Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, red and cracked, according to the NHS. But, moisturising the affected skin with a tea tree oil mixture may help to relieve your eczema symptoms, it’s been claimed.
Young children are most at risk of developing eczema symptoms, but it could also develop in later life.
If you have eczema, your symptoms can vary between small patches of dry skin, to widespread, inflamed areas of cracked skin.
You could lower your risk of dry skin at home by using certain natural moisturisers.
One of the best “wound-healing” essential oils for your skin is tea tree oil, it’s been revealed.
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“Manufacturers derive tea tree oil from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree,” said medical website Medical News Today.
“People often use this oil to help with skin problems, including eczema.
“A 2013 review identifies anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and wound-healing properties in the oil.
“It may help relieve skin dryness and itching and help prevent infections.”
There isn’t a specific cure for eczema, but some eczema treatments may help to reduce the itchy signs of eczema at home.
Emollients and creams could be found at your local pharmacy to treat dry skin.
Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter eczema treatments.