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Best Eczema Soaps and Natural Remedies

Updated on October 30, 2013

Manage Eczema with Natural Soap, Moisturizers and Healing Agents

My boyfriend (aka live in husband) has a severe case of eczema and has always said "Can't do anything for it. Nothing works, no matter what I've tried."

Of course, I took it upon myself to try to help him find some relief (and most of what we've found to work is natural home made remedies). We now manage his eczema from the ground up starting with homemade eczema bath soaks and eczema soap, applying daily eczema moisturizers and then using an eczema spray for instant itching relief.

My Eczema Grocery List

1 Bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Spray Bottle

1 Package Quaker Oatmeal (plain)

1 Pack Girls Stockings

1 Can Goat's Milk

1 Bottle Coconut Oil

1 Bottle Honey

(keep reading to find out how we use these items to manage eczema naturally)

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Best Commercial Eczema Soaps

Oilatum Soap Bar for Dry Skin 100g
Oilatum Soap Bar for Dry Skin 100g

The National Eczema Association recommends Oilatum because it is a "mild soap ideal for dry, sensitive skin." It also contains hydroquinone, which can help lighten skin discolorations such as the scars left by eczema.

 
Basis Sensitive Skin Bar 4 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Basis Sensitive Skin Bar 4 Ounce (Pack of 6)

Basis' bar soap is recommended by the National Eczema Association. It's formulated without harsh detergents, synthetic dyes or fragrances to avoid irritating sensitive skin.

 

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Eczema Spray Instant Releif
Eczema Spray Instant Releif

For Instant Itching Releif

Try This Homemade Eczema Topical Spray

A reader recently suggested mixing equal parts of water and virgin apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying areas that are itching as needed. Then let it air dry. I had my husband try it and it works great (his only complaint so far is the smell)! It stings at first, if there are open wounds. It can also leave your skin dry so its good to apply coconut oil or something else to help keep skin as moist as possible. This is a fairly inexpensive eczema remedy as well. You can get the apple cider vinegar at any grocery store.

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Benefits of the Ingredient Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV hsd anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and also contains a myriad of vitamins (if you dare drink it).

Benefits of Homemade Soap for Eczema

How are Homemade Soaps Better than Commercial Soap for Eczema?

It is unfortunate that most commercial soaps you buy at the store contain harsh ingredients and chemicals that can irritate your skin or worsen eczema symptoms. Chemicals strip our skin of its natural oils, making it prone to infection and irritation. Because of this, most dermatologists discourage the use of commercial soaps for eczema patients.

Topical steroid cream can

also be addictive. Click to read more.

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Benefits of the Ingredient Oatmeal

Why is Oatmeal is the Best Ingredient in Eczema Soap?

"There are four reasons why your skin adores oatmeal," explains New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD:

1. Dryness fighting: Oats contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water and

leave a fine protective film on the skin, preventing dull, flake-y dryness.

2. Moisturizing: Oats are full of healthy, lubricating fats.

3. Defense building: The proteins in oatmeal help maintain the skin's natural barrier function,

which is what ensures that the world outside the skin stays out, and what's inside the skin stays in.

4. Pore cleansing: Oats are filled with natural cleansers (called saponins) that gently remove

dirt and oil from the pores.

Where to Get Oatmeal for Eczema Soap? - Buy Unflavored Oatmeal from the Grocery Store and Grind It!

Oatmeal soap is expensive!!! That's another reason I started making my own soap.

I use a Mr. Coffee grinder that I got on sale at my local Target, but any coffee grinder will do the trick. I save lots by just buying the inexpensive unflavored Quaker Oats (or generic off brand) in a round cardboard container and grinding them up for my homemade eczema cream, bath and soap recipes.

Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder, White
Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder, White

You can purchase a coffee grinder on Amazon.com. I bought mine on sale from Target for $12.

 

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Benefits of the Ingredient Honey

Honey naturally soothes the skin when applied as a topical cream. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help it to decrease pain and the appearance of scars.

Easy Recipes For Making Eczema Soap, Baths and Cream

You'll be surprised how easy these recipes are! Plus they are all natural!

This recipe is kind of "homemade oatmeal soap for dummies" because you're not actually making the soap from scratch. However, it's a great way to make some soap that's great for eczema and not too expensive (or time consuming to make).

Remember, it's the oatmeal that helps eczema. So feel free to add more oatmeal (or less) depending on the severity of your skin condition and your personal tastes).

Ingredients

  • 1 large bar of soap (prefereably Dove)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of ground up oatmeal (instant unflavored works)
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Grind up the oatmeal in a blender until finely milled. The oatmeal shouldn't be as fine as flour, you want it to have some exfoliating power..
  2. Grate the Dove bar into small slivers in a large plastic bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of water and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Stop the microwave a few times to stir.
  3. When the soap has dissolved, add the oatmeal gradually, stirring as you go. Then put mixture into soap molds to cool and dry.
3.7 stars from 9 ratings of Easy Homemade Oatmeal Eczema Body Soap Recipe

Benefits of the Ingredient Coconut Oil

Great for dry, itchy and sensitive skin, it doesn't clog pores and absorbs readily into the skin.

It's easy to make homemade oatmeal bath.

Expensive oatmeal bath powder isn't necessary. Just grind oatmeal to a fine powder and add to the bath.

Oatmeal Bath in a Sock

Simple Way to Keep Oatmeal From Getting All Over the Tub

If you want all the benefits of an oatmeal bath but want to try and simplify cleanup, put your oatmeal mix in a sock or pantyhose (and tie up the end). When submerged in water you can use it to rub on the skin. This also works for showers (my husband takes showers).

Recycle panyhoes with holes in them. - Perfect Containers for Eczema Bath Soaks

Leg Avenue Children's Fishnet Tights
Leg Avenue Children's Fishnet Tights

Or if you don't have any, you can just buy the cheapest tights you can find to use for this purpose. I try to buy the tights in the little girls section when I do this, because they're generally a lot cheaper.

 

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Benefits of the Ingredient Calendula

Is most recognized for its ability to help heal wounds and abrasions.

Simple Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Ground or Blended Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1/2 cup of Honey
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  1. You can also make an oatmeal creme by blending the oatmeal into a very fine powder and mixing this powder with equal parts of water and honey. The water makes it liquid and the honey helps get rid of bacteria. Apply the cream to the skin for half an hour. The cream also makes a good face mask. Add egg whites to help soften the skin.

Ready to Try Advanced Eczema Soap, Bath or Cream Recipies?

These are great to try if you're wanting to make soaps from scratch (but also more dangerous to make)!

Shea Oatmilk Soap Recipe Video

But what if I don't want to go to the trouble

of making my own soap?

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Benefits of the Ingredient Shea Butter or Oil

It protects the skin against weather, sun, elasticity and aging. It is a well-known anti-inflammatory to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns. It is a well known in helping moisturize while providing a silky protective barrier to all skin types.

Baby Eczema Lotion - Johnson's Baby Lotion with Oatmeal

Johnson's Baby Lotion, Vanilla Oatmeal, 15-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Johnson's Baby Lotion, Vanilla Oatmeal, 15-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)

This baby lotion smells heavenly (Vanilla scented) and also has oatmeal in it for babies with Eczema. We love it in out house, plus its got a brand name that is tried and true.

 

Benefits of the Ingredient Goats Milk

It's a natural emollient that helps balance the skins natural pH and promotes natural exfoliation of dry skin. Goats milk is high in protein, triglycerides, Vitamin A, B6, B12 and E making it an excellent natural moisturizer that helps hydrate and nourish skin.

What's your favorite commercial eczema soap? - Do you have an eczema soap recipe or eczema remedy to share?

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      Lenge 22 months ago

      How is grating up Dove soap and adding oatmeal natural?

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      Leswin 23 months ago

      Why oh why do people think Dove products are good for you skin. They are full of nasty chemicals

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      eduguy1 3 years ago

      Have you ever tried Aveeno Excema Care body wash?

      Great lens!

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      shcolton85 3 years ago

      Found it at gentlyheal(dot)com and it is pretty effective as well. What are your favorite organic products?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Has anyone ever tried Triple Cream?

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      PurplePansy LM 4 years ago

      My sister occasionally has eczema on her hands. Usually we buy homemade or more natural soaps from eBay, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and local farmers markets. This usually takes care of the problem. Recently though it has flared up again. It seems to help when we change the kind of soap that we use frequently. We've used a lot of different kinds of soap: vegetable oil, goats milk, pine tar, african black soap, etc. I'll have to ask her if she has ever tried oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, or honey. Thanks for the great ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well i had tried nearly everything in 20 years. I know what foods to avoid now and i use Zeoderm Salcura cream to keep my Eczema away.

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      ArtisanalFoodLo 4 years ago

      My 5 year old daughter has eczema and we started using Eucerin ointment (feels like petroleum jelly) after her baths and it's worked wonders.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Did this work? How old is the child?i

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Amanda, my daughter is four and has suffered from eczema since she was an infant. Granted it never gets to the open sore severity but her skin is always very dry and very sensitive. We finally have a routine down. Every bath I throw in an oatmeal ball (scoop about 1/4 cup into one knee high stocking, swing it around a little to compact it which is just my crazy pet peeve cuz it will get loose and squishy so I like to "tighten" up the ball. Tie it off with a knot. Tie another knot a few inches up leaving space. This is where you will eventually cut it. Fill the same stocking with more oatmeal and repeat process until the whole stocking is a series of balls. Now you cut them "apart". I usually get four in one stocking.) She rubs it all over arms and legs. Follow up with a mixture of coconut oil (which is our newest and very effective addition) and Citaphel lotion. When she was younger my go to lotion was Baby Aveeno. I'm sorry I don't remember the exact name but it has a navy blue cap, a statement about the National Eczema Association and had colloidal oatmeal in it. Hope any of this helps and your son starts to see some relief. The oatmeal soaks are really helpful.

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for posting. That's always good to know. I hope he feels better tomorrow, and you have better luck with the oatmeal (maybe even just let him have an oatmeal bath soak)?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just want to say my one year old has severe eczema we just tried the chamomil tea and olive oil and he broke out even worse than before he is so miserable but we will be trying the oatmeal soap and cream tomorrow morning thanks

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: I'm going to have the hubby try this. I saw a bath recipe that called for apple cider vinegar the other day, and was considering trying it anyway. He doesn't take baths very often, though. So a spray bottle would be perfect. Hope you don't mind me putting your remedy up in the content of my page?

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Another thing I've been using lately is coconut oil with tea tree oil mixed into it... for keeping skin moist and soft as can be.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've had eczema for a long time! Something that helps me is natural apple cider vinegar. I mix it with water and keep it in a spray bottle. If I feel an itch I can spray it on. Itch gone! If skin is open and dripping it may sting a little for the first spray or two. It seems to dry up the patch of itchy skin within a few days, and ends itching right away. About the soap... I agree that homemade oatmeal soap is the best!

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      No, but I have family who is plagued with it. This is an excellent article with a lot of really good information. I am using seventh generation detergent to do my washing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I own a company called 'Crafty Giftz'. We sell handmade soaps and body scrubs, we use goat's milk to make the soaps which are very kind to your skin (according to our customers) & our handmade body scrub certainly doesn't look nice but is supposed to be very good for eczema. I'm most certainly not saying that they will work for everyone who has eczema, but I hope they will help! We are offering the soaps for â¬3 and the body scrub is â¬2.50.

      We are working on suiting all types of skin, please send an e-mail to: craftygiftz@gmail.com if you would like a special cream etc. made for your skin, we will reply as soon as we can & try to suit your needs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I only use Dove products or Johnson & Johnson. (Soap, Body Wash, Deotorant, Body lotion). I also make my own laundry detergent with dove. It is so easy to make in the powder form.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Chrissy, thanks, but can you tell me how much tea you use, you said "strong". thanks.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      Yes. I've been happy with Dove soap. Great advice and tips!

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      PatriciaKoo 5 years ago

      I found out recently that the soap I have been using ha actually been giving me a mild form of dermatitis on top of my eczema horror of horrors! So I am super relieved that I can easily make this soap recipe at home. So thanks! I have also been using the Problem Skin Cream by Rocky Mountain Botanicals after I shower ands it been doing wonders for my skin. I feel I can finally chuck the steroids in the garbage where they belong.

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      You covered the subject very thoroughly. Excellent advice.

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      shauna1934 5 years ago

      @anonymous: thank you so much!! i'm going to try this one out!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      I use Dove religiously. I have very sensitive skin so I'm leary about trying new soaps but your recipes seem pretty worthy of giving a try. Thankyou:-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Bustler: L'oxitane just the plain shea butter soap it is kind of expensive but it has made a 180 in his skin he barely itches anymore it really is a life saver and becareful even some of the home made stuff has sents and will cause her to itch more try to use fragrance free as much as possible.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      No, but i love the recipe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @sharonbellis: In conjunction with the natural soaps, intake a 2 oz shot of wheatgrass daily.

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      No but my kids have eczema. Too much sugar and not on the right diet and using bad commercial products is what I blame it on. 100% Pure Coconut Oil works well to relieve the eczema, and diluted dr. bronners soap does not irritate the skin (but use distilled water).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just want to share my recipe for eczema cream for babies.

      1 cup of Aquafor by Eucerin.

      1/2 cup of strong brewed chamomile tea, still warm.

      2 tbsp. of Olive oil.

      Mix together well until all is absorbed and the cream has now turned a pale whitish yellow. Then apply to affected areas.

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      ottnepal 5 years ago

      Like this lens very much please notify me also how beautiful is my lens?

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Very good information. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great info! My daughter has eczema which has become much worse lately. I am going to get her to try some of these natural soaps. Thanks!

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      Bustler 5 years ago

      Having a daughter with eczema is quite distressing and pity to her. I always looking for natural cure. Sure homemade soap will be my preference.

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      averyanderson27 5 years ago

      Great tips! The product I use for my eczema is made from 100% natural ingredients. It's called Mayiah and the Face Cream for dry skin was recommended to me and I love it! I did also find it helpful to cut out dairy and white grains and stay hydrated.

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      CanHealthInsure 5 years ago

      I think we can definitely benefit from natural ingredients to help with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Don't have that problem, but know couple of persons who do. I'll point them to your lens! Thank you very much:)

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      ChrisShaefer 5 years ago

      Hi Shauna,

      Great lens very informative and some recipes I am gonna try on my psoriasis.

      Sincerely,

      Chris

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I make many different organic bath and body items that help eczema. I started making them because of my daughter and now I have a business check it out if you need some help. http://www.JuliasOrganicThings.com

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      cooksalot 5 years ago

      Hee,hee nice to see Angela's video on here. I don't use any store bought soap at all. I found even fragrance in something like Dove bars can be irritating. There's some great information here though.

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Helpful lens for eczema sufferers or anyone with skin issues. I'm adding your lens to my related lens on the eczema and steroid cream addiction I'm dealing with.

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      kathinspain 6 years ago

      Great lens, very informative, thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My little brother had eczema when he was little - no fun at all! Wish you all the best in finding things that work to help your hubby and baby.

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      marckq 6 years ago

      Will try this, nothing ever worked on my skin problems, thanks for sharing

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      KatBar 6 years ago

      great ideas- will have to try the homemade soap for my skin. I have had this problem forever.

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      careermom 6 years ago

      Thank you. My two year old has horrible eczema and like your husband find that nothing works. I'm definitely going to try these.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This Natural Eczema Soap and Cream Recipes are best suited for the care of the skin.I used these products and satisfied with the result.Thanks for sharing such a nice piece of information.

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      chessqueen 6 years ago

      Hi Shauna,

      Very informative lens. I am always on a look out for a natural remedies that can help people.

      I do not know if you ever heard about clay soap but it also helps with eczema. You can visit my web site if you are interested. www.miracleclay.net

      I will recommend your soap to my customers.

      Best wishes,

      Chessqueen