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.
If you suffer from symptoms of eczema, you may have already been down the skincare aisle at your pharmacy searching for products that can help soothe irritation and itchiness. Often, it’s to no avail.
That’s why dermatologists and people living with eczema have caught on to a remedy that many find effective in reducing the negative effects of eczema: goat milk soap. Yes, you can actually soothe eczema with goat milk soap.
"My family has really enjoyed the Purity Goat Milk Soap. We all suffer from keratosis pilaris or eczema, and this soap has already started working within the first few days. I cannot believe we are seeing clearer skin--I wish I started using this soap years ago! I am looking forward to trying more products from this company." - Klaudia N.
In this blog, we take a look at the issues eczema can cause, the irritants that exacerbate it, and the many ways goat milk soap can benefit eczema-prone skin.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a very common skin condition, affecting over 31 million people in the U.S. It causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, resulting in dry skin, itchiness, redness, rashes, and even skin infections.
There are several different types of eczema that people can have, such as:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
This skin condition can occur at any age, even in adulthood.
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. However, eczema symptoms could also be the result of food allergies or airborne irritants.
Eczema often appears in families with a history of allergies and asthma, further suggesting its connection to immune system activity. The severity of eczema symptoms can vary greatly, attributed to factors like environmental irritants, allergens, genetic makeup, and one's immune system.
Friction from skin rubbing or abrasive fabrics, as well as skin dehydration (which can occur naturally and/or from environmental factors), may also trigger and/or aggravate eczema symptoms. Some people find that their eczema worsens when they’re stressed.
Regardless of the cause, managing eczema involves identifying personal triggers and finding go-to remedies that can help alleviate your symptoms.
Can I Use Goat Milk Soap For Eczema?
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.
"The Castile and Purity are wonderful for my skin and my children who have dry and/or eczema prone skin. Although I still may need moisturizer, (just placed an order for the lotion sticks) I no longer have itchy skin after showering! I was told long ago to use Dove unscented by a dermatologist, but that did not do nearly as well as this..." - Linda L.
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. While it may not be a cure, many individuals with eczema have found relief and improved skin comfort by incorporating goat milk soap into their skincare routine. This can be attributed to its gentle, moisturizing properties and many other benefits.
Why Goat Milk Soap is Best for Eczema
Good quality goat milk soap starts with raw goat's milk. The milk contains skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation, soothe itchiness, and hydrate dry skin. Just what eczema sufferers need.
"This Calendula soap has been wonderful for my daughter who has pretty severe eczema. It has hydrated her skin overall, does not dry it out at all and has helped some of the bumps on her skin go away. Really great stuff. I’m loving it and will be buying a lot more GMS products! It’s also all natural and safe so I feel good putting it on her skin!" - Emillie L.
The primary skin nutrients in goat milk soap are:
- Vitamins A, C, and E (Antioxidants): Antioxidants help stave off oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are a leading cause of skin inflammation.
- Selenium: Selenium is a mineral that helps protect cells from damage. It is also an anti-inflammatory. The organic form of selenium gets absorbed through the skin and enters the bloodstream adding to overall benefits.
- Fatty Acids: High-quality goat milk soap is also rich in fatty acids, which help protect and nourish the skin barrier.
- Lactic Acid: Goat milk soap also contains lactic acid, a natural exfoliant. It helps gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, making it look and feel better.
- Glycerin: Glycerin helps lock in moisture, keeping your skin hydrated and protected. By using the cold process method, goat milk soap can maintain its natural glycerin content.
Keeping your skin healthy also protects you from the following:
- Environmental pollutants
- Bacterial infections
- Dryness and irritation
Fatty acids are especially beneficial for individuals with eczema because they help keep their skin moisturized and clean without stripping away the natural oils. Leave the dry, itchy feeling behind!
Benefits of Goat Milk Soap for Eczema
Eczema, often linked to immune system sensitivity, can result in itchy and irritated skin. Goat milk soap contains many natural ingredients, such as vitamin A, lactic acid, and natural fats, that can soothe and benefit eczema-prone skin.
Goat milk soap can help inflammatory skin conditions in the following ways:
- Protecting the skin
- Keeping moisture in
- Rebuilding skin cells
- Keeping itchiness at bay
- Helping to keep bacteria under control
Let’s look at these benefits in greater detail:
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.
"I purchased this soap for my daughter who has very dry skin with breakouts of eczema. She has tried many soaps without much success. When she started using the Purity soap she was so happy to finally feel and see some results. She is SO thankful for the soap and the continued improvement of her skin. I myself have used a few of the goat milk soaps which is great on aged skin, adds moisture, not harsh, and non drying. The soaps are good for the whole family to enjoy." - Janet M.
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 soaps cause 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 compromised skin barrier from invading bacteria. It's important to prevent and block bacteria so that skin sores don't become infected.
Natural Goat Milk Soap Won't Aggravate Eczema
Unlike the common harsh chemicals in commercial soaps, a quality goat milk soap comes without phthalates, parabens, chemical preservatives, or unnecessary additives. Just all-natural goodness!
Why does this matter? Commercially produced soaps strip your skin of its natural oils and protection. Do that to already irritated eczema-prone skin, and the symptoms compound, making everything worse. Fewer ingredients in your skincare products mean a reduced risk of aggravating existing eczema. Our fresh goat’s milk soaps won't aggravate existing inflammation and help to restore balance. It also helps maintain your skin's microbiome.
Which Goat Milk Soaps Are Best For Eczema?
Goat milk soap offers numerous benefits for your skin. However, everyone’s skin is different, which means that the right goat milk soap will differ from person to person. Luckily, at Goat Milk Stuff, we offer several different soaps designed to help soothe eczema.
Purity Goat Milk Soap for Eczema
Our Purity Goat Milk Soap is our most popular product among people with eczema. With no additional scents added, this plain goat milk soap offers a good baseline for those trying goat milk soap for the first time. You can see how your skin reacts to this soap before trying out other scented products.
Purity Goat Milk Soap does not contain fragrance, essential oils, or color. It is perfect for those sensitive to fragrance wanting a mild-smelling soap. All the soothing clean and nothing else.
- Raw goat milk
- Saponified natural fats - for a mild, gentle lather
- Coconut oil - for hydration
- Sunflower oil - for skin repair
"I love the Purity soap - it has helped my eczema on my hands so much! I now have soft hands again after dealing with very rough, cracked hands for about 10 years now. Thank you so much!" - Brittany W.
Castile Goat Milk Soap for Eczema
Made using organic extra virgin olive oil and goat milk (plus the lye to turn it into soap), the Castile Goat Milk Soap contains the fewest ingredients of all our goat milk soaps. 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, which makes it ideal for eczema sufferers with extremely sensitive skin.
Our lotion-like lathering castile soap is a customer favorite. It's gentle enough to use even on sensitive skin yet still effective at cleaning dirt, grease, and bacteria. We also recommend this soap for chemo patients and newborns!
"Eczema is no match for the Castile Olive Oil Goat Milk Soap! Thank you for such high quality products to soothe the skin." - Stephanie F.
Calendula Goat Milk Soap for Eczema
Calendula Goat Milk Soap is used by many people when they suffer from poison oak, poison ivy, or other skin rashes. Calendula is a member of the daisy family and is commonly used to reduce swelling, redness, and itching. This makes it a natural choice for eczema and sensitive skin types.
In this goat’s milk soap bar, we have infused the calendula flowers with olive oil and castor oil to enhance its moisturizing and lathering properties. Calendula flowers are an anti-inflammatory ingredient known to fight fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
The simple ingredients include:
- Saponified calendula infused olive and castor oil - for a mild, gentle lather
- Raw goat milk
"I’ve tried just about every soap on the market, and found goat milk soap is best for my trifecta face issues (eczema, rosacea, and subhorremic dermatosis). Then I tried a sample of your Calendula soap, and WOW!! Any goat soap was helpful, but this is easily twice as helpful. I’ve hardly had to medicate at all since using it daily, and it makes my skin feel great. Thank you thank you!!!" - Patti
Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap for Eczema
People also recommend the Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap for eczema. The tea tree oil's natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties may help by decreasing redness and soothe irritated skin. Tea Tree can be considered a stronger scent, so be sure to try a smaller travel bar if you have difficulty tolerating scents.
If you haven't heard of Tea Tree essential oil yet, it comes from the Melaleuca tree, native to Australia. Historically, they thought tea tree oil possessed remarkable antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. This belief continues today.
The smell of this soap is similar to eucalyptus and camphor. The ingredients are:
- Raw goat milk
- Saponified natural fats - for a mild, gentle lather
- Coconut oil - for hydration
- Sunflower oil - for hydration
- Tea Tree essential oil - to help keep bacteria under control and reduce inflammation
"We have been using the Tea Tree soap for our 18 month old who has eczema. It has a pleasant scent and has done wonders for his skin condition. When we notice eczema spots starting on his skin we use the lotion stick on them and they fade away. PJ recommended we try this soap for him because of the anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties along with the fact that it was safe for him to use." - Mary S.
What Other Goat Milk Soaps and Skincare Can Help Soothe Eczema?
While we truly believe our goat milk soaps will make a positive difference to your eczema, we do recommend using some of our additional goat milk products to treat eczema as well.
Moisturizing is essential for eczema-prone skin as it protects the skin from external irritants. Our Goat Milk Solid Lotion offers you a natural solution that will not only provide your skin with an additional barrier but also nourish your skin.
"I have a 5-year-old who suffers from itchy patches of eczema. He does not like the feeling of lotions or creams being put on his skin. The Unscented lotion stick is perfect because I can put it only on the spots... He has even started applying it himself to his itchy spots. It is an absolute miracle because he has hated lotions since the day he was born." - MO
We also recommend washing your clothing using our natural Laundry Soap. Most commercial laundry soaps contain chemicals that bind to your clothing and can worsen your eczema. Our Laundry Soap, in contrast, washes completely clean from your clothes, sheets, and towels. This lessens the possibility of ingredients further irritating your skin.
Our laundry soap comes in a variety of sizes:
"Goat Milk Stuff Laundry Soap is wonderful! I suffer from skin allergies and eczema, so I was searching for a replacement laundry soap (the store bought stuff just made my skin problems worse). GMS Laundry Soap is just what I was looking for!! My skin is healing and I love the way it makes my laundry smell! So clean and fresh!! Thanks GMS!" - Leann H.
Ready to Try Goat Milk Soap for Treating Eczema?
Approximately 10% of all individuals in the United States will experience eczema at some point during their lifetime. The itchy, red patches of skin associated with this condition are quite uncomfortable and, for some, embarrassing.
Thankfully, goat milk soap may ease the symptoms of eczema, providing relief for many sufferers. However, there's a difference in the end product depending on the formula used to make it. The amount of nutrients in goat milk soap largely depends on how much milk gets added during production and the process used. Goat Milk Stuff uses a cold-press method that leaves all the helpful nutrients discussed above in the soap.
If you have any questions or need help choosing a goat milk product, feel free to contact us. We'd love to help!