What are YOU doing about your eczema?
If you’re looking for a bit of advice, information or reassurance, here is what I did about my eczema. First things first, if you have eczema, it’s your responsibility to do something about it.
Based on all the things I have done to improve my own eczema I have written a booklet about how to manage your own skin issues, click here and created the NEW Eczema Survival Pack, which contains the book along with lots of other bits and pieces that will help you to control your eczema. Click here.
I had appalling eczema, until I got out of bed one morning and said to myself “enough”. My skin was manageable within about 6 months. If you want to read a bit more about my own eczema story click here.
It wasn’t easy but I had a lot to learn. Here are some of the things that I learnt along the way. They helped me, and different things may work for you, but here are some things to think about:
1. Have you thought about allergy tests? Could be milk, wheat, nuts, soya etc? That’s the most important step. Ask your doctor for tests if your eczema is bad, but DO NOT self diagnose, you could cut out a food group that you need. You can also get tests done privately if your GP is reluctant to refer you for tests.
2. Whilst your eczema is bad you need to do everything you can not to irritate it further, use an organic natural washing powder (from your health food shop – don’t bother with supermarket ones that say they are for sensitive skin, even they have perfume in). I use Ecover, I find it excellent.
3. BE CAREFUL what you use on your skin. Personally, I would not use any baby oil or vaseline or any products with petrochemicals in, they suffocate the skin and actually dry it out even more. Obviously, do not use any artificial perfumes or fragrance at all. Try to use all organic and natural products (such as mine …). Parabens & sulphates also irritate sensitive skin.
4. If you are seeing your GP about eczema, ask for a booklet about managing it. This should give you lots of things to think about.
5. Read up as much as you can to understand it. Go to your library, get books out about it. Read my book, which covers everything I have learnt about over the past ten years.
6. Cut your fingernails very short, as scratching with mucky fingernails will make it inflamed and sore, and possibly infected. Keeping fingernails short is absolutely central in helping to break the “itch-scratch” cycle.
7. Recognise when you are stressed and try to break the cycle, go for a massage, or a run or a drink with an old friend, read a really great book, learn mindfulness, whatever you need to do to stop the stress…
8. Drink lots of water, room temp is best. Chamomile tea is very good. There are also some herbal teas that are good for clearing skin, with nettle or other liver clearing herbs.
9. Think about taking good quality supplements, a pro-biotic and high strength fish oil (or flaxseed if you are vegetarian). Go to your health food shop and ask them what they recommend, or speak to a nutritionist/naturopath. Try bellawellbeing.co.uk
10. Keep dust to a minimum, house dust mite poo makes most people’s eczema worse. Damp dust otherwise you are just moving the dust around, rather than getting rid of it. Vacuum a lot or have wooden floors.
11. Get out in the fresh air. Sunshine is good for eczema in small doses, and staying cooped up in doors in either centrally heated or air conditioned environments is not good as it will dry your skin even more.
As mentioned above, you will find endless information about how to manage eczema over on my blog page, and my Eczema booklet really does cover everything (for £5.95) which could change your life.
There will be times when you must use GP prescribed steroid creams to calm an infection or bad flare up, but long-term, this isn’t the answer. It thins the skin, which means when eczema comes back, the skin is even less able to deal with it. Dealing with your eczema is about STOPPING it coming in the first place, instead of trying to fire fight once it’s arrived.
Learn to recognise when it’s on its way and do what you can to minimise it. I have overcome very painful & stressful eczema and now I’m regularly told how lovely my skin is. So believe it is possible to do something about even very bad eczema.
I make a very calming skin balm for my own and my little girl’s eczema with amongst other things, evening primrose oil, avocado oil and organic lavender essential oil (she named it “scratchy balm”). It is 100% natural. I find if we use it in the evening when we are red and sore, by morning the redness is gone, and the day after, skin is virtually back to normal. I’ve now made it for thousands of others too, most find it very helpful. You will need to do more than just apply this balm, but if you follow the points above and look after yourself, you may find Organic Scratchy Balm is a very useful in your road to recovery. Good Luck.
Many customers have reported that Organic Scratchy Balm helps to heal molluscum, click here to read more
I have also written a blog about the link between eczema and molluscum which you will find by clicking here.