7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Seven Natural Remedies for Eczema

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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 with Eczema

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.

How to Get Rid of Eczema

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. 🙂

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.

Helpful Eczema Resource

I vividly remember how terrible it was to watch my son suffer through his eczema and I know the pain of not being able to take away the pain/itching a child experiences. The book The Eczema Cure is a very thorough resource and provides answers when it feels like you’ve tried everything else. Use the code WMAMA20 at this link for 20% off.

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

Eczema can be unbearable, especially for children. Diet is important but these natural remedies can help get rid of it once and for all!

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  1. 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).

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

      • 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.

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

        • Have you tried b vitamins? I dealt with eczema all my life and in the last year had a severe breakout. My mom in law gave me b vitamins for stress, but it has significantky improved my eczema all over my body! I very much encourage it!!

          • Hi, my name is Victoria too. Which type of Vitamin B did you use? And how long before you felt its effects?

          • This is Peter from China and am also suffering eczema .It usually break out on my thigh in April and last for one month. Right now the remedy I found by myself is that soak the area of eczema in the cold water to relieve itching or moisten the towel with cold water and apply it to eczema area and also apply dexamethasone acetate gel/paste after it’s dry . Hope this will help.

          • Vitamin B how many milligrams. .I have eczema on my arms it feels like needles and pins sticking into my skin . I hate it so much agony.

          • Will try it. Thanks my elbows are rashing bad

        • I’m nursing as well and for some reason, once I became pregnant, I suddenly started to struggle with eczema (I ever had it before). I have tried a few different things, but the thing that seemed to work the best for me topically was 100% pure lavender essential oil. I apply it “neat” to the area and let it soak in. I use a very good brand of oil so I would assume that has something to do with the effectiveness. In three uses, the eczema has pretty much completely cleared up.

    • 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 😉

      • How did you get rid of your SIBO? Sometimes I think I may have that

    • 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 🙂

      • hi guys , i had eczema also but it disappeared when i used a cream called “diprosalic” .use it,it works

        • Where do you get this cream from? We are desperate to get SOMETHING that actually works. My sons hands are a mess 🙁 He is 19 years old and this bloody eczema is a nightmare!

          • Do you not use Hydrocortisone or other steroid creams! It will thin the skin and it’s not a permanent solution, i learnt hard way 🙁

          • Have you tried b vitamins?

          • Please try Castile soap. Peppermint w hemp oil saved my skin Donner Brothers makes it I found mine at Target A few drops on a loofa and lightly rub on affected area. Mine cleared up within a month good luck

          • It breaks my heart to read some of these posts, I have had eczema for two years now, just on my face like around my nose, very itchy, annoying, and I recently started having digestive issues, I was fed up with it, although I’ve always ate pretty healthy evidently not healthy enough, I started incorporating lots and lots of veggies in my breakfast, in fact, most of my meals have a huge variation of veggies(spinach, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli etc) hardly use any cheese anymore, stopped eating red meat(was eating it every week) and every two days I make my own scrub with coconut oil and Pink Himalayan salt and I can’t believe that it’s actually going away, my skin has not been this good in 2 years, I really hope it stays that way! Hope this helps someone.

          • Try petroleum jelly with all natural white cotton gloves overnight. I suffer from severe hand eczema…steroid pills and creams, ointments etc only clear it for a short time. Once I discovered that just using vaseline or a mixture of petroleum jelly and coconut oil overnight cleared it I don’t use anything else! As soon as my hands start to feel like they will break out I use it at night and have no problems! I live in the northeast where my eczema would get horrible over the cold dry winters…no more!


      • me too 🙁
        i really want to get rid eczema..now it attacking my face :'(

        • I know right??? It has spread ALLLLLLLLLL around my mouth and it looks horrible and can’t even cover up with makeup

          • hi guys , i had eczema also but it disappeared when i used a cream called “diprosalic” .use it,it works

          • I had perioral dermatitis all around my mouth for a few years. It was starting to spread to around me eyes. Depressed, I tried everything, allergen diets, probiotics, candida protocol, etc. Finally got rid of all the skin/hair products with anything allergenic and it worked perfectly. If I use someone elses shampoo or toothpaste just once, I get the bumps back again. No SLS parabens,etc…

          • Both my daughters have this -diagnosed by a dermatologist – they both prescribed oracea & it cleared up nicely & hasn’t been back – but, it could come back. do not use cortisone creams, they might sooth it at first, but actually make it worse in the long run. (i saw your comment when i was researching eczema for my hands). Hope things are better for you!

        • I have eczema on my arms and on my face x it’s annoying help me please

          • Hello
            Sorry you are suffering with eczema. I get eczema on my face, from 2 things, one is chewing gum, and the other from eatting shrimp or ANY shell fish. My go to solution is castor oil, it clears up in 2 or 3 days.

        • Hello
          Sorry you are suffering with eczema. I get eczema on my face, from 2 things, one is chewing gum, and the other from eatting shrimp or ANY shell fish. My go to solution is castor oil, it clears up in 2 or 3 days.

      • My 4 month old son had eczema on his face i used coconut oil 4/5 in a day and his face is clean now.
        Day before I used it his face was red and skin was very rough.

        • Hi,
          My 4 month old now has very bad eczema on his cheeks too! How long before you saw improvement with the coconut oil?
          I’m using steroids to keep the weeping and inflammation from getting worse!

    • I developed eczema on my leg The dermatologist gave me a steroid cream which did help w the itching and bumps but as soon as it would clear up, it came right back for 2 years. Then I read online to try Castile soap which is old school so I figured I’d give it a shot Much to my surprise less than a month of using it on a loofah my rash stopped. No more itching No more bumps NO steroid cream Please give this a try if you haven’t Target sells the soap so I bet most places do too (walmart) I am able to wear shorts again Yay!

      • my dermatologist been giving me steroid cream and some pills to eat,i stop taking the pills and i want to stop use steroid cream too because im afraid it will give long term effects..i wish my country have Target/Wallmart i will definitely look for that kind of soap 🙁

        • I believe it is an old american company that makes this product. Dr Bonners is the brand name You can order online I hope you can and it helps you!

        • The Costco where we live has it. If your’s doesn’t, perhaps you can ask them, and get others to ask for it also.

    • Take it from me, you cannot get rid of ECZIMA, but you can control it. Try this; you will be amazed what difference this makes. Grind fresh `Turmeric` well, mix it with good quality preferably Virgin coconut oil into paste form and apply it twice a day. Keep it on for at least two hours and wash it off with lukewarm water. Never ever use soap on the affected parts. Keep doing this ; do not stop it even when you find your eczema looks healed.

      • Hi George,
        Im wondering, have you looked to see if there is any black mold in the house. It could be hidden in a ceiling where there may have been a leak, in a wall, around a window? Given that everyone in the house has something going on with them…most symptoms of black mold start out resembling a skin and/or lung allegies and we all chock it up to it being seasonal. Take a look online there’s a huge amount of info on the severe health risks of black mold.
        Hope the info helps! : )

      • You CAN get rid of eczema. It is an allergy. My son had it so bad, that we actually had to put him in a warm bath in the mornings just to peel his legs apart, as he itched all night, bled, and back of his legs got stuck in a fetal position. We went to an allergist, he got 2 shots every week for a year. He is now 18, eczema FREE ever since he finished his shots. He can finally go in the ocean, and not cry in pain !!

        • Hi Julie,
          could you please advise me what was the shots name. My son is 1 year old and has been suffering since he was 4 months nothing is working and your help would be highly appreciated.

        • Could you please tell me the name of the shots? I’ve been battling with my baby’s eczema for a while and nothing has worked.

        • What was the shots called need help please and thank you

          • You go to an allergist and they will test your son and make the shots specifically for him.
            THEY HELP!

    • I use myrrh and lavender on my 6 year old for his eczema and within days its gone!!

      • Hi,
        My 6 year old son suffers from eczema. May I have your recipe. I’d much rather go the all natural route.

        • Hi Dee,

          This is what I use:
          In a glass bottle of about 15 mils of coconut oil (1/2 an ounce) ; 8 to 10 drops of lavender EO, 5-6 drops of frankincense EO and 5-6 drops of myrrh EO . I let the blend rest overnight and then begin use the next day. Use it about 2-3 times a day and the rest of the time just use plain coconut oil to keep your hands moisturized.
          Sometimes I also use a blend of coconut and avocado oils at night since avocado is such a heavy, moisturizing oil.
          But before using these essential oils please do a patch test–a couple of drops on your inner elbow. I once used heavily diluted carrot seed essential oil and broke out with a bad rash. Since eczema is essentially an allergic reaction, you do need to make sure what you use isn’t exacerbating it. Of course, like some others have mentioned, you need to look at other factors like diet and food allergies as well.

          I hope this helps somewhat. There are also some great resources online for other essential oil blends for eczema which you could look at.

        • Hi…i suffer frm eczema on my feet.bn Dr,he gave me tabs + a tube 2 apply.it gt well 4 a while n dn came back even worse.itches like crazy.i have bn kpn it unda control wth petroleum jelly n put cotton wool n dn socks over it….bt noticd da liquid dat oozes frm it is gettn septic,any1 else ever experiencd a similar situ???

    • If you’re bloating after eating protein or salad, you may need digestive enzymes. Intenzyme forte by Biotics is fab, take 4 of them before a meal and see how you go. You may also not be producing enough HCL so you may need a betaine supplement. Find a functional medicine practitioner (Google institute of functional medicine) who can arrange for stool tests (to test for candida, parasites, bacterial infections) and a cortisol saliva test to screen for HCL, sIgA, and this will help you understand what is going on. They use special labs (Genova Diagnostics or Cyrex) which do very specific in depth tests.

    • The only way to get rid of eczema is to detox. Probiotics, amino acid, bone broth, gut healing foods can only help heal the gut and get rid of food allergies but they don’t get rid of the inflammation inside your body. The root of eczema problem is over indulge in inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten, seafood, tropical fruits, coffee, red meat. These foods cause inflammatory inside the body and also damages your gut leading to the development of eczema and food allergies. So eating gut healing foods is not enough. One must also detox using anti-inflammatory herbs. The best way is to find an acupuncturist that’s specialize in skin conditions and get some herbs to put on the fire inside the body and also get acupuncture to clear up your blocked channels. Only acupuncture and herbs can correct the imbalance inside the body that lead to eczema and allergies. Eczema runs in my family and the only thing that truly works is herbs and acupuncture. Good luck.

  2. 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!

    • 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.

      • hi! may i ask how to use this?, i’m interested with this, been suffering from eczema for a long time. thank you.

      • can it be use on face?

      • I just made and used the sugar scrub (with granulated white sugar) and I can’t believe the difference! I have terrible eczema on my hands that’s very itchy and can be painful. The sugar scrub removed all the dry skin and left my hands feeling soft. I really can’t believe the difference after just one use! Thank you so much! The relief is wonderful!

      • Great tips! Be careful with citrus oils in the sun though. They can intensify the uv exposure and contribute to sun damage…

  3. 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 :-/

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • My dermatologist said the same thing. For me, eczema cleared up instantly when I gave up dairy. I had suffered for 7 years when I finally stumbled across this solution.

  4. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • Soaking a child’s skin in chlorine (bleach) water is not a good idea, since it would kill much of the good bacteria on the skin (same principle as why antibiotics cause harm as well as good). Beneficial bacteria is a significant part of the body’s immune defenses – you don’t want to compromise that. Bleach is also very harsh on already irritated, raw skin.

        • Bleach sounds insane but I have a skin condition and it help it. I take a bath with a couple capfuls, Chlorine is bleach and we swim in it so….

    • try Castile soap and a loofah cleared mine up within a month

      • Please describe in detail the step-by-step of using Castile soap and a loofah to clear eczema. Thanks much.

        • It was very surprising and simple. I bought the Castile soap at Target, peppermint w/ hemp oil, added a few drops to a loofah while showering and lightly rubbed the affected area. I applied it almost everyday I took a shower for a month. That was in April of 2015 and by end of May, the eczema symptoms were gone. I was afraid I would have to wear pants during the summer because the location is on my shin and it was ugly. But all I have now is the skin is slightly darker at the affected area but no itching, no bumps or bleeding. I use the Castile soap all over my body now, with the loofah. If I develop dry areas, I rub that area a little more and it goes away.
          The soap have over a hundred uses. Dr Bonner’s brand I am so thankful for this easy remedy

          • Hi Thersa,

            I am suffering from severe eczema throughout my body for over half a year now. I’ve been testing out Dr. Bronner’s castile lavender soap for over a week? My skin has definitely become softer after using this soap. I use this soap in the morning when I shower, but by the end of the day, I get itchy again & flares. Do you have any recommendations for throughout the day? Do you use any special detergents?
            Also, have you tried anything to clear up the dark spots/scars from scratching?

            Thank you!!

          • I use the peppermint with hemp oil Castile soap. I don’t know if that makes a difference I have sensitive skin I only can use Era as my laundry detergent my brown scar or stain that was left has almost disappeared. Maybe you should go back and get a bottle of the peppermint Good luck I know how awful it is

  5. 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. 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. 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. 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! 🙂

    • 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. 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!

    • 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!

      • I think my allergy shots have caused my eczema to be severe

    • HI,
      Im Functional medicine doctor who also has daughter with eczema. Im just curious what your DR recomended?

    • 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.

    • What worked for you? Sounds like your excema was so severe. I just have it on my hands and it is such a drag!

      • After, trying many different lotions for the symptoms of eczema I found the source. It had to do with intestinal tract and liver. I found that coffee enemas worked brilliantly. It also rid me of an itchy scalp and dandruff.


  10. 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!

    • 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!

      • I am interested to know about this lotion bar as hopefully it will clear my daughter’s eczema.

  11. 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. 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. 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!

    • Thanks to you, Katie. It was your site that gave me all the recipes and ideas and helped me heal myself!! Thank you!!

  14. 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. 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. 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. Pure chimp super cream really helped me. Also reducing stress, exercising & eating healthily 🙂

  18. 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?

    • Maybe being vegan is part of the problem.

  19. 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.


  20. 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.

    • I beleive you are right,,, ive been treating mine now with those creams, and its the best results ive seen in a long time

      • I’m so new to all this. Can you suggest a specific brand or two?

    • The steps mentioned in this article will cure a candida overgrowth.

  21. 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.

  22. 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:-)

  23. 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!

    • 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!

    • Hi Hannah and Elizabeth! I know this is an old post, but I had to weigh in on what I found! Six weeks ago I opened a vacuum bag to search for a piece of jewelry that was sucked into it. Bad move, the bag was overloaded to the point that picking it up and opening it, caused a mini explosion, which went everywhere. Despite that I wore goggles and gloves, two days later, I developed a horrible rash around my eyes that looked like a red raccoon mask, my eye lids were swollen as was under my eyes and it was itchy! The doctor wasn’t a help as he stated it was contact dermatitis and prescribed a cream and antihistamine. The cream stated, not to be used by the eye, so I threw it out, and Zertec has over numerous complaints from clients for horrible side effects. I came to this sight and tried EVERYTHING! Finally in my research, I found articles on the microscopic eye mite or the professional term, Dermodex. Everyone has mites, it’s when they become over populated that the problems begin. Dust “bunnies” are not cute little creatures, but in fact tiny parasitic mites that live in and around the hair follicles! I had all the symptoms, and no manner of medicine or prescribed cream or diet change, would make them go away. In my quest to know more, I inadvertently stumbled upon a video on YouTube, by an Ophthalmologist on Dermodex. It was a video for other Ophthalmologists so that they can be better informed. Many clients go in thinking its eczema or another form of contact dermatitis, when in fact its Dermodex. I was lucky and only had to suffer for 6 weeks before I could finally put make up on without set backs. At the time of this entry, I’ve been clear and free for a week! Although the Ophthalmologist talks about the product that they use, it comes down to Tea Tree Oil mixed in equal parts with another oil (Not water, water and oil don’t mix) I used Emu oil, but you can also use Olive Oil or almond oil. The procedure is fairly simple. I mixed 6 drops of Tea tree with 6 drops of Emu in a small container. Then wet the tip of a Qtip with this mixed solution,being careful to squeeze the excess out by pressing it firmly to the side of the container your using. Swipe it across your eyebrows first, then KEEPING YOUR EYES CLOSED, dab all along the eye lash line for both upper and lower. You will feel a sensation that I can only describe as icy hot.
      Lay or sit down with eyes closed for 10 minutes. You may want to prepare something to listen to before you begin, or set a timer. After the 10minutes is up, gently wash it off with baby shampoo, or some other shampoo that has no parabens. Once the soap was gone, I would cup water in my hands and bring my head down to submerge my eyes, while I open and closed them rapidly to make sure all was clean. Tea tree oil is very drying! So I used a pure 100% vitamin E oil immediately following. I did this procedure at first, 2x a day, then when it cleared up, only once in the evening. VERY IMPORTANT: Do not discontinue doing at the first sign of it clearing up, as two days later, the eggs that were laid will hatch. You should keep this up for at least 7-10days after all signs are gone. However, if you aren’t the type to do it by yourself, you should contact an Ophthalmologist and and ask them if they have experience treating Dermodex. For more info you can try this copying and pasting this link:

      I really hope this will help you!

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

    • I’m a young girl with unbearable oozing, itching, sore, red eczema. all these steroid tablets and creams worsen it. I am oil pulling and drinking yakult with a water plenty diet. I usually cry because I understand it is a disease I cannot cure but reading these comments have provided me with a sense of reassurance. I REALLY want to grow out of it. any advice? I cant access half the things recommended on this page (I live in the uk). I always wear pure, clean cotton and sleep in cotton sheets. my mum has also started using non-bio detergent. I was hospitilized because of how my skin worsened and I know now not to trust the NHS all the time. how do I get rid of black mould from my household. I really want to get rid of it with home remedies. I’m a pretty sick child with a long list of medical ailments. Any advice??

      • Try the Bone broth recipe from this website. It worked for me very quickly.

      • Also sea salt spray and avoiding nightshades in conjunction with the with the bone broth.

      • Hi. I’m finally weighing in on this issue after having been through the works with my now 19 month old daughter who suffered from severe eczema. Although this site focuses on more natural remedies, severe eczema is not something that can be “cured” with bone broth and coconut oil. At least not in our experience. The key for us been finding the correct dermatologist who is knowledgeable on all current and different ways of successfully treating eczema. There is a doctor in the UK named Dr. Aron and he developed a cream that mixes a topical antibiotic and topical steroid in a vanicream base that has to be specially measured and prepared at a pharmacy based on the patient’s size, age, etc. Using this cream along with regular bleach baths and specific moisturizers (oils and what my derm called pink magic cream) completely changed my daughter’s skin and finally got rid of the eczema with almost no recurrence. I agree with everyone here that a typical steroid cream and nightly doses of Benedryl are NOT decent or even recommended forms of treatment. Which is what the vast majority of dermatologists will recommend. However, if you truly suffer from the severe eczema you are describing, you need to see a dermatologist like the Dr. Aron in the UK. We know more about eczema than ever before. They’ve discovered that people with eczema have an overload of bacteria on their skin related to staph (hence the necessity for bleach baths in the beginning to get rid of this bacteria). This is also the reason why a topical antibiotic is essential to complete recovery and why a steroid cream alone does not provide any long term relief. A regular steroid cream is like putting a band aid over the problem, not actually addressing the real problem of bacteria on the skin. I always thought eczema was an external manifestation of an internal problem and while there is some truth to that, I’ve realized it’s not the reality of the whole situation. For my daughter she certainly has allergic components that affect or trigger her eczema. These are related to grass, pollen, the beach, hay fever, etc. I’ve never found a direct correlation to certain foods but I’m sure many people do indeed have food triggers. I put my family and myself through much unneeded stress freaking out about certain foods that I felt must be causing her eczema (especially because of what I had read on homeopathic related blogs like this one). Without doing any diet changes or any changes at all really we were able to effectively “cure” my daughters eczema with the protocol of the special cream and bleach baths over a two week period that I described above. We never would have had this success without the help of our very knowledgeable and up to date dermatologist, as well as modern medicine. My suggestion to you especially since you live in the UK would be to make phone calls to your local dermatologists and ask if they have experience treating eczema and if they are aware of Dr. Aron’s protocol of using a topical antibiotic mixed with a steroid and bleach baths to treat it. The best of luck to you and I truly feel for you having to endure such a painful condition for so long. I hope you find the right Doctor that can provide you with the relief you deserve! We hope that the medical community will hurry up and make these treatments more widely known and accessible to everyone as well. Xx- Lindsey

        • Sorry but I have to disagree with your opinion, and YES, I cured my severe eczema I had on my face with bone broth, sea salt spray, and avoiding nightshades. In my experience, thsee natural cures worked for me. If you want to see a doctor, go ahead, no one is stopping you and you are entitled to your opinion. But don’t poo poo everyone else’s great experiences with natural cures, just because you have a doctor to tout.

          • My apology for being so insensitive to you since obviously your feelings were hurt. I would certainly not “poo poo” anyone on purpose! I would never judge anyone or their lifestyle choices or personal beliefs. Life is hard enough without the Debbie downers and negative Nellys out to get everyone. People should be informed patients and question their doctors and medical care. Get second or third or fourth opinions. However, to declare all of modern medicine and every doctor out there a quack who just wants to profit off of your illness is irresponsible and down right ignorant. This young girl was saying she’s tried it all. Tried all of the homeopathic remedies and wives tales listed on every outlet she can find and nothing is working. I simply feel as a responsible adult and mother that it IS my responsibility to point her in a direction that could change her life. It certainly did just that for my daughter and family. For the record, I enjoy more than my fair share of bone broth AND coconut oil AND homeopathic remedies in daily life. On several occasions I’ve used essential oils to treat various infections that would have otherwise required significant antibiotic usage. I’m no stranger to these things. However, eczema is not celiac disease or diabetes. What triggers your eczema is not what triggers everyone else’s. People deserve to have hope and a normal life, which severe eczema sufferers do not have (as you should very well know)! At least give them that.

  26. 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.

  27. 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 ?)

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

    • I also suffer from eczema, historically on my hands and inside ears. In recent years, it has predominantly affected the back of my scalp. Unfortunately, cream and gel remedies (prescription or non-) do not work well in that area due to hair, but instead result in a moist, never-drying, itchy mess! I have been tested for both celiac disease and allergies, and my eczema is not due to either. I totally AGREE with the raw organic apple cider vinegar– the only thing I have found to work. Both heals the oozing sores when/if they get to that stage, and IMMEDIATELY stops the itching during the healing process. My only problem is the extremely pungent SMELL — I can’t use in the mornings before I go to work, can only use at night before bed. Has anyone tried the salt spray referenced in the article on scalp eczema?? Results? Or anyone have any other recommendations for a liquid, drying remedy that can effectively be used on the scalp? Thanks!

      • I have had severe eczema on my face for over 15 years. I tried many doctor’s prescriptions only to find that I quickly sensitized to lotion and cream based topical treatments. I tried the detox and diet restrictions through a homeopathic doctor. It didn’t help the eczema. I went back to the dermatologist and was prescribed Protopic ointment, which can be used near the eyes and it really helped. In the end I found out I’m allergic to toothpaste and hairspray. Even having eliminated these products, I diluted Protopic with Aquaphor and used it very sparingly to keep it under control for 10 years. A year ago, I developed an allergy or sensitivity to the Protopic. Coconut oil helped for a few weeks before I became sensitized to it. I thought the Egyptian Magic was working wonders, until I ran out and just mixed a little olive oil and honey [2 of the ingredients in Egyptian Magic] and found it worked even better. I have also tried the tea tree oil in the past and not found it helpful, but have recently been using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap with tea tree oil and it really helps with redness and itching, possibly due to being more diluted. It seems that many of the remedies, both natural and prescription, I have had much better outcomes when I dilute them with aquaphor, water or organic oils. I hope through this simplistic explanation of my trials, someone may find a clue to help with their own trials with this condition.

      • I have had severe eczema on my face for over 15 years. I tried many doctor’s prescriptions only to find that I quickly sensitized to lotion and cream based topical treatments. I tried the detox and diet restrictions through a homeopathic doctor. It didn’t help the eczema. I went back to the dermatologist and was prescribed Protopic ointment, which can be used near the eyes and it really helped. In the end I found out I’m allergic to toothpaste and hairspray. Even having eliminated these products, I diluted Protopic with Aquaphor and used it very sparingly to keep it under control for 10 years. A year ago, I developed an allergy or sensitivity to the Protopic. Coconut oil helped for a few weeks before I became sensitized to it. I thought the Egyptian Magic was working wonders, until I ran out and just mixed a little olive oil and honey [2 of the ingredients in Egyptian Magic] and found it worked even better. I have also tried the tea tree oil in the past and not found it helpful, but have recently been using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap with tea tree oil and it really helps with redness and itching, possibly due to being more diluted. On a whim, I shampooed my hair with it, and it really helped my itchy scalp. I’ve been using it as shampoo for 3 weeks and it is still effective for me. It seems that many of the remedies, both natural and prescription, I have had much better outcomes when I dilute them with aquaphor, water or organic oils. I hope through this simplistic explanation of my trials, someone may find a clue to help with their own trials with this condition.

  30. 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….

    • 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.

    • 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!

      • 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!!

  31. 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!

  32. Hi,
    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.

  33. 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.


  34. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Hello!

    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?


    • 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.

      • Hi! If a child has been drinking milk for a year and eczema starts at the age of 2, could it still be an allergy? Wouldn’t he have been allergic from the first introduction?

        Thanks in advance:)

        • Allergies can develop over time and be related to gut issues, stopping breastfeeding or any number of factors. For him, it was a mixture of stopping nursing and the underlying issues he probably already had…

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

    • I know this is an old comment, but just fyi, magnesium burns many peoples skin. Especially skin that is irritated. Maybe try the spray again without the magnesium. 🙂

      • Ramlah, I had that experience too! I was surprised since I take magnesium citrate several times a day (in water, tea etc) with no problem. I was hoping to soak in a bathtub but I could not abide the pain it caused. Surprising, since sea water is so soothing to my skin… but I am now a long way from the ocean I swam in as a teen.

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

    • 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!!!

  42. 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…

  43. 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!

    • How much salt in how much water?

  44. 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.

  45. 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?

  46. Hello
    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

  47. 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…

    • 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!

    • Where can I buy this.

  48. Hi, I live in New Zealand so was wondering if anyone knows if these ingredients are available in NZ

  49. 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!

  50. 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

  51. 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).

  52. 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!

  53. 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!

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

    • Hi I know this is a forum for Eczema, but I have Itthyosis Vulgaris ( even the name sounds vulgar lol ). Its basically a cousin to Eczema but I have recently been eating allot of tomatoes and red and yellow peppers thinking they are so healthy for me and have been experiencing more of an itch. I to am going to weed out even more foods then i do already. I to believe that it is from within we can releave if not cure some of it. So thank you for this

  58. Oh and also no deep-fried food–very very bad–its the pits really! u basically starve

  59. 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!

    • 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.

  60. 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!!

    • Poor dear! I hope she continues to heal.

      • 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 🙂

      • Hi guys.by far the best solution is chili sauce all over the affected areas.they might cry for the first wee while,but they Will thank u later.enjoy peeps

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

      • 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!

        • 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

          • 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!!

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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 🙂

  65. 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!!!

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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?

    • You could massage coconut oil into your scalp..

  69. 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

  70. 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 🙂

  71. 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.

    • I know this is an old comment, but instead of making your own lotion (which I have done many times) just stick to the straight oils. Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter whatever works for you. It’s much cheaper and easier. 🙂 Also Dr Bronners Baby Castile Soap is pretty economical and as gentle as you can get when it comes to soap (and I have been making my own for years) Hope you have had good luck finding relief.

    • I started tinkering with handmade creams and lotions trying to find some sort of relief for my daughter. She’s had eczema all her life and I couldn’t bear to watch her scratch and scar her own skin. So after a few attempts I finally came up with a cream that works but it was expensive to make. So I tried my hand at soaps and eureka!! My first batch softened all her rough scalely patches. I figured we couldn’t be the only ones going through this so I set up a shop on etsy skingoals.etsy.com She uses Bliss or The Anti daily and her eczema is under control. No more scratching until she bleeds. ? The soaps are olive and coconut oil based . No synthetic fragrance or color. I use essential oils for fragrance and their anti bacterial and anti viral properties.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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……?

    • 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

    • How’s the cream working? Would you be willing to post the full ingredients list for the rest of us? Thanks!! Most of us reading through all of these comments are quite desperate 😉

    • Can you please share the name of the cream you purchased in England. Do you know if it is available online?

  77. 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.

  78. Hi!

    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!

    • 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.

    • 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!!


    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!)

  81. 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!

  82. 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.


  83. 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.

    • 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.

  84. Thank you, I found this very helpful and had not thought to use coconut oil to help with it.

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

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

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

    • 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)

  87. Would these work with rosacea??! If not….do you know what would?? Thank you!

  88. Hi Katie
    I have a 2 year old that gas eczema and I’m cutting the lactose products but I’m wonderning if I should stop giving him fermented cod liver oil with the butter and just stick to the one that does not have butter?
    Im sorry but I need you advice because I’m confused. Thankyou for all you do for us. I have been following your blog for more then a year and love it!

    • My child who used to have a with a dairy intolerance did ok with FCLO at that point since it is essentially ghee that is used but you could definitely switch to plain FCLO to test and see what works best fo rhim

  89. Thank you!
    God bless you!

  90. Very strangely, coconut oil is what caused my outbreak. Really surprised me, because I love my coconut oil! It is organic even.

    Anyhow, wondering if the cod liver oil HAS to be fermented? I have some that is not.

  91. My daughter has been using the eczema lotion bars which we made from the recipe on your site. We recently went to the dermatologist who was very impressed with the fact that my daughter’s skin was NOT dry. Thank you. We are now trying light therapy on her legs. Has anyone else tried this? Also, we made some lotion bars that didn’t have enough essential oil and smelled of FCLO. Is there a way to get this smell out of her clothing?

  92. Morton’s epsom salt lotion is convenient, kelps soothe the redness and irritation. Bleach baths when I’m desperate, and colloidal oatmeal masks for the itching. I just pour a little water or milk in an Aveeno packet, squish it together and spread it on the irritated area. It helps immediately!
    I love your site and visit it daily- thank you for all the advice!

  93. How much probiotics do you give your child? I’ve tried that brand in the past and it doesn’t seem to do anything. Is there a large dose I should try? How long should it take to work?

  94. There is one big cause of eczema that was not mentioned and I don’t blame you for not knowing. It is iceberg lettuce. I know it sounds weird but I was tested at Vancouver General hospital for food allergies as I was crippled with migraines. It turns out I have a major lettuce allergy, including homegrown from seed. The doctor said lettuce is quite a common allergy that usually shows up as eczema and/or migraines.

    • sorry,but i dont get it.u mean that we shouldnt eat lettuce?

      • if you are allergic to it, Yes, do not eat it. 🙂

  95. Flaxseed and coconut oil are helpful.

  96. My 8 year old has battled eczema since he was 9months old. Soaking in an Aveeno Bath pack, putting the Aveeno Intense lotion on, and washing his things in All free & clear has always helped until recently. In the last two weeks he has had a really bad flare up on his neck and face (never happened before in this area). What do you best recommend on the facial area considering it’s such a sensitive area. I did go to an all natural store yesterday and got; the coconut oil and brown sugar for a scrub, Dr. Bronner’s all natural soap, dead sea salt to soak in, and a probiotic in hopes this will all help…any other suggestions as far as diet etc….there are so many opinions on here and I’m a little overwhelmed/confused! lol

  97. I first had eczema when I was four til about the fifth grade and it was horrible. No one ever talks about the emotional impact it has on a person. Please give your kids something to do keep them constantly occupied. I would itch without even thinking. Play dough while watching tv is perfect. Reading is the best because you have to hold the book. Now I’m a senior in high school and my eczema came back around christmas time. This has been the worst experience of my life. If you can catch eczema as soon as you can. It has a lot to do with your bodies mosture. So drink lots of water. I highly suggest baths with aveeno oatmeal and a little coconut oil. Hot water irritates the skin but it feels so good. Avoid hot water. Warm or lukewarm is better. Then immediately pat dry. DO NOT RUB. and put creams and lotions medicines or oild on. I tend to like oil better as it sinks into my skin and doesn’t just sit on top. If you can not itch and put lotions on your eczema will clear up within weeks days even.

  98. My 6 year old has severe eczema, to the point he got a impetigo infection last fall and had to go on oral antibiotics. I think vaccines contribute because injecting all that crap into their tiny bodies messes up their immune system. We refused to vaccinate my younest and she is the picture of health, while my two (vaccinated) children have health problems.
    Lately I have switched to using homemade detergent and am already seeing an improvement in my baby’s skin. We cut out milk too. We may have to cut out gluten/grains too.

    • what are those homemade detergents

  99. I’ve been battling pregnancy eczema now since month two on both of my legs and my hip (I am now 6months)…. let me tell you every night scratching & breaking the skin is lovely to wake up to… NOT!

    I’ve been using essential oils for a plethora of other things so I know they work but couldn’t find the right combination for what was going on with my skin. I have an old tube of lotion from L’Occitane that I have used in the past for my eczema that always worked but unfortunately I only had a few applications, not enough for both legs… and yes this lotion discontinued!!! …the oils in the lotion lavender, tea tree & geranium. So I started googling this combination and found this article on homemade eczema cream (http://theelliotthomestead.com/2013/12/homemade-eczema-cream/). I decided to make the version she suggests (thinking I could recreate my version later if this didn’t work) and after using it last night and again this morning my skin looks 100 times better!!! It’s only been one night so cross your fingers for me! She writes that her son’s cleared up after after 4 days! She suggests it is good for: hands, diaper rash, psoriasis, bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Good luck mamas, we need all the help we can get!

  100. I have a art show tomorrow and predict a lot of having to shake hands but my eczema is acting up and is on my hand I feel so embarrassed and on my other hand I have warts (I have hand skin problems) I have tried a sugar scrub and I have limited to 0 supplies for spa treatments any one have any ideas to quickly cure it.

  101. I have severe contact dermatitis after draining an acne nodules and putting ointment on.
    Its now spreading , oozing, blistering. Does zinc oxide help? Thank you!

  102. I have been reading all of your comments. I am in my sixties and got eczema about 5 years ago after not having had it for 50 years. I do not know what set me off. I thought it was hair dye but had all kinds of allergy test to no avail.
    It is my face that has it. My ears leak every night and get real itchy. In the morning when I take my shower and can literally feel the dead skin come off of my face when I rub it. I have been using Manuka honey products from Australia which has been doing pretty good, but lately the eczema is going on my chest and shoulders.
    Oils seem to make my face drier. Does anyone else have suggestions for me. I feel like my face is aging right in front of my eyes.

    • Hi, I guess you definitely need to consult a doc firstly so that you don’t do anything that could damage further your condition. But definitely antihistamines for immediate relief, for some time, which I’m sure your doc will prescribe. You also will need to cut immediately at least temporarily, though you will see that it’s going to have to be permanent, sugar from your diet in toto, direct or indirect sugar, fried snacks, baked stuff and meat, fish and eggs and dairy in any form. I’ve said this earlier in this forum, but do try to include cucumber in your diet, plain without dressing, as much as one to two full cucumbers a day or at least one. Couldnt do you any harm at the least, but it ought to provide immediate relief. I hate to say this but for better quality of life you may need to take whatever the doc tells you to and if that includes steroids, don’t fight it. Having said that any other alternative therapy including conventional non steroid medications if it helps you recover and most importantly sustains your recovery, well good for you, go for it!

  103. I just wanted to say that when I first found your website (almost a year ago now, around August 2014, during my search for an eczema “cure”), I didn’t want to hear what you had to say about DIET and the GUT affecting skin and eczema. I totally dismissed it all and continued to waste time and money on various creams etc, all the while my eczema got worse and worse and WORSE.

    I had never had eczema before (I am 32 yrs old), and it seemed so obvious to me that I needed to put something ON my skin, not IN my body. Yeah, right! What an idiot.
    It turns out the only thing I actually did right was refuse to use cortisone creams (and I only knew to refuse it because of research into something totally unrelated).

    Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and smack myself! Hard!

    My homeopath put me on an anti-inflammatory diet in December 2014 (cutting out all processed foods, wheat, dairy, sugar etc and my trigger foods, which include eggs unfortunately) and I was amazed at the difference it made to my eczema!! The eczema was at an all time worst – I looked like a leper (all over my hands, arms and legs) and my life was a living nightmare, it affected every single part of my life. I wasn’t sleeping, I couldn’t clean my house, I couldn’t even hold a broom or pen properly, it was so bad on my hands.

    But once I cut out all those bad foods, my skin started clearing up within 2 weeks. It was a total miracle.
    So I did more research and came across Chris Kresser, who also talked about the Gut-Skin Connection. And then I found more and more people saying the same thing. Now, it is hard to fathom that I ever believed diet had nothing to do with my eczema getting worse…

    Unfortunately, my hormone imbalance means the eczema keeps flaring up every month around my cycle, which my homeopath is trying to address now, but it is SO much better than it was before I changed my diet and started to try heal my gut. And of course the diet is also assisting in correcting the hormone imbalance, by reducing the amount of estrogen I am consuming in my food and water (seriously, it’s scary how much estrogen we actually eat and drink!).

    I also find it amazing how obvious it is now, to be able to see when I am reacting to a certain food. I just have to think about what ‘new’ food I ate that day, to figure out what I am reacting to. Because my diet is so clean now, it is really easy to identify what I am reacting to. Sadly, SUGAR is the worst thing for eczema. Very very sad….

    On the other hand, the weight loss is nothing to be sneezed at. Almost 20kg in the last 8 months 🙂
    I’m looking and feeling (both inside and out) so much better than I did before.

    So, to conclude, I urge anyone reading this to heed your article about gut health and diet. I truly believe it is the ONLY way to manage your eczema effectively and long-term…

  104. I don’t have eczema but I do get really dry scaly skin on my knees & other places, rosacia & dry flaky facial skin. I made a salve w.PINE SAP which seems to really help me, it may help w.eczema.

    • Pine sap that is very interesting I will keep that for any future issues that may come up

  105. Hi wellness mama

    My son had eczema so we went on gaps diet ( still on it) and it cleared the eczema within a month :)))!
    Our house had some mold so we are in a hotel at the moment. The second night at the hotel my son broke out in more eczema than he ever had! It’s everywhere pretty much:((. Also, my older son who never had eczema has it too!! What could be the problem?? Is it the chemicals they’re using in the hotel( we don’t use chemicals in our house)? Or could it be their little bodies trying to detox since they are now away from the mold in our house? I’m so stumped with this one. Our Chiropractor told us it’s just their bodies getting rid of something it doesn’t like. I agree, but what could have happened??:( we’re on gaps diet to prevent and get rid of eczema so why is it flaring up so much??
    Just when you think your doing everything right.

  106. My daughter, 3 Years of age had eczema in her calf and we tried a lot of things including Doc prescribed Steroid Creams. The eczema got suppressed for some time but appeared on her hands. this continued for about a year. Somebody suggested to use fresh cream and turmeric paste everyday without fail. we tried this remedy and the eczema started disappearing and finally after about two and half months it completely vanished. we continued the treatment for about two more months and stopped. that was about one and half years ago and there is no sign of eczema. Hope this will be useful to others suffering from eczema.

  107. Hi everyone. I’m Lex, I’m not a spammer and I don’t work for any company that sell any of the above mentioned products.
    I’ve got eczema on my hands and I have tried all above methods hoping that it will help me. None of them worked. After a long time of manipulating and experimenting with all sorts of creams, natural remedies I nearly gave up and was about to go back to steroids cream.
    …then after thinking about it logically, I realised that Aftershave Balm might help. My hands were inflamed, like skin after you just shaved. So I applied Nivea Aftershave Balm overnight and noticed that in the morning my skin was still dry but not itchy. I tried again and it worked even more.
    …then I thought that balms are not cheap, so there must be some other even simpler way to do it. NOW THINK WHAT DO WE USE TO DISINFECT OUR WOUNDS? YES…SPIRITS!!!



    BE careful – some moisturising creams can trigger the eczema.



  108. Wellnessmama,
    I want to find the cause of my 21 month olds eczema…you have children that have struggled with it…is trying to pinpoint it a lost cause? Do you have suggestions on how to do so? Document daily foods and weather? Skin prick allergy test? Other?

    • My son who was born early struggled with eczema. We did an elimination diet with him and found that dairy and gluten were his culprits (though after doing a gut healing protocol with him he can now handle dairy without a problem).

  109. I have a slight tendency to eczema, and rubbing the Made From Earth Lavender Lotion on the affected areas calms the inflammation within minutes. The Lavender does work ! Wonderful scent and the lotion itself, although extremely light and non-sticky, is very nourishing.

  110. Great article. I also came across a different one with some other thing to try also. I think someone needs to write and article with “30 things you can do to relieve eczema” haha.

  111. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol

    I recently removed propylene glycol from the list of items I ingest and put on my skin.
    It is an allergen many people search for years to discover and impacts skin and digestive yeasts.
    I used cortisone creams to little lasting impact (even though relief was temporary) and Propylene is a binder in nearly all soaps, shampoo, and moisturizing creams.

    switched to PPG free products and have amazing results in days. Thick white skin patches have thinned. Redness and flaking have also subsided. I have on knuckles, knees, elbows, ankles and I exfoliated daily. Problem was that I did it with soap containing PPG (Propylene Glycol). Once I changed shampoo my dry eyelids corrected in 24 hours.

    People impacted by this are more likely to be affected in moist, sun restricted regions.
    (I’m from Oregon)

  112. Am from Africa and this eczema is driving me nuts…a doctor prescribed steroids which seem to add the itchiness.how can i get the soap you suggested.thanks for those tips.already checking my diet…

  113. Here is a link to purchase online at Amazon. I hope this helps. the brand is Bronner. Sorry for any confusion


  114. These are great tips for sure! But they may not work for everyone since everyone’s skin and internal health is so different. We found a combination of homeopathy, laundry alternatives, and natural skin care worked for us. But the biggest game changer was going through a full elimination diet. We tried the GAPS diet and found it harmful for both my son and I, but again, it can be helpful for some, but not everyone.

  115. when i used tea tree oil in winter at night next mrng my face was like an eczema patient what to do?? 🙁

  116. I’ve been using Lucas’ papaw ointment (an Australian product containing fermented papaw or papaya) it absolutely helps with the itchy flare ups & creates a great barrier. I get eczema around my eyes from allergies such as hay fever & dust! While this won’t make it disappear it eases the associated pains!
    If anyone has tips for the eyes please let me know!
    Many thanks ?

  117. At 44 years old, I would still get excema on face, I have tried everything, and some thing work but somethings do not. For the last 3 months, I have been using the Made From Earth “Pure Aloe Vera Treatment” and yes. unbelievably it helped tremendously! I could not believe it. I threw away all my other creams and lotions. You can do it also – just keep trying things until you find the right product for you.

  118. I had eczema on my hands and legs for years. It kept spreading with doctor recommended hydrocortisone creams and moisturizers. The creams would reduce the itching for a while. Then one day the itch would get so bad, even with tablets that are supposed to prevent itchiness, that the only way to relieve it is by scratching at it. Then it would spread further. What finally worked for my legs was vaseline brand petroleum jelly and tablets to keep the itchiness away while the vaseline worked. However the vaseline didn’t work on my hands but made it worse. The skin started to tear all over the affected area because it got so dry between vaseline applications. The eczema started to spread further to other parts of my hand. I noticed that after going swimming in the sea my hands seemed better. So I started soaking my hands daily for 20 mins in sea salt water without applying vaseline and that seems to be slowly healing my hands. In between whenever I feel that the itch would be getting bad I take the anti itch pills.

  119. I have seriously sensitive skin! Thanks for these remedies, but I’ve found that most don’t even put a dent in my flaky, scratchy skin! I use coconut oil based soaps but I still end up with nasty dry spots all over my hands. I have found Spot Paste to be really helpful though. It’s an oil based paste that heals my skin up after three or four applications! I found mine through a local store but you can look online at their website (spot paste.com). Great stuff! A little messy cause of the oil but I still love it.

  120. wow, this is an epic thread of excema relief recommendations!
    thank you so much everyone for all your creative suggestions.
    it’s just nice to know that others are out there doing their best to stay healthy. excema is such a frustrating phenomenon.

    i have excema on my hands. i find it just takes so much of my mental energy each day to strategize protecting them and also to try to uncover what the culprit is.

    things that have been helpful so far:
    -turmeric mixed in with coconut oil (the turmeric has a really nice soft sandy texture that’s a gentle scrub, mixed with the oil feels really good. Only problem is the yellow dyes in the turmeric.
    -warm water and sea salt soaks
    -cutting out hot beverages has been helpful, especially coffee which i miss terribly. anything hot near my hands is bad.
    -First Aid Beauty brand cream
    -cutting out sugar, most dairy, gluten

    but, excema is still there. the itch is mostly gone though which is something! i started really putting energy into the solution about three weeks ago. it’s better but still dealing with small outbreaks of bubbling and crusting/drying.
    gonna keep trying.

  121. I heard of the fermented cod liver oil being rancid or something and that it was causing health issues in many people?! Does anyone else know of anything else on this subject? Also, I know this probably sounds weird but I use burt’s bees diaper rash ointment on my sons eczema, it works wonders! Noticeable difference just after one application! You can buy it at target and I think that Walmart may carry it now. ?

  122. Has anyone had any experience dealing with plaque psoriasis? My grandmother has a pretty bad case on her foot. Doctors took over a year to diagnose and is now quite bad!! It is very painful for her to walk. I would like to know if anyone has a natural remedy cream that can be made. I have read extensively on the subject and there are many different things that can be used however I do not know where to start when it comes to making a cream.

    I am commenting on this post as it is the closest thing on the website I could find to the question I had…

    • I have not dealt w plaque psoriasis but did have very dry scaly skin. I tried Dr Bonners Hemp oil peppermint liquid soap and within a few applications on a loofah my skin healed up. They sell it at Target, Walmart and drug stores. I use it all the time now and it keeps my skin from being itchy.

  123. Hi,
    I am 23 years old (male) and for the past month and half I have been going through the worst deppression. On christmas day 2015 I noticed that I have a red bumpy circle on my leg which caused me to freak out that I had psoriasis (my mother caught it at 41). I thought I had it. A couple days later my whole body was itching from head to toe and I was noticed spots that would appear on my body. When I shower lots of bright red spots appear all over my body it gets really bad on my torso back and legs not much on my arms and feet though. MY primary doctor said it looks like pityrias Rosea and my dermatologist said its numular eczema looking it up the symptoms look exactly the same. I want to know which one I have. I am scared I am going to be on benadryl and prednisone for the rest of my life. someone help what should I do? I feel the doctors dont want to tell you the root cause of the problem. I am just shocked that it came out of nowhere. I cant even take a normal hot shower without red spots covering my entire body. I HATE IT! I feel I dont know my body anymore. I will say I use an african black soap by shea moisture called “eczema and psoriasis therapy” and eucerin and cetaphil lotion.

    • There is so much advice here. Start with the recommended diet changes. Eat tons of veggies! Avoid dairy, wheat, and most importantly sugar. Take a good probiotic. Try Sea Salt sprays. Coconut Oil or Shea Butter. Get rid of all unnatural products, hair, body, laundry. I like the Dr Bronners liquid soap. Drink lots of water. I’m sorry for what you are going thru! I get the battle. Don’t give up! Keep researching. If you need more direction find a natural Dr in your area to help guide you. You aren’t stuck with this, there is a cause, and therefor a cure. But it might take some time to figure it out. God Bless you!

  124. One thing that is very important for eczema sufferers’ AVOID LANOLIN it is derived from Lambs Wool!!!! I’ve yet to meet anyone suffering from eczema who can wear wool (next to your skin:) surprisingly most doctors recommend products with lanolin and or lanolin alchohol (aquaphor anyone) they have no clue, but then how would the doc’s & drug co make any more money unless we unnecessarily suffer with the added insult of exposing ourselves and loved ones to harsh chemical.

  125. Hi WM, would you be able to suggest a bodywash recipe for eczema prone sensitive skin of a toddler .

  126. To add to the discussion – I’ve had eczma from infancy – now I’m in my 50’s. It has vastly improved now, but I have been required to be gluten free, dairy free, no citrus, minimal tomato, no chilli spices etc. I have a latex allergy, and my skin improved when I stopped using rubber gloves. I use nitril gloves when preparing food because I react to potato, onion, and garlic. I still have dry skin, but the roughness has been eliminated. It’s a long road to discover what the triggers are, everyone is different, but improvements can be made. Using steroids to pull the condition under control, and using antibiotic steroids to reduce infection have their place in treatment, but not for longterm use, eventually other methods need to be found to prevent steroid damage to the skin.

  127. I’ve had eczema since I was like 7 or 8, and used a cream from the doctor but I don’t know what it called, it went away for a while but came back worse, now I have it all over my arm and it’s starting to show on my face, what should I use?

  128. My daughter had eczema on her hands. We tried everything for her. Her hands were so chapped, red, and raw. I felt helpless as a parent seeing her suffer from being itchy, uncomfortable, and embarrassed by it. We tried a cream from the doctors, that didn’t work for her for long. The only thing that worked in clearing it up and preventing it from coming back was a lotion that has tea tree oil in it. Not sure if anyone else has tried tea tree oil, but it certainly worked for my daughter and I would recommend it.

  129. Hi all! I must say that I read a lot of the above information and it all really helped. I am not a doctor, but I will tell you what all helped me, based on the above comments… one thing I do know is, in my opinion, the saying “the cure to a problem lies in its source.” I know when the first time I had that dermatitis (or whatever it was). I was rooting a sewer line, and touched my face.. and from then on, in the place where I touched my face, It just came. By continually touching my face after that in the same areas, and under times of dryness in the air and stress, it would come back, to the same spots. That’s why I believe, in my own personal world, that it may originate as more of a fungus (at least some forms), or something you “catch”, rather than something inherited. I was sick of those flakes, so I attacked it will full force – I started with salt water, and organic coconut oil, and olive oil. Then I moved to jojoba oil and zinc sulfate and peppermint castile soap. But, the best I found (as in the above) was Tee tree oil. It is said to be a powerful anti-fungal oil. And, if I did “catch” that dermatitis, then it came from something, it lives and spreads much like something alive. Well, the oil has been working good so far. The main thing I recommend is do not touch those areas with your fingers! In the shower, with running water, its occasionally okay, but don’t use real soap. Oils from your hands can help irritate those areas. Also, this is a battle – every time I saw that famous flaky skin, I treated it with a layer of tea tree oil! Whatever it really is will try to survive, and keep coming up (at least a little bit). Show no mercy. Keep putting the smelly oil on any flakes of skin, and eventually it may take it out. Now, my skin is much better. I try not to stress, don’t touch those areas at all, and don’t give the flakes a chance to see the light of day. Hope this helps.

  130. Hey guys, I know this forum is old but people still come back and comment so I thought I could share what worked for me and ask a question. Personally, I find if I can treat my allergies then my eczema is very good. When I am stressed out or forget to take allergy medicine, I tend to breakout in itchiness, wet eczema, and a rash that looks like many small bumps in whatever area I scratch. Recently it has been very good and calm, but recent stress and eating lentils I was allergic too brought it back all over my back itching like CRAZY. I suggest treating the root whatever it may be for you, allergies or diets. Also, does anyone get like a itchy wet neck after having the skin folded for a long period? Like I will be watching TV with my chin down laying and it starts feeling really itchy and then like oozing eczema. Would the salt spray help? Usually the next day it will turn really really dry and flaky. I always try to ice it when it turns wet. Any tips? Thanks!

  131. I did what any ancient Christian Elder would do when my poor baby Grandson cried from the pain of full body excema. I prayed in the name of Jesus over him for the curse of skin disease to be broken and to be healed. He literally stopped crying the first time. I prayed again a second then third time. He is now glowing a typical healthy baby glow. Miracles still happen when all else fails.

  132. My 12-year old daughter has been suffering eczema all her life, it was fairly mild and started just at the joint behind the elbow. It now almost touches her wrist, up her shoulders and under them, the eczema touches her chest everywhere and is even on her stomach. It continues on to her thighs. She uses Hydrocortisone and says it soothes the itching, but I recently learned that it’s terrible for her skin. Her face is fine because I buy Clarins skincare lotions, and face washes, but there is a mild case of it under her chin. She’s an average tween and wants to go off wearing t-shirts and shorts, but she came home crying once because people stared at her and made jokes about it. This is lowering her self esteem and she is always self conscious when wearing a swimsuit that shows her stomach and arms. It’s terrible for me and for her, she has a beautiful skinny body, but the eczema is keeping her from showing those beautiful arms and legs. Please help me! She doesn’t want any baths or detox!

  133. I had broken out in an awful eczema rash on my hand, and all my normal products that I use haven’t been working at all. I tried Made from Earth’s Butter Beeswax Balm (I thought it was a lip balm, but its in a jar) and after using it for 3 days my eczema is clearing up already. I’ve never had such fast results in my life, and I’ve suffered with eczema since being a young child.

    It should help you out. I dont use it on my lips, but it works really well for eczema.

  134. How long did it took for your son to completely heal from eczema? How long till a 100% clear skin? We are entering 9 months into only fruits-veggies-meat diet for my son, 8 months of eliminating trigger foods and our ownnatural protocol. I just now learned more veggies in the nightshade family which flares his skin. We do bone broth, though on and off (hard to source grassfed cows here), cod liver oil, probiotic, digestive enzyme, epsum salt, apple cider vinegar baths, now trying sea salt baths, sea spray. He drinks lots of veggie juice and Eats lots of green smoothies. In my assessment, his skin is 90% healed. I felt healing plateaued. I am getting impatient and weary. This week, I see some improvement on the 10% patches. His skin is so much better when he wakes up first thing in the morning. But come evening it turns red. Though not flaming red.

    • Is he consuming any eggs? These were a trigger for us for a while. I also found that sometimes stopping the probiotics for a while can help, or changing strains, as he seemed to plateau with certain strains. Is he getting enough healthy fats and have you also experimented with removing coconut?

      • He is not eating eggs. We finally got a schedule to have him checked by our natural health practitioner 2 mondays ago. And candida came back. Also he tested positive for parasite. She gave us organic whole food supplements to address candida and parasite. We also bought another strein of probiotic which we stopped since is more pricey. We are getting more significant healing progress after addressing candida and parasite plus the stronger strein of probiotic. We’re giving him more cod liver oil now. 2 tablespoon a day. And he always eats coconut oil before bed too. And flax seeds in his breakfast smoothie. Thank you for replying! Such a morale booste.

  135. I love these natural remedies!

  136. Hi there
    My 2 year old has a flaky type of eczema and he’s forever scratching. We were given Hydrocortisone and Micreme and we have yet to see any good progress, it’s making his skin worse. We bathe him twice a day and sometimes 3 4 times a day. Our doc has only prescribed us with Pamol and the endless visits to the doctors is frustrating not only for him but for us aswell. His diet is good, no foods with tomato sauce and we’ve limited the amount of dairy products he has a week but just lastnight, he was in so much agony, he scratched til he bleed. I’ve noticed it now on the top of his head and around his ears but his arms, hands and behind his knees are the worse parts. I’m in desperate need of help and really need my poor son to have one night of proper sleep without the irritation of scratching

  137. I would suggest water fast. I had relentless eczema and all on my face and neck — isn’t it that great? It flared up so much that I looked terrible. I took advice from a friend who has been dealing with this for a long time. She told me that she does water fast. So I did water fast. For 10 days! it wasn’t easy, but MY GOD was the result ASTONISHING!!! I probably could have done a longer fast, but the timing didn’t allow for that. Anyway, throughout the 10-day fast, the eczema healed about 75%. Then over the next few weeks, it continued to heal and vastly reducing the scar. Post water fast, my advice would be to eat clean. Stay away from the known food offenders as much as possible (though if you fall off the wagon, it’s OK): gluten, dairy, processed foods, anything chemical on your skin or eaten. This, by far, was THE most effective method I have used and I searched and searched for an answer for YEARS. May it be helpful to you.

  138. Question: I am going to make the eczema cream for my son to use. However he is allergic to nuts among other things. Do you think I should substitute the shea butter or any of the other ingredients or will the shea butter be ok?

    Thank you!!

  139. My allergy doctor prescribed me a cream called triamcinolone/lct/libriderm . This cream works fast ! You rub it in like lotion on the areas & in 1-2 months it is gone . Depends on how bad you have it & how much you use it . I never thought my eczema would clear up but it did . Now I enjoy showing my arms ! Also what helped me was switching my laundry detergent to the ALL hypoallergenic free of perfumes & dyes . I hope this helps someone

  140. I know this is an old post, but wanted to share what helped me. I tried to cut different things out of my diet from time to time, but it never helped. But After I switched to a mostly organic diet, my eczema disappeared for the first time since it appeared. It’s been gone for about a year now 🙂

  141. Hi, I had eczema around my eyes and used steroid creams (mometasone and hydrocortisone) for years until I started to have a rebound effect with lesions because my skin had thinned so badly. A doctor told me to stop using the steroid cream (mometasone) I was using immediately. I did and had a massive attack of redness, itchiness, puffiness all around my eyes. It was horrible. The dermatologist prescribed Protopic which initially seemed to help but also felt like it was only somewhat suppressing the redness and burning my skin rather than healing it.

    I knew I needed a natural remedy and searched high and low with a lot of trial and error. Today I’m steroid free with healthy looking skin thanks to Era Organics Psoriasis & Eczema Cream (http://amzn.to/2b97j6P).

    I use it generously in the evening when I go to bed, when I wake up and after showering. It’s like superfood for your skin with a unique 10-in-1 formula that includes organic Aloe Vera, Manuka Honey, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, MSM, Blue-Green Algae, Cehami Extract, Olive Oil and Hemp Seed Oil. Includes Vitamins A, B, C, E.

    I’m not just randomly promoting this product. I’m sharing this because it worked and continues to work so well to heal my skin.

    I hope it works for you too!

  142. Our baby was having some really bad eczema. She had the dry pink spots on her tummy, arms and legs. Her pediatrician gave us some samples and recommended trying foderma serum. It took about a month but she no longer has any of those spots. So while it is on the expensive side, it does work

  143. I am 50 and had my first ever case of eczema on my inner thighs that were at first small reddish blisters that itched intensely, then became a red sandpapery painful feeling patch, about 9 months ago- I tried body butter, then baby powder. It eventually went away after about 5 weeks. (no one in my family has eczema) Now, almost a year later, I have these small blisters on my forehead that really itch and seem to becoming patchy although not red yet. I assume this is another case of eczema. I have never been diagnosed, but why would this first appear when I am 50? It is really hot and humid here and my work has no AC….and I also have hot flashes for about the past 3 years…. I eat healthy, although am on meds for diabetes and cholesterol, and high blood pressure for about 4 years now……I am trying jojoba oil mixed with tea tree oil to keep it from getting as bad as my thighs did…..God forbid- On my face! any advice? I drink home made bone broth and use coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer about 3 times a week…..and haven’t done anything differently anytime in the past few years….