Have you ever run your hand down your arm and felt a host of tiny bumps? Maybe you’ve been noticing some rough, red patches around the back of your legs that creams just can’t seem to cure. Two of the most common culprits for such skin conditions include:
- Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), which affects approximately 20% of the US population (according to USNews), and is characterized by dry, itchy, inflamed patches of skin.
- Keratosis Pilaris (KP), which is characterized by a multitude of tiny, flesh-colored bumps that can turn purple in extreme cold or heat, cause no discomfort, and typically manifest on the arms and legs (according to the Mayo Clinic).
Lotions and prescription creams that claim to cure such conditions can be both pricey and ineffective. Given this, there is no better time than now to treat your skin to a natural, simplistic alternative that will alleviate these incessant skin woes once and for all! Let me introduce the beautiful, the inexpensive, the unsurpassed…
Olive Oil: the natural cure for skin with Eczema (and KP!).
As far back as the ancient Greeks, olive oil has been used to treat dry skin. The reason this oil in particular is so skin savvy (as well as affordable!) is that it penetrates deeply into the skin, doesn’t have any unnatural ingredients, and few people are allergic to it. Another great thing is it can be bought in a very pure form (extra virgin).
APPLYING THE OLIVE OIL:
After a shower, while your skin is still moist, cover the entire area of eczema or KP with Extra Virgin Olive Oil until the oil completely coats the skin. It is recommended to pour the olive oil into a small bowl or dish for easiest application. It is most effective to apply before bedtime, as your skin is most actively working while you sleep to absorb the healing benefits of the oil.
Keep in mind that due to our unique individual chemical compositions, each person’s skin will react differently than another’s. While olive oil may actually cure eczema and KP for some, it may simply reduce the symptoms for others. Regardless, olive oil is certain to deeply moisturize and lessen the severity of these conditions.
With smoother, more radiant skin than before, you’ll soon realize the Greeks were on to something.
Check out my article on DIY Makeup Remover and Eyelash Enhancer – another amazing benefit of olive oil!