• Eczema can cause a lot of stress and even erode self-confidence
  • Patients go out of their way to find ways and means to help lessen the symptoms of the skin condition
  • One way to ease the symptoms is through one popular herb

According to the National Health Service, eczema is a lasting condition that causes the skin to become dry, cracked, itchy, and red. It usually occurs in children before they turn one year old but may also occur in their adult lives.

The symptoms of eczema vary with some appearing only as small patches of dry skin, while others may involve huge areas of skin inflammation all over the body.

While the actual cause of eczema remains unknown, scientists believe it may be influenced by the genetics and environment of a person. The findings of some studies have shown there is a link to these factors and the development of eczema.


The usual treatment methods of eczema include the application of topical anti-inflammatory creams whenever flare-ups happen. This is to minimize the itchy sensation and at the same time, restore the moisture barrier of the skin. Many have also resorted to the regular application of special moisturizers to prevent their skin from drying. Some eczema patients try to lower their risk of flare-ups by applying emollients regularly or taking a particular supplement.

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A Natural Supplement

There is one supplement that has been recommended by skin experts and is highly favored for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has been used since the olden times to treat a range of inflammatory skin conditions. Used for many centuries to treat skin disorders, this natural herb is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have proven that it could also be used to ease the uncomfortable symptoms brought about by eczema.

In one such study involving 150 patients with eczema, researchers gave them a cream containing turmeric extracts, which they applied to the affected area for four weeks. At the end of the study period, the study’s participants report a 30% reduction in skin scaling and a 32% reduction in itchiness.

In another study, this time with the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, researchers analyzed the effects of oral curcumin in treating severe psoriasis. Researchers found that the cream contained anti-inflammatory herbs, which helped improve the conditions of patients with eczema.

In another review conducted a couple of years ago, which involved 18 studies, researchers found there is strong evidence of curcumin use during the early times to treat skin conditions. These skin conditions included psoriasis and eczema. Researchers, however, are calling for more studies to be conducted on curcumin to determine the exact dosage, as well as its efficacy.