I've had bad bouts of eczema on my arms and legs since I was a child. A couple of years ago, I found a natural treatment that works for me.
I have suffered from various skin flare-ups since I was very young. I had bad bouts of eczema on my arms and legs starting at the age of seven. I've also battled yeast infections for most of my adult life, which also manifest as skin rashes. In this article, I hope to introduce those who suffer from eczema to some of the many at-home, natural solutions I've put to the test. I also talk about what eczema is and what it isn't. Here, I cover:
- What eczema is
- How to distinguish eczema from a rash
- Who is likely to have eczema
- How to ease symptoms with natural, at-home solutions
- My journey with using oregano oil to eliminate my eczema symptoms
What Is Eczema?
A diagnosis of eczema can be hard to come by because other skin conditions are frequently mistaken for a true case of eczema. It can be very confusing to sort out the information that’s available online because the terms—dermatitis, an allergic rash, atopic dermatitis, and eczema—can all refer to similar symptoms. Not all cases of dermatitis are eczema, but all cases of eczema can fall under the category of dermatitis.
Many medical professionals also believe that certain instances of eczema are genetic and passed down from parent to child. Whether genetic or environmental, eczema is frequently misdiagnosed. Doctors are frequently at a loss when treating chronic skin conditions.
What is commonly diagnosed as eczema, is usually red, inflamed skin lesions that contain a clear liquid that oozes when scratched. Eczema lesions can also look crusty. When the fluid leaks and dries it can turn into a white film or crusty-looking substance. Even though eczema is not contagious from person to person, it can spread to other parts of the body through bacteria under the fingernails that accumulate from scratching affected areas and then touching unaffected areas.
How Do You Know If It's More Than a Skin Rash?
There are as many types of remedies to clear up skin rashes as there are skin rashes. Sometimes a rash will go away quickly, and then other times it seems like nothing works to get rid of it. Not every rash requires a visit to the doctor. In many instances, a strong naturopathic remedy works better than anything a doctor prescribes.
A small area of red, bumpy skin that appears with no warning is probably a localized allergic reaction. The resulting rash is easy to eliminate by limiting exposure to the allergen. A skin rash that suddenly covers a large area of the body can be a severe systemic reaction to an allergen, which may be life-threatening. If this is the case you should pursue medical attention right away.
When It’s Probably Eczema
Another non-life threatening scenario is a chronic skin rash that keeps cropping up in the same spots over many years. These skin rashes can seriously compromise a person’s quality of life. If you're suffering from a reoccurring, seemingly unprompted skin rash, it could be some form of eczema.
The condition reoccurs because the skin itself is unable to protect itself from environmental irritants that cause fresh outbreaks. Any underlying viral or bacterial infection, or an imbalance of yeast, complicates the condition and makes it harder to treat. The protective layers of skin dry out, crack, and become irritated. Scratching the new irritation causes old lesions to reappear as a fresh outbreak.
Scratching Your Eczema Patches Is Dangerous!
Scratching eczema patches can lead to bacterial infection as the fingernails pass bacteria into the skin. There may also be a systemic infection that is manifesting as eczema. Left untreated, eczema lesions can get infected and worsen causing even more damage to already sensitive skin, including scarring and thickening.
Who Is Prone to Eczema?
Anyone can get eczema but infants seem more prone to skin problems like eczema because their immune system is still developing. Many adults report that skin problem they had as babies erupt during times of severe stress. There is also a genetic component in many eczema cases where generations of a family may have the condition because it is passed on through the genes.
Many medical experts believe that eczema is an allergic condition related to asthma and other allergies and that people with one ailment are prone to developing others. Certain triggers seem to be prevalent in recurring eczema outbreaks: Heat and sweating, lack of sleep, allergies, and severe stress.
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Regardless of whether your eczema is genetically determined or a result of something else when you have eczema—or any type of dermatitis—you want to make it stop. Sufferers with any kind of skin condition want relief because skin problems and discomfort can affect concentration, sleep cycles, mood, and temperament. It’s hard to be happy and calm when parts of your skin are literally itching off your body, or areas of your skin are cracked and bleeding.
How to Ease Symptoms
People who suffer from different types of eczema have to be extra vigilant with skin care. Showers or baths at least once a day are imperative to keep infected skin clean. For people who perspire more than usual, especially in hot weather, bathing twice a day is even better.
Extra care should also be taken in keeping the skin dry and hydrated with moisturizer. Since eczema is a breakdown of the skin and its essential oils, using a good moisturizer after bathing is another weapon in the fight to keep eczema under control.
Here's How I Manage My Eczema Naturally
My steps for caring for my eczema are as follows: take care of the skin, then take care of the immune system!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
I usually hydrate with a high-quality skin lotion that contains coconut oil. I only used pure coconut oil once and then switched to creams. I know many people with skin problems who use pure coconut oil on their skin after bathing every day. Before moving on to stronger oils like oregano oil, which can sting, moisturizing with coconut oil is a good start. It doesn't seem to have any side effects, and the smell and feel of it are very soothing.
I prefer creams to oil whenever possible. Coconut oil can be expensive and well worth the price, but like many natural oils, it can become rancid, and then has to be thrown out. I prefer a standard lotion that can stand in a bottle in my bathroom for a year or more without any problems.
It really is a matter of personal preference whether to use pure coconut oil or find a body lotion or cream. If you decide to go with a cream, it's a good idea to do some research and pick a cream that is organic and has as few ingredients as possible. Keeping a skin regime with the most natural products possible can clear up the problem before stronger ingredients are needed.
Try Corn Starch for Fast-Acting Eczema Relief
After moisturizing and letting the cream sink in, it's fine to apply cornstarch. It's messy but worth it. Cornstarch spread over clean, dry, hydrated skin is a big help in keeping irritated skin dry, especially in areas that get collect moisture such as the crook of the arms and knees, the genital area, and the feet. Many commercial talcum powders have chemicals and fragrances that cause more irritation. A box of plain cornstarch works better and is a fraction of the cost of brand-name powders.
Keep an Eye on Your Diet
Certain foods can worsen the symptoms of eczema and other skin rashes depending on the individual. Eliminating food triggers is an excellent way to keep eczema symptoms under control. If an eczema outbreak is related to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, or an overgrowth of yeast, consumption of certain foods will worsen the problem.
An elimination diet takes a lot of work and dedication. You'll want to eliminate all foods that you suspect are triggering an eczema flare-up from your diet. Then, one by one, reintroduce foods to your diet at intervals. Stick with each newly reintroduced food every few days (3–4) and observe how you feel and how your skin responds. Keep a food and body journal to track changes in your skin and how you feel. This will help you identify what is causing any food-related flare-ups.
Alcohol is a good example of a temperamental eczema trigger. Though there is no consistent correlation between alcoholic beverage consumption and eczema flare-ups, for some, alcohol can trigger a flare-up. Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine are produced through a process that involves yeast to help the fermentation process. If you already suffer from health problems related to too much yeast in your diet, then consuming a diet that includes fairly regular consumption of beer, wine or both can worsen a pre-existing skin condition and even cause a fresh outbreak.
After making sure there are no allergy issues, certain foods are good to eat daily to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. A cup of yogurt daily, or a good probiotic supplement, goes a long way towards keeping skin problems away.
Try Probiotic Supplements
I started taking a probiotic for digestive issues about a year ago. I started to notice a side effect of a daily probiotic was clear, healthier skin. My skin wasn't nearly as dry and stopped itching so much, the hotspots cleared up. It could have been a coincidence since there isn't any empirical evidence that probiotics can alleviate eczema, but I feel it's related to adding a probiotic to my daily supplements. There are many excellent probiotic brands. I research the brand names before I buy them to check the reviews.
I currently use Now Probiotic because, quite frankly, it's the least expensive and appears to be the same quality as the more expensive pills I've tried with the same results.
Our digestive system plays an important role in the health of our skin and other organs. Many physicians overlook the efficacy of oral supplements such as probiotics.
Experiment With Natural Solutions Instead of Topical Creams
While there are many over-the-counter and prescription treatments that can alleviate the more unpleasant symptoms, there are no known medications that can get rid of eczema permanently. Long-term use of topical corticosteroids can result in withdrawals and damage to the epidermis. However, there is a homeopathic remedy that not only offers relief from symptoms but can permanently eradicate recurring spots of eczema all over your body.
Oregano for Eczema: How I Manage My Symptoms
This solution comes from an herb that humans have been using internally for millennia to treat invaders like cold and flu bugs and externally for all kinds of skin conditions: oil of oregano. It is important to note that oregano oil should not be taken internally or applied topically to children, infants, and pregnant or nursing mothers.
Oregano oil doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. The oregano plant is found primarily in the Mediterranean countries where it is harvested and processed into a concentrated oil. Oregano oil is well known to alternative health practitioners as a powerful agent in the fight against microscopic organisms that attack the body and cause illness. It’s too cheap and easy to produce and distribute—it’s not a moneymaker like some of the synthetic drugs that earn companies millions or billions of dollars a year.
Origanum vulgare is the Latin name for the sturdy oregano plant that grows in Greece. Oregano is used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. There can be a lot of confusion over what oregano looks like. The spice oregano is frequently mixed up with marjoram or sweet marjoram (a common and blander spice used in America). While marjoram is an excellent cooking spice, it does not have the medicinal value of high quality, pure oregano.
The oregano plant comes in many varieties and strengths and is known by different names depending on where it grows and its smell and taste. Oregano plants that are harvested for the medicinal oil are usually from Greece or Turkey.
What About Synthetic Oregano Solutions?
The oil from the authentic Mediterranean oregano plant cannot be replicated in the lab. The Mediterranean variety is different from the American variety. I figure that’s one of the reasons oregano oil is not promoted or advertised more. Oil of oregano has been around for a very long time, but it doesn’t get a lot of press because it is inexpensive and easy to use. The profit margin isn’t high enough to make it a popular item to manufacture.
Oregano oil is one of the herbal remedies that the medical community ignores. It not only relieves symptoms of all kinds of skin rashes, including eczema and other forms of dermatitis, but it also helps with cold and flu viruses.
How to Use Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is cheap and easy to administer. With its anti-inflammatory properties, oregano is the perfect alternative to topical steroids that relieve eczema symptoms in the short term but do not address the underlying problem. Oregano oil seemingly gives the whole body an immune boost—at least, it worked well for me!
Active Ingredients in Oregano Oil
The active ingredients in oregano oil, carvacrol and thymol, work together to fight all kinds of infections and conditions that are hard to treat. Shopping online will turn up the best deals on premium oregano oil products. It’s important to check the concentration of carvacrol before buying oregano oil from any online vendor.
If the carvacrol concentration is less then 75%, buy from another vendor. Ideally, the concentration should be 80% or higher. Companies selling the best mixtures usually sell bottles of the oil with an 85% concentration of carvacrol or higher.
The best way to attack eczema with oregano oil is to use it topically for at least a couple of weeks. Boost results by eating fresh oregano too! Using four to six drops of oregano oil in carrier oil every day is an excellent way to not only get rid of your current skin condition, but to keep it away for good and give an overall boost to your body’s immune system. I do not recommend consuming oregano essential oil unless it is food safe.
All Brands Are Not Created Equal
There is a multitude of oregano oil brands. Many companies that sell health vitamins and supplements have the oil of oregano in their product list. But not all brands are the same, and unfortunately, not every brand is reputable.
The brand I use—North American Oreganol—was recommended by a friend who had been using it for years with excellent results. It has helped me get rid of colds, skin problems, toenail fungus, and an assortment of weird viruses I picked up at my teaching job. I would not have known to pick that particular brand unless it was pointed out to me.
How to Pick an Oil Brand
Everyone has their own preference and some might swear by a brand that I wouldn't touch. Luckily oils are inexpensive online, so that's a good place to start. It's a good idea to check the product reviews on Amazon or whatever site you buy your health supplements from.
I like to shop around for oil of oregano products and experiment. I like to see what's out there. I frequently compare prices on Amazon and then buy from another site if there's a sale. Do what works for you, and please use other consumer reviews and labeling as a guideline.
My rule of thumb with Amazon or any other site selling health products, or any product for that matter, is the following: It should have at least 25 reviews. They should be verified reviews from people who've actually bought it.
And, the product should have an overall ranking of 4.5 stars or higher on a scale of 1–5. I use these guidelines myself and have not had any problems purchasing health products from Amazon or any of the other health supplement sites.
How Do I Know if Oregano Oil Will Work Well on My Skin Type?
To make sure you won’t have a bad reaction to the oregano oil, you can treat your eczema rash by applying one or two drops of the oil mixture onto a small patch of skin. You can expect it to burn and tingle for a little while, but the slight burning sensation should go away after about a half-hour. If you find the burning is unbearable, it’s easy enough to wash off.
If you find you can tolerate the slight burning, and there is no bad reaction: The oil should be applied twice a day to problem areas.
The Conclusion to My Story
I experimented with applying oregano oil to a dermatitis outbreak a couple of years ago. It was gone within a few days. I take about four drops of oregano oil a day to boost my immune system. I also take a probiotic capsule every day. I have now been rash-free and yeast-free for several years.
I am not a medical professional—I can only provide anecdotal evidence. You use the stuff at your own risk. Several friends have also tried it with great success. If this article helps even a few people, then it's a success.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Questions & Answers
Question: If you have eczema on your whole body from head to toe, then how would you apply oregano oil?
Answer: I am assuming that the person in question is under the care of a doctor. My opinion and experience with Oregano Oil is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment from a licensed M.D. I think I would put a few drops of Oregano Oil in a bathtub and add a few drops of grapeseed oil and try soaking in that. But first I would try rubbing the oil on a small spot and let it sit overnight to see if there is any kind of bad reaction.
Question: I used oregano oil diluted in a carrier oil and it burned my skin. However, after a few days, my eczema started to peel leaving fresh smooth skin underneath. Is that normal?
Answer: Everyone's reaction can be different. You don't mention what carrier oil you used. It sounds like it's working for you, so that's great. Just a reminder to be careful if putting oil of oregano on broken skin, and not to put it on deep cuts or puncture wounds.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on January 01, 2019:
I am so glad my experience with Oil of Oregano helped your baby. That just made my day. :-) Give her a hug for me. :-)
Just a friendly reminder to other readers - not everyone is going to have the same success with Oil of Oregano. You follow the advice in my anecdotal article at your own risk. I am not a medical professional. I'm just a person who was helped by using Oil of Oregano on my skin, and taking it orally.
Christina on December 16, 2018:
This thank you is way overdue, but your blog post was an answered prayer. My daughter had weeping eczema at 5 months old. We were prescribed a very high dose of hydrocortisone, bleach bath daily, and 14 days of antibiotics. I felt devastated that was the prescribed solution for a 5 month old baby. So, I decided to ditch modern medicine and look for a holistic solution. However, after 2 days of stopping hydrocortisone, she had weeping eczema. She was in SO much pain. That's when I read your blog. It was the first blog that gave me so much hope. The next morning, I immediately bought oil of oregano and mixed it with extra virgin olive oil. We saw immediate relief. It was a miracle. In 1 week, her skin cleared up almost completely. I am SO grateful you wrote this, it really saved my daughter's skin. Now at 26 months, she has beautiful skin and everyone is shocked to see pictures from her past. Sending you our biggest hug and thank you.
JackCurious on June 27, 2018:
Wendy, I just came across your suggested cure. Coincidentally, I CURED my eczema ( at least 90+% with only occasional stress induced milder flareups) with oil of oregano by the same North American Herb & Spice Co. I did so 25 YEARS AGO!!! after a long, solitary, trial and error search and use of many dozens of possible remedies, and without benefit of the internet or, for that matter, any complementary dermatologist. I'm not sure exactly how the oil cured it, because I figured out then, that there are, at least, several CAUSES for eczema. But people, like Okapina should be less critical that Wendy can't specify precisely which type or cause of eczema is susceptible to oregano. If Okapina knows a single steroid reliant MD that knows of these several causes of eczema, please let us all know. It may help us discover the appropriate curative remedy. Again, I cured mine by educated guesses and much trial and error. But the cause of eczema doesn't matter to such doctors, since they treat them the same, - all symptomatically. But I know oil of oregano worked on the deepest level for a cure for myself 1) I took the oil internally ALONE, over the course of several months, after feeling a distinct improvement in a month or so. ( So I doubt it had anything to do with attacking any bacteria or pathogens under the skin, as some surmise). 2) It worked! -better than anything I've tried for any other medical conditions. But, like Wendy, since I can only speculate as to why it worked so well in my case, I don't know if oil of oregano has universal application. Also, for those who may claim their eczema was genetically caused, (Okapina) and likely unresponsive to this remedy, so was mine. It started when I was a baby. I was quickly put on steroidal creams, and after being weaned off them, it would eventually became so acute that I had to be put back on them. Unfortunately, the more steroids, the worse the eczema got when I tried to get off. After 30 years of this cycling, along with anti-histamines for the terrible itching, I developed more than the red skin. Rather, my Topical Steroid Addiction induced an immune chrises which made me susceptible to a variety of infections, ( some being quite serious, necessitating discovery of other alternative remedies), as well as the exacerbation of the eczematic itching that was a daily hell. ( I lost my job, my career, my normal lifestyle, and on more than one occasion, nearly life itself.) Some of the other remedies I tried, gave a little relief, perhaps to buy the time to fortuitously come upon this oil of oregano. This is also a caution to those who find quick relief in the all too easy prescribing of steroidal creams, ( as did Okapina). She may be lucky. Sometimes, steroids, over a short period of time, or even over a moderate time of cycling on and off, may be enough to have the eczema be resolved. But if it does not, the dependency on steroid creams, will then exact a cost ranging from the very painful to devastation. ( I worked or shared with others with this problem, and it was always very difficult.). I don't know the odds, of how often or for what length of time steroids wind up backfiring, because no one knows. The medical profession does not want to know. They never do longitudinal studies on long term steroidal cream use. Also, if the immune system becomes compromised, some other involvement, or opportunistic infection will be marked down as the statistical casualty, including death. Not steroids. It's all a gamble. So, again Okapina, et al, don't criticize this author or website for being "irresponsible," when the standard dermatologist who relies, perhaps too readily on the steroidal creams, should have the ethical imperative of looking beyond the immediate relief alone, given it's long term risks. Especially, since they are supposed to be guided by the Hippocratic Oath + it's dictate of Primum Non Nocere, ( First, Do No Harm). Something which does does not bind any of us layman who are searching for alternative remedies to the MDs' allopathic symptom treatment paradigm which not only may be found wanting, but can worsen and deepen the disease, to whose true cause or causes, they have shown only cavalier disregard. Moral of the story: never cease being both open minded and discerning in these difficult, if not desperate searches. Good luck to us all.
Kaiya on March 21, 2018:
There is a product called 'CELLFOOD', oxygenating skin care/oxygen gel that is working incredibly well and fast on an irritating, out of the blue flare up i have been experiencing for almost a year. This problem seems to heal and then comes back again and again and has been so frustrating. The CELLFOOD is amazing as it is actually repairing the cells and not just putting on a bandaid or offering temporary relief. The skin is literally regenerating and healing back to normal, without the scarring. To help with the itching, I take a gauze pad and douse it with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and a little water and wrap it around the area, which also helps with calming the inflammatory issues. Just thought I would share, since my seemingly endless problem (for me a year of this has been long enough as I have never had this condition before) is finally healing in a big way. Gratitude for blessings!
jessica on February 20, 2018:
Carey you are just a negative person putting down this article. If you really had eczema you'd do anything to cure it, but clearly you enjoy having an inflammatory skin disease and are just jealous that Wendy cured hers when even doctors couldn't. Doctors hate it when you don't listen to them. They can be wrong after all since all they care about is prescribing medication that make you sicker so you give more money to BIG PHARMA!!!!! Doctors need to get back their med school investments. Do you really think they care about their patients?? NO! Doctors don't know anything about being healthy or the human body. All they care about is filling their pockets with the money you are giving them.
Wendy's right about doctors and studies being absolutely wrong. These crooks pretend to be helping people when you can cure every single disease known to man with natural solutions. The true healing power is with nature! I cured my depression by taking zinc tablets, doing yoga, and daily use of lavender oil. Despite what doctors say, I am 100% cured of my depression! My life experience is hard evidence that it works. I'm so confident that I told my niece to quit her antidepressants for more natural remedies. She's still struggling to find which essential oils work for her, but at least she's off those disgusting antidepressants and their dangerous side effects!
Go cure yourselves instead of being negative all the time. Do your own research!!! You shouldn't trust your doctors with everything because the side effects of the drugs they give you will be the end of you!
Carey on December 27, 2017:
This thread cracks me up. Does anyone here actually have Eczema? I see all these recommendations for lotion? Lotion is the absolute worst thing you can put on your skin if you have Eczema. Eczema isn't a dry skin issue, does it end up with dry skin, sure- but it is an allergic/inflammatory response. I have suffered with it severely for 39 years with no hope in site. I have plenty of expensive creams from the doctor at home I can barley afford. If you're using lotion and it doesn't get better that's because it's a horrible thing to put on your skin. I can't tell you how many people tell me to try this lotion or that lotion. People don't get it!
Linda Tamborrino on September 11, 2017:
I have severe eczema all over my face and body. Anything else that I have tried to put on my face is too harsh and ends up irritating it more. Foderma serum goes on thick but dries smooth and leaves my face moisturized and hydrated. After application I can actually see patches underneath my eyes getting less red. It also feels so soothing when applied and helps keep the itching at bay. Because of the natural ingredients and no fragrance, it doesn't irritate my skin at all.
coy l rea on September 02, 2017:
I need relief from eczema.
Nancy A on July 14, 2017:
A thousand thanks to you! I've had eczema all my 66 years. In the last several years I've been plagued with it on my legs. Taking oregano oil internally and externally worked! It took awhile--several months--but wow. I also upped my vit d to 20,000 units for a month. Now down to 10,000 units a day. I've also noticed herpes reduction. My diet is clean and allergy free, no sugar grain or beans, but the oregano oil is what finally turned the tide! Bless you.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on July 09, 2017:
I am sorry that I didn't respond right away to your contact, but I am very busy, and I don't always have time to respond to everyone who reaches out. I stress in my articles that I am not a doctor. I cleared up spots of dermatitis and eczema with Oil of Oregano. Does that mean it will work for everyone - absolutely not!
It is up to the individual sufferer to use due diligence and try it on a small spot before dousing themselves with it. It is also up to the individual to pursue medical options and herbal options on their own. There are many licensed, trustworthy herbalists who can consult with you and try different things.
I am sorry that another commenter offended you - I will see what I can do to delete his post. However, you have to understand that Healdove is part of a huge network of sites and articles. It is impossible to stop everyone from being offensive.
I hope you find some relief for your condition.
Sajata Stephane on July 07, 2017:
I am really saddened by the stories I read here. My daughter developed eczema at 6 months old and it was a heartbreaking experience. I told the Dr. that I did not want to try steroids as the side effects were not worth its limited remedy. Then he told me, "it's ok, just don't use it longer than 10 days because it will then split the skin open. I let him keep the prescription.
One evening I tried the Oatmeal bath from baby aveeno. She did not cry, I was ecstatic! Then I put on the lotion and she screamed and instantly little red bumps formed. I was done.
I started to study the skin and herbs and oils and I created what we now call Derma Relief. It stopped her itching, it stops burning on contact and her eczema was gone within a week.
Now that I manufacture the product, I am always searching on more ways to heal those with skin problems.
I was looking into Oil of Oregano and was hopeful, but after reading the comments and from my own experience with oregano essential oil, I can imagine that even the diluted oil would burn sensitive skin - i mean unless seriously diluted!
I believe Oil of Oregano has its place, and you could rub a drop under the bottom of your foot and still benefit. Maybe capsules of Oil of Oregano will take care of your gut and the yeast problem.
You can at least start with a cup of yogurt a day :)
As for me I will stick to the Eczema Bath Bags I make, and continue to research more natural ways to heal dermatitis.
You may visit me at www.cocolene.com
Sadie Miller on July 04, 2017:
This is commenter Sadie M from earlier. About a month ago I made this account thinking I needed to in order to get in touch with the author of this article to request cjbirch80's comment to be removed for not contributing anything helpful to the article and further making alternative medicine advocates look incredibly ignorant. Prior to making an account, I contacted Hubpages directly, but unfortunately they didn't see any violation in his comment and suggested I contact the author directly, which I attempted to do. Unlike Hubpages, Wendy did not respond to my email or removal request.
I originally came back to post a follow-up about my negative reaction to the oregano oil treatment, only to find another commenter attempt to criticize me, implying that my suffering was not real and attempted to debunk my comment using terrible logic. I assumed cjbirch80 was simply a troll, but a quick search had revealed otherwise. Along with making some recent life changes in response to my skin problems, I took it personally as my skin had been causing me much pain and his comment trivializes it.
Here's a copy of Hubpages response to my inquiry: http://imgur.com/a/4eqJL
In short, I am suffering from Red Skin Syndrome caused by prolonged use of topical steroid medication and then suddenly stopping (topical steroid withdrawal). My skin got worse while I was using oregano oil during my withdrawal symptoms. The steroid section of the article mentions nothing of this. I am not allergic to oregano or its oil, but the oil did burn me (not initially though; weeks later) where I applied it while my skin started to have withdrawal symptoms and become hypersensitive to moisture. I go into a little more detail in the message I sent to Wendy and I will provide links with information about my skin condition at the end of this comment. This was what I wanted to originally post as my follow-up before discovering cjbirch80's response.
Here's visual criticism of cjbirch80's silly comment: http://imgur.com/tCT97QR
An album with more context: http://imgur.com/a/FEmtz
Because of his response, I feel the need to defend myself. To summarize the images above, I should have been more clear about the title being misleading. I found this article because a google search for "Cure For Eczema" yielded this article as a result because of the URL: https://healdove.com/alternative-medicine/There-is... . There is where I should have quoted. I still feel the actual title of the article is still misleading because it implies that eczema itself can be cured, not just its symptoms. See Okapina's comment in the comments section. I agree with the criticism she describes.
Just because I didn't leave any details, doesn't mean cjbirch80 should fill in the blanks himself to try to debunk my comment about my genuine experience. cjbirch80 didn't realize I had been using oregano oil with my moisturizer for weeks already and he just assumed I tried it once. I didn't. He also doesn't realize that turning around after being in intense burning pain was not the ONLY option I have as an adult who works for a living. I simply pulled over, took an Advil, called my boss to say I would be a little late, and when the pain subsided I continued my commute. I work with clients and have to look somewhat presentable, so my neck and the skin around my eyes being bright red and burnt looking was professionally unacceptable and I was sent home. Also, his comparison of prune juice to oregano oil was an extremely ridiculous analogy. With prune juice you have an expectation of bowel movement, but with oregano oil I did not expect the oregano oil to make me look burned; especially since these symptoms of red skin were not mentioned in the original article and I had no previous intense burning before this particular drive after using it for weeks. Not sure if cjbirch80 even has eczema himself or has tried oregano oil, but this is why I feel his comment is not helpful to anyone reading this and actually suffering. Surely cjbirch80 isn't the least embarrassed by his comment now, but of course that is just my assumption.
Here's an archive of this article in the event comments are deleted or names have changed (07-05-17): http://peeep.us/a6989515
I was hoping to get the same respect as commenter Okapina. In fact if you actually read the comments, there doesn't seem to be a lot of success using this treatment (with the exception of ptosis and his last comment posted before mine being "Thanks!" but I may be wrong). It may be a possibility that April's child may be suffering from steroid-induced eczema like me.
I know I shouldn't be this sensitive, but this is the last straw I have with alternative medicine and its community. I've witnessed too many people being rude and shutting down negative criticisms when treatments with claims/promises of miraculous recovery don't work the way they want them to work. I don't care anymore and will no longer be involved with them or this article's responses, so say all you want. I may start a blog myself to record my red skin syndrome recovery elsewhere since the eczema community outside of alternative medicine is much more sympathetic and supportive and those blogs with pictures of healing skin progression give me hope for the painful year ahead of me. I took this particular alternative medicine experience very personally when my intense painful reaction was trivialized and I was portrayed as a liar.
If anybody is experiencing similar symptoms like mine, here are some resources:
http://itsan.org/ - International Topical Steroid Addiction Network
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_burning_skin - Wikipedia article with more links cited under References
Also, if you want a real natural way to ease eczema symptoms, instead of buying oregano oil and using it as an expensive moisturizer, you can simply go outside and expose yourself to UV rays for a bit before using sunscreen. This is a good way to promote vitamin D production and the best part is: sunlight is free.
Tiny on July 03, 2017:
For the love of god, please do NOT apply undiluted oregano essential oils to your skin ("essential oils" are often the undiluted stuff!). Either buy the pre-diluted stuff, or dilute it yourself. If you don't, you will experience the fires of hell upon your skin, especially if applied to more sensitive skin!
SherikaHolliman on June 12, 2017:
I have been suffering from terrible eczema for the past four years and prescription medications help control it, but not well. Foderma serum has almost cleared my skin in only a few weeks. It soothes the itching and I only have to use steroids occasionally now. I would recommend it to anyone with dry sensitive skin.
Zy H on June 07, 2017:
Super 100. Oregano Oil. Undiluted. 100% Wild Pure Greek Essential Oil of Oregano. 86% Minimum Carvacrol. 129 mg Carvacrol Per Serving. 1fl.oz. - 30 ml.
by ZANE HELLAS
Just purchased from Amazon.co.uk
Purchased this to try and cure my chronic eczema on hands and face/neck area... Will keep you posted on progress...
Thanks for your article....
Sadie M on May 27, 2017:
Was able to get some oregano oil you mentioned, but it burned me so much I was screaming in pain on my commute to work. By the time I got there, I had turned bright red and was sent home.
While I know you state this is not to be taken as medical advice, it is still extremely misleading to title your article with the words "Cure For Eczema." I tried it and it--not only--didn't work; but caused me to lose a day's worth of income, and caused me even more pain than all the other alternative cures recommended by eczema suffered I've researched. Please re-title your article. :(
ptosis from Arizona on January 02, 2017:
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on December 23, 2016:
Thanks for your tip. A lot of people are gluten sensitive.
jkruk on December 19, 2016:
If you want to clear eczema totally complete gone the natural way. Eliminate all gluten from your diet. Been gluten free for 4 years and all my autoimmune disease are gone
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on September 24, 2016:
I don't think a moisturizer would hurt. It shouldn't interfere with the oregano oil. I would go with a baby product. I use something called A&D ointment, it's wonderful for dry skin, although it is greasy, so I only use it at night. You can find it in any drugstore where they sell baby products. I hope your eczema clears up.
Karen on September 21, 2016:
Just wanted to know if you can apply a moisturiser to the skin in between applying the oregano oil.
I have just started to use this after reading your well written article. My eczema has been getting slightly worse around the neck so I have started applying 3 drops of oregano oil to 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the skin 3 x a day plus taking one wild oregano oil capsule but still think I need to moisturise in between but didn't want it to interfere with the oregano oil.
The doctors wanted me to use steroid cream but don't want to go down that route as I like the homeopathic approach.
Your thoughts would be much appreciated
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on September 04, 2016:
I don't mix it with water, so you will have to experiment to see what works for you. If you can handle it without water, then it's ok to do that. No oregano oil is 100% carvacrol. It comes mixed with another oil. I recommend a new bottle with information on the label. Good luck!
Mill on September 04, 2016:
Thanks for your reply. I found in home 100% oregano oil, does that mean carvacrol is 100% or? I don't have any box and on bottle it doesn't say anything. If not, I'll go out and buy another one where carvacrol is atleast 80%. I applied this just for test on small not that much infected are (it's just little border around patch) and it did sting for minute-two, nothing more, that area is little bit more red than usual, is that normal reaction? And one last question, I should take 4-6 droplets of oil mixed with water (with how much water should be mixed with?) everyday and once a day, before sleep to rub in oil on problematic area?
Thank you very much in advance, I'll sure get back to you in a couple of weeks.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on September 04, 2016:
Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry you're suffering so much from this condition. Oregano oil already comes mixed with grapeseed oil or olive oil right in the bottle. You might want to dilute a drop or of oregano oil in a little water. I put the stuff on without diluting it. I apply a full strength droplet right on the spot that's bothering me and rub it in. It does sting for a few minutes, but I can handle it. I do this before bed time and the problem area usually clears up in a few days.
I want to stress, I am not a doctor, so you take my advice at your own risk. Oregano oil usually works for me, that does not mean it will work on everyone's skin. You also want to be careful that you are not applying it to broken skin - that will really hurt! Good luck! Let me know if it works if you decide to try it on your own.
Mill on September 04, 2016:
It's an old thread but still pretty visited. I'd like to ask you how should you put this on the let's say face? Should I drink water + olive oil too? I have patches on my face and my neck, what would you suggest me? I have been to dermatologist and he gave to me some topical cream and penicillin (powder) which I mix with water and put with q-tip on my areas, has been doing it for a few weeks but nothing happens, topical cream did helped a bit but after I stopped using it, condition gone back like in the start.
Thank you very much.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on March 10, 2015:
I always moisturize my face every morning after my shower with Pond's dry skin cream. Any good face lotion will do. I'm not sure about a urea cream as that may dry you out more. Put a ton of lotion on your face in the morning. If it's dry by nighttime, put more on.
Also, the most important thing to stay hydrated is a lot of water. You should be drinking at least 8 full glasses of water a day. It's very good for all of your organs, especially the skin.
I'm not sure why your complexion is darker. I've never heard of that with Oregano oil. You might want to see a dermatologist. I'm not a doctor. I'm only recommending things that I've seen work for me and others. Try the water and a good hydrating face cream, and please keep me posted. Good luck!
ZinatS on March 10, 2015:
Hope you r doing well. I wrote u here last year.
I have started using this oil .it it almost one month I have been using it.
My skin has become extremely dry . It is not hydrated. And seems face complexion turned little bit darker. Are these things normal? Will it become normal again? How can I hydrate my skin? Is urea based cream good to hydrate the skin? I am using oregano oil one time, at night only as I have to be at office during day time. I am really worried .Would you please advise what should I do now? Face has become so dry that I'm getting wrinkle :'( .can't move the face muscle....Please help...
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on March 04, 2015:
If it's not working for you then you might want to try something else. It doesn't always work for everyone, but sometimes it takes time. Have you tried putting it on your skin twice a day, instead of just the capsules. That also helps.
Good luck. :-)
Eliseleo Aune from Oslo, Norway on March 03, 2015:
Hello! May I ask how long does it take to see the effect of using Oil of Oregano in treating eczema? I am almost finished with one bottle of oil of oregano (carvacrol 70) from Vitality Works. I can't really say it have improved my eczema, I am still getting red bumps. Not like major breakout. I first started with just one capsule, 3 times per day. Then two capsules 3 times per day and lastly 3 capsules x 3 times per day. But I can't see the difference. So then, I went back to fewer capsules again. Now, I am almost finished with the bottle, I am just taking 1-2 capsules per day. Not sure if I will continue, since I don't feel that it has worked for me!? Should I continue taking it ? I am thinkiing to try Propolis next.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on September 17, 2014:
What's happening with alternative remedies being banned is awful. I thought it was just the U.S. but I'm sad to see it's going on everywhere. Luckily we have sites like Hubpages where we can share needed information. I hope the oregano oil helps your contact dermatitis. It helped mine. Thanks for stopping by. :-)
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on September 02, 2014:
Thank you for stopping by. I'm going to look up that resource you mentioned. I didn't realize the EU was also trying to ban alternative remedies. Why baking soda? (Scratching my head). I hope the oil of oregano helps the contact dermatitis - it helped mine. Try a small area first, and be prepared for it to sting a bit when you first put it on. Good luck! :-)
Marika from Cyprus on September 02, 2014:
In reply to holy-turner, they do it as well. Also in Europe - particular European Union, the situation is exactly the same. Profit margin and banning known alternative cures that don't make them money and treat people for cheap.
They're now onto banning baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), before it was distilled water, and so many more.... look up Codex Alimentarius for a good read on what is going on in all the related countries (not only in the US). Scary stuff.
Btw found your hub while looking into oil of oregano as I have contact dermatitis and so far nothing helped...
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on August 08, 2014:
I hope it helps. Just be careful that he doesn't get it in his mouth or eyes. You might want to dilute with a couple of drops of water first. Do check with your doctor. Thanks for stopping by :-)
AlisabethM on August 07, 2014:
My 6 yr old son has had eczema since he was 6 months old. We've tried everything from lotions to steroids to oatmeal and saltwater baths. I hadn't heard of Oil of Oregano before and we do all kinds of natural remedies. It's worth a try!
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on July 26, 2014:
Thanks for stopping by. Have you talked to an allergist and been tested for skin allergies? You may be allergic to something in your diet. As for probiotics, you are right. I was having severe skin problems and getting yeast infections many years ago. I started adding a cup of yogurt to my daily breakfast - and it all cleared up and has never returned.
I also attribute it to a daily dose of the oregano oil as it is a powerful antifungal and helps with yeast overgrowth. Good luck, I hope your skin problems clear up with the Oil of Oregano and the probiotics - both should help.
ptosis from Arizona on July 26, 2014:
I will try tnhe Oregano Oil, hell - I've already tried: Corn Husker's glycerine, Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, lidocaine spray, Vitamen E oil lotion and capsules, Gotu Kola, Polypodium Leucotomos Extract, Vitamen B3, coconut oil, Nivea souffle, habanero hot sauce, 100 spray SPF sunblock, and have stayed out of the sun completely for 8 weeks,installed ion exchange soft water shower stick, epsom bath with Almond oil. And even Dry Ice.
Heard that active live probiotics is good for eczema. Just started yesterday. but sine this stuff comes and goes I don't ever know if it is the things I'm trying or it is going away by itself.
ZinatS on June 11, 2014:
Thanks a lot! :)
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on June 10, 2014:
There are direct links to Amazon in the article. The brand I recommend highly is the North American Herb and Spice Oreganol - I've used it myself, it's very good. As for dilution, that is a personal preference. You might want to try one drop of oregano oil to 5 or 6 drops of water. Try it out on a part of your body that is not sensitive first - like your leg.
Once you find the right dilution, then you can try it on your face. Just be careful and go slow. Also, make sure you are drinking a lot of water, and you have eliminated yeast and sugar from your diet - too much of either can aggravate skin problems (fried food also - stay away). Good luck and keep us posted. :-)
ZinatS on June 10, 2014:
Thanks for your reply! Itz my pleasure that u read my looooong post :)
Could you please give me a link to buy this oil? This time one of my relatives is in USA. If I buy from online then she can bring it for me when she will come to Bangladesh next month.
And second request, would you suggest me that in what proportion I would dilute it? I want to dilute coz my skin is too sensitive and has tendency to be burnt.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on June 08, 2014:
I"m so sorry you're suffering. I get allergic reactions on my face too sometimes, it's very uncomfortable. I'm not a doctor, so I can only tell you what I do that's worked for me.
If I'm having an outbreak on my skin, I apply the oregano oil in full strength. Not everyone can tolerate full strength so you might want to dilute it at first and work your way up to full strength. It does sting for a little while, but the stinging will go away. I recommend applying it before bedtime every night to see if that helps. Leaving it on overnight should do the trick if it's going to work for you.
I'm sending you good energy, and I'm hoping it works for you. Please keep me posted. :-)
ZinatS on June 08, 2014:
I'm from Bangladesh. I have been suffering from dermatitis since 2008 on my face.
At first it was on a small area over the face but as time went, it did spread. Right now it covers my cheeks area and whole nose. Too allergenic, tight, itchy skin.itz really painful. I even cannot use any normal powder! When comes from sunlight, I try to use cucumber . But as soon as I use cucumber it simply flares up badly. This is an example how with simple soothing natural material is not suiting on face. I can't use anything on face. I have been using steriod since 2011 but when I stop it , after few days it flares up. It is sucking me..
I'm searching for natural product if there is any which cures it :( ... From few days I'm using sesame oil but itz not working that well...itz not stopping the inflammation and itching...
I read yr article and thinking to use oregano oil though it is no available here (I have to bring it from other country :( ) ... Upon reading my condition what do you think? How should I use this oil? Should I dilute it or use directly ... How many times and how much.
I'm completely frustrated ... Do not know whether I'll get rid off it..
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on June 08, 2014:
They are actually two names for the same oil. Some people refer to it as essential oil, others just call it oregano oil or oil of oregano. I use the latter. I hope this helps clear up the confusion. Thanks for stopping by. :-)
Arbyzu on June 07, 2014:
Do you know the difference between oil of oregano and oregano essential oil?
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on June 04, 2014:
Hi Sushima Alchmayr,
Thanks for reading. I did visit your blog and it's very good. Good luck with the kids and the allergies. I also take two turmeric capsules every day to help with the inflammation from carpal tunnel, it's done wonders. Too many people rely on medications when natural remedies abound and work even better.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on June 01, 2014:
Thanks for the feedback ratnaveera. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and respond. :-)
ratnaveera from Cumbum on May 31, 2014:
Really Great and informative article on Eczema! This would be useful for many people suffering from this kind of serious skin problem. I hope that Oregano oil will be effective and useful to overcome this problem. Thanks for this wonderful Hub! Awesome!
medspice on February 17, 2014:
Great and very useful
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on February 08, 2014:
You are right, there are all types of eczema. There is no one size fits all approach. I write and research these hubs from studies and medical information from doctors. But even doctors and studies can be wrong. Obviously, common sense needs to prevail here, and if somebody has something that is not responding to a holistic remedy - they need to seek medical intervention.
I use oregano oil for everything, and it's helped in me fight off all kinds of infections 99% of the time. However, I once got a strain of strep throat that was so bad, I had to go to the doctor and get antibiotics, the oregano oil couldn't fight that off. Everyone has to do what works for them.
I also write these hubs for people who may not have medical insurance and may not be able to afford expensive drugs. If a natural remedy that costs a fraction of what a pharmaceutical would cost works for someone, then this hub has done it's job.
Thank you for your story and your input. I appreciate all feedback, whether good or bad. Thanks for taking the time to respond. :-)
Okapina on February 08, 2014:
Thanks for the prompt reply, I appreciate it very much.
The problem I have is with this part of your hub:
"No Matter How Bad Your Eczema or Dermatitis – This Works
Oregano oil works wonders on all types of skin rashes, dermatitis and eczema. It works quickly to get rid of eczema at its root – the underlying bacterial or fungal infection that is most likely causing the skin eruptions and discomfort."
Eczema is a complex beast with many different types like cancer. A one-size fits all approach is what's damaging here. Not all eczema is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, and oregano oil doesn't work on all types of eczema.
I appreciate that you have performed your own research, but a more in depth study still would have found the above information.
Thanks again for your quick response and consideration.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on February 08, 2014:
I'm sorry for your pain and suffering. I'm also sorry that you feel my hub is irresponsible. I did do extensive research, and oregano oil is effective for many skin conditions. I've used it myself.
I do mention in it that it's important to see a doctor. It's impossible in a hub to cover every possible variation of what causes eczema. Something genetic obviously requires a different treatment. Natural remedies are something most people like to try before taking drugs. But, obviously, if a natural treatment isn't working - then drugs are the last resort and should be used if nothing else works.
I'm glad your skin is better, and I hope the eczema stays in remission.
Okapina on February 08, 2014:
I just read your hub and although you cover your bases by saying this is anecdotal and you must check with a medical professional, I felt compelled to give my own feedback and anecdotal evidence.
Firstly, it is posts such as this that convinced me to stop using steroid creams for treating my own atopic eczema. I was aware of the risks of long term steroid cream use, and was very interested in "natural" remedies that had fallen by the way side. I used tea tree oil, oregano oil, magnesium oil and normal olive oil, as well as drinking and bathing in nothing but mineral water, and took regular baths in Dead Sea salt as I heard this was also good for the skin. The result?
Six weeks of abject hell and misery.
As you mention at the beginning, there are as many different types of eczema as there are treatments, but your hub says that oregano oil can treat all of them, because it "gets to the root of the problem" i.e. skin fungal infections and so on.
In my case, my atopic eczema is due to a failure in the genetic lottery. I have a weak skin barrier and an overactive immune system and this is what causes the eczema - it's nothing topical. I have had this on and off since I was young, and it decided to flare up permanently at the age of 24.
Following the "natural" suggestions above, my skin deteriorated so much that it split open on my chin, between my eyes and on my wrists. I looked red and sunburnt all over and was just as itchy as I was sore, and when I looked in the mirror I saw the face of a 90 year-old, even though I was just 25 at the time. I couldn't sleep, work or do anything as even lying on bedsheets caused agony. All the while I was using oils and the other remedies on my skin hoping that this "natural" treatment would protect my skin from the damage of steroids. By the end, I was in so much pain I needed sleeping and anti-depressant pills, and became suicidal.
How was this resolved? A specialist dermatologist put me on an immunosuppressant tablet for a year as well as back on steroid creams. Within two days my skin was back to normal.
I am by no means an extreme case, either. More than one dermatologist has informed me that most skin problems they see are from people not using enough steroid creams, and not because they used too much and are scarred. In fact, my grandmother has the same condition, but her skin isn't scarred or tender and doesn't have any of the other scare stories spread about because of steroid creams.
In its current state I think this hub is irresponsible. It's the kind of post that convinced me to ignore conventional treatment and also gave me false hope. If you want to improve this, please, please specify exactly which eczema it is you can treat with oregano oil (and not just assume that because it worked for yours it works for everyone else), and reinforce the importance of using steroid creams and recommended emollients as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Wendy Golden (author) from New York on January 05, 2014:
I don't recommend putting the oil on open wounds