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Beneficial Oils that can Treat Eczema

What is Eczema?

Eczema causes red, dry, and itchy rashes and is an inflammatory skin disease that is painful and has skin inflammation. There are different types of eczema such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis. All these types of eczema show different symptoms like redness, flaky skin, itching, etc. 

Among all of this, Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. In this skin condition, the skin is infected by bacteria and is painful and also the skin gets damaged. Eczema can range from mild to severe skin conditions. Eczema is mainly treated by consulting dermatologists but alternative medicines can be essential oils. There is anti-acne facewash for normal acne that is just started, to prevent more skin problems always wash your face with anti-acne facewash.

Essential oils are scented, flavoured and fragranced oil extracted by those parts of plants that have oil content in it. These essential oils are natural oils oil, they are also used in aromatherapies, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals industry to prevent many types of skin conditions. 

As essential oils can also be allergic to some people so it is always recommended to take advice from dermatologists. These essential oils are applied on the surface of the skin that is it is used for topical use only. These natural oils have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties. Essential oils cannot be directly applied to the skin, hence it is diluted with other beneficial oils.

Causes of Eczema

As we have mentioned above, eczema is of different types having different or similar symptoms. People who have eczema have an overactive immune system that leads to skin inflammation that causes symptoms like red, itchy, and painful skin. The causes of eczema can be genetic, food, irritants, stress, etc.

  • The person having eczema has a mutation in a protein that helps the skin to maintain a protective barrier. People with eczema are not able to synthesize this protein which leads to inflammation to the skin causing bacterial or fungal infections. Hence children can have eczema if their parents have a history of eczema are more likely to develop the skin condition.
  • Many food ingredients cause food allergies to some people and people having atopic dermatitis are more sensitive towards certain food.
  • Products like soap, disinfectants, fragrances, fabrics are some types of irritants that can irritate eczema patients.
  • Hormones, medicines, and certain injuries can also cause eczema.

Following Essential oils are beneficial for the treatment of eczema on face and skin diseases:

Coconut Oil

Though coconut oil is not an essential oil, it helps people with the treatment of eczema. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil soothes the skin of the person suffering from eczema.

Tea tree Oil

Tea tree oil is the oil that is commonly found in many skincare products. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Tea tree oil is the best oil to treat eczema, acne, and dandruff. Tea tree oil when directly applied to the skin can be irritating so it is always diluted with carrier oils and applied on the surface of the skin. 

Chamomile

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can be helpful for dermatitis and other types of eczema. Chamomile treatment helps soothe and calm eczema, and skin inflammation. This oil can be safe for use but it should be diluted with other carrier oil.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E and it has anti-inflammatory properties that heal up itchy, inflamed skin and also helps in retaining moisture to the skin. Sunflower is a carrier oil and it helps treat eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil treats many skin problems like eczema, also treats flu, fever, cold. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. 

Clove Oil

Clove oil contains eugenol that has anaesthetic effects and can treat people with skin conditions. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It should be used topically.

Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil is extracted from geranium shrub and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This geranium shrub contains many active ingredients that have this anti-inflammatory property. This oil is beneficial for the treatment of eczema as it protects against bacterial infections.

How to use essential oils?

  • Essential oils should be swallowed as they can cause liver and kidney dysfunction. 
  • It should be kept away from children and pregnant women as it may cause allergic reactions and should be very cautious from topical use.
  • An essential oil should be directly applied on the skin surface or inhaled but it should be diluted with the carrier oil and applied on the surface of the skin.

Some essential oils can show side effects if used at high concentrations and that too undiluted can cause allergic reactions. So it is always recommended to use diluting with a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, etc.

Take Away

Some essential oils are beneficial for eczema treatment and skin conditions when diluted with carrier oils. They have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial properties thus reducing inflammation and boosting moisture to the skin with eczema. Always use oils carefully as it can lead to skin irritation and allergic reaction. Always take advice from your doctor before these oils.