While they won’t cure eczema, complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture may help you manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.

If you have eczema, you may wonder if complementary therapies can help you manage your dry, itchy, or inflamed skin.

Complementary therapies are healthcare approaches that aren’t typically part of a conventional treatment plan. They may include nutritional, psychological, and physical therapies or a combination of these.

Conventional treatments for eczema include:

  • topical corticosteroids
  • topical calcineurin inhibitors
  • topical PDE4 inhibitors
  • topical or oral Janus kinase inhibitors
  • injectable biologics
  • oral immunosuppressants

Complementary therapies can’t replace these conventional eczema treatments. But when used along with conventional treatments, they may help soothe skin symptoms.