An Itchy Issue
Eczema – A bloody nuisance, one that affects many people. Ranging from an itchy patch to a full blown rash, eczema affects a vast majority of us and gets worse with ill care.
According to the medical dictionary Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin)
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
It’s truly horrible for people to go about their daily lives when washing their face creates hives or a simple conditioning of the hair ends with a day of scratching that much that people are avoiding you thinking you have a bad case of lice.
To really help clear up eczema and prevent it from occurring in the future you need to start a small diary – pain in the ass but it helps. Sort of like calorie counting write down exactly what you eat, drink and use on your skin everyday for a week and document any flare up’s and when they occurred. This will create a pattern in which you will be able to identify what needs to be changed. The hardest part of this task is documenting EVERYTHING, from soaps, to public hand-washes to hairspray and mascara; eczema can be triggered by the smallest things so KEEP NOTE!
• Healing the skin
Spend a day indoors (catch up on TV, uni work etc) and try not to use ANY products, that’s right wash with only water, don’t moisturize, spray or soak anything! This will allow the healing process to speed along whilst giving your skin ample opportunity to breathe. And don’t stuff milk and cookies down your gullet – attempt to eat as naturally as possible to assist the healing process, raw vegetables, seeds, brown rice and roughly 3 liters of water if you can.
• Reduce Symptoms
It’s really quite simple – go as natural as possible, it’s hard for people who like heavily perfumed products but it must be done! The chemicals found in fragranced products wreak havoc on sensitive skin, it may smell good but it’s certainly not doing your skin any good!
• Prevent skin damage
With itchy skin the worst thing you can do is itch it, sounds stupid I know but itching causes the skin to get more inflamed and causes scarring for the future. If you can, abstain from itching but if you really can’t a personal favorite tip is to crush an anti-histamine tablet and mix with a natural cream to apply directly onto the itchy area – works like a charm (taking the medicine orally will work as well but not as instantaneous).
• Prevent flare-ups
It’s easy, after keeping your diary get rid of any products that caused a flare up, same with food, if milk causes flare ups- cut it out of your diet!
There are primarily 4 factors, which when used in combination result in excellent results when treating eczema:
1. A good, natural skin care regime
The biggest problem with NATURAL or ORGANIC skin care is that many of those who claim to be – are not. Natio, Maybelline, L’Oreal and Revlon are all prime suspects in this issue. The ‘mineral’ makeup is NOT mineral. And the ‘natural’ lotions have a main ingredient in them which has been found to cause cancer, let alone create massive skin issues BEWARE PROPYLENE GLYCOL.
2. Sound nutrition and water intake
Clear skin needs fresh, toxin free insides so put down the cigarettes, step away from recreational drugs and also look at your prescription drugs, you would be surprised what they can do to your skin. Fresh water should be sipped constantly all day and your body should be filled with natural foods, MEAT is a big skin killer. Don’t believe me? Meat is dead flesh right? Bad skin is caused by toxins and bacteria, WTF do you think rotten carcass is doing in your insides, releasing floral embellishments? I don’t think so.
3. Emotional balance
Stress, anxiety and depression are all massive culprits in flare ups with eczema, think about your mental playground, are the children happy and having fun? If not, speak to your GP, you could have a mild case of anxiety etc which could be causing stress related breakouts.
4. Physical fitness/exercise
Exercise, SWEAT IT OUT!
Many natural beauty supplies can be found at your local pharmacist, Priceline or Myers.
My favourite organic skin care lines are those by;
• Yes to Carrots
• [A’kin] and [Al’chemy]
• David Babbaii
Great products for those suffering eczema would be;
• Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid (Moisturiser)
• The QV skincare range is FANTASTIC for sensitive, troublesome skin; it is the brand that most pharmacists would recommend along with Cetaphil and Alpha Kerri.
The best site to visit for a natural skin care range is http://www.purist.com.au/products.php
They have got great shampoos and conditioners which are perfect for those suffering skin problems.
[A’kin] and [Al’chemy] products are formulated free from sulfates, parabens, ethoxylated and petrochemical cleansers, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours.Our products are ingredient rich, vegan, 100% natural botanical aromatherapy and formulated without animal ingredients or animal testing.