Ask a traditional doctor what to do about your eczema, and they'll probably send you to the Cortizone aisle or prescribe you an extra-strength steroid cream. But what if you'd rather find natural remedies for eczema?
As cosmetic doctor Jane Leonard told us last year, eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a general term meaning skin inflammation and appears as dry, flaky, scaly, or inflamed skin. In other words, it's not pleasant. Equally unpleasant is that finding information about chemical-free skincare formulas can be difficult, especially for a condition like eczema, which doctors have been treating with steroids for years. So we decided to turn to you all—Byrdie's skincare-savvy readers. We hit up members of Byrdie's secret Facebook group, The Beauty Line and ask them to tell us their favorite natural remedies for eczema.
Thanks, friends: Here are 10 steroid-free eczema treatments Byrdie readers swear by.
Multiple Byrdie readers swear by colloidal oatmeal for eczema—just add this gentle powder to your bath for a soothing, anti-itch experience.
Did you know that rose hydrosol is secretly a super-effective (and affordable) eczema healer? We didn't until Byrdie readers clued us in. Just combine this stuff with your favorite gentle moisturizer, and enjoy the relief.
Multiple Byrdie readers promise this sensitive-skin body cream from Lush is the only thing that works on their eczema. The ingredient list—which contains oat milk, rose water, olive oil, and cocoa butter, among other soothing ingredients—has everything you could want in natural eczema treatment.
Treat your eczema the French way with this intensely nourishing, non-greasy balm. Several Byrdie readers say its panthenol-, shea butter–, and the glycerin-packed formula is the only thing that relieves their flare-ups.
This huge 12-ounce tub of dermatologist-approved, Byrdie reader–beloved itch relief cream will last you so long. Ingredients like pramoxine hydrochloride and ceramides provide the intense moisture your eczema needs.
You can always trust a Byrdie reader to have intel about under-the-radar gems. One source told us this all-natural moisturizer, created specifically for severe eczema sufferers who want to keep their skincare routine 100% clean, provides matchless relief for flaky, irritated patches.
This essential drugstore cream is exactly the gentle, chemical-free formula eczema sufferers need. One Byrdie reader swears that the product's irritation-fighting ingredient list (featuring neem, burdock, vitamin A, and vitamin E, among others) is like a fresh drink of water for flaky skin.
This heavy-duty hand and cuticle cream is an unexpectedly effective eczema healer too, according to one Byrdie reader. Makes sense, considering the formula is chockablock with intensely hydrating ingredients like glycerin, vitamin A, and vitamin E.
Nothing worse than waking up with an eczema flare-up and having nothing in the house to treat it. Luckily, most of our kitchens are well stocked with coconut oil, and Byrdie readers say its highly moisturizing, redness-reducing properties work wonders on eczema in a pinch.
The inflammation-fighting curcumin in turmeric is an age-old natural eczema treatment and works whether you use it internally or externally. To make a topical remedy, just boil 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in water, let it settle for 10 minutes, and use it to wash the affected area.
Thank goodness for Byrdie readers, right? We hope this list helps you find a natural eczema remedy that works for you. Happy healing.