OK. Eczema sucks. When skin is your largest organ it is also a bulletin board warning for underlying health issues. I have a family riddled with auto-immune disorders so I write from experience. It it tears at the heart of my ego because it is painful AND ugly. Both things I can’t live with.
I am also including a special section for babies by request. It breaks my heart to see a tiny baby with this condition. If you have been lucky enough to have never suffered the afliction it is like crawling, biting ants eating freshly burnt skin. It gets worse at night and when it is extremely cold and dry, or you are hot, sick, stressed and/ or sweaty, And you would prefer to rip your skin apart then deal with the itch.
PLUS! I am giving you some symbiotic, super charged weight loss tips too, yes…. yes I am. You are going to love them. And so is your bed partner.
So here we go:
BATHING AND MOISTURISING
- Never have hot showers. It strips skins healing, protective oils.
- During a bad bout have a bath in bi-carb soda and/ or magnesium sulphate (epsom salts).
- Don't use soaps. Use this: get a stocking, pack the toe with wholemeal oats till it is palm size, tie the end and cut... The little soap sockette goes goopy in the shower and the soft, goey white paste is soooootthhhing and natural and full of healing proteins. You've got 24 hour use from the time you first wet it.
- Do not exfoliate during outbreaks. It will exacerbate the problem. Exfoliate well with a salt/ oil/ honey mix when skin is healthy to prevent flare-ups.
- Moisturise immediately after bathing or washing hands. I use 100% natural oils. Olive oil in winter. Coconut oil in summer. I believe oils are seasonal like foods.
- Use a bee wax based healing product on the out-break. I cannot go past Magic Mama's all natural BEE MAGIC healing cream. Buy it from iHerb uber cheap and use this code JHN213 to get 10% off.
CLOTHING AND SLEEPING
- You do not need to use washing powders, you can just use hot water. If you can’t conceive of this, stop thinking more powder is better. Stick to instructions and use environmentally friendly sulphate free mixes. I use magnesium sulphates as a washing powder, and sphagnum moss liquid sanitiser as a final rinse. Buy your natural cleaning products from iHerb uber cheap and use this code JHN213 for 10% off.
- Wear natural fibre, loose fitting clothing and clean soft, cotton towels only during outbreaks (preferably washing powder free).
- Sleep nude (natural covers on if you need them of course). Your body needs to cool down to boost your metabolism and heal. And you lose weight. And yes, of course, it could change your intimate relationships.
- Turn on a pedastool fan close to your bed. Even in winter. It circumvents the need to scratch. This also works for people with severe restless legs (heads up pregnant ladies).
- Avoid acidic foods. If it burns your skin flare-ups (i.e.: think piece of tomato burning your red, raw skin) it will inflame your tummy in a similar fashion.
- Introduce good bacteria to address gut imbalances i.e.: sauerkraut, kumbucha tea, home made stock, apple cider vinegar, aloe gel.
- Drink loads of water.
- No sugar. Consider sugar an acid to your skin and tummy.
- Drink warm green tea to purify and condition the skin.
- Take magnesium to dumb the scratching reflex, zinc to assist in lowering toxic cortisol and heal the skin.
FOR MY DEAR LITTLE BABIES
- Take note of all the above.
- Breast feed these babies for as long as possible. Squirted breast milk on affected areas is the bomb. It has the same medicinal affects as a low level cortisol cream.
- Have a good look at the formula your feed the baby and their possible food allergies. Sulphur is a BIG NO NO with these poor chiklets.
- For the cheapest, best baby soap.... put wholemeal oats into the bath and when it is white and goopy gently smooth over the babies skin.
- Give the baby dappled shade nude time.
- Use that pedestal fan for white noise and comfort during sleep.
- I would dress the baby in cotton singlets and sleep bags and not much else….. we love to keep our babies snug but overheating the baby can be a real problem.
- Avoid chlorinated pools. Learning to swim might have to be put off… unless you are uber lucky and live on a warm lake or beach with instructors that teach in this natural environment.
I, of course, use steroid creams sparingly. But I do use them. Bleeding, open skin is not an option for me. It leads to fungal and bacterial infections and that can lead to a hospital stay.....
I would love your feedback. As I have said, I’ve learnt these lessons the hard way and I’m not giving up my sweaty boxing gloves anytime soon (that’s why I get new ones every 6 months). My greatest teacher is my vanity and the experience of natural healers and holistic doctors out there, so I am a sponge to your advice…..