Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic allergic condition where the skin develops areas of itchy, scaly skin. It can occur on most parts of the body and it gets worse when you scratch it. Symptoms of eczema include areas of dryness, leathery skin, blisters that ooze and crust over, and redness and inflammation in the affected area. Instead of using treatments like steroids that may have unwanted side effects, why not consider these natural remedies for eczema?

6 Ways to Say Goodbye to Eczema Naturally

1. Consider coconut oil. Eczema is a complex condition stemming from a variety of sources, but spreading a thin layer of coconut oil on the inflamed area is a simple solution that may do quite a bit to soothe the itching and pain associated with the skin disorder. 2. Try fermented cod liver oil. Fermented cod liver oil may sound gross, but it’s a great source of skin loving nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K. Take 1 tablespoon of fermented cod liver daily to treat eczema naturally. 3. Try a magnesium bath. Combine 2 cups of epsom salts with 2 tablespoons of Himalayan sea salt, and fill the bath tub up half way for a healing bath soak. While for some people with eczema, soaking in water actually makes the condition worse, it can be really effective for those that can tolerate it. Magnesium also works on other skin conditions like psoriasis, dry skin, and acne. 4. Ease your stress. Skin conditions are often closely linked to stress. Address underlying lifestyle factors that may be causing you stress and consider adopting some stress relieving techniques to treat your skin from the inside out. 5. Choose the right natural topical treatment. Topical treatments with aloe can be very effective at soothing and healing eczema. Pine bark extract is also good for reducing inflammation. 6. Add in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can help with eczema as well. GLA is an unusual fatty acid that’s difficult to get in your diet, but it’s found in evening primrose oil, black currant oil, and borage oil. Talk to your doctor or health professional to find out more.

Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.