Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions. In previous articles, iCare Pharma had some generalizations about the disease. As can be seen, eczema is divided into many different categories. The person has to cope with the rash, feeling frustrated, peeling skin, redness and itching.
Eczema until now cannot be completely cured. Only control method so that the symptoms do not become more serious, affect the lives of the infected person. In some cases, people with sensitive skin are often unsuitable for normal topical medications. Therefore, in this article, iCare Pharma will synthesize some natural essential oils that are highly effective in treating eczema.
I. Some things should be limited to avoid eczema outbreak
1.1 Soak in the tub
Soaking in a tub is a hobby for many. But if you have eczema, this can be a big mistake because it will make your skin itchy and red. Instead, take a warm bath. At the same time, do not soak for more than 15 minutes a day, shower gently and do not over-dry the skin
1.2 Wearing a sweater
Any fabric with an abrasive texture like wool or synthetic fiber will irritate the skin. The best choice is soft cotton clothing to avoid rubbing. You should also wash freshly bought clothes before wearing. Because they may contain dyes or substances harmful to the skin
1.3 Use scented cleaning products
Scented cleansers can damage the skin of people with eczema. You should choose products without fragrance and dyes. At the same time, liquid products will cause less skin irritation than powdered form
Similarly, scented laundry detergents, soap, shower gel … can make your skin dry and itchy. Doctors recommend using a mild, less fragrant or mild, mild detergent soap
1.4 Scratching or scratching the skin
Eczema causes itching and redness. When you start to get sick, itching will come first. After that, you often hurt the skin by scratching and scratching. Leads to the red spots that begin to appear. To remedy this, apply moisturizer to the affected area
1.5 The weather is too hot or too cold
Weather can cause many difficulties for people with eczema. On hot days, sweat secretions irritate the skin. Similarly, cold, dry weather in the winter can also cause skin itching
Therefore, try to stay cool on hot days such as using fans or air conditioners to limit sweating. For cold and dry weather, you should use a moisturizer to keep your skin from becoming dehydrated
1.6 Do not use moisturizers
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, to avoid outbreaks, you need to moisturize your skin at least twice a day to prevent it from becoming too dry or cracked. Look for light, scented moisturizers to use.
1.7 Food causes allergy
Although food is not the main cause of eczema, it can sometimes be aggravated by inappropriate foods. Some foods are easy to cause irritation such as high sugar, foods containing additives, seafood …
1.8 Always in a state of stress
Stress causes the body to produce cortisol. When cortisol is over-produced, it suppresses the immune system, leading to inflammation in the skin and other symptoms such as itching and sleep.
II. Certain natural essential oils support eczema treatment
2.1 Gurjun essential oil
The main components of Gurjun essential oil are B-caryophyllene, a-gurjunene, B-gurjunene. These compounds have antifungal and antibacterial properties. This helps people with eczema to curb the growth of harmful organisms such as bacteria or fungi
In addition, Gurjun essential oil speeds up healing and prevents wounds from infection. Helps prevent the growth of Staphylococcus aures – necrotic wounds
You can mix 2 drops of Gurjun essential oil in your usual skin care or lotion with 1ml of coconut oil. Then, apply the infected parts to the wound to heal quickly. Gurjun essential oil works by fighting off microorganisms and retaining natural moisture in the skin
2.2 Tea tree essential oil
A scientific study found that tea tree oil was more effective in treating eczema compared to topical treatments like zinc oxide or Ichthammol. In addition, tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol. This compound has anti-inflammatory properties. May help alleviate some redness, irritation and swelling
Tea tree oil not only helps kill bacteria, but also has antiviral properties. It can reduce the risk of infection developing if the eczema is broken or scratched
Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties that help reduce the activity of specific types of yeast. Such as those that cause dandruff, especially relieving the itchy scalp symptoms on eczema
2.3 Lavender essential oil
According to Dr. Debra Jajiman – dermatologist in New York City, lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Therefore, it is a good choice for people with sensitive skin suffering from eczema
2.4 Eucalyptus essential oil
Research by scientists shows that eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory effects so it may be a method to help reduce wounds and infections. When eczema outbreaks, you should dilute eucalyptus oil with base oil and carrier oil, then rub on the affected skin.
2.5 Jojoba essential oil
Jojoba essential oil is considered a natural nutrient barrier. This essential oil can limit dry skin and protect the skin from external factors. Jojoba essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. So it can soothe irritated skin
2.6 Sunflower essential oil
Sunflower oil is rich in vitamins A, C and E, which should help replenish skin moisture, soothe and reduce inflammation. Choose organic sunflower essential oils and contain no preservatives. When using, you should dilute this essential oil with a base oil
III. Steps to use natural essential oil to treat eczema
- First, wash your eczema skin with warm water or an antiseptic soap and blow dry
Mix a blend of essential oils and essential oils. The usual ratio is 2-3ml of essential oil mixed with 100ml of base oil
Then, you use a cotton swab to dab on the mixture and gently rub a thin layer on the eczema skin areas. You have just applied the balm and combined with a gentle massage to help the oil penetrate deeper
Rinse with warm water and pat dry after 15 minutes. It should be done twice daily in the morning and evening for a long time
If eczema has spread to many areas of the body, patients should use pure essential oils mixed with water to bathe daily.
Using natural essential oils to support eczema treatment is an effective method. However, you need to persevere regularly to quickly control the uncomfortable symptoms of eczema