Hands down, hand eczema can be one of the most vexing forms of this skin disease. These expert-approved hand eczema home remedies may be just what the doctor ordered.
Super glue to the rescue!
Shocking, we know. But if you have the symptoms of eczema on your hands, including redness, itching, deep painful cracks, and blisters, and they tend to get worse in the winter and with frequent hand washing, you’ll try anything, right? First, try using regular moisturization and avoiding eczema triggers, says Peter A. Lio, MD, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Then? “Super glue is so helpful for cracks on the hands/fingers that they actually made a specific version just for this purpose that can be great for people who need to wash their hands frequently and get splits and cracks,” he says. Apply a thin coat, squeeze the edges of the crack together and let the glue dry. Heads up: it may sting for a few seconds, but will act as liquid stitches. Here’s how to figure out if your itchy skin is caused by eczema—or something else.
The right hand soap for eczema
Yes, it’s really bad to wash your hands with dish soap, especially if you have eczema on your hands, says Jeffrey Fromowitz, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, FL. “Be careful with harsh soaps, especially cleaning products,” he warns. Instead, choose bar soap such as Dove for hand washing, adds Steven Q. Wang, MD, director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. “These soaps are more gentle than liquid soap and they are not as harsh in stripping away the natural lipids.” And while you are at it, skip the antibacterial products. Take some more tips from the pros and avoid these 10 things dermatologists never use on their hands.
Nettle tea time
Nettle tea offers many benefits, and hand eczema relief is one of them—here are some other benefits of nettle tea to know about. The plant’s antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and pain-relieving abilities can soothe eczema. You can drink the tea or brew a cup, let it cool, and apply the liquid directly to your skin.