Eczema is a fairly common but complicated skin disease, often characterized by patchy inflamed skin that can blister, scale, and cause itchiness and misery. It’s often nicknamed “the rash that itches.” Some people outgrow the condition, but other people continue to have symptoms throughout their adulthood. Although there is no current cure for eczema, natural treatment for dry eczema focuses on healing skin and soothing symptoms.
D ry eczema is not contagious, but if it begins affecting quality of life or does not go away, it is important to consult a doctor or healthcare professional. However, there are many things you can try at home on your own as an eczema dry skin treatment.
1. Natural Moisture
With sensitive itchy skin, you want to be careful about what ingredients you’re applying that might be absorbed into the body. When shopping for an eczema dry skin treatment, we recommend all-natural moisturizing creams and balms that won’t burn or irritate your dry eczema.
Organic Manuka Soothing Skin Cream works wonders for dry eczema with its active ingredients of Manuka oil and Manuka honey, which both have strong antibacterial properties, allowing skin to heal.
Emily Soothers Super Dry Soother is a great product to try if you’re struggling with thick, scaly, dry eczema that resembles “crocodile” skin. It contains natural oils infused with Chinese herbs to help moisturize even the driest skin.
We also recommend our natural skincare set: Body Essentials Bundle. It features YoRo Natural's Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar and Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. It leaves the skin feeling soothed, soft, and smooth.
You can also take a look at these other dry eczema treatment options.
2. Wet and Dry Wrap Therapy
Another great natural treatment for dry eczema is a simple but effective at-home technique using a natural moisturizer and form-fitted clothing or bandage to wrap affected areas, called wet wrapping and dry wrapping.
To make wrapping simpler and more effective, specialty eczema wrap garments are great!
For wet wrapping babies, toddlers, and young children, we recommend:
Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Baby Coverall - features protective fold over mittens to help reduce scratching.
Remedywear Hats for babies and kids suffering from dry eczema on the scalp or cradle cap.
For adults, try this larger Remedywear hat for adults.
For wet wrapping older children, teens, and adults with more localized dry eczema, for instance, on an arm or leg, check out Remedywear™ Sleeves/Bandages for babies to adults. If you’re still unsure, learn more about wet wrapping here.
3. Scratching Mittens
Since one of the worst symptoms of dry eczema is itchy skin, it’s important to keep scratching to a minimum, because it often makes the condition worse and can even lead to infection. Babies and little kids often can’t help from scratching, so keep their skin protected and avoid infection with mittens like these ScratchSleeves with Scratch Mittens - they are a true lifesaver and an essential natural treatment for dry eczema. Our founder, Jennifer Roberge, used scratch mittens nightly with her son when he was 2-3 years old, and she credits them with a big portion of his healing. He wore them at night to prevent scratching in his sleep. They can also be worn during the day and are made from soft, natural, breathable material for sensitive skin.
4. Bathing + Hand Washing
Anyone who suffers from eczema, knows that bathing can be a nightmare, especially if skin is cracked or sensitive. However, if your itchy, dry skin is able to tolerate bathing, there are several natural soaps you can try, in small amounts to preserve the skin’s natural oils. Even the most natural and moisturizing soap should be used sparingly. And then be sure to moisturize the skin after washing, too. Finding a good moisturizing soap is tricky, but we recommend:
- Emily Smoothers Liquid Soap because it contains olive oil, as well as Chinese herbs to fight against dry skin. And it can double as a shampoo for shorter hair.
- Grass Fed Tallow Soap is excellent for eczema and sensitive, allergy-prone
skin. It’s paleo-friendly and made the old-fashioned way with lye, water, and
grass-fed tallow for deep, long-lasting moisture. Simple and pure.
5. Healing From Within
Our favorite natural treatment for dry eczema, isn't a skincare product at all! Sometimes the best way to treat this type of eczema is to heal from within. The body is a complex system, and a number of factors, including stress and our diet can affect flare-ups.
If you feel like you’re not having success in fully treating your dry eczema, then you may want read our post How to Get Rid of Eczema Naturally.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.