Eczema is a fairly common skin disease that exhibits itself as dry, rough, itchy, red skin. It consists of itchy rashes that can easily be triggered by almost anything that touches the skin (i.e. various fabrics, ointments, perfume, etc.) and stress. In fact, one of the biggest complaints sufferers have is the itchiness of the skin. Although the exact cause of eczema is still unknown, the goal of treating eczema is to prevent and relieve dry and itchy skin, because scratching the affected area can lead to infection. Since eczema dehydrates the skin, a great moisturizer is the best method to help heal eczema.
Shea butter is an excellent natural moisturizer to combate eczema because of its high oil content and essential fatty acids that deeply penetrate the skin and cause skin cell regeneration. It’s also the best choice for healthy skin because unrefined pure shea butter does not contain additives, preservatives, or chemicals. And, compared to other lotions, the effects of shea butter last for hours without having to reapply.
Vitamins A, E and F, which are all found in shea butter, also help to promote healing of dry, itchy and inflamed skin. Shea butter also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to keep skin from becoming easily irritated, which is a common challenge for eczema sufferers. Shea butter can also be used to form a protective barrier on the skin, preventing flare ups from allergens, such as dust and other irritants, that can cause the skin to become itchy and inflamed.