Lots of unsubstantiated alternative eczema therapies are promoted in the press. Be wary of these claims. Miraculous natural cures for eczema often contain crushed cortisone tablets. Evening Primrose oil (or gamolenic acid), flaxseed & omega 3 oils offer no real additional benefit to eczema. Chinese herbal tea extracts have been evaluated but taste unpleasant and may even cause liver toxicity. Recalcitrant eczema on the face may respond to non-steroidal immune-modulator preparations such as Tacrolimus (Protopic) and Pimecrolimus (Elidel) however skin redness may be a temporary side effect. Ultra-violet light therapy treatment has been helpful so get out into the sunshine! There is growing proof that lactobacillus GG probiotics (Reuterina) supplemented in pregnancy, breastfeeding and early in life may reduce eczema in babies by altering their gut immune reactivity.
I have been using a mild cortisone cream on my face for over a year, and all my efforts to stop using it have been unsuccessful. Once I stop using it, my face becomes unbearabley itchy and red and irritated. Elidel cream has not worked for me, so I am currently still using the steroid-based lotion. I am hoping to hear from someone who has had a similar experience, and how they overcame the addiction to the cortisone cream. I know that it is damaging my skin every time I use it, and am desperate for a treatment that will at least help with the symptoms while my skin is weened off the cortisone. Any advice or response is appreciated.