Eczema is a general term for skin conditions that causes red, itchy and inflamed patches on your skin. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of Eczema. Others are contact, static and seborrheic dermatitis and dyshidrotic and nummular eczema.
Living with Eczema is a challenge as there is no cure for it. Luckily it is not contagious. Avocado oil is a good remedy for eczema relief.
Children generally get eczema on their cheeks and chin, but it generally goes away with childhood. It can develop anywhere in the body. Adults also develop eczema even if they didn't have it during childhood.
All home remedies of eczema including avocado are controversial. Some of the food items may give some symptomatic relief but can't really cure it, avocado is no exception.
Is Avocado or Its Oil Really Good for Eczema?
It is true that some food items can trigger eczema and some may reduce the symptoms.
So where does avocado and its oil stand?
Well, in most cases it reduces the symptoms of eczema but in some sensitive people it can trigger more inflammation.
If you don't have salicylate sensitivity, which most people don't, then avocado is generally good for you and will reduce eczema symptoms.
How to Use Avocado for Eczema?
You can use avocado oil for topical application as well as eat it for reducing inflammation, pain and itch.
Following are some useful methods to use avocado and its oil.
1. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is anti-inflammatory. Use cold pressed and unrefined avocado oil.
- Rinse your affected skin with water and dab it dry
- Apply avocado oil
- Leave it there for 15 minutes
- Rinse off with warm water. It will keep your skin moisturized for long after that without giving it oily feel as the oil gets absorbed by the skin quickly.
2. Avocado Oil with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory. Mixing both oil helps reduce inflammation and itching.
- Wash, clean and dry your skin
- Mix ½ teaspoon of avocado oil with ½ teaspoon of virgin coconut oil
- Apply on the affected area and leave it overnight
- Rinse off in the morning
- Do it daily
3. Avocado Smoothie
Since avocado is rich in antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids and yogurt is rich in probiotics, the smoothie made from these ingredients is highly eczema friendly. It reduces inflammation and itching.
- Cut a properly ripe avocado in two halves.
- Remove the pit
- Scoop avocado pulp and toss into a blender
- Add 200 grams organic unsweetened yogurt
- Add some water to make a thin consistency if your choice. Don't add too much water.
- Blend well
- Pour in a glass and drink
Don't add any other ingredients. You will quickly develop a taste for this smoothie.
Additional Eczema Remedies
Following are some of the popular remedies for eczema
- Eat turmeric for anti-inflammatory impact
- Eat flaxseeds to reduce inflammation
- Apply coconut oil topically on your skin even if there is no flare-up of eczema
- Keep your skin moisturized with sunflower oil
- Get massage to relieve stress as stress can trigger eczema flare-up
- Drink lots of water to stay fully hydrated all the time
Other Tips and Precautions
Managing Eczema is a challenge particularly when it comes to the foods that might Trigger it. Take the following precautions to deal with your condition better.
- Avoid certain known Eczema triggering food items such as milk, eggs, soy products, gluten, nuts and shellfish etc.
- Check which other foods are allergic in your specific case and avoid.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as fishes rich in omega 3 fatty acids and fruits and vegetables of rich colors as they contain flavonoids such as apple, blueberries, cherries, spinach and kale etc.
- Avoid exposures to environmental pollution such as chemical fumes, vehicle smoke and other pollutants.
Bottom line is, if you have any kind of eczema then be more serious on what you eat and what you shouldn't.