Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, red and cracked, according to the NHS. Young children are most at risk of developing eczema symptoms, although it could also develop in later life. If you have eczema, symptoms can vary between small patches of dry skin, to widespread, inflamed areas of cracked skin. But if you have the dry skin condition, you can relieve some of your symptoms by using aloe vera gel, it’s been claimed.
Aloe vera gel relieves eczema symptoms as it’s an antibacterial and antimicrobial, said medical website Medical News Today.
It also has wound-healing properties that aim to repair broken skin and promote healing, it said.
Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to check for a skin sensitivity, before using the gel as a moisturiser.
“Home remedies and natural treatments can soothe the dry, itching skin that comes with eczema,” said the medical website.
“People can use creams, natural products, and dietary and lifestyle changes to manage or prevent eczema flares, especially in the winter, when symptoms tend to be at their worst.
“Natural remedies cannot cure eczema, but they can help manage the symptoms and prevent flares.
“People have used aloe vera gel for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. One common use is to soothe eczema.
“The antibacterial and antimicrobial effects can prevent skin infections, which are more likely to occur when a person has dry, cracked skin. Aloe’s wound-healing properties may soothe broken skin and promote healing.”
You could also lower your chances of developing eczema symptoms by regularly using apple cider vinegar as a moisturiser, it added.
The popular home remedy helps to balance out the skin’s acidity levels while also fighting bacteria.
If you decide to use apple cider vinegar for eczema, it’s crucial that you dilute it before applying it the skin. Undiluted apple cider vinegar can lead to chemical burns.
There isn’t a specific cure for eczema, but some eczema treatments may help to reduce the itchy signs of eczema at home.
Emollients and creams could be found at your local pharmacy to treat dry skin.
Alternatively, speak to a doctor about a topical corticosteroid cream prescription.
Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter eczema treatments.