Tea tree oil (TTO) is known for relieving many types of skin inflammation because it has amazing antibacterial and anti-itching effect. No wonder it is widely used for baby eczema, which is a common allergic skin disease. In fact, there are plentiful success examples shared online these days. However, it has also been suggested that this home remedy doesn’t treat the underlying problem but symptom. That’s to say, it offers the patients only temporary relief from intense itching, swelling, redness, and inflammation of the skin.
TTO has long been used as a safe, natural eczema treatment. However, it is often diluted because the pure one can be too harsh for the skin of some individuals. For the same reason, it should avoid any contact with the mucosal tissue of the body. In addition, before you use it you’d better make sure this is atopic dermatitis since many skin diseases have similar symptoms of eczema. If you are not so sure, it is a good idea to consult your doctor in the first place. When it comes to how to treat eczema with this essential oil, there are a few different ways you can choose from.
A tea tree oil bath, usually 10 drops each time, is the most common treatment for eczema. Sometimes some olive oil will be added in. But most dermatologists think that there’s no need to do so as olive oil will become useless when it is completely diluted by the water used for a bath. Usually bathing with it three times a day can greatly relieve pain and itching while helping ulcerous, cracked patches of skin.
Another popular option is to add a few drops of it to moisturizer. Remember to mix them thoroughly before you apply it to the affected area. And you need to use it 3 to 4 times a day to reap the best benefits. You may not know that this ingredient is actually found in some commercial skin care products and moisturizers too. But do not choose the alcohol-based ones when shopping since alcohol may lead to dry skin.
It is also a good idea to add a few drops of it to a carrier oil like olive or almond oil, and then dip a cotton ball in this mixture and dab it directly onto the itchy, coin-shaped spots or patches. And you need to stick to it, usually twice per day, until the symptoms totally disappear.
As mentioned above, it is safe for most people suffering from eczema although it may sometimes cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. In spite of this, in most cases homemade TTO eczema body soap or lotion is preferably used as an addition to the treatment plan of your dermatologist. This is because it never makes eczema completely go away, according to the feedback of some users.
Eczema can be caused by a variety of internal and external factors. And generally it is considered related to allergies. For that reason, it is different from contact dermatitis and keeps coming back. If tea tree oil doesn’t work for you, identifying the allergens and staying hydrated are your first priority. If necessary, antibiotic ointment should be used too.