The Itchy Truth: Understanding and Treating Eczema Naturally

Mysteeq Team
March 30, 2023

As a skin care manufacturer, I am often asked about Eczema and if we have any natural products at MYSTEEQ to take care of it. I never gave it much thought till the day my daughter developed an episode and watching her go through tremendous discomfort made me research more about natural ways of resolving this common skin issue. In this blog I want to share with you all the natural remedies we used along with some specific products which helped us battle this problem.

What is Eczema?
An individual with eczema affected skin

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It typically appears as dry, itchy, and red patches on the skin. Eczema can occur on any part of the body, but it is most common on the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. The exact cause is unknown, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

According to the World Allergy Organization, eczema affects approximately 15-20% of children and 1-3% of adults worldwide. The prevalence of eczema varies depending on factors such as age, geographic location, and ethnicity. In some countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, the prevalence of eczema has been increasing in recent years.

The exact reasons behind the increasing prevalence of eczema are not fully understood. However, several factors are thought to contribute to this trend.

  • Changes in lifestyle and environmental factors, such as increased pollution, urbanization, and changes in diet. These factors may lead to an increase in allergic and immune-related diseases, including eczema.
  • Hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that our modern lifestyle and increased cleanliness may be reducing exposure to certain microbes and germs that help to regulate our immune system. This lack of exposure may cause our immune system to become overactive and more prone to developing allergic and inflammatory conditions, including eczema.
  • Genetics and family history may also play a role in the increasing prevalence of eczema. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing this condition, and this predisposition may be passed down through generations.

How to Take Care of Eczema Naturally

  • Moisturize: Moisturizing is essential in managing eczema. Apply a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil, shea butter, or aloe vera, to the affected area after bathing or showering.
A woman moisturizes her skin with natural products.
  • Avoid Triggers: Certain foods, fabrics, and chemicals can trigger eczema. Keep a diary of what you eat and what you wear so you can easily keep track. Avoid these triggers as much as possible to prevent flare-ups.
  • Use Natural Soaps: Use a natural soap or a fragrance free, low foaming cleanser that is gentle on the skin. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents, which can dry out the skin and aggravate eczema.
Product of Mysteeq - Sanderic - Sandalwood Turmeric fragrance free low foaming natural cleanser

Sandalwood Turmeric fragrance free low foaming natural cleanser

  • Use Natural Soaps: Use a natural soap or a fragrance free, low foaming cleanser that is gentle on the skin. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents, which can dry out the skin and aggravate eczema.
  • Take Oatmeal Baths: Adding oatmeal to a warm bath can help soothe eczema symptoms. Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties that can calm the skin and reduce itching.
Product of Mysteeq - HaBet -24 Deep Moisturizing cream with Shea Butter and Oat protein

HaBet -24
Deep Moisturizing cream with Shea Butter and Oat protein

  • Try Probiotics: Probiotics are good bacteria that can help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Incorporate probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt and kefir, into your diet.
  • Use Essential Oils: Some essential oils, such as lavender, chamomile and Teatree oil have anti-inflammatory and calming properties that can help soothe eczema symptoms. Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, before applying to the skin. Use caution while using these essential oils as sometimes they can work in the reverse mode and increase the allergic reaction.
  • Manage Stress: Stress can trigger eczema and make symptoms worse. Practice stress-reducing techniques, such as yoga or meditation, to help manage eczema naturally.
A woman meditating to cope with stress

Eczema can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition, but it is possible to manage it naturally. By following the tips above, you can help soothe your symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. These remedies helped us personally to not only manage the flareup episodes but also to reduce and eradicate the scarring that this condition caused.

However, it's important to note that everyone's skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. If your symptoms persist or worsen, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment options.

Lavanya Rajesh
Founder and CEO

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Lavanya Rajesh

Lavanya has long been associated with the beauty and entertainment industry for over 20 years. And, that is what inspired her to include organic grounded methods in her daily skin and health care regimen.

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