11 Unusual Tips That Might End Your Eczema For Good

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  March 26, 2018
  • Cut out sugar
    1 / 11 Cut out sugar

    Diet plays a big part in controlling eczema, and one of the most touted “cures” for killing itch is to quit sugary foods and drinks, which may cause heightened inflammation. At the top of the list are processed foods like cookies, chips, cakes and soda, and eczema sufferers have claimed that cutting them out quickly calms the itch.

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  • Ditch nightshade foods
    2 / 11 Ditch nightshade foods

    A lot of people have claimed that nixing nightshade foods like eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, goji berries and potatoes have significantly helped cleared up their eczema, possibly due to avoiding sensitivities to certain compounds in the plants.

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  • Quit overeating
    3 / 11 Quit overeating

    Prolonged episodes of overeating typically cause eczema sufferers to feel like their body is heating up, leading to tingling sensations that may lead to itching. Not only are you overloading a burdened immune system by overeating, you’re introducing plenty of foods that may trigger inflammation.

    (Also Read: 10 Ways To Avoid Overeating During PMS)

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  • Get some sunshine
    4 / 11 Get some sunshine

    Though it may be tempting to cover up sore, patchy and red skin, UV light has been shown to help with eczema, so it’s not a bad idea to catch some sun rays. That said, you need to be careful to practice moderation as you’re not immune from other effects of UV exposure including sunburns, skin damage and cancer. When in doubt, seek out a dermatologist who can administer UV treatment under controlled settings.

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  • Keep cool
    5 / 11 Keep cool

    Wearing breathable and breezy cotton clothes is always recommended as sweat can irritate sensitive skin. Temperature fluctuations can also cause eczema to flare up, as can changes in humidity, so keeping your skin comfortable is key.

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  • Avoid overwashing
    6 / 11 Avoid overwashing

    Exposing yourself to excessive amounts of detergent and even water can dry out the skin, so it’s good to avoid both if possible, which could mean taking one shower a day instead of two, and donning gloves to do the dishes or wash the car.

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  • Try apple cider vinegar
    7 / 11 Try apple cider vinegar

    Many people have claimed adding diluted apple cider vinegar to affected areas have helped quell the itch. Most recommend a 50-50 ratio of vinegar to water and using a cotton ball to apply the solution, but you can start with a gentler mixture of one part vinegar to four parts water to see if this works for you.

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  • Go organic
    8 / 11 Go organic

    Pesticides and chemical fertilisers can’t be good for health, so it might pay to go organic, as many eczema sufferers have. When choosing produce, try to eat a variety of colours and types which may make up for any nutritional deficiency that might be causing the itching.

    (Also Read: 8 Places to Buy Organic, Farm-Fresh Produce, Meat And Seafood in Singapore)

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  • Up the healthy fats
    9 / 11 Up the healthy fats

    Fats from oily fish, olives, nuts and avocado help reduce inflammation. They also keep up the lipid balance in your skin, which keeps moisture in to prevent flaking, redness and itchiness.

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  • Go easy on skincare products
    10 / 11 Go easy on skincare products

    When the itch is unbearable, it’s tempting to want to try every product in the market claiming to fix eczema. However, exposing skin to several products at once can have an adverse reaction, especially if chemicals in the formulas clash with each other.

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  • Moisturise with grapeseed oil
    11 / 11 Moisturise with grapeseed oil

    Those with sensitive skin like it because it’s moisturising, natural, fragrance-free and doesn’t cause itchiness. Also, it feels lighter and less occlusive and sticky than olive oil, and it’s packed with antioxidants which help with healing. Apply it right after showering while skin is still damp to improve absorption.

    (Also Read: 6 Gentle Cleansers That Won’t Irritate Sensitive Skin)

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