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Does Goat Milk Soap Help Eczema?
If you or a loved one suffer from eczema, you know how bad the symptoms can be. Redness, rashes, itching, irritation, burning, sores, and bleeding are just some of the skin troubles eczema can cause. But the embarrassment that comes from eczema or the emotional pain that comes from watching your loved ones suffer can be even worse at times.
One of our greatest joys in making goat milk soap comes from hearing from all the people that have found relief from their eczema symptoms. We love knowing that the effort we put into raising healthy goats that make healthy milk that makes awesome goat milk soap that relieves eczema symptoms for hundreds, if not thousands of people, is worth it!
What exactly is eczema?
According to the National Eczema Association, "eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. There are several types of eczema:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
The word eczema comes from the Greek word “ekzein” which means "to boil" or "to boil over". This is a reference to what happens to the skin when an eczema flare-up occurs since the symptoms of eczema usually involve some form of rash, redness, itch, skin irritation, sores, or blisters.
What is the cause of eczema?
While nobody yet understands the specific cause(s) of eczema, many believe that it is a result of an overactive immune system response. This means that when an allergen comes into contact with the skin, as in contact dermatitis, eczema symptoms can result. But eczema symptoms could also be the result of food allergies or airborne irritants.
And even though the exact cause of the disease is unknown, it is often found in families with a history of allergies and asthma, further supporting the theory that it is caused by an overactive immune system.
How can I treat eczema symptoms?
Because irritants and allergens can cause eczema flare-ups, doctors often recommend keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. They also recommend avoiding fragrances, dyes, and perfumes, or anything that can cause irritants to the skin and immune system.
So even though nobody knows the exact cause of eczema, we do know that taking care of your skin can reduce or eliminate eczema symptoms. Goat milk soap is a great way to care for your skin because it provides many benefits for your skin.
Goat milk soap protects your skin. Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and selenium in goat milk can help protect your skin against damaging results from excess sun and harsh outdoor elements.
Goat milk soap naturally moisturizes your skin. Goat milk contains different types of fatty acids that hydrate your skin by locking in moisture. In addition, cold processed goat milk soap retains all of the naturally occurring glycerin produced in the saponification chemical reaction. We don't remove the glycerin to sell it as a valuable by-product. We make sure the glycerin is retained in your goat milk soap because it acts as a humectant to further lock moisture into your skin.
Goat milk soap helps keep your skin itch-free. For some people, food or environmental allergies can cause skin itching. But for many others, the chemicals used as ingredients in commercial cause the itching. Using a natural goat milk soap can often relieve most skin itching.
Goat milk soap may help with cuts and broken skin. The proteins in goat milk can help rebuild broken skin. In addition, the fatty acids also help maintain the skin's acid mantle, which protects your skin from invading bacteria. It's important to prevent and block bacteria so that skin sores don't become infected.
Goat Milk Stuff offers different types of goat milk soap because we recognize that everyone's skin is unique. Each of the soaps mentioned below has a different formula and we recommend testing the different soaps to see which soap your eczema-prone skin prefers. Let's begin with the most popular soap.
Purity goat milk soap for eczema
Purity is the most popular goat milk soap for people who have eczema. This goat milk soap is dye-free and has no additional scent added (although it does smell like soap). It is plain, good-for-you goat milk soap.
"Continued use of the purity soap at work, at home, anywhere has kept my eczema under control and lessened my dependency on steroid creams for flare-ups. Thanks to your family and herd!" - Karen
"My son and both have eczema, but 2 different kinds. Mine only affects my hands and I've found that the purity scrub works best for me. We've tried the purity, purity scrub, and organic Castile on my son and the purity works best with him. His eczema prescription creams for it). Within just a day of using the purity soap his eczema was clearing up. I use it every night on him in the bath and now his eczema is pretty much gone. I will never use another soap on him. This soap really does work wonders." - Jessica
Tea Tree goat milk soap for eczema
People also recommend the tea tree goat milk soap for eczema. The tea tree essential oil in this soap has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This can help treat the secondary infection acne can cause. It can also help with redness and soothe irritated skin. Tea tree is a rather strong scent, so be sure to try a smaller travel bar if you have difficulty tolerating scents.
"I recently bought soap from you guys and I gotta say I LOVE IT!!!! I had bought the problem pack for my daughter and She has eczema and I have severe acne. The tea tree oil soap helped dramatically!! And my skin feels so much better now. And with my daughter, she is doing much better! Her skin is not as dry and gets better all the time! Thank you guys much!" - Jessica
Calendula goat milk soap for eczema
"My husband was diagnosed with atopic eczema and this is the only soap he can use on his whole body. We switched to this natural soap as a family and we also use the oatmeal scrub soap for hand washing. Severe allergies/hay fever and stress exacerbate his skin condition, a nice soak in our tub with the very soap and his skin is soothed and softens even after breakouts. We are beyond happy we found this family run company."- Leah
Organic Castile goat milk soap for eczema
The Organic Castile goat milk soap has the fewest ingredients and is made with just organic extra virgin olive oil and goat milk (plus the lye to turn it into soap). It doesn't last as long as the other soaps (because it just contains olive oil which is a soft oil), but it's incredibly gentle and mild.
I started using this soap after getting adult onset eczema. After doing some research I settled on Goat Milk soap (I use both the Castile and the purity). This soap has been instrumental in preventing any "outbreaks" for me.
lifelonguser." - Erika
"I really like the olive oil soap. We use it for my son who has nummular eczema come the winter months here in PA. I also love that it is two ingredients basically. My son also dealt with perioral dermatitis and so we try natural as much as we can His skin feels better and this soap with the lotion use for him after bathing really keeps him moisturizer for the day Has a nice smell." - Michelle
Goat Milk Solid Lotion
While some people find the goat milk soap alone is sufficient to relieve their eczema symptoms, others find that the goat milk solid lotion provides an extra layer of nourishment for their skin.
We offer two kinds of lotions - a red label formula and an orange label formula. Both formulas are equally wonderful on your skin and neither is better than the other. They're just different so that people with allergies have a choice.
The orange label has a lower melting point and feels softer, while the higher melting point of the red label recipe makes it feel more solid. If applying on highly sensitive skin, we recommend starting with the orange label since its softness may make it easier to apply.
Red Label Ingredients: Soybean oil; Beeswax; Sunflower oil; Cocoa butter; Shea butter; Dehydrated Goat Milk; Vitamin E.
Orange Label Ingredients: Sweet almond oil; Coconut oil; Beeswax; Avocado oil; Cocoa Butter; Mango Butter; Dehydrated Goat Milk.
As with all of our goat milk soaps and solid lotions, it’s always best to test on a small area of your skin. That way you can make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
If you are not sure which goat milk soap would be best for your eczema symptoms, you can try all four mentioned above with the Problem Skin Pack. The Problem Skin Pack contains half bars of Purity, Tea Tree, Calendula and Organic Castile. We recommend trying each half bar for a week so you can find out which bar is best for your skin.
Have you or a loved one tried any goat milk soaps or solid lotions on your eczema symptoms? Let us know your experience below!
Disclaimer: We are not dermatologists or doctors, and do not attempt to diagnose, or recommend treatment for eczema. Always test for allergies before using a new product and speak with your doctor if you have any concerns.