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5 Best Eczema Home Remedies: Flaxseed Oil, Topical Primrose Oil and More

Updated on July 31, 2012

Eczema is a skin condition that is continually increasing among people in industrialized cultures with up to eighteen percent of infants being effected. In contrast, outlying parts of developing countries have a rate of only three percent. There are many conventional topical creams available. Unfortunately, they only provide temporary relief for unpleasant symptoms and do not cure the underlying cause.

Eczema natural treatment involves eliminating known causes for the condition and enhancing the bodies defensive and offensive mechanisms. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is the manifestation of dry, cracked, sometimes red, itchy skin as a immune response to an allergen.

Candida, the overgrowth of unfriendly yeast in the digestive system, leads to food allergies and then eczema. It is either acquired from birth or through overuse of antibiotics. Conventional eczema creams use steroids which promote candida growth and may trigger even more flare ups.

The benefit of natural treatment is that while the exact cause of an individuals eczema may not be known, natural treatments are able to address and treat all underlying conditions. Research has found that the underlying conditions previously mentioned are always present in people with eczema.

Here are the 5 best eczema home remedies:

1) Eliminate unhealthy foods - such as packaged foods and margarine's, shortenings and salad dressings that contain hydrogenated oils.

2) Increase antioxidant intake - To boost immune defenses and increase antioxidant power supplement with vitamin A and E. Increase immune boosters intake - Take vitamin C and zinc to promote healing.

3) Increase probiotic intake - To restore intestinal flora take the probiotics acidophilus and bifidus. To improve symptoms of eczema such as itching take GLA. The best source is found in borage oil.

4) Increase digestive enzyme intake - To help prevent food allergies take digestive enzymes containing all food group enzymes. For children under two, children’s enzyme formulas are available. Enzymes should always be taken with meals and snacks.

5) Increase healthy oil intake - Use flax seed oil internally and evening primrose oil externally. Both have powerful immune boosting and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Studies show that almost seventy percent of eczema sufferers show great improvement with the topical application of primrose oil alone.


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    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Sudha, I know of a natural product that works wonders for eczema which is endorsed by a pediatrician. Send your contact information to and I will email you the details.

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      8 years ago


      Thank you so much for the post. I became great fan of your posts after reading your research on Bio-Oil as well.

      My nine month old has terrible eczema. I was applying cortisone and then eucerin. I know menial oils are bad but nothing is working for him other than the petroleum based creams. I'm giving him organic coconut oil massage before bath every day now.

      What should I use as lotion or cream base for healing? I greatly appreciate your advice.

    • kathyfofathy profile image


      8 years ago

      thank you dear!

    • kaja_mel profile image


      8 years ago from Saraland, AL

      Thanks for the hub stevemark. I have eczema and i'm always trying something different. I'm gonna bookmark this hub so I can refer back to it again.

    • Amber Allen profile image

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi stevemark

      I spotted your deliberate mistake! You have two number threes and no number five. Five sound tips though!


    • SteveoMc profile image


      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I always enjoy learning more about natural interventions. This is interesting stuff. Thanks

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes, the cause is not known. I surmise that it has to do with not so much as an allergic reaction but a reaction to emotional stress more than anything.

      Thanks for the great suggestions.


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