Natural Supplements That May Help Treat Eczema
Reviewed by Jaimee Gooley, R.D.
Written by Hannah Marchese
If you’re one of those people who suffer from one of the countless skin conditions out there, we feel you. Seriously, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying everything under the sun just to be left with more issues than before. There’s a wide variety of skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.
Today, we’re going to focus on eczema. It actually directly affected both of our founders, Chrissy and Jayla. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why they decided to partner and create Kalumi BEAUTYfood Bars in the first place!
One of the biggest frustrations people deal with when it comes to eczema is the fact that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution or treatment plan.
What works for one person might not work for another, which makes it a game of trial and error before you find options that truly work. We’re here to tell you: girl, we feel your struggle. Dealing with skin issues, especially eczema, can seem like a never-ending game. Don’t worry; there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Let’s talk about some natural supplement options that may help to treat eczema!
What Is Eczema?
First things first: before we talk about how you can treat eczema, let’s talk about what eczema actually is. Basically, eczema is a skin condition that can appear anywhere on your body, but it is prevalent on your face, legs, and arms. The affected skin becomes itchy, red, irritated, and starts to look like a rash.
Eczema is actually an umbrella term for a group of different kinds of skin issues. There are six different types of this skin issue, including:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
Eczema can begin to flare up at any age. You can develop it as a child, teenager, or adult. People have cases that can range from mild to severe, depending on a variety of factors.
For some people, they find a solution that is easy to maintain (such as finding a trigger food and cutting it out). For others, it’s a much longer road to clear skin.
There’s a wide variety of symptoms that are associated with eczema. Itchiness, dry skin, oozing skin, sensitive skin, swelling, and scaly patches of skin are all signs you have one of the six types of eczema. Some people have all of these symptoms, while others only have one or two.
There are multiple ways to treat eczema. You have to see what works best for you and your body—at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. If it helps you and works for you, then don’t worry about what works for anyone else.
- Prescription topical treatments
- Biologic drugs
- Natural alternatives and supplements
Now that you know a little bit more about eczema and some possible treatments, let’s talk more about a possible treatment option: natural supplements.
What Are Natural Supplements for Eczema?
Arnica is a supplement that is derived from flowers. It’s a highly calming treatment, which is why it’s used for the treatment of dermatitis and psoriasis. You cannot eat arnica, but it works great as a topical treatment. Its herbal properties work to help calm irritated skin and soothe redness, tenderness, and itchiness.
For this reason, it can also be used to treat acne, bug bites, and bruises. You can find arnica in a paste or cream form and you can directly apply it to the area that’s flaring up.
Herbal supplements can be highly effective when it comes to conditions with the skin. Chamomile is no exception, and it’s considered to be extremely calming to the skin. The great thing about chamomile is that it works internally and externally.
While external use is important so you make direct contact with the area of skin that’s flaring up, drinking chamomile tea can work wonders as well.
Of all the issues chamomile can help with, dermatitis is at the top of the list. You can brew a cup of tea and drink it and then use the tea bag as a compress. Apply it directly to the area of the skin where you have eczema. Just be sure to use 100% chamomile tea so you know what you’re putting on your skin.
Collagen is a protein that’s found in the skin, bones, joints, tendons, and organs of the human body. It’s formed through chains of amino acids and can help with a variety of skin and body issues.
One of the most important benefits of collagen is its ability to help heal and improve the overall health of our skin.
In one study, results show that the use of collagen actually helped to significantly decrease eczema flare ups and heal the skin. It can have very therapeutic benefits for the skin. Collagen is widely available in supplement form.
If you want to try collagen and see if it helps reduce symptoms eczema, try our Kalumi BEAUTYfood bars, which contain eight grams of marine collagen and other skin-boosting ingredients, such as cocoa butter (antioxidants) and sweet potato (vitamin A).
Supplement Your Way to Beautiful Skin
While we wish there was one magic pill you could take to make all of your skin issues go away, there simply isn’t.
The truth is, it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what works for you. It can take a lot of time and effort, so don’t give up. Try any of these natural supplements and see if they can help you on your journey to clear skin!
Herbal Treatment for Dermatologic Disorders - Herbal Medicine | NCBI
Anti-inflammatory effect of collagen tripeptide in atopic dermatitis | NCBI
Eczema Symptoms & Causes | National Eczema Association