Eczema is a common skin problem that can be painful and embarrassing. It can be hard to pin‑point the cause of an eczema breakout as well, making it frustrating to deal with. So, how can you manage the itchy, irritated skin that eczema causes?
There are natural ways that you can alleviate eczema. Safe topical treatments that can help the skin to heal include coconut oil and aloe vera (see our blog Natural treatments for dry skin to learn more).
Another way to address eczema is by taking a collagen‑based supplement. Collagen can work in a few different ways to help with eczema:
- Collagen has preventative qualities: it plays a role in strengthening and hydrating the skin and, one of the amino acids in collagen, glycine, is an anti‑inflammatory.
- Collagen may have an antibacterial effect that fights against bacteria that live on the skin (such as staphylococcal), which have been known to cause eczema. A study done at Université Laval in Canada, showed that hydrolysed collagen has significant antibacterial properties.
- Because collagen is a major component of our skin, it is crucial to the healing process. It helps with the creation of new skin and enables skin to heal more rapidly. Collagen can decrease the signs of roughness and dryness in the skin, which are a couple of the most noticeable symptoms of eczema.