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How to Treat Eczema Naturally (yes you can)

19 Jul

I am always surprised by how many people have eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a painful, irritating and embarrassing skin condition that affects babies, kids and adults. While many doctors will prescribe corticosteroids to help you treat eczema, there are natural ways to treat not only the symptoms but the root cause too!

What is Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to crack, bleed, seep and flake off. It can be itchy and painful at the same time. It usually appears in moist sections of the skin such as inside elbows and backs of knees, but it can be anywhere on the body, even on your face.

Dermatologists will call it atopic dermatitis, and while there are many treatments for the symptoms, understanding what causes eczema flare-ups is key to keeping it under control!

What Causes Eczema

Eczema is aggravated by many factors such as:

  • Extreme weather conditions (hot, humid, cold, dry)
  • Certain fabrics
  • Allergies (food, seasonal)
  • Chemicals and synthetic fragrances and even some essential oils
  • Stress

By realizing what triggers your eczema you can start taking steps to reduce those triggers and help keep your eczema under control.

Natural Treatments for Eczema

I’m always amazed at how many customers I have that ask if I sell anything to treat eczema (which I do) but then they go back to using their regular shampoos/soaps/lotions etc. Many traditional personal care products (though some will try and disagree) 😉 contain toxic chemicals that irritate your skin and cause eczema flare-ups.

Avoiding Toxic Ingredients: Certain ingredients, like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), can irritate sensitive skin. SLS is often found in cleansing products (shampoo, soaps, washes, makeup removers, dish soap, laundry detergents). Synthetic fragrance is also a skin irritant in many cases. Some essential oils can also trigger an eczema flareup so it’s a good idea to avoid any fragrances while you are trying to get your eczema under control!

Dry & Moisturized: Seems like an oxymoron here! You want your skin to be moisturized and dry. After a shower, lightly pat your skin and apply moisturizer to lock in natural moisture (try coconut oil or shea butter). During the day, keep your skin from getting too moist – areas like inside the elbows tend to sweat in heat and this can flare up eczema.

Comfortable Clothing: Certain fabrics, like itchy wool can irritate your eczema. Also, if you use fabric softeners or freshen sheets in the dryer – Don’t! They contain a ton of nasty stuff that just attaches to your clothing and then sits on your skin while you wear your clothing. Use simple detergents for washing and nothing in the dryer. If static is an issue, look for eco-sheets that work together to reduce the charge without using toxic ingredients!

Allergies: This can be hard if you don’t know what you are allergic to! Keep a diary if you can to see if any new foods, lotions or environmental changes are causing your eczema. Try to avoid anything that makes your eczema flare-up.

Stress: Easy said than do but try to reduce stress in your life. Go for a walk, a job, or do some yoga. Read a book. Whatever it takes to reduce stress in your life!

Products to Buy to Help Your Eczema

To avoid making this a commercial type of blog, I will not post links here. However, I will list items I sell and have used (and my customer’s have used) that have helped clear up eczema issues. Of course, you should still check your soaps/washes/detergents/shampoos/cosmetics and avoid ingredients that can cause flare-ups, but for on-the-spot relief, try these:

  • Pure Anada Organic Shea Butter (my personal favorite!)
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Rocky Mountain Unscented Body Butter
  • Pumpkin Soap
  • Hazelwood Necklaces & Bracelets

If you can’t find these items in your local area or want to read more on them, check them out on our site at http://www.NaturaleGREEN.ca. Or you can email me tamara@naturalgreen.ca to chat further about it. Remember, it’s not about treating the symptoms, you have to get to the root cause and make some changes. Eczema is an allergic reaction, which is the body’s reaction to something it does not get along with. Slapping on some cortisone cream is NOT treating your eczema, it’s only treating the symptoms. So do the research, change your personal care products where you can and listen to your body!

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3 Comments

Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Skin Disorders

 

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3 responses to “How to Treat Eczema Naturally (yes you can)

  1. Samantha

    August 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Tamara,

    I have been reading your blog and have found it useful and interesting!
    I was diagnosed, unfortunately, with atopic eczema a few years ago mainly on my
    face and neck and its so awful and sore and embarrassing!! Main problems are my
    eyes and neck but that varies and some days my face is so itchy and sore and
    ugly!
    I had patch testing done and it all came back negative. I have tried to rule out
    everything i use and have been using weleda hair shampoo for a while after i was
    told it is organic! I just found on your blog it has an ingredient in it which
    can cause flare ups!! Im hoping this is my answer and will buy a product without
    it in!! I was wondering if you have time to reply with any ideas to my awful
    problems or any tips to control it!

    Thanks for your time
    Amie

     
    • tamaralaschinsky

      September 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Samantha,

      Yes, Atopic Eczema is often flared up by many factors including allergens and stress and diet. I suffered from it too as a teen and had it all over my face and neck. It was embarrassing yes but painful too!

      The first step is stop using whatever is causing the flare-ups – easier said than done I know! Look at your: Soaps, Shampoo, Perfumes, Cosmetics, Lotions and Laundry Detergent and try to go as natural as you can and avoid fragrance (even natural for now). Now find a good lotion (unscented) and get your skin health back. Once you do you can reintroduce natural fragrances one at a time and see how you do.

      I highly recommend Pure Anada organic shea butter (works amazing for eczema), hazelwood necklaces and Pumpkin patch soap for starters. It would be good to get some organic coconut oil too. Have 1 TBSP a day (either melt and put into smoothie or spread on toast) and you can even use it as skin moisturizer!

      That is where I would start. I would also see an accupuncturist to see if they can help. Often these symptoms are side effects of the root problem so rather than ignore the root problem I’d see if it can be fixed and then the rest gets fixed by default!

      Hope that helps!

       
  2. Allyson Pailet

    November 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    From time to time, i have some skin problems that is why i always consult a dermatologist to fix my skin problems..

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