How to use Shea Butter for Eczema
Did Eczema bring you here or the shea butter?
Let’s talk about how and why shea butter is the number one most commonly used ingredient for skincare products made to soothe eczema. If it’s so popular, it MUST be doing something right.
if you're someone who suffers from eczema, you know how frustrating it can be to find a skincare routine that works for you. Flare-ups can be painful and uncomfortable, leaving you with dry, itchy skin that's difficult to manage.
But have you ever considered using shea butter for eczema?
Shea butter is a natural ingredient that has been used for centuries to nourish and protect the skin, and it may be just what you need to soothe your eczema-prone skin.
What is eczema?
First things first, let's talk about eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes inflammation and itching. It's characterized by dry, red, and itchy patches of skin, and it can be caused by a variety of factors such as
- environmental triggers
There are several different types of eczema, including"
- Atopic dermatitis is a common type of eczema that has a genetic basis. It often occurs in individuals with a predisposition to inhalant allergies. The characteristic rashes of atopic dermatitis occur on the cheeks, neck, elbow and knee creases, and ankles. Emotional triggers for atopic dermatitis include a tendency to harbor aversions, unresolved issues, anxiety, fear, and buried emotional trauma.
- Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by repeated exposure to a specific allergen. For example, coming into contact with poison ivy or oak can activate the immune system and produce eczema. The mental trigger for this type of eczema is often associated with feeling trapped or stuck in a situation, unable to escape or change the circumstances.
- Nummular eczema is a nonspecific term for coin-shaped layers of scaling skin most often found on the lower legs of older individuals. The mental and emotional trigger for this type of eczema is often associated with feeling stuck in old patterns, limiting beliefs, or unable to move forward in life.
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- : It produces a rash on the scalp, face, ears, and occasionally the mid-chest in adults. In infants, in can produce a weepy, oozy rash behind the ears and can be quite extensive, involving the entire body
- And others
Eczema can be remedied with consistency using topical non-toxic remedies like pure shea butter and natural ingredients, coupled with eliminating the root cause—Mental/Emotional issues.
The root cause of Eczema is 3-fold.
Reduce then Eliminate foods that trigger allergic reactions—dairy, beef, eggs, citrus, chocolate, etc.). Avoid: Clothes—made with polyester and covered in fragrances.
Reduce then Eliminate toxic cleaning products, hand soap, Sanitizer, and certain metals like nickel which may be in some of your jewelry. Avoiding triggers like harsh soaps and detergents can help to prevent flare-ups, and there are also many natural or DIY options available.
Introduce then Replace all skin/body products and cosmetics that are chemical based and opt for natural, less processed options.
Reduce Stress and increase Organization in daily routines While there's no cure for eczema, there are many ways to manage the symptoms.
What is shea butter?
Now that we've covered the basics of eczema, let's dive into the benefits of shea butter. Shea butter is a natural fat that's extracted from the nuts of the African shea fruit tree. It's been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, and it's become increasingly popular in the West in recent years, especially in the cosmetic industry.
Shea butter is rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy skin, including vitamin A, vitamin E, and fatty acids. It's also non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores or cause breakouts.
How can shea butter help with eczema?
There are several ways that shea butter can benefit eczema-prone skin:
- Moisturizing: One of the most important things you can do to manage eczema is to keep your skin moisturized. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer that can help to soothe dry, itchy skin and prevent flare-ups.
- Anti-inflammatory: Shea butter contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce redness and inflammation associated with eczema.
- Healing: Shea butter is rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for skin health, and it can help to promote healing of damaged skin.
- Protective: Shea butter forms a protective barrier on the skin that can help to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin from environmental triggers.
How to use shea butter for eczema
Now that you know how shea butter can benefit eczema-prone skin, let's learn how to use it.
Here are a few tips for incorporating shea butter into your skincare routine:
1. Choose a high-quality shea butter: Not all shea butter is created equal. Look for a high-quality, unrefined shea butter that's free of additives and preservatives.
2. Apply shea butter to damp skin: For best results, apply shea butter to damp skin after a shower or bath. This will help to lock in moisture and prevent dryness.
3. Use shea butter as a spot treatment: If you have particularly dry or itchy patches of skin, you can use shea butter as a spot treatment. Simply apply a small amount of shea butter to the affected area and massage gently.
4. Combine shea butter with other ingredients: Shea butter can be combined with other ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil like in our Shea body butters.
To use shea butter for eczema, simply apply a small amount of shea butter to the affected area and massage it into the skin. Repeat this process several times a day, or as often as needed to keep the skin moisturized and reduce inflammation.
It's important to note that while shea butter is generally safe for most people, some individuals may be allergic to it. If you experience any adverse reactions, such as redness, itching, or swelling, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider.
Overall, you can trust shea butter is a natural, safe, and effective treatment for eczema that can help moisturize dry skin, reduce inflammation, soothe itching, and repair damaged skin. If you are looking for a natural remedy for eczema, give our pure whipped shea butter a try!
1. Pure Whipped Shea Butter - Nothing added, just pure Grade A shea butter from West Africa. Naturally balances our skin, has anti-inflammatory properties and holds in moisture
2. Peace Lavender Body Butter - lavender is soothing, naturally anti-bacterial and the sage oil also helps to cleanse the skin. BONUS: Aromatherapy in a jar!
3. Silk Body Oil - African Hibiscus brings Vitamin C to aid in wound healing, and brightening the skin. Made with natural dry oils that wont clog pores and absorbs into the skin.