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What are some home remedies for medical skin conditions?

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Although home remedies vary widely depending on the condition, the most common home remedy for medical skin conditions is to simply keep the affected area moisturized with a hydrating and soothing substance. For example, coconut oil may be an effective soothing ointment for eczema, according to the National Eczema Association.

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The Mayo Clinic suggests using a high-quality commercial moisturizer daily for itchy skin conditions. Using lotions and soaps without added dyes and perfumes is also helpful to avoid irritating the skin. Olive oil can also prove beneficial when added to a lukewarm bath or applied directly to the affected skin, according to Healthline. Oatmeal baths can also soothe skin.

Dietary and lifestyle changes can also help soothe certain medical skin conditions as smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can exacerbate psoriasis, according to WebMD. Additionally, including fish oil in the diet may help soothe psoriasis, as suggested by Healthline. The National Eczema Association notes that taking vitamin D supplements helps some patients with eczema, and as of 2015, topical B12 applications are also showing promise.

Stress seems to exacerbate many skin conditions, according to WebMD and Mayo Clinic. Accordingly, engaging in stress-relieving activities such as yoga and meditation may help soothe chronic skin conditions. Counseling and behavior modification therapy may help relieve chronic stress. Sun exposure can also help some skin conditions, such as psoriasis, but it may exacerbate others. Accordingly, patients should consult with their doctors first.

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