with horrible advice and pseudo science.
    It should never be recommended for a child.

  61. Jane says

    Hi all – I know this thread is old but still wanted to give my two cents on this, since I actually cured my eczema about a year ago. Here’s a breakdown of what I did (and didn’t do):

    – wash all bedding with dermatologist-recommended bedding, and covered mattress and pillow with anti-dust casing
    -followed a pretty strict diet (oatmeal in the morning, protein/veggies for lunch, and protein/veggies for dinner)
    -stopped showering as much (I know, sounds gross but trust me!). Also started to only wash my face at night, and just splash with water in the morning
    -used as few products as possible – my mantra was that if the product isn’t appropriate to use on a baby, then I wouldn’t put it on my skin. Products used were neutrogena creamy face wash, cetaphil moisturizing cream, jojoba oil, and a mineral sunscreen

    -eat coconut oil/any other kind of supplement. I figured I could get my probiotics through foods like coconut yogurt and I really hated the idea of eating pure fat/oil
    -did not test too many products from Sephora. I found at the beginning of my eczema journey that even products labeled “hypoallergenic” or “for sensitive skin” actually made things a lot worse. Remember – if you wouldn’t put it on a baby, don’t put it on yourself!
    -did not take any medication recommended by a doctor or dermatologist

    I know this might not work for everyone, but it certainly helped me a lot so I wanted to share! Thanks for reading :)

  62. Kurmudjun says

    I had eczema/psoriasis all over my scalp. over my eyelids, in the crook of my elbows. The itch drove me crazy. I tried everything, from cider to oils, T tree oil, everythin. You name it, I used it. No results. Then, someone told me to stop using soap in the wash and on my body and I did. Within a few days my skin problems went completely away.
    What do I use for my clothes? I use pure baking soda and nothing else. The laundry comes out VERY clean, and smells nice. Apparently, people like me are affected by the fragrances in soaps and shampoos, and laundry detergents. On my body? NOTHING!!! I no longer wash my hair except for weddings, I just rinse it with hot water, and after about ten days, it looks shiny and healthy like you use shampoo. I also discovered that I do not even need deodorant. A week after I stopped using deodorants, I did not reek any more… and I go to the gym regularly. I have no idea why, but I suspect the oils of my skin and my beneficial bacteria have something to do with it. I am happy, comfortable, and look healthy and my skin looks great. Hope this helps!!!

  63. pam says

    Hello again. Eczema–weepy, severe eczema– like someone earlier said is a symptom; it’s as far as i know a reaction to the real cause of the disease, and this real cause could well be scabies. If so it needs a whole new regimen of treatment and I’m doubtful it works at all in the end. Invariably u reinfect yourself, and I understand, as if things weren’t bad enough that u suspected u had scabies, the brain zips into action and produces all those symptoms which we call eczema collectively, the minute u are reinfected, coz it’s by now a programmed reflex sort of. If it’s scabies, no oil-based treatment is likely to work, it’s more likely to make it worse i think. Herbal medications are a source of relief, but again not cure, tho u might be luckier. I blv my condition is, horrid tho it sounds probably–probably– due to the wretched critter. I cannot moisturize, etc. Salt works–worked really well actually but maybe i neglected to do it with care. You can try–fold a piece of clean cotton fabric eight times into a padding of sorts, immerse in some tepid not hot at all salted water (2 tsps to 4 glasses) and apply it as a compress. The water can be tap water or distilled water, up to your discretion. Keep doing this for a half hour twice a day, making sure the compress is dripping wet and only gently wrung. Pat dry. The salt absorbs the fluid, allows medication to get absorbed and you feel really good. If your condition hasn’t progressed to very severe inflammation and redness and unhealed lesions in which case you might even get septic from the salt, u’r good to get some positive results, even maybe get cured. Keep at it, and then some, until you feel it’s gone. Use Calamine lotion in between. Its a good idea to wash off the salt after some time to prevent irritation from the salt, and keep using the antihistamine, Having said all that it’s possible that maybe you ought to go the anti-scabies medication way. It comes with a whole bunch of measures you have to take around you in ur home as u probably already know.

  64. Derek says

    So, I’ve got some annoying eczema. I’ve been battling this issue for about 3 years. I haven’t had issue with this before until about two years in of working for a pizza place that requires you to wash your hands every time to make a pizza. So, basically hundreds of times a day. I’ve tried the strong steroid creams to rub/saturate/ bla bla bla to your hands. That stuff seemed to help but than noticed that it made my hands uncomfortable sensitive to warm or hot water. I’ve also tried mixing vinegar with water and spray that on my hands….that seemed to help a little but stung the snot out of me ( had to hide a couple of tears sometimes). And, now i’m trying a new lotion called cornhuskers lotion. The stuff stinks but seems to help just as much as everything else that I’ve experienced. I’m honestly getting really tired and frustrated with this issue. Any ideas?….im looking for something (if it even exists out there) that i can use to help my hands rapidly and be able to help my stay moist even after so much washing from work. And if anyone says “just find a new job”….that is something Im doing but also strungling with. Elk Grove/Sacramento, Ca is one of the worst places to find a decend part time job let alone a simple fulltime.

  65. Mei says

    My eczema comes and goes, but the past two years have been particularly bad, especially on my scalp. I can put tons of lotions and creams on my skin, but I can’t put that on my scalp. Is there anything anyone recommends for eczema in the scalp?

  66. Orlene says

    Hello, im excited to try pretty much all of these ideas. Ive had severe eczema since i was a baby, it has lessened a bit, now that I am older (21) that could be because i eat alot better and have slightly better control when it comes to scratching (slightly) but it does always comes back randomly.

    I have pretty bad scaring behind my knees and on my arms and was wondering if you knew natural ways to reduce them, i know these will not completely go away but a reduction would make me very happy.

    Also was wondering if you have noticed or if others have noticed that they have very short eyelashes and very sparse eyebrows. Mine seems to disappear whenever i get really bad patches on my face. However this could also be linked to my vitiligo. I have never thought of taking gelatin as a supplement maybe this will help improve this problem

    I found your blog randomly on google, will defo look around at the rest of it to see what other gems you may have


    p.s sorry for the novel ahaha

  67. cecilia says

    My son suffered from eczema all over his body at starting at the early age of 18 months. It was so sad, he itched everywhere. I took him to our local clinic and they told me it was most likely a STAPH infection so they were going to prescribe antibiotics. Of course I told them that was one of the stupidest things I have ever heard in my life and I would not be bringing my baby back to see them. I got a referral for a natural dermatologist who explained to me that all over eczema rashes like what my son had can be caused by one parent having asthma (Me) and the other parent having hayfever (My husband) and the two conditions can both be passed down to the child and show as a reaction in the skin. She recommended only twice weekly bathing and applying Safflower oil to his skin. Safflower oil is tatseless and odorless and absorbed quickly. Within a week and a half his rash was completely gone!! He is now almost six and now only gets seasonal rashes but when he does the safflower oil after his bath takes his rash away. I hope this can help some other Moms out there :)

  68. Anita Kingsberry says

    I have been suffering with many forms of skin problems. Eczema is my main problem at the moment. I would love to be able to make my own lotions and soaps but I live in a small town. I can’t afford to send away for this and that. I was wondering if any one makes it and would sell it to me?
    I do the changing of my diet but the making of lotions and soaps I cannot do. I can find some of the ingredients for the lotion but not all of them. Would it work if some of the ingredients were missing?
    Thank you for the information. All tips are well.

  69. Kalisa says

    Hi, I found your page searching for natural treatments for eczema. I stopped eating gluten more than 2 years ago and found that not only did my digestive problems go away, but so did my eczema. The problem is – as with any autoimmune disorder – the eczema comes back during times of high stress. I was surprised to read here about the gut-eczema connection. Really fascinating and makes SO MUCH sense in my case. Thanks for your work. I will try some of your suggestions.

  70. Charity says

    Hi I came across this page on my quest to find s cure for my girls’ eczema. I have a 2 year old who has been suffering from eczema since 3 months old. She usef to sleep with mittens as infant beacuse she would scratch all night long. We have been through so much remedies….from aveeno eczema products to coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, evening primrose to the prescribed steriods. Nothing has helped. I used to give her cod liver oil buy stopped as it turned out she is allergic to fresh/salt water fishes…how common is fish allergy? Peanut allergy too. Her skin is extremely dry and scaly, very discoloured from the inflammation and scratching. I had eliminated dairy from her diet since birth…i just recently added it to her almost natural organic food regime. I say almost because occasionally she would have what my husband and I are having. She was breast fed.

    And now my 4 months old who is also breastfed has developed eczema. I haven’t bothered taken her to the GP nor the dermatologist since I felt it was a waste with my oldest. Am revisiting the coconut and shea treatment option again. It does not seem to work. What am I doing wrong as a mother who is nursing? And what dietary changes can I make to help my children rid off eczema?

    I love love your site.

  71. Alexandria says

    Hey, I’m an teenager, 15 to be exact, and I absolutely hate eczema!!! I live in Anniston, Alabama…… I’ve tried just about everything. From steroid shots, to oatmeal baths, to vitamins…. I just don’t know what to do! I have eczema on my face, around my neck, my arm pits, behind my knee, on my thighs……. mostly EVERYWHERE… It’s HORRIBLE on my face and around my neck. I use Centaphil soap and Tea Tree Oil and Tea Tree Lotion but nothing seems to works for me! I’ve went days without eating but I’ve still been very very very itchy. My main problem is the itchiness. I’ve even cut my nails but I still have little whips on me. My eczema also burns a lot, and is very soar. I, myself, always stress a lot and I know that flairs it up :( I try not to be depressed or stressed out but eczema is ruining my life!!! Everything the doctors have prescribed haven’t worked,,, Maybe I should try another doctor or something but I just wanna give up! I think/know if I don’t find SOMETHING that at least half way make my eczema better…….. This’ll drive me to death…..! So may someone PLEASE give me some ideas… May you recommend me to some dermatologist around my area?! I;m literately begging you……… I’m an young lady I don’t think I should have to go through this! I mean I know there is something out there for me… I just need yal’s help… May You Please Help……?

    • maria roth says

      Alexandria, check Eczema diet book by Karen Fischer. It’ll help you and clear your problem. Eliminate all the cause of it like gluten, dairy, corn sugar etc. everything you need to know in the book. Hope this help.

  72. pam says

    Alexandria, Charity, please do cut/ reduce sugar from your diet, as well as all meat and fish and dairy products and excessive fat-based food. You need to reduce nuts too as well as spicy and deep fried stuff. Do add cucumber, raw, sans salt or dressing of any sort to your diet, about one or two whole ones everyday. It will provide relief and promotes healing to some extent. Juice it in an ultra clean juicer and drink the juice if you’re not able to eat it. For the baby maybe a little palm sugar could be added. Do avoid using packed, canned products high in preservatives, snacks, savories, sweets. Fruits too are not all advisable except watermelon, pears, moderate quantities of bananas. Do apply aloe vera gel in its natural form if available or the best nearest option of aloe vera preparations for relief. Go for organic if you can as far as possible. Semolina, wild rice or unpolished rice, seem to be agreeable. Arrowroot as long as its natural seems to be ok too. Do please consult a doctor first and foremost to check out for a professional opinion.

  73. Jas says

    Hi there … I just came across this blog and wanted to briefly share my story. My son has had eczema since he was 1, he is 9 now. Last summer I was in England and by luck met a lady who makes and sells an eczema cream. I was skeptical, as I usually am, but for some reason decided to try it. I’m so glad I did. The cream is made of natural high grade ingredients – shea butter, coconut oil, sea chalk, rooibos tea and more. It has been 5 months since I have been using this cream on my son. Within the first 7 days, his eczema mostly cleared up. Within 2 weeks it had cleared in his stubborn areas. I could not be happier that he is no longer using the steroid creams. My fingers are crossed that this will continue! I have passed this on to a few friends who were also struggling and it has made an improvement.

  74. Phyllis says

    Thanks for all the info. I recently starting having problems with a red rash . on my faceand I just turnedc60 years old. Primarily cheeks and forehead but also nose and chin. I have been to two dermatologists but the antibiotics, steroids and creams and gels seem to have little or no effect. I believe a change in diet is the key and I started using the ACV solution today. Our son gets married in 3 weeks and I pray that my skin will be presentable by then. Thanks again for the site and the help you provide.

  75. Carisa says


    My 5 year old suffers from Eczema. it usually pops up on her back and tops of hands but recently it’s come up on her face. It took a visit to the dermatologist to actually determine what it was because it doesn’t look like it does on other parts of her body. We were given a prescription cream to use for a week but it hasn’t showed any improvement, in fact, I think it looks worse. This is after 2 months of dr visits. I do not want to put any more chemicals on my baby’s face. Can you please suggest a natural oil or paste that might help us?
    Thank you!

    • Amy Duong says

      Hi Carisa,

      So sorry to hear about your child. I too had chronic eczema as a child and there were sleepless nights for my mom and hiding my skin in long-sleeve shirts all through school. I believe your child has a combination of food allergies and overall toxic burden on the liver to detoxify and so the body is eliminating through the skin as eczema. It is a multi-faceted condition.

    • La-Tasha says

      My son is 9 mos old and we have been battling eczema since he was 2 mos old. Like most of you, we’ve seen countless dermatologists, pediatric dermatologists and allergists. The treatment plan is consistent: steroids, aquaphor/vaseline, bathe everyday, baby zyrtec and hydroxizine for itching. We did not get much relief from this plan and the constant use of meds bothered me. There had to be a better way!

      About 1 month ago we started our own plan which includes:
      – Bathe every 2-3 days
      – no aquaphor/vaseline, instead use my own lotion
      – homeade lotion = shea butter, coconut oil, calendula oil, olive oil, vit e oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, jojoba oil
      – green pastures fermented cod liver oil (.5 ml daily)
      – removed all wheat and oat products
      – infant probiotics 3xdaily

      It takes a while to change the system. We DID NOT see immediate results, it took about two weeks, but now we are med free and my sweet boy finally has the soft skin babies are supposed to have!!

  76. Danny says

    Although I’ve had eczema my whole life (29-ish years!) I only started getting serious about overcoming it last year. I really want to do it without Steroid Creams.
    I’ve checked out and used your website SO MANY TIMES (and will continue to do so!)

  77. Maria says

    Absolutely LOVE reading your blogs, loaded with great info! I just want to caution those running out to get Coconut Oil to try it on the inside of their arm first before slathering it all over. I didn’t do that because I have never been allergic to anything…ever, or so I thought. Soon after using it, I developed what i thought was a head cold with lots of congestion, but never a fever. Then my eyes blew up and become all red and scaly. After a lot of research I found that an allergy to coconut oil will create congestion as well as contact dermatitis, which my Dr. then confirmed. So, here I am, slabbing more oil onto my face each day thinking that the dermatitis was from something else. I was using raw, cold pressed, vegan, organic coconut oil. With the help of Aloe from my plant in combination with extra virgin olive oil, my condition is finally on the mend. My research had also led me to the discovery about all the toxins in our everyday makeup and lotions that are also a huge contributor to many skin problems AND health problems. Some that are actually carcinogenic! I found a wonderful site that is on a mission to try and force beauty companies to change this. I am not affiliated with them in any form. I just feel its important to spread the word and start taking control of our health. SafeCosmetics.org. gives lists you can print out on all the ingredients in beauty products to steer clear of.
    Good luck and stay healthy!

  78. Sandra Martin says

    Hi there. I’ve come across this research article that shows the antimicrobial, blood purifying and rehydrating properties of Manjishtha / Rubia cordifolia and its use in treating Eczema (Pg.3). Being a patient I do a lot of research online since there is no direct cure for this disease. I have taken a break from my allopathic medication which has side effects and opted for Skin H 30 and Sangpure Tablets. The former for relieving itchiness, crust formation and fissures on my palms and the latter as an immune booster, anti-inflammatory agent and blood purifier. They seem promising and I am looking forward to the results.


  79. Kristine Manley says

    I’ve had eczema since birth, but my parents were not ones that pursued finding out the cause. It would come and go. As I got older it seemed to stick around longer. I got really fed up with it when my face broke out – itchy cheeks and puffy eyes which kept me home from work for a week. The eczema cleared up when I began to fast, but came back when I began to eat regular. Someone told me about not eating “white” foods, so I tried it, and low and behold, the eczema began to disappear. I now juice, make green smoothies, along with using VCO, probiotics, and put Epsom salt in my baths. I’m not completely over the eczema, but will fight it every step of the way.I do have scars on my legs, and don’t like wearing skirts. Katie, thank you so very much for this post, and I will try some of these remedies.

    • Kicki says

      If you have eczema and haven’t tested for gluten intolerance, now is the time. Artificial flavoring can also cause eczema. Gluten can also give you other skin problems, such as rosasea and psoriasis. Most reliable test is a stool test (www.enterolab.com). Blood test don’t always show you have gluten intolerance even if you do. And you have to be gluten free for 6 months to a year to get rid of all the gluten in your body.

  80. Callie says

    I am Functional medicine doctor who also has daughter with eczema. Im just curious what your DR recomended?

    • Majaliwa Bass says

      My doctor recommended a steroid cream. It was very disappointing :-(. I even asked for natural options to treat it and he drew a blank.

  81. Jacqueline says

    Desperate for advice for my 6 month old breastfeeding baby with saviere ezesma on his cheeks. I need some one to talk to.

    • Majaliwa Bass says

      I’m not a dr so I can only tell you what worked my son. Here’s what I did:
      – cut all dairy out of my diet (I was nursing)
      – gave a bleach bath once a week until the really bad oozing sores cleared up (I started out using Apple cider vinegar but it stung too bad)
      – applied Pooters Skin Therapy twice a day (in the morning and after a bath)
      – bathed him in a very gentle soap (I used Dr. Bronners Baby Mild soap)

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