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What you need to know about the best natural eczema treatments

By Kim Crawford, M.D. Last updated: October 3, 2017
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Most proven Natural Remedies for Eczema:

You have eczema. You want to know the best natural eczema treatments—plain and simple, right? I don’t need to tell you what it is, the food you should eat or the medicines available because you have been through that. I’m sure you are aware it is often associated with dust mite allergies too. Below I will list a number of treatments that perhaps you already know. I guarantee you there is one quite effective treatment that you have not heard of which I will reveal in this article. You’ll quickly learn why you have not heard about it and the reason will make sense. First, let me review what has scientific evidence for efficacy. Here are the “popular” natural eczema treatments.

Probiotics for Eczema:

We are discovering weekly the gut microbiome (environment) is the key to a host of ailments. An imbalanced microbiome due to diet, antibiotics, toxins, and more can cause inflammation of the skin. Eczema is a condition whereby the skin is inflamed, so through anti-inflammatory and other mechanisms like strengthening the immune system, the addition of probiotics to your daily supplement regimen will help your eczema and your total health. If you are not regularly eating prebiotic fiber foods (fermented foods), I suggest that you add a prebiotic supplement to make your probiotic more effective, or a combination pre and probiotic supplement.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Eczema:

Anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids are found in abundance in two healthy fish. I am only citing two because it is getting much harder to confirm that fish either isn’t farmed or full of mercury. My healthy omega-3 fish is limited to sockeye salmon which can’t be farmed, and sardines, which are too small to collect mercury.

natural remedies for eczemaA note about purchasing sardines. If you purchase them in olive oil, even if the can has an “extra-virgin” label, it usually isn’t. It is usually a toxic olive oil.

If you can find them packed in water, they taste almost like tuna; not fishy at all. If you haven’t been a sardine fan, here is how to become one! I purchase mine online at Thrive Market.

Since you need a serving daily, most people also add an omega-3 supplement. Always look for a DHA to EPA ratio of a minimum of three to one.


Vitamin E is helpful for the treatment of eczema with 400 IU’s per day being the amount studied. Be sure to get natural, not synthetic Vitamin E. The mechanism of action for eczema seems to be the skin’s improvement in utilization of fatty acids.

Vitamin D3 is made when you “get enough” sunlight. I have honestly never gotten a measurement of Vitamin D3 on anyone that was high enough by today’s standards-about 55-65 mg/dl. Most people have a level of 25-35 mg/dl. The average person requires 4000-6000 IU of Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K (improves absorption) for health. Part of the “health package” is a noticeable improvement in eczema if combined with these other top natural eczema remedies.

Let me circle back to the sunshine idea. Direct sunlight on areas of eczema involves helpful bands of UV radiation which work by (amongst other things) activating the mitochondria (energy cells) in the skin. This helps the skin renew and refresh itself and is a different benefit than making Vitamin D3. Don’t overdo the sun exposure. Limit it to 10 minutes per day.

Essential Oils for Eczema:

Lavender essential oil has been studied the most for it’s healing properties in eczema patients. However, we find positive studies for borage oil and evening primrose oil, both of which are anti-inflammatory oils. If you use essential oils, blending them in a base of coconut oil is soothing for eczematous skin.

The unstudied but effective eczema treatment:

Ahhh the dreaded skin rash called eczema. Worse yet, one dermatologist says it’s eczema, another doctor calls it dermatitis and another calls it atopic dermatitis. The rest of this article is dedicated not just to those of you with a definite diagnosis of eczema, but to those with “some sort of dermatitis” too. Many people report after a visit to a dermatologist to get treatment for a skin rash that the dermatologist might not be sure what the heck the rash is.

Rashes usually are allergic (atopic dermatitis), infectious, fungal, or have scales or placques (like psoriasis). However, very often a dermatologist will just treat it with a steroid cream or an anti-fungal or both! Often, you ask if it’s eczema and they say that it certainly could be. If the rash doesn’t heal, they will perform what is a “punch biopsy.” Then, of course, the biopsy is “inconclusive.” More commonly, though, it is “eczematous.”  Your initial response is “WHAT?” The doctor replies, “eczema-like”.

Oh, it’s not actually eczema? Well, it sort of is. Treatment for all of the above includes eventually-skin-harming topical steroids. For this reason, I am presenting to you what is circulating through case reports and what I have used on my patients. I’m talking about anti-inflammatory stem cell cytokine and growth factor serums. A lot of us are using these serums for “mystery rashes” which doctors tell patients is eczema.

Cytokine and Growth Factor Therapy

The hottest new therapy for these mystery skin rash situations is turning out to be the topical treatment I just mentioned. It’s proving to be amazingly effective. It’s one of the best natural eczema treatments you’ll never see studied.

best natural ezcema treatmentsThe son of a Physician is pictured here. This is his story. “My son was suffering from moderate seborrheic dermatitis and eczema in his scalp for the past few years. He visited many dermatologists, and one of them prescribed the potent steroid cream Clobetasol.

He applied it along the hairline twice a day for 2 weeks, and it did help. Then he was using it as needed for months after.

He developed a well demarcated red line along the hairline where he applied the cream. He was then diagnosed with steroid-induced dermatitis, which was worse than his original seborrheic dermatitis and eczema.

I told him to stop using the cream, but the rash did not improve over the following 5-6 months. It would worsen with any physical activities. The dermatologist had no solution for him. That was when I read about your anti-inflammatory Lifeline stem cell cytokine product and decided to have him try it. Much to our delight, after only 1 week of usage, the redness went away. It has been 6 months now, and it has not come back even with physical activities. Needless to say, we are very happy with the result, and with his permission, I have attached his before and after pictures.”

What’s in this stuff?

The product referenced contains anti-inflammatory stem cell cytokines and skin-healing growth factors. These ingredients basically turn old skin cells into young skin cells through a complex set of cell signaling, making the products useful for anti-aging skin care. Old, eczematous skin cells shed and new skin cells form. This is what happened to the “incurable” skin rash above. The cells were not responding to any conventional therapy. In fact, conventional therapy was causing the problem to become worse! (Ever happen to you?)  

What are cytokines and growth factors?

Cytokines are mesenchymal stem cell chemical signals which communicate with local cells when environmental (happens to us all daily) or traumatic (as above) tissue damage occurs. These chemical messengers coordinate the steps of controlling damage, repairing, healing, and rejuvenation.

Growth factors simply are part of the mix of great things extracted from the parthenogenic stem cells used in the Lifeline products. You can find out how all of this is done and see all of the comparison products here. As the winner of the Truth in Aging’s best anti aging products 2016 award, the Lifeline serum proudly wears its anti aging skin care “top results” hat. The reason you haven’t heard of this as an eczema treatment is that it is a cosmetic, not a medical product. Therefore, no company that is making any of these cytokine-growth factor products can publicize how effective they are for eczema. It makes sense now, right?

Now back to the skin rash situation for a moment:

If you have unexplained skin issues or rashes, which are scaling, very itchy, or any skin moles that have changed and become multicolored or itchy, please see a Dermatologist ASAP!

Further, if you have a diagnosis of any common skin rash or disease which causes dryness or scaling and itching such as contact dermatitis, psoriasis, allergic eczema or rosacea, clinical anecdotes and private reports look quite promising, such as the picture you see above. If you’re not getting relief from pharmaceuticals then why not try something new? I would like to emphasize you should eat a healthy anti-inflammatory diet plan and add the supplements and sunshine as suggested at the beginning of this article as well.

When to see a doctor:

  1. You have an itch or a rash that can’t be easily explained (like you walked into poison ivy or you were bitten by mosquitoes).
  2. The rash affects your entire body.
  3. The rash lasts more than two weeks and doesn’t improve with over the counter preparations such as Cort-Aid.
  4. It is so severe that it distracts you from your daily routines or prevents you from sleeping.
  5.  It is associated with other symptoms, such as extreme tiredness, weight loss, fever or changes in bowel habits.


If you have a questioning skin rash, see a dermatologist. If you have other associated symptoms, you might be asked to see your regular doctor so she can get the appropriate bloodwork too.

Now here’s a little anecdote from one of my Agewell clients. I recently had one of my bodybuilding mega-guys ask me about a chronic groin rash which had been treated with anti-fungals and steroids. He was debilitated due to the severity of the rash and the location of it, and nothing was working.

He got to the point where he couldn’t train, due to the pain from his legs rubbing together. After 2 weeks, he was a happy camper using our product duo. That’s the kind of story I love to hear. Yes, it is super nice when you all tell me how amazing your skin looks and how much younger you look, but stories like this are just special.

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  1. I am allergic to fish, what should I do?

    • Krill oil is full of healthy omega 3’s-just make sure you are NOT allergic to SHELLFISH which are different antigens.Best, Dr.Kim

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