Eczema is characterized by dry, flaky skin and it’s a condition that affects over 35 million Americans.
Modern medicine recommends the use of cortisone creams and other steroidal creams which suppress your immune system in order to curb the symptoms of eczema.Unfortunately, those solutions don’t tackle the root cause of this skin condition.
Read on to find out how to make the best D.I.Y eczema cream for your specific skin type.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema or dermatitis is a condition which causes inflammation of the skin. This inflammation can cause your skin to blister and become itchy and red. Eczema can be divided into two different types:
- Atopic Eczema – This condition is caused by an imbalance within the body, so sufferers of atopic eczema were born with a greater risk of contracting the condition.
- Contact Dermatitis – This condition is caused by an allergic reaction when skin comes into contact with an external substance, which may cause patches of skin to become red and itchy. If you’ve ever reacted badly to a new detergent or skincare product, this is the reason!
Why You Should NOT Use Steroidal Creams for Eczema
Topical steroid creams or steroidal creams contain steroid medicines. They work by reducing your skin’s inflammation. Some steroidal creams are called corticosteroids, and they’re most commonly used in the treatment of eczema symptoms. Although these over the counter creams are very popular, here are some reasons why you should avoid them:
They are a Temporary Fix
These creams only suppress the symptoms of your eczema temporarily. Once you stop using steroidal creams or corticosteroids, your symptoms will start returning, often worse than they were before. So the longer you use the cream, the more reliant you’ll become on it.
They Can Damage Your Skin
Using medicinal creams to treat the symptoms of your eczema for a prolonged period of time may cause skin thinning and weakening of your cell tissues. Moreover, they can cause darkening of the skin and stretch marks.
They Have Unhealthy Side Effects
Some of the most common side effects of these creams include:
- Eye damage
- Adrenal suppression
D.I.Y Herbal Soothing Eczema Creams
There are plenty of other, more natural ways to treat the problem. Read on and find out how to make your own homemade natural creams.
Eczema Cream for Dry and Painful Skin
This amazingly easy, soothing eczema cream includes a bunch of good-for-you moisturizing oils and butter that really help relieve the dryness that’s caused by eczema. With the addition of Aloe Vera gel, this cream penetrates deeply into the tissue. Thanks to ingredients such as Kombucha, colloidal silver, and green tea, this cream may help combat infections and promote healthy cell growth.
You can check out the full recipe here if you’re keen on giving it a shot!
Homemade Eczema Cream
This cream is perfectly suitable for even the most sensitive skin and really helps add that extra moisture which is needed to improve the appearance of eczema. In addition, Lavender Essential Oil and Honey ensure that this cream not only moisturizes on the deepest level, but it also heals the skin as well.
- ½ cup pure shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey (use local)
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops tea tree essential oil
Using a double boiler or similar setup (I used a small pot in a larger pot), melt down the shea butter and coconut oil until they’re combined. Next, add the honey and allow it to melt. When everything is in a liquid state, add the lavender and tea tree oils and stir to combine.
Allow your mixture to cool slightly so that it will begin to solidify. If, like me, you are prone to impatience, you can put the solution in the refrigerator. (If you are as impatient as I am, you may be tempted to use the freezer.
I will warn against that only because I’ve done that before, and I ended up with a too-solid mixture that I had to melt back down, which began the whole process again.) When your solution has thickened up, but is still liquid, go ahead and give it the first round of mixing. I prefer a hand-held mixer, but a stand mixer would work, too.
Mix for several minutes until the color has lightened and the solution has a frothy appearance. As the solution solidifies, mix every ten minutes or so, until it is at its peak solid state (similar to a lotion consistency). Mix one more time and transfer to the mason jar or other container.
You can store this at room temperature or in the refrigerator, depending on how solid you would like it to remain.
As always, when using a new product on your skin, use sparingly at first to be sure that your skin reacts well. After you’ve determined that your skin reacts well, apply once or twice a day over the affected area.
Homemade Sensitive Skin Cream for Eczema
This cream is gentle enough to use on babies. Thanks to the coconut oil in this recipe, this cream is anti-viral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and also has anti-fungal properties. All in all, this cream provides the much-needed relief from your eczema symptoms.
It contains Melrose Essential Oil, which is a blend of tea tree, rosemary, Naouli, and clove essential oils and it supports and promotes healthy skin and cell regeneration. What is more, there is also some Vitamin E oil, which is a natural preservative and is also great for your skin!
Homemade Eczema Cream
1/4 cup coconut oil (soft or melted)
1/4 cup shea butter
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
25 drops of Melrose Essential Oil
15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
1. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E oil. Stir or whisk well.
2. Add in essential oils, stir until well incorporated.
Transfer the cream to a container. You can store this at room temperature, but if your home is warm (above 76 degrees) it may get a little “melty.” It will still do the trick but might be a little messy. If this is the case, simple store in the refrigerator.
Makes about 4 oz.