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How Effective Is Calendula for Eczema?

Calendula, a natural remedy with anti-inflammatory properties, has shown promise in soothing eczema's itchy, red patches. Its gentle formulation is suitable for sensitive skin, offering a hydrating and healing touch. While not a cure-all, many find relief in its use. Wondering how it might ease your eczema symptoms? Discover the visual journey of calendula's soothing effects on the skin.
Kathleen Howard
Kathleen Howard

The flowers of the Calendula officinalis, or pot marigold plant, are used to treat a number of skin conditions, including eczema. Calendula is believed to benefit eczema by reducing inflammation, eliminating bacteria, and helping the skin heal. While the effectiveness of using calendula for eczema has not been scientifically proven as of 2012, research has indicated that calendula might reduce inflammation and possibly promote healing. Many physicians and patients also report positive results when using calendula to manage eczema. To increase the effectiveness of this treatment, patients are urged to select products that combine pure calendula extract with other natural, nonirritating substances.

While the usefulness of calendula for treating eczema has not been specifically tested as of 2012, other uses of calendula have been the subject of clinical research. One study found calendula effective in reducing skin inflammation and preventing dermatitis in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. When used on eczema, calendula might reduce inflammation and improve the health of the skin.

Eczema is a condition where skin may be itchy, red, dry, and cracked.
Eczema is a condition where skin may be itchy, red, dry, and cracked.

Studies conducted on animal subjects found that calendula also facilities healing. Researchers believed that calendula’s effectiveness was due to the substance’s ability to increase blow flow to the injured area. Eczema patients whose skin becomes blistered or raw might benefit from calendula’s healing properties. Also, since this substance is believed to work as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, using calendula might also help to prevent infection when applied around blisters and other lesions.

Eczema patients whose skin becomes blistered may benefit from the healing properties of calendula.
Eczema patients whose skin becomes blistered may benefit from the healing properties of calendula.

Due to the possible benefits, some physicians and holistic healthcare providers suggest using calendula for eczema. Unlike some other eczema treatments, calendula does not contain steroids, which can cause skin thinning if used over long periods of time. Calendula is generally believed to be safe and should not produce side effects. Patients who prefer more natural treatments commonly report positive results when using calendula for eczema. In many patients, calendula is also effective when used in combination with traditional medicine.

Those suffering from eczema may benefit from calendula as an ingredient in moisturizing soaps.
Those suffering from eczema may benefit from calendula as an ingredient in moisturizing soaps.

While calendula might benefit eczema in some individuals, it is important to for patients to choose products that are free of common irritants. Using a calendula cream that contains certain irritants, such as artificial fragrances, might decrease the effectiveness of the product or exacerbate the user’s condition. To avoid irritating the skin, consumers can either purchase a natural calendula lotion or make an oil at home. Calendula oil can be produced by adding pure calendula extract to a carrier oil, such as olive or sunflower oil. This will ensure that consumers reap the full benefits of using calendula for eczema without suffering any negative effects.

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Discussion Comments

anon990580

Great article. I've personally seen amazing results with calendula.

Greta27

From me and my mum's experience, calendula is the best thing we have ever used on our eczema. We suffer all year round from this and when we apply a cream with calendula, it relieves all of our itching and dryness/scaliness/red patches. I have tried a few, and the best of the bunch are california baby and mama nature's, though mama nature's just edges it.

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    • Eczema is a condition where skin may be itchy, red, dry, and cracked.
      By: quayside
      Eczema is a condition where skin may be itchy, red, dry, and cracked.
    • Eczema patients whose skin becomes blistered may benefit from the healing properties of calendula.
      By: robert mobley
      Eczema patients whose skin becomes blistered may benefit from the healing properties of calendula.
    • Those suffering from eczema may benefit from calendula as an ingredient in moisturizing soaps.
      By: peacebuts
      Those suffering from eczema may benefit from calendula as an ingredient in moisturizing soaps.
    • Calendula cream may be effective for treating eczema.
      By: Myimagine
      Calendula cream may be effective for treating eczema.
    • Due to reduced production from the sweat and sebaceous glands over time, older individuals tend to have drier skin.
      By: Piotr Marcinski
      Due to reduced production from the sweat and sebaceous glands over time, older individuals tend to have drier skin.
    • Because the hands are in constant use, they are particularly prone to eczema.
      By: marilyn barbone
      Because the hands are in constant use, they are particularly prone to eczema.
    • Certain types of laundry soaps may cause eczema flare-ups.
      By: ptnphotof
      Certain types of laundry soaps may cause eczema flare-ups.