Adult Eczema Remedies

Adult Eczema Remedies

Adult Eczema

 

Introduction

Eczema may be a different experience for people of all ages. This means that each individual will need a remedy specifically for them! This article covers a wide variety of alternatives to help make living with eczema more manageable.

Use Effective Moisturizers For Adult Eczema

Eczema is known to dry the skin out, so maintaining thoroughly moisturized skin is key. In order to do this, thick/creamy moisturizers must be used. It has been noted that creams and salves are better to use than lotions because they last longer and are more effective. After taking showers, it is recommended to moisturize within three minutes of getting out to ensure extra moisture is retained which helps to keep the skin moisturized for a longer period of time.

Aloe Vera Gel For Adult Eczema

Aloe Vera can be found in the leaves of an Aloe Plant. The gel/oil that is extracted from the plant has antibacterial, antimicrobial, immune system-boosting, and wound healing properties. These qualities are helpful ingredients that help prevent skin infections. Because Aloe Vera Gel contains all of these qualities, it can be used as a great remedy for adults who suffer from eczema. The best form of this gel are ones that contain the fewest additives. It is key that the gel purchased does not contain alcohol, preservatives, fragrances and or colors, as these additives can cause severe irritation for those who have eczema. When applying, it is best to test the gel on a small part of the skin to ensure that there is no negative reaction. 

Exercise – For Adult Eczema

Stress is one of the several major causes of eczema. So, in order to decrease your chances of getting eczema, try getting some exercise! Exercising is a great way to relieve stress! Running and Yoga are two popular ways people tend to relieve stress, so join the club and help your mind, body, and skin with some good, old fashion exercise! 

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Relax and Decompress – For Adult Eczema

Along with going to the gym to relieve stress, it is also recommended to try various relaxation techniques that are as follows; 

  1. Meditation 
  2. Cognitive behavioral therapy 
  3. Deep breathing 
  4. Visualization 
  5. Music therapy 
  6. Hypnosis 
  7. Biofeedback 
  8. Tai chi 
  9. Yoga 

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Use a Humidifier For Adult Eczema

Dry air tends to be a major contributor to dry skin. For those who have eczema, it is key that they maintain a certain level of moisture on their skin. Without it, the skin becomes dry, itchy and cracked which can lead to painful infections. During the winter months, the air loses its moisture which causes the skin to become dry. The air is dry for those who have eczema and do nothing but trigger it. To prevent this, it is recommended to sleep with a humidifier to prevent this, especially during the winter. 

Apple Cider Vinegar For Adult Eczema

Apple Cider is a popular home remedy for several things with eczema being one of them. According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), apple cider vinegar helps with eczema. Although they have found that it helps with this condition, no research collected proves that it cures eczema. It is important that the skin’s acidic levels are at a continuous balance. Using apple cider vinegar can help with this but if it isn’t diluted, it can cause serious and severe burns. Because of this, there are specific ways one should use vinegar to help their eczema. They are as follows; 

  1. Dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water. After mixing, apply the solution on cotton/gauze and cover the dressing in clean cotton fabric. Finally, apply and leave on the affected area for 3 hours. 
  2. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath. After adding the vinegar, soak for 15-20 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Finally, moisturize within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath. 

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Bleach Bath For Adult Eczema

Taking a bath in bleach may sound dangerous, but it is quite beneficial for those who have eczema if done correctly and safely. Bleach kills bacteria on the surface of the skin. Taking bleach baths may restore the microbiome on the surface of the skin. The best way to use bleach to help eczema is as follows; 

  1. Add ½ cup of regular strength (6 percent) plain bleach into a full bathtub or 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. 
    1. Be sure to use lukewarm water to prevent the skin from drying out 
  2. Pour in the bleach while the bath is filling. 
  3. Soak for 5-10 minutes. 
  4. Rinse the body thoroughly with warm water. 
  5. Gently pat the skin dry. 
  6. Moisturize immediately after drying. 

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Evening Primrose Oil For Adult Eczema

Evening Primrose Oil is used to soothe irritated skin. So what better use then on someone who has eczema! Evening Primrose Oil can be used in many ways, one of them is by mouth. The best way to use Evening Primrose Oil to best benefit you if you have eczema is to apply it topically to the affected area. It contains omega-6 fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acid which can not only prevent inflammation but also calm it down if already present. 

Witch Hazel For Adult Eczema

Witch hazel is an astringent made from the leaves and bark of a witch hazel shrub. There isn’t much research on this astringent, but it has been used topically for centuries. It is usually used in cases of inflamed skin, drying up oozing areas, and relieving itching; all of which can be frequent scenarios for those who have eczema. Using this remedy may help relieve such symptoms.

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Sunflower Oil For Adult Eczema

Sunflower oil can be found in sunflower seeds. It has been found that sunflower oil protects the skin’s outer layer which provides it with the ability to retain moisture more effectively along with bacteria out. Sunflower oil can be used undiluted directly on the skin. It has been seen to be most effective after bathing while the skin is still wet.  

Dietary Changes For Adult Eczema

Eczema is caused by several things, one of those things being one’s diet. Certain foods can cause or reduce inflammation in the body. In order to prevent present inflammation and decrease the likelihood of it occurring again, it is best to eat anti-inflammatory foods like the ones listed below;  

  1. Fish 
  2. Leafy greens 
  3. Beans and lentils 
  4. Colorful fruits 
  5. Vegetables 
  6. Turmeric and cinnamon 

Foods to stay away from that are commonly known to cause inflammation are as follows; 

  1. Dairy 
  2. Eggs 
  3. Soy 
  4. Wheat

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Tea Tree Oil For Adult Eczema

  Tea Tree Oil can be obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia trees. This oil can help relieve dryness and itching as well as prevent infections for those who are prone to eczema. Tea tree oil must be diluted before use. The best way to use this product is to mix with an oil carrier like almond or olive oil.

Conclusion 

Although there were several treatment options listed, it’s best to use the remedy that works best for you. From oils to vinegar to just plain old exercise, there’s something to cater to everyone’s unique eczema state!

How Long Does Eczema Last In Adults?

How Long Does Eczema Last In Adults?

How long does eczema last in adults?

I have asked this question many times throughout my teens and into adulthood, and I’ve never received an answer that I was happy with. This is due to the fact that eczema is a very complicated condition.

Specialists are unsure what exactly causes eczema and it’s an area of ongoing medical research with multiple theories. Currently, over 40 studies are being carried out worldwide to find the answer to many eczema questions and this one ‘ How long does eczema last in adults?’ is just one of them.

However, they do believe that it’s a complex interaction between a person’s genetics and the environment and are confident with the correct funding and focus a cure will eventually be found.

It can depend on the type of eczema you have.

The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema, which usually affects children but can affect adults too.
‘Atopic’ means the condition is caused by allergy sensitivity. This can be controlled better than other forms of eczema as you have a say in the environment their exposed to.

Eczema affects 1 in 12 Adults in the UK alone, with the correct treatment and routines put in place it can be controlled until hopefully, you grow out of it. The key to treating eczema is to relieve the constant itching, which can lead to skin damage and infection.

Scratching and opening up the skin will lead to infection and flare-ups and for anyone who has ever had a full-blown eczema flare-up you will know it’s not nice and must be avoided at all cost.

Will eczema ever go away?

From the bottom of my heart I will I could say YES but Unfortunately, in some cases, it never goes away. In my own family, I have 3 brothers and 1 sister all of us had eczema at birth.  My sister grew out of eczema by the age of 21 but still has dry skin, but this is nothing compared to eczema. My oldest brother grew out of it altogether ( Lucky him ) but unfortunately myself ( the youngest ) and my other brother never grew out of it at all.

I still have very bad eczema which needs daily treatment and control. I have Atopic Eczema so conditions and environment affect me, the cold weather makes me worse and the warm weather improves my condition.

What about children?

Many children will suffer from infancy with eczema but before they reach school age, it can clear up all by itself. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed. In some cases, the symptoms may become considerably less severe and more manageable but the condition will still be there in the background.

Some children, however, could have the condition for the rest of their lives. There really is no way of knowing for sure, eczema has many variables and this is why it’s such a hard condition to understand and treat.

What about children?

Can adults develop eczema even if they didn’t have it as a child?

YES

If you develop eczema as an adult without any previous symptoms, the best course of action you can take when you develop eczema as an adult is to figure out if you have any external triggers that have caused the condition and any flare-ups.

Triggers could be anything from, environment, foods, chemicals, scents, heat, humidity, just about anything. Eliminating your triggers won’t completely get rid of your eczema, but it will make managing it far, far easier.

When you first notice any signs of change in your skin, you should always seek medical advice from your Dr or GP straight away who will identify the type of eczema and give you suitable creams and treatments.

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What does the future hold for me?

Sadly, there is no cure for eczema. No one knows what the future may hold, at the moment the best option is to figure out each person’s specific causes and try to eliminate or reduce their symptoms. One thing we tell everyone is that everyone’s eczema is different, and every case is different.

What works for one person may harm someone else’s.  E45 cream works for my son but makes me worse, I use DIPROBASE. I get mine from Amazon, I’ve highlighted the link for you to make it easier to find.

Someone who has suffered from eczema for years might suddenly find themselves free and clear, while another person who has only had mild skin conditions could find themselves with a full blown flare up. Eczema isn’t fair, but thankfully we still have ways that we can have partial control over your condition and, perhaps one day, we will figure out a way to get rid of it for good.

Read our article on eczema research in 2018

As a father of three, I have asked myself many questions regarding eczema and I’m sure my sons have asked themselves similar questions, like ‘ why me ‘ and ‘ How long will my eczema last’ All we can do is reassure them that they’re not alone in this battle against eczema. They can overcome it or at least control it to the stage where it won’t affect their lives too much.

You should never let eczema stop you from doing what you want to do in life, it hasn’t stopped me or my sons. Yes, it’s hard and unfair and really tough sometimes but don’t let eczema win!

If you need any other help or support we suggest you contact one of the national or government-backed eczema support companies out there HERE IS A LINK to some helpful contact details.

We recommend The National Eczema Association.  

We have a FACEBOOK group with hundreds of people and parents trying to cope and control eczema, please feel free to join today. It’s a safe and friendly environment to ask others going through similar things to yourself questions.


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We hope we’ve answered the question, How long does eczema last in adults? It may not be the answer you wanted to hear but being prepared for the long fight it better than going into it unarmed. You need to be mentally prepared for the long haul.

We at OurEczemaStory wish you all the best for your future. Good luck!

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