Eczema is a skin rash characterized by dry, itchy skin that may be red, flaky and blistering, depending on the severity. One of the most effective natural remedies for preventing eczema flare-ups is good old-fashioned aloe vera. Unlike steroid creams, a common medical treatment for eczema, aloe vera creams and gels can be applied as needed without added complications. (Most steroid creams can only be used twice daily.)
Before you start an aloe vera regimen, though, see a dermatologist to diagnose your eczema. It's important to rule out other skin conditions like a fungal infection so you can find the right treatment.
Aloe Vera Soap
Switch to a natural, moisturizing soap or body wash with aloe vera as an ingredient. Conventional soaps that have a lot of chemicals and synthetic ingredients can dry out skin and exacerbate eczema.
Aloe Vera Gel
Apply aloe vera gel to soothe irritation. Aloe vera gel can either be harvested directly from the plant or store bought.
Propolis is a waxy substance with natural antibiotic properties. Anecdotal evidence shows that when combined with aloe vera and other ingredients in a moisturizer, propolis may improve eczema symptoms.
Aloe Vera Shampoo
Use aloe vera shampoo if you have eczema on your scalp or around your hairline. Hairsprays and other hair products can trigger and exacerbate eczema in these areas. Regular use of aloe vera shampoo can clear and prevent outbreaks.