How to treat eczema flare-ups symptoms

Applying ointment to atopic dermatitis

You are looking for tips on how to treat eczema flare-ups because your eczema is acting up again. The itching, irritation, and dryness make you feel like your skin is stinging. There are times when your skin is so inflamed, you can’t focus on a task! The nights are even worse, you can’t sleep because it feels like an army or ants is crawling all over you!

It’s not just the skin that itches and burns, but also the mind. You can’t help but think about how uncomfortable it is, and how much more uncomfortable it’s going to be if you don’t do something about it.

This inflammatory condition of the skin has no known cure, but don’t despair! CANhaveTODAY has the solution to manage your symptoms. CANhaveTODAY’s salves contain natural oils to treat eczema, which are some of the most versatile ways to treat flare-ups effectively.

Eczema types

There are 7 types of this inflammatory skin condition. Although their symptoms are very similar, there are also features that separate them from one another.

Atopic dermatitis

Man scratching eczema on neck

The most common type is atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by itching, rashes, dryness, and pain. This type of eczema is triggered by factors that irritate the damaged skin barrier. People who have a family history of eczema and those who have asthma and allergies are most likely to have this skin condition. It occurs on the areas of the body that bends (neck, inside the elbows, and behind the knees).

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis on hands, peeling of palms

Another type is contact dermatitis. This occurs when an irritant or allergen comes into contact with the skin, causing skin irritation. Although similar to atopic dermatitis, only the affected area has the flare-up, and any person could have it.

Dyshidrotic eczema

A big dyshidrotic eczema blister on the sole of right foot of a man

Meanwhile, dyshidrotic eczema is the type that causes blisters on the feet and hands, so it’s known as hand or foot eczema. This condition is also hereditary. This one is easy to distinguish because of the location of the blisters, which are intensely itchy.


Man scratching neurodermatitis on the left forearm

Neurodermatitis, on the other hand, is distinguishable such that it starts off as an itchy area that becomes more intensely itchy when scratched. Scratching then causes damage to the skin, leaving it thickened, dry, discolored, and leathery. This type of eczema is triggered by dry skin, nerve injury, stress, bug bites, and type of clothing.

Nummular eczema

Con-shaped eczema lesions on the hands

Unlike other types, nummular eczema is characterized by scattered, circular patches of skin that are itchy and sometimes are oozing. The lesions caused by this type of eczema may be mistaken for other types of eczema and fungal infections like ringworm. Nummular eczema is caused by dry skin, irritants, or allergens.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis on an infant's scalp

This type of eczema occurs on the scalp, nose, and upper back, characterized by itchy scaly rash. If you noticed, seborrheic dermatitis manifests in areas of the body where lots of oil are produced. This is due to the skin’s response to the Malassezia yeasts that thrives on it.

Stasis dermatitis

You’re at risk of stasis dermatitis if you have poor leg circulation. It manifests as itching, scaling, dryness, swelling of the feet, and skin discoloration.

See related: Tea tree oil contact dermatitis treatment salves

Eczema triggers

Soaps, shampoos, and detergents on a blue cloth and gray background

People with eczema has different triggers, but the most common causes of flare ups are environmental triggers, diet, and stress.

The temperature and weather can affect the skin of people with eczema. Their skin barrier is compromised, so they can’t retain moisture as well as normal skin. Because of this, varying temperature, humidity, and wind conditions can irritate or dry their skin quickly.

Many allergens are also present in the environment! Those who have allergies to pollen, dust mites, and fur often get atopic eczema flare-ups. The skin inflammation is the immune system’s overreaction to the allergens, resulting to the symptoms of the eczema flare-up.

Food allergies also cause eczema. The body’s immune system overreacts to the food that the allergic person ingested, causing inflammation and resulting to a flare-up.

Aside from allergens, there are irritants that causes eczema even though the person is not allergic to them. These irritants include smoke, plant parts, and other pollutants. Strong chemicals, fragrances, solvents, and medications also can cause contact dermatitis and eczema flare.

See related: Allergic reaction skin rash treatment

Ways on how to treat eczema flare-ups symptoms

Contact dermatitis on arms

There is no known cure for eczema. Each type responds to different treatments because they have different causes. The best way to get rid of the flare-ups is to deal with its symptoms.

When it comes to treating eczema flare-ups, there’s no question that anti-itch topical and oral medications and moisturizers are helpful in providing relief. Antihistamines and topical steroids are helpful in alleviating eczema symptoms like itch and swelling.

Not scratching the itchy rashes will also prevent you from having wounds, which are prone to infection. Additionally, always clean the affected skin to remove the irritant. However, remember to use a gentle cleanser to avoid further irritation!

What if we told you there are ways to treat eczema naturally? What if we told you that natural remedies could help reduce symptoms of flare-ups? That’s right, we have salves to reduce your eczema symptoms so you can go about your day itch-free!

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Eczema skin care with Waters Mist and Healing Legends

For centuries, people have used essential oils to treat all kinds of ailments, including eczema. These natural oils are scientifically proven to be safe and effective, and we have combined them in our products Waters Mist and Healing Legends. Both are great for eczema but let’s talk about their differences. If you want to know how to treat eczema flare-ups symptoms, read on.

Waters Mist

Waters Mist

Waters Mist is an outstanding salve for relieving the symptoms of eczema. We formulated Waters Mist with the highest amount of tea tree oil among all CANhaveTODAY skin care products, combined with lemongrass and cinnamon essential oils. This soothing salve will stop the itch of the flare-up instantly!

The strong anti-inflammatory powers of Waters Mist will reduce the swelling and pain of the affected area, making the patches less obvious (Boukhatem et al., 2014; Atta & Alkofahi, 1998; Chin & Cordell, 2013). Moreover, if you’ve been scratching, Waters Mist will help damaged skin by protecting it from infectious microbes (Naik et al., 2010; Ranasinghe et al., 2013; Orchard & van Vuuren, 2017).

This excellent blend of essential oils also moisturize the dry eczematous patches, prevent discoloration, and help healing! Check out the table below to see more details and studies about the main ingredients of Waters Mist.

Healing Legends

Healing Legends

Healing Legends, on the other hand, has similar actions to Waters Mist, though having a lower amount of tea tree oil. Its main ingredients are myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot essential oils, which are a legendary trio that have the strongest synergistic healing action among all CANhaveTODAY products.

Healing Legends is relief and protection in a jar. Strongly moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, you can wave goodbye to the symptoms of an eczema flare-up (Al-Yasiry & Kiczorowska, 2016Shalaby & Hammouda, 2014Karaca et al., 2007). This salve is especially helpful if scratching your eczema left skin damage (Alraddadi & Shin, 2022Gebrehiwot, 2015Perna et al., 2019). It’s not only good for healing, it’s also antimicrobial, preventing infections on your scratches (Almutairi et al., 2022; Batiha et al., 2023; Marotta et al., 2016)!

It gets better. Waters Mist and Healing Legends have the perfect viscosity to stay on the skin as long as they can, so the essential oils can act and do their best in repairing, nourishing, and protecting your skin!

A quick note: These products contain Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

Want to know more about Waters Mist and Healing Legends’ benefits to the skin? Read the table below to quench your curiosity!
 Waters MistHealing Legends (with Frankincense)
 Lemongrass(Cymbopogon citratus)Cinnamon(Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Tea Tree(Melaleuca alternifolia)Myrrh(Commiphora myrrha)Bergamot(Citrus bergamia)
AntibacterialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [25]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53]Mild to Strong [65]
– AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]Moderate [53]Mild to Strong [65]
– CellulitisMild to Strong [1,2,4]Strong [42]
– ItchMild to Strong [1,2,3]Strong [42]Strong [54]Strong [66] 
– Skin infectionsMild to Strong [1,2,3]Mild to Strong [27]Strong [42]Strong [53]Mild to Strong [67]
Anti-inflammatoryStrong [5]Strong [28]Moderate to Strong [43]Strong [55]Strong [68]
   – Acne Mild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]Moderate [53]Strong [69]
   – SwellingStrong [5]Strong [28]Strong [81]Strong [55]Strong [68]
AntifungalStrong [5,6]Mild to Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [44]Moderate to Strong [56]Moderate to Strong [70]
   – Athlete’s foot (Foot itch)Strong [7,8]Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [45]Moderate to Strong [57]Strong [71]
   – ItchStrong [9,10]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [53]
AntimicrobialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [30,25,31]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,56]Mild to Strong [65,70]
Antioxidant (fights skin damage and aging)Strong [11,2]Strong [32,33,25]Moderate to Strong [46]Mild to Strong [53]Mild to Strong [72]
AntiparasiticStrong [12,13]Mild to Moderate [34]Strong [47]Mild to Strong [58] 
Antispasmodic (relieves muscle spasms) Strong [14]Mild to Moderate [35]Strong [59]– Intestinal spasms Strong [73]– Intestinal spasms
Insecticidal (Kills insects)Strong [15]Strong [36]Strong [48]Moderate to Strong [60]
Moisturizing (for dry and/or cracked skin)Moderate to Strong [16]Moderate to Strong [49]Strong (Very Strong with Frankincense) [61]Strong [74]
Reduces bruisingModerate to Strong [17]StrongStrong [50]ModerateModerate to Strong
Reduces celluliteStrong [18]
Reduces hyperpigmentationModerate to Strong [19]Mild to Moderate [37]Strong [51]Moderate [63]Strong [75]
Reduces or relieves painStrong [20]Strong [28,38]Moderate [62]Strong [76]
Repels InsectsStrong [21,22,23]Moderate to Strong [39,40]Strong [48]Strong [63] Mild to Moderate [77,78]
Treats cramps –
Heals damaged skinStrong [24]Strong [41]Moderate to Strong [52]Strong [64]Moderate to Strong [79,80]
Table 1. Properties of the main ingredients in Waters Mist and Healing Legends

How to treat eczema flare ups symptoms with CANhaveTODAY

While there’s no known cure for eczema, you can still make it easier on you by managing its symptoms. Anti-itch medications, moisturizers, antihistamines, and topical steroids can provide relief, but there are science-backed natural remedies that can help, too!

CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist and Healing Legends are excellent for managing eczema symptoms like itchiness, dry skin, swelling, and discoloration. Proven effective, these salves can be your go-to when you experience eczema flare-ups. Try them out now for maximum itch relief!


What does healing eczema look like?

Healing eczema is typically drying and the redness starts to fade. There will also be changes in terms of sensation such that is starts to feel less itchy.

Why is eczema so itchy?

Eczema is itchy due to a combination of factors, including dry skin, inflammation, and hypersensitive immune system. Use fragrance-free moisturizers, avoid temperature extremes, and try anti-inflammatory topical medications to help ease the itch.

What oil is good for eczema?

Several oils may be beneficial for individuals with eczema, thanks to their soothing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the oils that may help eczema include tea tree oil, lavender oil, and chamomile oil.

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