Topically administered steroids for eczema may work wonders during flare ups. But in exchange for the provided relief are some potential side effects especially if the product is used incorrectly. Some of them include thinning of the skin, appearance of stretch marks and even the worsening of the skin condition. It’s also possible for a few systemic effects to take place especially when topical steroids are used in large amounts for prolonged periods of time.
Luckily, there are a handful of homemade solutions that you may opt for during times of flare ups. One of the most effective of them all is a mask with oatmeal and some other ingredients that are likely to be already in your kitchen.
What makes this homemade mask for eczema work wonderfully is its star ingredient — oatmeal. The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal soothe swollen and irritated skin commonly experienced on bad days. Oatmeal is also good at absorbing excess skin oils. That is why a homemade mask out of it may also be used by anybody suffering from acne.
The addition of honey and yogurt into this DIY solution allows you to enjoy additional benefits. For instance, honey offers antibacterial action to save affected areas of the skin from being infected. It also moisturizes dry and flaky skin. On the other hand, lactic acid in yogurt offers gentle exfoliation, removing rough and dead skin as well as lightening blemishes.
In order to create this easy-to-make homemade oatmeal mask for eczema, prepare the following ingredients:
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup hot water
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp plain yogurt
Once everything is within your easy reach, it’s time to whip up that DIY eczema solution. In a bowl, place your oatmeal and add hot water. Allow it to stay there for a couple of minutes to allow oatmeal to soak up the water. Mix thoroughly to ensure a very rich consistency. Add honey and yogurt and mix very well. You’re done!
Make sure that the oatmeal mask has cooled to room temperature before you start applying it on the affected areas. It’s also a good idea to chill your homemade oatmeal mask in the fridge for a few minutes before applying. This allows the mask to provide extra soothing effect, something you will surely appreciate especially during a really bad flare up.