Eczema Care

Much information can be found all over the Internet with suggestions of what you can do take care of eczema. You will find everything from itch remedies to diets to supplements.

Since eczema is a skin disorder it means that all of the excretory organs are being effected by the inflammation of the skin. Some of the major organs sharing the job of excretion are the lungs, kidneys, stomach and liver.

Often times if my spa clients had digestive issues we would add something as simple as digestive enzymes and probiotics, their skin inflammation would greatly reduce or cease. Other times we worked on assisting their kidney (and lymph) function by increasing their water intake and adding fresh 100% pure cranberry juice to their hydration routine. Sometimes the liver would need dandelion root or something less aggressive just to clean itself out and help the body mitigate inflammation. Maybe we would remove all dairy from the diet to help clear excess mucus from the system and add mullein and fenugreek teas to assist the lungs. It wasn’t uncommon for us to try a combination of these things to finally clear up their skin complaints.

A balanced diet made of 75% fruits and vegetables with 25% of everything else really goes a long way in reducing the inflammation in the body. Essential fatty acids found in Flax oil, B-Complex, Curcumin (Turmeric), Acidophiles, Essential Amino Acids, a simple multivitamin with Folic acid and Selenium, physical activity and a good sleeping routine will also do wonders for eczema.

There are quick and simple things you can do around the home to minimize environmental toxic contributions to eczema.

Change your household cleaning products to coconut based surfactants, vinegar and water solution, baking soda and other environmentally safe cleansers with zero dyes and zero fragrance. There are so many times I’ve gone into friends homes who have allergies and they have these cute little fragrant soaps in the bathroom, blue dish detergent for hand soap at the kitchen sink, lavender scented dish-washing detergent, synthetically scented perfume plugins, chemically altered fragrant candles and their clothes smell floral. There are a plethora of items marketed for home use to make it smell better. Since when do my dishes need to smell like lemons? Get rid of all synthetic perfumes and dyes.

Dust mites are found in carpets, rugs, pillows, mattresses, throw blankets and other textiles in the home. Make sure these things are vacuumed and cleaned frequently. Dust mite covers are made for pillows and mattresses now quite inexpensively. Pick some up for all your bedrooms.

Speaking of synthetic perfumes and dyes. Don’t buy any skin care with perfume, synthetic scents and dyes. You may even be overly sensitive to different essential oils, especially if they are poorly extracted or diluted in cheaper products. Find essential oil brands like Young Living and Elizabeth Van Buren bring your favorite scents home and patch test them on yourself to see if they are irritating before you invest in products with 1 or more essential oils. Put 1-3 drops of oil on to a Q tip and rub it behind your ear or on the inside crease of the arm. It may be 24 hours before it becomes red or itchy, so be patient and wait for the result. This will help you determine your sensitivities. (You can perform this type of patch test with any face or body product.)

Clothing is something else that has been dyed and/or sprayed with chemicals that are irritating to the skin. Inferior fabrics or inferior dyes can bleed the dyes onto your skin after being washed and dried many times. Your clothing is often times sprayed with a chemical sizing that will get on your skin if you wear it before you wash it. So pay attention if you wear certain articles of clothes and then find your skin flaring. In addition, synthetic fabrics may irritate the skin or restrict air flow causing you to sweat more which can create more eczema. Sticking with natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk and sometimes bamboo will be comforting to the skin. You may be able to get away with a cotton polyester blend because of the soft texture. Thread counts and texture of even natural fiber clothing can make a difference too. For instance, cheap cotton clothes can often be too chaffing and instigate eczema.

Keep your skin clean so as to prevent infection. Sometimes 1-3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil plus 10 drops of Jojoba oil mixed together and rubbed on the effected area are enough to kill bad bacterias and viruses the skin comes in contact with.

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