Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Almond Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cold Showers
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Diatomaceous Earth
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Fish Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Psoriaflora Cream
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Cream, Propolis
- Apple Fast
- Apples, ACV, Dietary Changes
- Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
- Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda, Witch Hazel
- Beetle Nut Juice, Hot Chili Sauce
- Bleach Bath
- Carrot Juice
- Castor Oil
- Chamomile Tea
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colloidal Silver
- Decolorized Iodine
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Discoid Eczema Remedies
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Do Nothing
- Eczema Remedies
- Egg Yolk
- Eliminate Citric Acid
- Eliminate Corn Products and Nuts
- Eliminate Dairy
- Eliminate Milk
- Eliminate Wheat
- Emu Oil
- Epsom Salts
- Fish Oil
- Fish Oil, Yogurt
- Flax Seed Oil
- General Feedback
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Oxide Cream
- Goat Milk
- Heavy Metal Detoxing, Zinc Supplementation
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Homemade Cream
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Iodoral Tablets
- Jojoba Oil
- Krill Oil
- Lemon and Pineapple Juice
- Mangosteen Skin Poultice
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Supplements
- Neem Oil
- Neem Oil, Baking Soda
- Niacinimade Powder, Vitamin E
- Ocean Water
- Oil Pulling
- Olive Oil
- Oolong Tea
- Oregano Oil
- Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Petroleum Jelly
- Raw Food Diet
- Removing Fluoride
- Salt and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt Rub, Mint Liquid Soap
- Sanitize Clothes
- Sea Salt Baths
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Evening Primrose Oil
- Shea Butter
- Shower Filter
- Soap Nuts
- Table Salt
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Urine Therapy
- Vinegar and Olive Oil
- Vinegar Soaks
- Vitamin B-Complex
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D-3
- Vitamin E
- White Sugar Cane Vinegar
What Is Eczema?
Eczema, or dermatitis, is an irritation of the skin and is associated with a number of unpleasant symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching, dryness, crusting, and flaking; and in severe cases there can be blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding skin. Eczema is a very common condition, occuring in about 1-2% of adults and as much as 20% of children! Being very itchy, this skin condition can be distracting physically as well as causing embarrassment if the skin blemishes are visible, or even leave scars from excessive scratching.
It is currently unknown what causes eczema, but there is a hypothesis (the hygiene hypothesis1) that exposure to bacteria is important during developing childhood years, and keeping children in overly sterile environments could increase the risk of allergies, asthma, and eczema. There is also a high rate of eczema seen in celiac sufferers vs. people without celiac disease, suggesting there is a genetic link for eczema. Additionally, stress and environmental factors are currently being explored as possible causes of eczema. Currently, a cure for eczema has not been recognized by modern medicine.
Find a Cure for Eczema!
Here at Earth Clinic, we have dozens of submitted remedies for eczema and wonderful success stories with them. Our most popular natural cure for eczema is apple cider vinegar, and also favorable are coconut oil,2 honey, and the 3 day apple fast. Below are some of the best home remedies to cure eczema & contact dermatitis, as reported by our readers. Some remedies work better for different people, so please let us know if you have had any luck curing your eczema with folk remedies!
2Novel Antibacterial and Emollient Effects of Coconut and Virgin Olive Oils in Adult Atopic Dermatitis
|Apple Cider Vinegar||44 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||15 YEAS|
|Multiple Remedies||5 YEAS|
[YEA] 12/10/2006: B from Attica, IN: "After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestinal tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems."Replies
[YEA] 10/09/2011: Jeff from Detroit Metro, Michigan Usa replies: "I have been taking Acidophilus with Bifidum wafers for one week now and it has provided me with relief from my eczema. I now feel like myself again, and can actually sleep without Tylenol PM. Don't forget to moisturize problematic areas after showering."
[YEA] 11/23/2011: Kiri from Perth, Western Australia replies: "This dude is right, I had severe eczema all over my body, you take high doses of vit c to alleviate itching and for healing. Acidophilus at night for stomach inbalances, you will notice that your stomach can get very acidy, thats when you take an extra acidophilus. So one a night and one when needed. And have oatmeal baths (in handkerchief with rubber band around it, squeeze out white stuff, is healing and takes away itch) and eat as much as you can also. Put nutraplus as a healing cream, nothing else, as it will heat it up, and dove soap. Hope this helps someone out there. Kiri"
07/12/2012: Joe from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia replies: "I am diagnosed with seborrheic eczema for about 2 weeks now. My dermatologist prescribed me with a shampoo and some kind of tonic to ease the itchiness on my scalp but unfortunately it only worked for the first two days. On the third day my scalp became more itchy and oily. The itchiness more intense during night time and it's making me hard to fall asleep. I had tried Apple Cider Vinegar soak for an hour before shampoo my hair, my scalp is less oily but the itch is still there. Can I use the Apple Cider Vinegar soak everyday for a longer period and what can I do to stop the itchiness, please help.."
07/12/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Joe, I had the worst problem with an itchy scalp for the longest time. I felt compelled to wash my hair at least every other day, sometimes daily because it would make me so crazy! Then, a couple of years ago here on EC, I read about borax for your scalp and decided to try it. Voila! It worked- no more itchy scalp. I would still wash my hair fairly frequently then, I learned of oiling your hair also here on EC. I researched that concept and then started doing that. I found that I no longer needed to wash my hair very often. Maybe every four days now. Somehow the oiling seemed to balance my scalp out and it no longer gets dry or oily or itchy. Hope this helps. Lisa"
07/13/2012: Reader from La, Ca replies: "IF you have any itchiness that is worse at night, please rule out mites in your scalp as they could get very bad and spread."
02/27/2013: Forloveford from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada: "I have suffered from eczema for 14 years, this past year it has gotten out of control due to high stress and anxiety. Recently my Husband had an abscessed tooth and I looked on here for some remedies when I came across the activated charcoal, it draws out toxins so he used it and it drew out the abscess (in the bone) in two days, he is now pain free.
Anyways, I have been unable to sleep through the night or even function normally for months, I got another rash on my hand and decided to take some of the poultice I made for my Husbands tooth and put it on my new rash. I left it on for a few minutes and washed it off, which proved to be the most frustrating part of this cure!
A few days later (which brings me to today) I ended up itching severely on my lowers legs, this has been my area of most irritation, I popped open two capsules and mixed them with organic coconut oil and applied it to the most painful areas. WARNING; this stuff will stain everything: skin, clothes, tubs I mean EVERYTHING! I ran a bath as I allowed to stuff to sink in, grabbed a book (after washing my hands a million times) and got into the tub. I stayed in for about 20-30 minutes after which I proceeded to wash my skin over and over and over with an organic all natural bar of soap and a clean washcloth (I wash all my laundry with a solution of borax, grated and diluted organic lavender bar-soap and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil, this has helped allot with my skin irritation and allergies) My skin was a dingy grey after wards and so I drained my black rimmed tub and showered, again washing my skin thoroughly but not too much as to irritate my skin again, then I washed out my tub, dried off with a fresh towel and relaxed for a few minutes (this I found to be highly important in stress management, which contributes to eczema).
My skin never felt better and I actually had some energy. I still have black lines and dingy skin but I really don't care, it will wash off the next shower I have. I have also decided to take one charcoal tablet a day to help with the IBS I frequently experience and know that it contributes to low immune function and the plethora of health issues I have faced since I was about 10.
Anyone with severe skin issues I highly recommend a healthy non-gmo diet, elimination of industrial chemicals in household products, elimination of fluoride and as odd as it seems placed in this list: Inner Child therapy (I find the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh the best, he treats the body, mind and world as a whole) Most of these immune issues stem from severe stress and trauma experienced during childhood, things we didn't and still have not faced that resurface as health problems.
Recipe for skin poultice:
- 2 caps activated charcoal Aprox. 1 Tbls
- equal amount of Organic Coconut Oil
- Mix together and apply for at least 30 minutes.
Like others have stated you may experience a urine-like smell and this indicates that it is working (not sure why, will have to look into that) First time I did this I smelled urine, very strongly in the tub until I washed the charcoal from myself and the tub, its gross and quite pungent, perhaps this is the toxins that are drawn out? If anyone has information on this mechanism please reply with your info!
An FYI in case anyone is interested, I have tried the prescription meds since I was very young, every other home remedy on this site as well as other but nothing has provided the immediate relief I experienced from the charcoal poultice. The itching, burning, swelling, redness, and small pimple-like lesions have disappeared all that is left of it is the scabs where I have scratched so much I opened the lesions.
Please drink plenty of fluoride free (if possible) water after ingesting or applying charcoal as it dehydrates the body."Replies
02/28/2013: Julie from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia replies: "Try a less messy poultice by mixing the activated charcoal with a little fine psyllium powder and water to a manageable paste. It firms up after a while and then to a consistency which can be peeled off eventually. Makes a good facial mask."
[YEA] 11/14/2008: Susan from Dania, FL U.S.: "i have a skin allergy,that a dermatologist identified as being eczema, It appears between my knee and ankle on my left leg. over the past 40 years it started about the size of a quarter and for the past 10 or 15 years had grown to cover and area of 4in.by 4 in.....I started taking the charcoal capsules twice a day, each capsule aprox 280 milligrams..the lesion has shrunk to about the size of a quarter..no more itching and burning etc,also whenever i feel an sinus allergy attack i take the charcoal..i reduce the amount that i take when the synmtoms reduce..can one build up immunity, does anyone know ,or toxicity???"
Aloe Vera Juice
03/27/2011: Amelie from Paris, France: "Eczema remedy: 1/2 cup of organic pure aloe vera juice when you wake up and the same before going to bed. You should start seeing a difference within 3-4 weeks."
Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
Dilute a bit of ACV with equal amounts of water and wash your patches of eczema patches with this mixture. You should also be taking a daily ACV tonic—one teaspoon of ACV in a large glass of water (natural sweetener to taste, optional). Increase the amount of ACV to 1-2 tablespoons per glass as your body tolerates it. Drinking and applying apple cider vinegar (ACV) can restore your overall skin health and stop eczema rashes.
[YEA] 09/05/2013: Renata from Chicago, Il: "Hey guys, thanks so much for all these wonderful reviews! My eczema is gone! I have struggled with this eczema for about 3 years now. It appeared on my hands and it was awful since I work with children and I have to wash often my hands. Last Thursday I read about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) used externally and I applied it on my hands before going in the bed. By morning I could see noticeable signs. Unbelievable! Friday I did the same thing a couple of times during the day and then hydrating the skin with natural oils (coconut, olive etc). Friday night I could see a major improvement. I am on a glute-free Vegan diet and I also drink 2 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and raw honey for taste. Every day I prepare a large glass of vegetable juice from green veggies (parsley, cilantro, kale, cucumber and zuchini, celery, apple for taste). I eat at least 2 plums a day for a better digestion. I have bought an enema bag from amazon to detox my body. So far, I feel fantastic and my eczema is gone in less than a week! . None of those oinments cortizone, triamcinolon, fluocionide etc did not work as the ACV. I am so happy!!"
08/28/2013: Revaty from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "Dear Sir/Madam,
I'm mother who have delivered my baby boy in April 2013. My baby is fully breast fed all the times. Lately I noticed that he had ezcema on this face and this body all over. I'm quite worried on this.
However, I took him to the nearest pediatric for an advise. The doc told me that my baby got ezcema. She recommend me on some ointment and ask me to change my body bath syampoo right now I'm using for the baby. In spite of that, she gave my baby Promethazine for oral use and Cutivate Cream for apply twice after bath.
I'm quite worried on the streiod contain in this cream. Will this harm my baby?
Can I drink Apple Cider Vinegar for my baby ezcema. Will this helps me, since I'm breast feeding my baby thru the milk it will ease this itchness and the pain.
Seeking for your advise. Thank you
Regards, Ms. Revaty from Malaysia."Replies
08/28/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Ms. Revaty: when this happened to me, I went for allergy testing and it turns out my baby was allergic to eggs. When I stayed off eggs, the eczema got much better.
I don't see why you cannot try drinking ACV while nursing. Just monitor closely any reactions.
Yes, I would also be concerned about harsh chemicals on baby's skin."
08/28/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Ms. Revaty,
Your baby is blessed to be breastfed exclusively all these months! And you are wise to be concerned about the creams for your baby. In the US the prescriptions for those drugs are linked to childhood cancer and they don't even heal the problem, just treat the symptoms! A friend was given a prescription for her toddler (she didn't use it! ) and the doctor warned her to wash it off her own hands after applying it to her child (because it was dangerous.)
Yes, try the apple cider vinegar. It is very safe in breastfeeding. I nursed my last two babies for about two years each and used apple cider vinegar the whole time. When the began to drink, they would even drink my water that had the vinegar in it!
Another person here recommended looking into allergies. I agree. Eggs, wheat and dairy are the things most likely to cause allergy. If you give them up, the benefit will be there for your baby if he is sensitive to them. I couldn't have dairy with most of my children.
Look on earth clinic's eczema page for lots of good ideas of what people have used. If you can get a comfrey salve, that would be a good thing to try. You can also give your child a bath in a comfrey leaf tea. Make a strong tea of it and put it in the bath and let her play a long time. You could do this many times a week. Extra Virgin Cold Processed Coconut oil is also very safe and can be used on her skin.
You might need to get an hypoallergenic laundry detergent or just wash your baby's clothes with water and baking soda or vinegar. (You could alternate but don't do both at once. ) Find a shampoo and soap that are very gentle and hypoallergenic, and don't bath with those things very often. Just a comfrey tea bath or epsom salt bath a few times a week is best.
Let us know how it goes! I hope you find something to help your little one soon!
~Mama to Many~"
09/10/2013: Gmatt from Georgia replies: "I have a young daughter who has had eczema for about six years and it is only getting worse. We have tried the expensive creams and I am willing to try putting the Apple Cider Vinegar on it but I am not sure about her drinking it because of the taste, are their any suggestions out there and because she is a child do I use less Apple Cider Vinegar or what? Thanks"
09/10/2013: Kelly from Cambridge, Ma replies: "If you put the ACV in grape juice, she may not notice the taste much, if at all. I would give her 1 capful of ACV in grape juice twice a day. If the ACV doesn't work you could also try what worked for my daughter's eczema - yogurt and fish oil capsules. (Provided she can swallow a capsule. You could get Krill oil caps, which are much smaller than traditional fish oil caps.)
I had her take one fish oil capsule and eat a container of yogurt at least once a day - twice, if possible.
After having tried many, many natural treatments for her eczema, this one worked!"
06/03/2013: Guilt from Singapore: "Hello all, I stumbled upon this website last night. I'm 41 year old male. Asian. Suffering from Eczema since 1990. I walk in the sun to work for 20 minutes in the morning and I work out on the cross trainer at night. All these perspiring contributes to scratching til the skin bleeds. My intake is rice, vege and meat like all Asians. I skip lunch and eat an apple every day without fail. So with knowledge from this website... I have started this ACV remedy as I type. I have started drinking 8oz of water to ACV. And uses 50% to 50% water to ACV on my skin. First time usage and I have already started to feel the itch fading. I will know better after bathing tonight and spray on again to know for sure. Thank you so much for the information."Replies
06/07/2013: Abe from Los Angeles, California United States replies: "Be careful! If you used a Steriod cream your so-called Eczema might be a false type Eczema. I had this fake Eczema crawling up my legs and covering my feet. I'm almost cured! Steroid creams are known to clogged your pores and cause Redman Syndrome. The cure if to leave yourself alone, stop the cream, wash and sunbath. See this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNbtSGurllM"
[YEA] 04/01/2013: Arlene from Jekyll Island, Ga: "ACV worked for my eczema. I applied it to the itchy rash on my hands and between my fingers and in a few days the rash was dried up and gone. Thank you for all your wonderful feedback and emails."
[YEA] 02/25/2013: Lkforster from Olympia, Wa: "Apple Cider Vinegar for Excema/Dermatitis: I have never quite known the name of my skin problems, nor gotten a proper diagnosis. But here's the gist: severe itching of the hands, followed by small blisters, the blisters break, then the skin itself cracks and peels. Once the skin somewhat heals? Repeat cycle. This went on for 15 years, in varying degrees, with little respite-whenever I got rid of it for a short period of time, it would rear its ugly head again some time later. And it was ugly, believe me... Showing off your new engagement ring on a hand that looks like it was chewed by a dog detracts from your overall happiness in life. I'm not trying to be dramatic, it just really did suck.
About four years ago, I had gone a pretty significant length of time without any significant problems-then, one night, I awoke to the horrible itching in my hands, and by morning my hands were blistered and painful. That's when I got online, and discovered Earth Clinic-I was looking for ANYTHING that might help. The first remedy I tried was apple cider vinegar-I had some in my pantry already, and figured it wouldn't do any damage. On the contrary, it did wonders! I applied it directly to a cotton ball, which I then applied directly to my skin-it stung like a sonofabitch, but seemed to immediately work. The blisters that had already cracked dried up, and the ones that had yet to open receeded. After applying the vinegar for several days, maybe a week, my skin showed no signs of distress. I haven't had an issue since then-if I see any kind of flare up, I apply the apple cider vinegar, and it immediately disappears.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year, which I now think was the possible cause of my skin problems. However, I went three years prior to my diagnosis with relatively no skin problems because of the apple cider vinegar. I recently began drinking a tablespoon in a glass of water twice daily, and I think it helps with digestion too. Try it... It certainly won't hurt, and you may be surprised at how well it works!"
[YEA] 01/26/2013: Su from Victoria, Canada: "ACV saved my life. I had a very mild case of eczema over my body, but my face was a total disaster. After reading the above comments and replies, yesterday I bought an organic ACV with "mother" and applied 50/50 ratio on my face and hands. Overnight, the marks, the redness and itching has disappeared. I was soo happy when I looked at my face today morning, and believe me, I haven't felt happy like that in a long time. Unlike some commenters, it did not frizzle and hurt like hell (I dont know why) but agree with the smell factor. Since I have a very oily skin, I applied aloe right after instead of coconut oil. I think it soothed the skin a lot. I want to thank all of you for suggesting ACV.. It is definitely a gift from mother nature for all of us who suffer.... :)"
[YEA] 12/02/2012: Grace from London, UK: "I am so grateful for this wonderful website. Thank you so much! This site is truly an amazing resource.
Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing!
I have had constant eczema on my face for well over a month now which was spreading and looking very unsightly. I tried everything: applying topically very high concentration cortisone cream, coconut oil, aloe vera, E45 which is a cream that contains uric acid, bleach (which I do not recommend it just burnt my skin), salt, shea butter and more.
When I first tried the ACV it did not work because I applied it neat this burnt my skin too much. However I tried again this time I diluted 50% ACV and 50% water. When I first applied it in the evening my skin itched, tingled, the eczema turned red and patches even turned white and fizzled. I did this once more before going to bed. The next day it was a bit better but it appeared to have spread as if it was trying to escape the treatment. I almost gave up but did not I persevered and applied again that morning.
Once again the skin turned red and white patches sizzled. That day the eczema looked like it was slowly drying up although the skin was still red and irritated. Once again I did not know whether to continue. However I did and cotton-swabbed the mixture of ACV and water twice more onto the affected area. I also cleaned my face with the leftovers, using it as a toner and noticed my complexion looked brighter.
This morning on the third day of this ACV treatment the eczema is much improved. It has not disappeared as yet but it is so much better and I can see the treatment is working and slowly but surely drying out my eczema! Very happy and relieved.
Of course I am aware that eczema is caused by underlying internal problems so I am not only treating externally but getting to the root of the problem. I had been on a detox diet and when I stopped this the eczema came back so now I know I have to cut out all wheat, dairy, gluten, eggs, sugars (apart from a few berries), red meat and limit citrus fruits as oranges and lemons can also cause eczema. I will eat a diet rich in vegetables in order to keep my system alkaline.
Thanks again earth clinic for another amazing remedy! This is the best site ever."Replies
07/17/2013: Amira from Flushing, New York replies: "Hey, I'm not very sure if your going to come back to this page but, I'm wondering if when you applied it to your face, did it sting like crazy?
I'm planning on buying ACV tomorrow morning, and applying it on my face. But I'm terrified of what's going to happen after that. I have very bad eczema on my face and I'm very scared. Do you think it's alright if I still go for it? Thanks :D"
07/18/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Amira, dilute it."
07/18/2013: Tenaciousd from Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA replies: "I regularly put straight ACV on my face these days but the first time I tried that, it not only stung, it also left my face crispy for a number of days... Like a very thin, uneven scab. I highly recommend diluting it with water until your face gets used to it. 50/50 should be good, you don't have to be too precise about it, just experiment a little. It might sting a little sometimes even after you get used to it but it does great things for your skin so it's worth it. Good luck!"
07/18/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/USA replies: "to Amira: Read what Grace wrote about ACV stinging. She explained that she had to dilute the ACV. Use spring water or distilled water. Try just a very small area on your face. Sure, it will probably sting, at least a little, but hang in there! And continue this regimen for 2-3 days and see how you do.
Also, per other posts here on EC about eczema, eczema is most always due to poor diet. So, clean up your diet for a few weeks. This means NO sugar, NO processed or "white" foods (flour, potatoes, etc.), NO caffeine, possibly no gluten, as well. Only eat LOTS of organic veggies, especially all the green ones, including kale, beets, cabbage. Vary your colors of veggies. Try juicing the veggies, or lightly steam them.
If you eat meat, don't forget to eat organic protein: chicken, turkey, free-range beef, wild-caught salmon."
07/18/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, USA replies: "Amira, If you use ACV on your face, you might try diluting it a good bit and testing just a small area.
Try 1 part ACV to 3 parts pure water. Try on one small spot and see how you do. You can then increase the area you cover. I don't think I would ever do more than 1/2 ACV on the face.
Not sure what else you have tried for your ezcema... there are lots of really good ideas on the eczema page here at earth clinic.
Just be gentle on your skin.... It won't heal very well if the remedies are stressful to the skin... I had some eczema on my arm for a very long time... Borage Oil (3 capsules a day) is what worked for me.
Hope you get releif soon! Let us know what helps you.
~Mama to Many~"
[YEA] 07/09/2012: Anjali from Sydney, Australia: "I've had moderate eczema since I was 2 years old. By the age of 12, with the help of prescription creams, it had been cleared from all parts of my body, except... my face! I'm 22 now.
For the last 10 years, the only place I had eczema was my face, out of all the places it could be! And it was very stubborn, there was nothing I could do to clear it. I have naturally dark skin ( I am of Indian origin) and so the marks on my face were quite dark ( on anglo/white skin they are red) and prominent. I suffered from low self confidence because of this, and was desperate to find a solution, and tried almost every cream the doctor had prescribed.
After many years of trial and error, and this wonderful website, I've found something that works for me and thought that I should share :)
Firstly, eliminate or drastically reduce sugar in your diet. Sugar is white poison they say... Also look out for it in processed foods - you'll be surprised at how much is hidden in there. I also have eliminated dairy from my diet, due to having a mild allergy to it.
On the days I eat lots of sugar, my eczema flares up. I have noticed this time and time again. Eat a healthy balanced diet, with lots of fruit, vegetables, grains, meat (if you aren't vegetarian) and legumes. Limit processed foods with sugar, additives, preservatives. And most importantly, stop the sugar!
I have also noted on many occasions, that drinking plenty of water every day significantly improves my eczema. So stay hydrated!
And the last and final thing, something you'll hear a lot about on this website: unfiltered oragnic apple cider vinegar (ACV). I have been using this for the last 6 weeks and the reults have been amazing, what a huge difference. My face is almost clear, after years of trying, I am so happy!
I consume ACV 3 times a day before each meal. 2 teaspoons dissolved in a glass of water each time. There are a range of benefits - look at this website for more info :)
I also started applying it topically on my face. Now some people mention immediate results from this, ie within 24 hours it has cleared. I had very stubborn eczema, the skin on parts of my face was dark, cracked, and rough, and had been so for many years.
I used a solution of 50% water and 50% ACV and applied it all over my face ( it is excellent as a general toner used daily, even if you don't have eczema). The first 3/4 times I used this solution it stung!!! The skin became irritated, darker, sore, itchier, and small white bubbles appeared under my skin, it looked terrible! My skin settled down after a few minutes, but the apperance hadnt changed. I did this routine for about 4 days, and my eczema patches became slightly worse ( or at least, they looked worse! ) but I persisted, and after a few more days my skin no longer became irritated, and the affected areas started to peel slowly, leaving healthier skin on the areas of my face where the eczema once was.
If I touch it right now, my whole face is smooth, no areas are cracked or sore. It hasn't healed 100%, but if before on a scale of 1 to 10, the eczema on my face was a 7, it is now a 2! Huge difference! I am so happy! The areas of my face that had eczema are still slightly darker than the rest of my face but this shoukd improve in time. In general the skin on my face is glowing too.
I just follow the ACV toner with a good, gentle moisturising cream/lotion. No harmful doctor's prescribed eczema creams with side effects, that have failed me over the years. Just simple, apple cider vinegar - make sure you buy unfiltered and organic!
So eat healthy, drink plenty of water, excercise, keep a positive attitude, and drink and apply topically ACV as per the instructions above.
Ezcema is also caused my stress, so keep a free mind. I'm also thinking of starting yoga soon
Good luck :) and thankyou to Earth Clinic and all its contributers!!"
[YEA] 07/05/2012: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "I have to give another resounding YES for the ACV Eczema remedy. I did a chemical peel to my face the other day which caused my eczema to flare up all over my face. It was extremely embarassing and I didn't go out yesterday during the 4th of July because of it. I was applying coconut oil to it regularly and while it helped, the eczema would flare up again a few hours later. I was at my wit's end.
After trying for a couple of days to treat it without success, I decided to try the ACV remedy. I just applied it full-strength on a cotton pad and swiped my face. OUCH! It was quite painful as some of the skin was broken. My face turned red and the eczema looked a lot more red, raised, and angry. I let it sit as long as I could stand it and then applied coconut oil on top of it to soothe the skin. I also took a tbsp of ACV in water internally to maximize the effect.
An HOUR later, the eczema was 85% gone. I couldn't believe it! I reapplied right before going to bed last night and this morning my face is 100% clear.
Another miracle of ACV! I can't live without this stuff."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/22/2012: Max from Honolulu, Hi: "After using the ACV for about a week for eczema, I've noticed my skin has been getting flaky and redish. Is this a sign that it's working. This never happened to my skin before so I know its a direct reaction to the ACV. This is first time I'm using it too. Taking it orally 3 times a day maybe more at 2tbsp in water. I also have a burning sensation in my lips, mouth, and tongue, and even gastritis. I believe it is all related. Do you think the ACV regimen will help? GERD medicines didn't help me at all. Thanks."
[YEA] 04/26/2012: Andrei from Las Pinas City, Metro Manila, Philippines: "It's a YEA for me. It all started with Sebhorrheic Dermatitis when I was in high school which caused flaking skin on the creases of my nose. Sometimes, there would also be on my eyebrows. This would usually make my skin red too.
Later on, I needed to go to the Dermatologist to get some treatment on acne as suggested by our university phsyician when I had my first annual physical exam in college. I went on some medication for acne. Later on, I asked for treatment on my drying skin too... Then came the hydrocortisone. It worked for a while. But later on, my skin would dry again.
I actually stopped with the acne meds since it seemed like my breakouts were under control already. For the drying skin problem, though, the meds were upgraded to Desonide cream, which is a stronger topical steroid cream. It worked so I stopped seeing my dermatogologist. I used it for about 8 months and then I decided to stop.
It was because it thought it was such a strong chemical and I wanted to take a ore natural route. In just 3 days, my face got terribly worse to the point where it would be embarrassing to go out of the house. The worst part is that I had to graduate college having that on my face.
At first, I was using coconut oil topically and internally. I only had minor relief from it. Later on, the drying and scaling came back again and it felt like days were just passing by with no progress. I started to research more on this condition and went through different words like staph infection, dermatitis, etc.
I finally came to the conclusion that this was eczema. I also decided to research more on what to do with it since VCO did not seem to budge anymore. I ordered different products like Sunflower Seed Oil and Flaxseed Oil. But I ended up using Apple Cider Vinegar.
I did the internal and external way again. The first two times I put it on my face, it really burned! And I felt like it was a good thing because at least something was happening. After 2-3 days, all the dryness have already fallen down. It was one of the best times of my life! It even happened during New Year's Eve. Haha.
Now, it's already about 4 months since I have been freed from that torture. I still use the ACV both ways. I have no problem with depending on it because it is organic. I don't drink too much of it though because it is said to be able to cause problems when taken in excess.
The mark where the eczema once was could still be seen on my face. It's actually like a 5 o'clock shadow so it has the tendency to look natural --- optimistically. Sometimes, though, there would be a bit of mild flaking but still to a point where ACV could easily take over.
As for my hopes, it would be that it would never come back again. I also hope that the mark would eventually fade and match my natural skin tone. To those who are still going through this eczema, just try to beat I with ACV! I have a good feeling it really is designed for it. :)"