If you woke up this morning with a scaly, reddish and itchy patch spreading around your face, don’t panic! It’s just eczema! Fortunately, eczemas appear in mild forms and are relatively easy to treat.
But what is eczema, anyway?
This inflammatory skin condition triggers dry, itchy skin. Also known as dermatitis, eczema affects a lot of people each year. You can get eczema symptoms at any age, although it’s more common in children. Most grow out of it, although some may continue to have dry skin or be prone to flare ups later in life.
The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis but there are many other different types, including irritant dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema and seborrheic eczema.
Don’t give up hope yet! In addition to medications, there are many options you can try at home to help with your symptoms. The following face soap based on turmeric is the perfect natural remedy to banish face eczema.
Turmeric Face Soap
- 1/2 pound clear melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoons of dried dandelions
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter
- 2-3 drops of Argan oil
- 10-20 drops of turmeric essential oil
- Oval silicone mold
- Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- 1 plastic measuring cup
1. Add clear soap to your measuring cup. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts until soap is completely melted.
2. Melt cocoa butter as directed in step 1 for the soap. Add cocoa butter, Argan oil, and turmeric essential oil to measuring cup.
3. Add turmeric powder and dried dandelion flowers to the measuring cup. Whisk well.
4. Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. This prevents bubbles from forming. Pour the soap mixture into the mold. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles.
5. Allow to harden completely. I leave mine to dry 12-24 hours. To release, pop gently from mold. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until ready to use.
But if you want to speed up healing and combat eczema’s symptoms, you may also want to try this Homemade Lavender Salve.
- 1 cup of dried comfrey leaf or roots
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of beeswax
- 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 25 drops of Melaleuca essential oil
1. Put the coconut oil, beeswax and olive oil in a double boiler. Melt on medium heat.
2. Macerate the comfrey into small pieces with a food processor and a small amount of olive oil.
3. Add the comfrey and simmer on low for 1 hour if using comfrey leaves and 2 hours if using comfrey roots. Make sure to stir a few times during the process.
4. Strain the mixture into a bowl through a cheesecloth making sure to squeeze out all the oil.
5. Let cool for a few minutes.
6. Add the essential oils and stir.
7. Pour into a glass or tin jars and store for up to a year! Makes 1 cup!