Q.Are Natural Oils Good For Eczema?
Natural oils are good for eczema because they moisturize and hydrate the skin. Eczema is a commonly found persistent disease of the skin and includes skin rashes and recurring dryness having indications of skin swelling, crusting, and inflammation, blistering, bleeding, flaking or cracking.
Management and treatment of eczema is by keeping the skin supple and soft. This is best done with the use of moisturizers to relieve and smooth the itching skin and act as a barrier preventing the penetration of allergens, irritants or bacteria and thus preventing eczema to be developed.
Natural oil like jojoba oil which is akin to sebum, the oil naturally produced by our skin, has therapeutic characteristics helpful in the cure of eczema and dryness of skin. Both almond oil and apricot kernel oil act as a balm in relieving itching of the skin.
Natural oils like the oil from the chamomile flowers are fungicidal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory and help in the reduction of eczema or dermatitis. These natural oils are easy to be absorbed and hence prove useful in the treatment of dry skin and eczema. Similarly, walnut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and so is used to effectively treat eczema.
A caution to users – if you intend to use any of these preparations of natural oils, it is advisable to first test with a skin patch. Though all these natural oils are safe, you may be allergic to some of the ingredients like seeds and nuts which may harm your skin. Hence, it is but sensible to first carry out a skin patch test and then only start a regime of skin care.