What is Eczema?
Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis) but more typically having no obvious external cause.
Over 30 million Americans have eczema
The most important thing to remember is that eczema and its symptoms are different for everyone. Your eczema may not look the same on you as it does on another adult, or on your child. It may even appear in different areas of the body at different times.
Eczema is usually itchy. For many people, the itch is usually only mild, or moderate. But in some cases it can become much worse and you might develop extremely inflamed skin. Sometimes the itch gets so bad that people scratch it until it bleeds, which can make your eczema worse.
You might have all of the symptoms of eczema or only just a few. You might have some flare ups or your symptoms could go away entirely. But the only way to know if you have eczema for sure, is to visit your doctor so he or she can look at your skin and ask you about your symptoms.
The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Children with eczema have an itchy red rash that is rough and inflamed skin with blisters that can result in bleeding or infection if they are scratched. Sometimes the itching begins before the rash appears especially when eczema is on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands and/or feet. Some babies are born with eczema which affects about 10% to 20% of infants.
How can we help our skin deal with eczema with Essential Oils? When using Essential Oils, we ALWAYS want to add a carrier oil. And for most of us we think of coconut oil, right? Coconut oil is amazing and it has plenty of success stories for a lot of people BUT here is so harsh truth about coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a comedogenic oil. SAY WHAT!? Comedogenicity ratings are how various oils and emollients are categorized based on the degree to which they're likely to clog your pores. The rating scale goes from zero to five, where in oils with a rating of zero won't clog pores, and oils with a rating of five are highly likely to clog pores. And while there's some discrepancy from list to list, coconut oil is regularly listed as a level 4, or moderately comedogenic oil, and sometimes higher.
So what are some other options to choose for our carrier oil when trying to help eczema?
Sweet Almond Oil Comedogenic Rating: 2 Natural SPF 5, High fatty acid content, recommended for all skin types, especially beneficial for dry, itchy, or inflamed skin, contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, as well as Vitamins E, A, B1, B2, and B6 Downsides to sweet almond oil is to be safe, do extensive research around the use of sweet almond oil if you have nut allergies. While almonds are not technically nuts, some people have reactions, others do not.
Organic Shea Butter Comedogenic Rating: 0 Natural SPF 6 to 10, Contains Vitamin E, Anti-inflammatory, and exceptionally helpful for dealing with eczema, psoriasis, bites, cuts, cracks, burns, Moisturizing, both skin strengthening and regenerating, as well as stimulating in terms of collagen production. Downsides to Shea Butter is that it has a strong scent, which many people have an aversion to. Refined versions of the product aim to reduce this scent, but often result in lowered beneficial properties.
With that being said, what YL Essential Oils work well with these carrier oils to help you or your loved ones with eczema?
Melrose is a blend of tea tree, rosemary, clove, and naouli that is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It supports the skin and promotes cell turnover. The listed uses for Melrose include cleansing and skin health.
When using Melrose use Caution: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Lavender is one of the most popular YL essential oils. Not only does it contain antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, calming, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties, but it also is known to encourage healing and can help reduce the appearance of scars. The listed uses for lavender include skin irritations.
It’s no surprise that Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) has been sought after since ancient times. Frankincense is one of my favorite oils, and not just because of its anti-inflammatory properties. One of the best things about this Biblical oil is the fact that it helps to enhance the oils it’s paired with. So in connection with the previous oils Frankincense also has a listed use for skin health. Allowing this trio to be a beautiful trio for help relieve eczema.
Always using Caution and Taking Care
There are many ways to deal with eczema including the use of essential oils. However, please remember to buy high quality and 100% pure essential oils and make sure to dilute essential oils before use. Never use essential oils undiluted on skin. Also, please use caution with essential oils during pregnancy and lactation as well as with small infants and children.
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