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How to Treat Eczema on Legs

Do you suffer from eczema on legs and can’t find relief from relentless scratching and overall irritation? Leg eczema can be caused from a variety of external issues such as allergens and season allergies or from internal factors such as a stress, hormones, an unhealthy gut and more.

However, eczema on legs can also be easily triggered from clothing that contains chemical dyes and unnatural fibers (such as polyester and latex). Eczema caused from clothing actually has its own name: Textile Dermatitis.

Although eczema on legs can cause a variety of symptoms, the most common are:

  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Red to brownish-gray patches on knees or behind knees
  • Small, oozing bumps
  • Crusty skin
  • Thickened, cracked, scaly skin

Many people with eczema-prone skin suffer from eczema on thighs and eczema on calves as well.

Regardless of where your eczema appears, there are a variety of natural treatments that can help diminish your symptoms and triggers.

Healing eczema on legs

It’s always important to research products for your specific type of eczema. For example, if you are experiencing weeping eczema, you’ll usually want to use a different product from someone who might be suffering from itchy eczema. Other than that, here our best recommendations.

Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream—not only perfect for eczema on legs, eczema on thighs, or eczema on calves, but it can be used on every part of the body from eyelids down to your toes. Manuka oil and Manuka honey offer anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Kids absolutely love the smell!

Emily Skin Soothers for Itchy Eczema—perfect for relentless scratching from itchy eczema on legs. This cream contains Chinese herbs and olive oil to help soothe skin and reduce inflammation.

Emily Skin Soothers for Red Eczema—reduce inflammation and prevent infection with this cream that contains Chinese herbs, beeswax and sunflower oil. Heals weeping, crusty eczema as well. Popular for red skin syndrome (RSS) or topical steroid withdrawal (TSW).

Gentle Clothing for eczema on legs

Remedywear™ Bandages for Babies to Adults—for relieving hard to treat areas like behind the knees or leg eczema. Made with TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibers to quickly soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

Remedywear™ Pants for Adults— super soft, silk-like fabric that is both moisture wicking and cooling. These leggings are perfect for eczema on legs, especially for areas that are prone to moisture – like behind the knees. Try using as your dry wrap clothing for a more advanced treatment.

Remedywear™ Long Pants for Kids—prevents harmful scratching while providing soothing relief. Perfect for healing leg or ankle eczema, as well tricky spots like behind-the-knee.

100% Organic Cotton Lounge Pants - available for women and men, these soft cotton pants are a gentle choice for those with sensitive skin. They're made with absolutely no elastic, spandex, or latex! Enjoy the irritation-free label and adjustable drawstring.

Elimination Diet

If the above recommendations do not work, then perhaps it's time to identify specific triggers and explore healing from dietary changes. Many cases of eczema can be triggered by food allergens such as wheat, dairy, egg, soy, and much more. Remember what we eat can affect our overall health and well-being. Think about undergoing an food elimination diet for eczema under your physician's supervision.

Get more tips, check out our guide: How to Get Rid of Eczema Naturally.



Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.