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How to Treat Scaly Eczema

Unlike weeping eczemaScaly eczema leads to thick, dry, cracked “crocodile” skin. The top layer of skin, called the epidermis, flakes off, leaving behind thick, itchy skin. It can be a real nuisance and can affect the quality of life.

When you spot scaly skin, you may want to try a highly moisturizing, all-natural cream to help soothe and repair scaly eczema. It’s widespread for skin to scale in cold, dry weather, but if your scaly skin spreads, worsens, or does not get better, see a doctor or other trusted healthcare professional.

Otherwise, the first step to treat eczema thickened skin is using a proper natural cream or balm to renew moisture.

Top Skin Care Products for Thick, Itchy Skin

Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is a true treat for those that suffer from dry, scaly eczema. It won’t burn or sting, the beeswax keeps skin moisturized, and the organic Manuka honey has antibacterial properties—one of our most popular products.

Emily Skin Soothers treatment for thick, dry eczema is terrific for healing rough skin on the body, hands, and feet. Combining beeswax, organic sunflower oil, and Chinese herbs promotes circulation and accelerates healing needed to soothe cracked, chapped, or scaly skin.

Grass Fed Tallow Balm uses tallow, a complex fatty substance rendered from animal fat sourced from grass-fed and finished cows suitable for paleo and GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diets, to promote natural digestive healing. This balm is highly nourishing for dry, scaly eczema. It is available unscented for use on the most sensitive skin or the Tea Tree & Lavender, which are natural antibiotics and antiseptics that help promote healing and prevent scarring.

Wrap Therapy

If you still have no luck healing scaly eczema, you may want to talk to your doctor, then try wet or dry wrap therapy, which is a method of treating dry, itchy, sensitive skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Wet or dry wrapping is simple and safe for adults, children, and babies.

Wet Wrap Therapy

Wet wrap therapy is a standard process for eczema sufferers as a short-term fix for moderate to severe eczema. If you haven’t tried this method yet, then make sure to check out our step-by-step guide to Wet Wrap Therapy. It’s a natural way to get much-needed symptom relief.

All you need is:

  • A bath
  • One of these natural creams or balms made for thick, scaly eczema.
  • A set of warmed and wet clothing, bandages, or dressings, like these wet wraps.

Dry Wrap Therapy

Like wet wrap therapy, this method requires using a moisturizing natural cream or balm and then wrapping with a dry cloth, bandage, or dressing. Check out our step-by-step guide to Dry Wrapping. For dry wrapping, check out Remedywear™, clothing for eczema.

Elimination Diet

After trying these other options on your itchy, scaly skin and consulting with a healthcare professional, it may be time to identify specific triggers and explore healing from within through dietary changes. First, there’s the old saying, “You are what you eat.” And there is truth to that. What we eat can affect our entire body and well-being, including the health of our skin.

Check out our post on How to Get Rid of Eczema Naturally.

If you're specifically concerned about hand eczema, check out How to Treat Eczema on Hands.




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.