Problematic skin is a common complaint of individuals as they get older. As a person ages, the skin gets thin and loses its ability to retain water. Dry patches may appear and become red, itchy and irritated. This condition is commonly referred to as eczema. While there are several different causes of eczema, they often respond well to natural remedies that may help and even eliminate the symptoms for seniors.
Coconut oil is well known for its antibacterial properties. When applied directly to the skin, coconut oil not only moisturizes, but it can also decrease bacteria by as much as 95 percent. Most individuals with severe eczema have staph bacteria on the skin that can be reduced with a single application of coconut oil. If the oil feels too greasy or heavy, it's possible to mix a small amount with your favorite moisturizer before rubbing it on the skin.
Sunflower seed oil helps improve hydration and preserves the overall integrity of the outer layer of skin. Because sunflower seed oil improves the skin's natural outer layer, it holds moisture better, which in turn reduces the symptoms of eczema. Apply the oil directly to the skin and continue rubbing until it has soaked into the outer epidermal layer.
According to the Vitamin D Council, there is a direct relationship between the presence of eczema and other skin conditions and low levels of vitamin D. Ask your physician to test the vitamin D levels in your blood. If the level is low, ask for a recommendation on how much vitamin D supplement you should take on a daily or weekly basis. Keep in mind, once you start taking vitamin D, it can take several months to get your levels where they should be.
Stress often plays a major role in illness and skin conditions. As a result, any treatment used to make you feel calmer can help. Consider getting a massage at least once a week to help improve your stress levels and dermatitis eczema.
Itchy skin is often the result of a pH imbalance or yeast on the skin. Apple cider vinegar helps stabilize the body's pH and increase the acidity, which can alleviate and even eliminate the symptoms of eczema. Start by applying a small amount of the vinegar on the rash or dilute the solution with a small amount of water to see if you have a reaction. You can also add a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath.
Seniors within our Bethesda Gardens Monument assisted living community have access to round-the-clock staff for assistance with medical issues. If you're not sure a potential rash is something to see your doctor about, consider asking one of the nursing staff.