Eczema 101


Hey everyone, Happy Aloha Friday! Today we are going to talk about eczema and what you can do to help ease it. For those who don’t know, eczema is an atopic dermatitis condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long-lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis. Luckily we live in an age where natural medicine is making a come back. 

Some causes can be from factors that cause the skin to become dry, which affects the skin’s barrier function.

  • Genetic mutations that affect the skin’s barrier function
  • Immune system dysfunction causing an unwanted inflammatory response in the skin.

Certain substances or conditions called trigger factors can cause eczema to flare (i.e., become worse). These trigger factors can be: 

  • Irritants such as soaps and detergents, wool, skin infections, dry skin, low humidity, heat, sweating, or emotional stress. 
  • Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, molds, or foods.
  • Anything that will dry your skin

Classic Symptoms:

  • Itching. This is the worst aspect because it can be upsetting for the child. It also makes the child scratch causing further rawness of the skin and possible infections to develop. 
  • Redness is caused by extra blood flowing through the blood vessels in the skin in the affected area. 
  • Weeping when the blisters burst, either by themselves or because of scratching, and the fluid oozes on to the skin’s surface. 
  • Crusts or scabs that form when the fluid dries. 
  • Children with eczema often have dry, scaly skin. This may be the result of the disease, or it may also be the natural skin type of the family. Dry skin can be a predisposing factor for developing eczema. 

Treatment:

  • Oatmeal soap bar by Smoothie Skincare (what my husband uses)
  • Oatmeal baths ( https://www.healthline.com/health/oatmeal-bath-for-eczema#bath-preparation)
  • Using emollients such as special bath oils and moisturizers. (coming soon to our shop)
  • Moisturize your skin at least twice a day
  • Take a warm bath and use bath oils.
  • Meditation and deep breathing ( it is said that stress can cause flare-ups)
  • DIET DIET DIET 
  • Cut out processed foods, black tea, soy products, chocolate, and eggs.
  • WATER WATER WATER (dry skin prevention starts from the inside every morning before eating anything drink 1 cup of hot water lime and chia seeds about 1 -2 tsp to start. Not only will you detox your skin, but you will also begin to shed a few pounds if that is what you are looking to do.)

For a healthier diet, please read https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/03/29/alkaline-diet-what-you-need-to-know-first-hand/

There are three different posts, each one with helpful tips! 

Check back in a few days for another helpful post! Have any suggestions or a topic you think I should discuss, leave a comment, or send us a message! Have a fantastic weekend!

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