In order to understand how to get rid of eczema naturally, you need to know that, when you treat an eczema rash with a cream or corticosteroid, what you are really doing is treating the symptom of the condition and not it’s cause.
While it is not clear exactly what causes eczema, scientists do know that a number of contributing factors can cause an eczema flare up. Also, it is important to understand that no one factor is going to result in your being able to clear up eczema, but rather a combination of strategies put into practice together and on a regular basis. In other words, you will need to change your lifestyle.
Eczema and Diet
One of the factors that does contribute to eczema is diet and the resulting state of your gut. A poor gut lining has been found to negatively affect the skin, our behaviour, and is implicated in allergies too.
Many eczema sufferers have found relief by first getting their diet corrected using the gaps diet program from gapsdiet.com
A diet that is good for getting rid of eczema would be one that is high in raw food content , low in processed foods and sugar, low in caffeine, dairy, gluten, and red meats.
Use Coconut Oil
Cook with the highest grade of coconut oil that you can afford. If possible use cold pressed, organic, extra virgin coconut oil for cooking and eating.
The reason why coconut oil is so good for eczema prone skin is that it contains lauric acid which gets processed into monolaurin. This substance besides being antibacterial, and antiviral can penetrate deep into our skin to improves that barrier. Anything that improves the skin barrier will reduce eczema out breaks too.
Are You Getting Enough Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential fatty acids are, as the name suggests, fatty acids that we need for our bodies to function correctly. Unfortunately, we do not make them and so have to add them to our diets.
What foods supply these essential fatty acids?
Cod liver oil and oily fish such as mackerel, trout, cod and herring are a good source of essential fatty acids.
Other sources are things like chia and flax seeds, and olive oil.
Research studies have indicated that another form of essential fatty acids that our bodies need, and which can help eczema, is GLA or gamma linolenic acid. You can find this fatty acid in supplements such as evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, hemp and borage oil.
Probiotics for Eczema
As the cause of eczema is related to an unhealthy gut, you can understand then, that something like a probiotic supplement which improves the healthy bacteria in your gut will help fight eczema flare ups.
Supplements are available which will supply probiotics to your diet.
Probiotics can also be obtained from foods such as live cultured yoghurt, kefir (goats milk and fermented kefir), and sauerkraut.
Vitamins for Eczema
Many of our diets are deficient in the more commonly needed vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, D, B12 and E. Minerals like magnesium and zinc are essential too. If you are not sure that your diet gives you sufficient then consider taking a balanced vitamin and mineral supplement.
Your pharmacist will be able to recommend a good one.
As you can see most of these remedies are involved with improving your overall health, and so will help address the causes of your eczema not just treat the symptoms of it.