Home Remedies for Dermatitis

Dermatitis refers to inflammation of the skin. It can be of different types like contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, etc.

Symptoms of dermatitis include inflammation, swelling, itching, burning sensation and redness. Severe dermatitis can also produce blisters, crusting and scaling of skin.

Some of the common causes are an allergic reaction, certain environmental conditions, irritants, accumulation of toxins in the body, nutritional deficiencies, and genetics. People who have thin or dry skin are more prone to dermatitis.

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There are many home remedies that can give you relief from dermatitis symptoms. For these natural remedies, you just need some common ingredients from your kitchen.

home remedies for dermatitis

Here are the top 10 home remedies for dermatitis.

1. Coconut Oil

The amazing antimicrobial and moisturizing properties of coconut oil can greatly help deal with the problem of dermatitis. It can significantly reduce redness, scaling and dryness within a few days.

Gently apply some warm coconut oil on the affected area to soften the skin. For best results, use virgin coconut oil daily before going to bed.

2. Oatmeal

An oatmeal bath can help treat skin irritation, itching and rashes. It will also help keep your skin moisturized.

  1. Mix one cup of fine powdered oatmeal in lukewarm bath water.
  2. Soak in this bath water for 15 to 20 minutes daily.
  3. Repeat this remedy daily for one month.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another effective ingredient that can be used for treating dermatitis is apple cider vinegar. It will relieve inflammation and itchiness.

  • Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Use a cotton ball to apply this solution on the affected skin. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, and then clean the area with a damp cotton cloth. Repeat this remedy daily for a few weeks to see positive results.
  • Another option is to consume two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water two or three times daily.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is widely used in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis. This will help to restore the pH balance of your skin and relieve the itching sensation and skin irritation. It also has moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.

  • Apply fresh aloe vera gel several times a day for a few months to get rid of dermatitis.
  • You can also drink a few ounces of aloe vera juice to enjoy healthy and glowing skin.

5. Vitamin E

One of the best and easiest home remedies for dermatitis is vitamin E oil. This oil promotes healing and provides relief from itching and inflammation.

So, apply vitamin E oil on your skin, especially at night before going to bed. You can also try lotions and creams containing vitamin E.

Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin E, such as sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil, peanut butter and corn, can also help prevent eczema.

6. Honey

Honey is a very commonly used ingredient that can help reduce the inflammatory condition of the skin. It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

  • Mix equal parts of raw honey, beeswax and olive oil. Heat the mixture in a double-boiler to make an ointment. When it cools, apply it to your skin and leave it on for several hours. Do this daily for several weeks to notice positive improvement in your skin condition.
  • When dealing with radiation-induced dermatitis, applying manuka honey twice daily has been found to be beneficial.





  2. Well put together and informative, attractive article. I have found some of these ingredients when applied individually have benefited my perioral dermatitis especially the coconut oil and aloe vera. However I prefer using a cream by mama nature-proskin eczema as this contains both of these ingredients amongst others and has actually cured me of my perioral dermatitiis, despite being told by two dermatologists that I would have to live with it. Calendula is also an amazing ingredient that cures many ills of the skin.

  3. I have some apple cider vinegar and vitamin E cream so I will try them. The creams the doctor prescriber were useless. Thank you very much.

  4. I’ve never had issues with dermatitis until a few years ago. I wish I never had this on my hands, they get so sore when a break out happens. I’m frustrated because I don’t know what is triggering it.The priscription creams help heal the break outs, but I wish there was some thing I could do besides just treating it to help prevent them or make them less sever. I have tried a cream by Mazor it’s a bit expensive but worth it at the time, as it was great at healing the break outs. I will try a few of these remedies. I’m sick of having to plaster my hands in bandaids for work and feeling embarassed when people constantly ask about it.

    • Guys I think our biggest problem Is being impatient with natural remadies. Granted we live in the fast lane but we should listen to our body’s . I’m guilty as much as anyone else I have it on my finger tips where they burst open and tear and burn like hell. I’ve used all these remadies before with very little pleasure but I think it’s due to inpatient ness so this time I WILL take it slow. Good health guys

      • hi there, i had eczema & psoriasis for years. i found eliminating wheat from my diet cured my disease. everyone is different so what worked for me may not work for you. i also switched to all natural creams and lotions, no sodium laurel sulfates and with natural ingredients i am sensitive to even some of them, so it’s trial and error. good luck

  5. Suffering exactly as Lidsey above describes. I had severe eczema as a child and grew out of it. Over the last 3mths I have had severe dermatitis on the palms of my hands, which is now spreading to my fingers. Tried an ointment provided by doctor, however that made it break out into painful blisters. Currently seeking something that will restore my sanity. It is bad enough to constantly have bandaged hands, to hurt when trying to undertake normal daily tasks, to be deprived of sleep, to be reduced to tears when changing dressings, and add to that the fact that my normal profession is a massage therapist.

    I am so over this condition as it has drained every aspect of my being. Will try some of the remedies that have been mentioned above – thank you for the information. xxx

  6. Thanks 4 those home remedies.I wl try wit those ones around.

  7. I have dermatitis severely on both my lower legs and it is spreading to other areas, I am driven mad by itching all my family shout at me for scratching so I scratch in secret. Doctors creams no good I will try Aloe Vera and the honey treatment thanks for the suggestions. Mags

  8. Erika Willenbrecht April 17, 2014, 2:40 am

    I had this all though elementary school and middle school. I been to doctors and tried everything I found out the cure for me was really hot showers and I scratched but since the water hit them I did t tear my skin. After the itch was gone I rinsed with cold water and soon enough it was gone 7 years later u would never kno I have this skin Condition

  9. I’m still working on the elimination of intense dermatitis on my feet, and the itching of my body. However, I found changing hand soap to a baby shampoo, after a short time, was a cure for my hands, as long as I always used it, with the exception of the times I needed to use regular soap at public establishments. Generic baby shampoo worked well. I think mild with least chemicals was the key for cleansing.

  10. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with psoriasis.never having skin issues In my 27 years I wanted a second opinion.I went to 2 other doctors telling me I had dermatitis caused by coming in contact with something I’m allergic to.Very painful cracking in my fingers,itchy,burning,water like blisters all over my arms hands and fingers.I’ve been treated with everything from creams, lotions,prednizone steroids.I was told from a older gentleman to try lucky tiger…it is only sold in barber shops.I swear by it.it relieves pain and heals.it does have a strong menty smell but if your case is as bad as mine then u won’t mind.when I brake outwitch is almost ever week I will apply before I go to bed and maybe once at work.you should try it!

  11. I have had this for several years and it is annoying. Burning, itching, flakey, drk skin, and sometimes oily like little boils, etc on hand. I have found that soaking my hand in milk, more specifically spoiled milk, offers almost instant relief and seems to work much better than the expensive prescription treatments I have used in the past. I swear by it.

  12. My hand really itched at about 9:45 one night and i didnt want to wake anyone up, so i just found some deodorant and put it on the itch a couple times and soon it stoped itching. You will have to reapliy it about 2-3 times


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