Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked, according to the NHS. It most often appears in children before their first birthday, but could also develop in later life. Symptoms vary between small patches of dry skin, and large areas of red and inflammation skin all over the body. But, you could help to relieve the dry skin condition by regularly using lavender oil, it’s been claimed.
Lavender oil could help to reduce inflammation, which may subsequently relieve some signs of eczema, said medical website Everyday Health.
It also has antiseptic properties, and could reduce redness in eczema patients, it said.
For the best benefit, try adding a few drops of lavender oil to a bath, it added.
“Usually over-the-counter creams or lotions will keep symptoms under control, but in some cases, people with eczema cannot tolerate even basic formulas,” said Everyday Health.
“Natural oils have a long history of stress-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties that may provide relief for many patients.
“Lavender oil may help reduce inflammation and restore balance to the skin.
“Lavender is particularly good for people with redness due to rosacea and skin that is irritated by eczema.
“Be sure to use this essential oil with a carrier oil, or add a few drops of it to your bath water.”
If you don’t particularly like the smell of lavender oil, you could always try using jojoba oil.
Jojoba oil is a liquid plant wax that acts similarly to sebum – the skin’s natural moisturiser.
For the best results, try gently massaging the oil onto the affected areas about three times a day, or as needed.
There’s currently no cure for eczema, but treatments aim to reduce symptoms.
Some emollients and creams could be used to treat dry skin. Alternatively, a doctor may prescribe a topical corticosteroid cream to reduce swelling.
It’s crucial that patients avoid scratching, as it could damage the skin and make symptoms worse.
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 treatments.