All-Natural Moisturizers for Eczema
There are so many environmental triggers and sensitivities out there to chemicals that we sometimes don’t know what is safe to use on our kids. This especially goes for many moisturizers that you find in stores and pharmacies that are marketed as treatments for eczema. They are often filled with a variety of unpronounceable chemicals and perfumes. If your eczema children have a sensitivity to any of those ingredients, you can expect a flare-up.
Although there are many eczema-safe creams out there, some parents prefer to use all-natural moisturizers that are derived from common, natural household goods. The philosophy is, the less ingredients there are in something, the less likely that there will be any kind of reaction. Here are some of the most popular, all-natural moisturizers out there that can be used as eczema creams for infants or toddlers. One word of caution: just because these are all-natural does not mean that you or your eczema kid won’t have a flare-up reaction to them. There are all kinds of triggers, so pay attention to any skin reaction after the first time you apply.
Honey is one of the most popular ingredients in store-bought moisturizing creams, and for good reason. It is a popular anti-inflammatory that has been used for the treatment of wounds for centuries as it has antibacterial properties. Although it can be quite effective, there is one major drawback: honey is incredibly sticky. It can be easy to accidentally make quite a mess around the house with honey, especially if you slather it on a toddler. If you decide to give it a try, only use a small amount on specific areas. Personally, we think that honey is best used as a part of a moisturizer rather than alone. Less mess that way.
2) Coconut Oil
We talked about this a few weeks ago in this blog, but it bears repeating. Coconut oil has, in the last few years, become incredibly popular for treating a variety of ailments, from hair loss to bad breath. We aren’t here to weigh in on the validity of these claims, but we can safely say that coconut oil can work wonders on your skin! As a natural oil, it moisturizers well and contains a number of vitamins that can help protect the skin barrier. It has an absolutely lovely natural scent (that is, if you like coconuts). And as an added bonus, you can cook with it!
Oatmeal is another natural treatment we mentioned in a previous blog. Oatmeal baths are excellent at reducing inflammation and itchiness for a variety of ailments from chicken pox to, of course, eczema. It can also be a useful ingredient in any homemade salve or cream. If you want to process your own at home, you will need a decent food processor. Pour a cup of oatmeal or quick oats and go at it until you have a fine powder. Mix with some water to create a salve, or pour the oats into a bath and mix well. Remember to have a good rinse after you get out!
4) Aloe Vera
This age-old treatment for a sunburn can also work fantastically on an eczema flare-up. Inside the Aloe Vera plant (which kind of looks like a friendly cactus), is a natural gel that has been used as an anti-inflammatory for centuries. It can help hydrate and calm the skin, making it a perfect moisturizer for eczema. The only issue is with finding the Aloe Vera plant to make your own. Forms of the gel are readily available in most drug stores, but it might take a little extra legwork if you want to get the gel from the source.
Avocado isn’t only a delicious ingredient; it can also be a wonderful moisturizer. Avocados are high in natural oils that can make them very helpful to restore moisture to the skin. There are some people, however, that believe eating an avocado can actually worsen eczema symptoms. We haven’t found scientific proof of this but, like all of the examples above, it could act as an eczema trigger for some people. Keep aware!
We would be remiss in listing potential eczema moisturizers without mentioning our own personal favorite: Vaniply Skin Care Ointment. It is as pure as it could possibly be, having been awarded the seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association. It’s fragrance, preservative, lanolin, paraben, gluten, sulfate, phosphate, and formaldehyde-free! Used alone, or with any of the natural moisturizers listed above, it can help reduce itchiness and hydrate painful, cracked eczema skin. It’s also perfect for wet wrap therapy! Whatever moisturizer you choose, pay close attention to the results. If you find one that works, that is fantastic news. If you find one that doesn’t, well, at least all of the all-natural moisturizers are edible! Best of luck!