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Are Certain Oils Good for Eczema?

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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.
Are Certain Oils Good for Eczema?
Oil derived from sesame seeds is one treatment for eczema. Photo Credit sesame seeds image by Steve Lovegrove from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

Eczema, often known as dermatitis, can be related to allergies, nutrition deficiencies or other medical disorders. The book "Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide" says that the condition's symptoms include inflamed skin, blisters, red bumps, swelling, oozing and scaly areas on your body. There are several oils that are effective in soothing the painful symptoms of eczema. Simply massage these oils into the affected area several times a day.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is a dark, yellowish-brown oil that's rich in vitamins A and E. According to the book "Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty," sesame oil is appropriate even for those with sensitive skin because it doesn't usually cause breakouts or trigger allergies. The oil's high vitamin E content, in particular, makes it a good choice for those with eczema because vitamin E's natural healing properties soothe itching and burning, eliminate swelling and decrease redness. Sesame oil does have a distinctive nutty odor that some people find unpleasant, so make sure to smell it before applying it to your body if this is a concern.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a light-colored, smooth oil that's derived from the beans of jojoba plants. "Aromatherapy Massage: Essential Oils Explained for Health and Pleasure" says that this oil is incredibly moisturizing and easily absorbed by your skin. Jojoba oil treats the dry, scaly skin that's a hallmark symptom of many people's eczema. "Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty" also recommends jojoba oil as a daily treatment, even after your eczema episode has passed, because it promotes balanced skin oil production and may help prevent further outbreaks.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is a pale yellow oil that is very rich in healing fatty acids. It decreases inflammation associated with skin conditions such as eczema. According to "Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty," it also promotes skin repair, which can be particularly useful for those who have blisters or bumps on their skin. Unlike sesame oil and jojoba oil, which are both sold bottled, evening primrose oil is most frequently available in capsule form to prolong its shelf life. To use them to treat eczema, break open the capsules and squeeze the gel out onto your skin.

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