Did you know your largest organ is on the outside of your body? Skin is the largest organ and the first defense measure the body has at protecting itself against harmful pathogens.
When skin is irritated, it will become inflamed. Inflammation can cause skin reddening, swell, and become sensitive to touch. Several things can cause skin inflammation. Infections, drug overuse, injury, environmental toxins, and sunburn are some of the most common causes of skin inflammation. The medical term for skin inflammation is dermatitis, but most people refer to it as a rash or eczema. Dermatitis generally does not cause serious health problems, but it can cause severe discomfort.
A dermatologist will tell you if your skin condition is contact dermatitis or a more serious condition, and whether the suggested home remedies can help your condition.
Heal Skin from the Inside with Diet Changes
The foods you eat not only affect the way you feel, they also affect the way your skin looks and feels. You can get healthy glowing skin by avoiding junk food and eating a diet composed of 75 percent raw food. You should drink at least eight glasses of water every day. In addition to drinking water, you can also add sugar free juices and herbal teas to your diet. You can reduce inflammation by eating foods that are high in antioxidants.
Spinach, onions, blueberries, and strawberries contain antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. Fresh pineapple and papaya contain the enzymes bromelain and papain, these enzymes reduce swelling and inflammation. The enzymes in pineapple and papaya should reduce the inflammation and swelling in six days. Cold-water fish, such as mackerel and salmon also help clear skin.
Heal Skin from the Outside with Essential Oils
Herbal remedies are a natural way to cure skin inflammation. Lavender, evening primrose, and chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties that can heal irritated skin. You should mix these essential oils with a carrier oil before you apply them to your skin. Jojoba oil blends well with essential oils. Pour 1/4 cup of carrier oil in a dry container and add 1tsp of the essential oil of your choice. Apply the mixture to your irritated skin after showering. Store the mixture away from heat and light.
You can also treat dermatitis with a homemade cream. Blend 25 drops of essential oil into a natural unscented lotion. The homemade cream will last longer than the essential oil mixture, but the cream should also be stored away from heat and light.
Tips to Prevent Skin Inflammation
Dermatitis is not completely unavoidable, but there are steps you can take to prevent skin inflammation. Moisturize your skin daily with a natural unscented lotion. Perfume lotions can dry your skin. Use unscented laundry products. Scented laundry products have harsh chemicals that can rub off on your skin. Find out what your allergies are. Eat foods that are high in vitamin A, B, C, and E, and drink more water.