Calendula for eczema
Discover the benefits of Calendula for eczema and other skin conditions
When trying to relieve the symptoms of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis you are looking for products that will deal with the dryness, inflammation and itching of the skin. The aim is to soothe, repair and nourish the skin without aggravating the problem by further irritating the skin.
Emmoliants such as Lyonsleaf calendula cream are moisturising treatments that soften and soothe the skin. Dry skin cracks letting in pathogens and allergens and so the skin’s natural lipid barrier needs to be repaired and maintained and the best way to do this seems to be through the topical application of natural oils. Although ensuring your body is also getting the right nutrients is also vital for healthy skin.
Natural emollients containing fatty acids are far better than synthetic emollients which just sit on the surface of the skin.
Calendula, also known as marigold has long been used as a herbal remedy to treat ailments from digestive disorders to wound healing and even varicose veins. In skincare calendula is known for it’s anti-inflammatory, wound healing and collagen promoting properties, making it popular in both natural healing and anti-ageing skincare.
What is eczema?
According to the National Eczema Association “Eczema (eg-zuh-MUH) is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed.”
The term eczema is probably most commonly used to refer to a condition also known as atopic dermatitis, a chronic and inflammatory condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry, red, inflamed and sore and may appear in small patches or on large parts of the body.
Atopic dermatitis is part of the atopic triad which also includes asthma and hayfever. The exact cause is unknown, and treatment generally focuses on managing the symptoms. There are many things that can “trigger” atopic dermatitis including soaps, detergents, other chemicals, stress, allergies and even the weather.
Another common condition that falls under the eczema umbrella is dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis). Other types of eczema include Nummular Eczema, Dyshidrotic Eczema, Statis Dermatitis and Contact Dermatitis.
Why does calendula help?
Although there is little research into using calendula to treat eczema there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the healing powers of calendula.
Calendula is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that make it a very useful oil for healing the skin and soothing eczema and other skin conditions.
The triterpenoids and glycosides found in calendula have anti-inflammatory effects similar to that of mild steroids that are often included in prescription anti-inflammatory creams but without the side effects of thinning the skin.
Calendulas anti-fungal and antibacterial effects help to prevent further infection. And calendula has in fact been scientifically proven to improve skin healing, encouraging the skin to produce collagen which helps in the closing of wounds.
Lyonsleaf beauty balm contains calendula and is perfect for the oil cleansing method.