Eczema is something I’ve suffered with my entire life, and I know I’m not alone, so I’m here to talk about what it is and how to treat it, based on a bunch of research and my own personal experiences. Basically, eczema is an inflammation of the skin that can be caused by a myriad of things from external triggers such as allergies, to internal causes, as in diet choices.
Find out what you’re allergic to, or if you have any food sensitivities. There are a lot of changes you can make to your diet or habits to improve your skin’s condition. For example, when I eat foods high in omega 3’s, such as avocados or eggs, my skin generally improves. I also dust with hot water in order to kill the dust mites, rather than just store bought cleaners. For severe cases there are a few ways you can go about trying to cure your eczema.
If you go to your doctor or dermatologist you will most likely be prescribed a steroid-based cream. Obviously you should do what works best for you, but I was on steroid-based creams for a good chunk of my life and here’s my take: it works, but only as long as you continue to apply it, so you’re basically turning your skin into a steroid addict. Trying to go off of steroid-based creams is a long and difficult process, and I really don’t want to even think about the long-term effects – your skin is a sponge, so what you put on your body goes into your body.
If you go to a naturopath it will be expensive and you must be prepared to basically turn your life upside down eating-wise for a good chunk of time. Sugar will be a no-go FOR SURE. The good thing about using a naturopath is that they will think of solutions you probably wouldn’t have thought of, you don’t need to worry as much about the long term effects because the majority of what they suggest will be totally natural, and because you’re spending a crap-ton of money you are more likely to stick to any prescribed restrictive diet than if you were doing it on your own.
If you’re going it alone get ready to do a lot of research and to try a lot of different topical products and supplements. Also trust in your own body, everyone is different, so although tea tree oil products are supposed to work well for people with eczema, any trace of tea tree oil makes my skin burn with the wrath of a thousand suns. Aloe Vera and vitamin E oil will soothe but only temporarily, and coconut oil products, and basically any Rocky Mountain Soap product works for my skin – but they may not work for everyone.
I still live with eczema to this day, but it comes and goes - and it’s currently the worst it has been in a long time. My next steps: de-stress, take more vitamin B complex supplements, STOP SCRATCHING, start making my own laundry detergent and moisturizer, and try out the Blue Lagoon hot spring in Iceland (which kind of ties in to the whole de-stressing point). Wish me luck!
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