13 Natural Remedies for Almost Every Painful Skin Problem

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Written by: Kirsten Cowart

Many people are frustrated with the various creams, lotions and pills that they are being prescribed for their various skin conditions. Not only does the cost add up, but some people find that the issues continue to return once their skin adjusts to the new treatment.  

Doctors will often admit that they don’t really know what causes Eczema and many of these other conditions and they can only really help with symptom management.  

20% of infants and around 5% of adults suffer from various skin conditions. The conditions can be made worse by stress, environment and diet, so listening to your body is important to get completely away from the issue.  

Unfortunately, many of the creams prescribed contain chemicals such as topical immunomodulators that can increase your risk of cancer. Some treatments will make you sensitive to the sun and may even make your skin swell.  

One of the biggest reasons to avoid corticosteroids and immunosuppressants is that they don’t actually solve the problem. They can weaken your immune system and once you stop taking them, the skin condition is very likely to come back. This leads people to keep increasing their dosages, furthering the damage of their bodies.  

The best, natural way to treat rashes, eczema and other skin conditions is to assist your body in mending itself.

Try adding stress management tools into your life such as meditation and yoga while eating healthy. With those tools, plus some of these natural remedies, you should find relief without all of the issues caused by harmful chemicals.

13 Natural Remedies For Your Skin

Read about these different treatments and choose the methods that fit your condition and needs the closest for the best results.  

1. Burdock Root

This root will help reduce inflammation (swelling) while destroying inulin, which is common in eczema outbreaks. This herbal root also will give your body many important vitamins such as riboflavin, folic acid, pyridoxine, vitamin E, niacin and vitamin C. It also contains minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium and small amounts of calcium, zinc, selenium and phosphorus.  

Make this root into a tea for powerful and natural antioxidant assistance in keeping away infections.  

2. Bentonite Clay Infused Water

Bentonite clay is made up of little negative and positively charged platelets. As the clay travels, it will expand similar to a sponge, absorbing water as it moves throughout the body.

The clay will actually grab onto as many positively charged toxins as it can as it goes through your system. This helps with circulation, which will dec help decrease inflammation and excess oil.

The most improvements are seen when it is applied twice a week to problem areas. It may appear at first that the condition is getting worse, because the clay is pulling all of the toxins to the surface. This is normal and will go away after a week or two.

This treatment works really well if you combine it with pure organic apple cider vinegar or another herb infused vinegar and leave it on the skin overnight.

NOTE: Do not mix the clay with metal – it deactivates it’s incredible beneficial properties.

3. Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Modern preparations of cod liver oil actually strip it of the important and healing bioactive components. Instead, find a manufacture that produces the oil with a traditional method that focuses on fermentation instead of cooking the fish in order to extract the oil.

EPA and DHA have anti-inflammatory properties in them. The omega-3 fatty acids will help relieve eczema symptoms like red inflamed skin and blistering.  When your body doesn’t have enough omega-3 fatty acids, it becomes flaky, dry, easily irritated and an increase of keratinization in the skin cells occurs.

This will cause the skin cells to be destroyed and a buildup of dead skin cells to form.  

4. Neem Oil

Neem trees produce an oil that is a natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-histamine that can be applied right to the skin. Basically, it will kill all of the bad bacteria while also helping the good bacteria to grow. It also helps add vitamin E, antioxidants, hydration and fatty acids to the skin, promoting health and elasticity.  

5. Olive Leaf  

Olive leaf is an awesome antiseptic that will help to stave off infections and harmful bacteria. This is a great for people who have issues with scratching the itches that come with eczema and other skin conditions. When you scratch your skin, you are actually breaking the surface of the skin, which makes it easier to get an infection.  

Olive leaf keeps the skin clear and contained. As an antioxidant, this plant will help keep the area protected from additional infections that can come with scratching. Traditionally, olive leaf is used as an antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agent. It will also stimulate and strengthen you immune system.  

6. Transdermal Magnesium

This is a powerful tool for people who also struggle from a magnesium deficiency. It helps with inflammation of the skin. When applied to the skin, the magnesium is absorbed straight into the cells that are struggling.  

This is a treatment that is often prescribed by holistic health practitioners and is easy to apply at home. It is often in the form of a spray, gel or lotion. Sometimes, they even provide a way for you to add it to your bath so that you heal while bathing, which can make it much easier to apply to children (such as 1 cup epsom salt in your bath water).

7. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

Evening primrose oil, hemp oils and black currant contains this unusual fatty acid. Gamma-linolenic acid is really hard to find in your diet in a healthy form.  For example, safflower oil is a harmful GMO that is now claiming to be a source of GLM, but isn’t actually good for you.

Your body will make its own GLA when you eat linoleic acid, which is found in butter, egg yolks and many oils. When you take 500 mg of GLA twice a day for 8 weeks, it has been found to have a great effect on hair, nails and skin.

8. Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids. Unlike trans fats, the coconut oil provides healthy fats that will help nourish skin that is dried out. It also has lauric acid in it, which is an antibacterial and antiviral.  

Coconut oil is very smooth and is easy to apply on your skin with very little rubbing. Make sure that the oil is both virgin and organic. If it is refined, deodorized or bleached, it won’t help. This oil has been used with great success on baby’s who struggle with eczema as well.  

9. Fermented Foods And Probiotics

Probiotics such as miso soup, tempeh, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles and microalgae help promote healthy bacteria and greatly boost your immune system. Probiotics destroy harmful bacteria and keep infection away.

10. Kelp  

Seaweed or sea kelp is a large algae that is from ocean kelp forests. In many cultures, it is used as a medicine and a food. When it is used as a medicine, it can be found as a capsule or a concentrated liquid.  

Sea kelp has a great effect on your body and skin. It can be eaten or applied topically and will help the skin cells recover. Eczema-affected cells will heal more quickly and become healthy again.  

11. Colloidal Oatmeal

Back in 2003, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) passed a rule that if a product claimed that it was helpful in the treatment of eczema symptoms such as itching and irritation, then it had to contain colloidal oatmeal.  

When the oatmeal is combined with liquid, it acts like a colloid. This means that the tiny grains of the oats will change consistency. The oats are often ground into a powder and added to bath water. This will create a milky and slightly slimy consistency that will coat the skin.  You skin will be moisturized, protected and softened.

Colloidal oatmeal helps as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-itch and ultimately protects the skin. It also cleanses, soothes and moisturizes the skin in the process.

12. Topical Creams And Salves

If you are getting any sort of natural or herbal cream or salve, it really needs to have some specific ingredients in order to benefit the skin. Look for chamomile (matricaria recutita), marigold (calendula officinalis), Chickweed (stellaria media) and licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra) to reduce itching, burning and promote healing.  

Witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana) cream specifically is great for itching. If you get witch hazel in a liquid form, it will help with oozing or weeping types of eczema.

13. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be applied to the skin to treat all kinds of rashes and skin conditions. You can dilute it in water and then wipe it on your skin to reduce inflammation, itching and irritation while also promoting healing.  

You can also use it on your scalp by rinsing your head with diluted vinegar before you shampoo and again after conditioning if you have a scalp rash.  

Foods That Will Make Skin Conditions WORSE

Avoid anything from the nightshade family, tobacco, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and paprika since all of these foods contain toxins that may overload your immune system.

Also, make sure to avoid all refined sugars since they can cause inflammation. Refined sugars include cane and white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and agave. Artificial sweeteners can also hurt your body. Avoid saccharine, sorbitol, aspartame and sucralose.  

Chewing gums and anything that says diet on it contain poisons that you should avoid as well.

Try eliminating gluten and dairy as well as these are inflammatory and have been linked to many skin conditions as well as autoimmune and gut problems.

Give some of these natural remedies a try and let us know how it goes. Do you know any other natural remedies for taking care of the skin? Feel free to share those too!

 

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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