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How to Soothe Eczema During Pregnancy

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

You probably already know that pregnancy can affect a woman’s body in many ways, but did you know that many experience eczema during pregnancy? With an influx of hormones and body changes, it’s not very surprising that eczema can creep up. Although there is some information about pregnancy-induced eczema (also known as atopic eruption in pregnancy, prurigo of pregnancy, pruritic folliculitis of pregnancy and papular dermatoses of pregnancy) we have some tricks up our sleeves for dealing with eczema during pregnancy.

Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Is Eczema During Pregnancy Common?

Although pregnancy can cause eczema, fluctuations in hormones can also cause a variety of different skin issues, such as:

  • Acne
  • Skin pigmentation changes
  • Dark spots
  • Rashes
  • Skin sensitivity and more

Surprisingly enough, it seems that pregnancy-induced eczema is possibly the most common skin condition that occurs during pregnancy [1]. This type of eczema can also begin during pregnancy without ever experiencing the skin condition before. Although annoying and uncomfortable, this condition does not harm the baby and usually improves after the baby is born.

What Symptoms Can You Expect with Eczema In Pregnancy?

There are two forms of atopic eruption:

  • Eczematous (E-type AEP): This type of eczema is characterized by rough and red patches that usually appear on the face, neck, creases of elbows and on the back of knees
  • Prurigo (P-type AEP): This type of pregnancy eczema appears in several bumps that are widespread on the abdomen, arms and legs [1].

What Treatments Help with Pregnancy Eczema?

Moisturize

If you are suffering from eczema during pregnancy, then the first thing you might want to try is keeping your skin moisturized during your flare-up. This gives skin the opportunity to properly heal by providing moisture to your already dry, sensitive skin. And with a bun in the oven, you want to stick to the most natural of ingredients of course! 

Organic Manuka Honey Skin Soothing Cream

This soothing skin cream is the perfect nourishing natural treatment for pregnant women experiencing eczema. Not only is it gentle, but it contains simple ingredients such as Manuka honey, Manuka oil and Beeswax that keep skin smooth and moisturized. Plus it’s anti-bacterial too, so it’s great for soothing cracked, open skin. 

Grass Fed Tallow Balm

If you’ve never tried grass fed tallow in skin care, then you are definitely missing out. Tallow Balm is extremely nourishing and moisturizing. It also promotes healing and heals scarring on sensitive, allergy prone or eczema skin. Comes in two varieties: Unscented (for very sensitive skin) and Tea Tree & Lavender (added antibacterial properties and a lovely scent). 

Organic Calendula Salve

Calendula is full of vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, plant compounds and natural enzymes. It contains a selection of natural ingredients such as Calendula flowers, Beeswax, Olive oil and more. Organic Calendula Salve works wonders on dry, cracked or sensitive skin and can also be used on your newborn.

Eczema Clothing

In addition to moisturizing and natural eczema treatments, opting for eczema clothing (in order to not to scratch or infect your eczema) is also a popular choice for those suffering from itchy eczema.

Bamboo Gloves for Adults

If you happen to be suffering from hand eczema or cannot stop scratching the eczema elsewhere on your body, then you’ll want to check out these Bamboo Gloves for Adults. These gloves are made with biodegradable bamboo and have a nice cooling effect. Plus – they won’t stretch out overtime like ordinary cotton gloves. Wear them overnight with cream underneath for relief in the morning.

Body Bands for Adults

If you’re experiencing targeted eczema either on your elbows, knees, arms or legs, then make sure to check out these WrapESoothe Body Bands for Adults. They work well at keeping skin protected and covered from infection.

Many eczema sufferers also have had success using these bands for wet or dry therapy. To discover more about wet therapy and how it can help relieve your itchy, dry eczema quickly, check out our blog post: Our Eczema Trials: Wet Wrap Therapy. Alternatively, if you’re interested in trying dry wrapping, make sure to take a look at our blog post: Our Eczema Trials: Dry Wrapping.

Phototherapy

Many eczema sufferers who cannot get relief turn to light therapy, also known as phototherapy. In fact, this is the form of treatment recommended to pregnant women by Dr. Peter Lio. The most common type of phototherapy used to treat eczema is narrowband ultraviolet light. Essentially this light acts as natural sunlight that has displayed eczema healing abilities.

This process is generally safe for pregnant women, but sunscreen can be applied to the face to avoid melasma (a condition common in pregnant women that causes brown spots) [3].

Before choosing this treatment, it’s always best to talk to a doctor to decide whether this is the best course of action for treating your eczema.

Manage your Stress

To really help your eczema, it’s important to keep stress to a minimum. In fact studies show that a mother’s stress can harm the fetus’ brain development as early as 17 weeks [2]. It’s also important to remember that stress can increase your chances for an eczema flare-up.

To help reduce your eczema, try adopting a new hobby or start looking into yoga or meditation. Another great idea is getting a pre-natal massage! Just make sure that your therapist checks the massage oil to make sure there are no irritants that can exacerbate your eczema.

Eating Well

If the above is not working for your eczema, then you may want to take a look at what you’re eating instead. If you are not eating well or consuming foods that are actually exacerbating your eczema, then you might want to think about changing your diet, but only do so under a physician’s supervision.

For some great ideas on adopting a new diet to heal your pregnancy eczema, make sure to check out these blog posts:

The Eczema Diet and Your Salicylate Sensitivity

How Eating A Plant Based Diet For Eczema Encourages Healing

How Eczema Helped My Family Move To A Clean Healthy Diet

If you believe certain foods are actually exacerbating your eczema, you’ll want to check out our blog post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!). Many eczema sufferers have been able to clear their eczema through their diet alone and eliminating foods that trigger their eczema. Just make sure to do any dietary changes along with a physician to be sure you’re not causing harm to your body or your growing baby’s development.

We know that pregnancy cravings can make dietary changes difficult, but healing your eczema from within can be the one step to healing your eczema for good.

Remember though, it’s ESSENTIAL to check with your doctor (especially during pregnancy) whether any dietary changes are appropriate for you and your baby.

Are you pregnant and suffering from eczema? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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How to Treat Scaly Eczema

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

If you’ve ever experienced extremely thick, dry skin that resembles a “crocodile” feel to it, then this post is for you. This week, we’re sharing our top recommendations for treating scaly eczema.

The first step in treating your scaly eczema is using a proper natural cream or balm that can help nourish the skin and renew moisture.

Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Top Scaly Eczema Skin Care Products

Emily Skin Soothers Super Dry

This Emily Skin Soothers treatment for thick, dry eczema is wonderful for healing rough skin on body, hands and feet. The beeswax, organic sunflower oil and Chinese herbs promote circulation and accelerate healing that’s needed to soothe cracked, chapped or scaly skin.

EczeHerbal #3- Dry Eczema Treatment for Adults

If you experience chronic dry, scaly and thickening of the skin, then make sure to check out this EczeHerbal #3 treatment that was made for dry eczema.

Made with traditional Chinese Medicine, this treatment is designed to be used on chronic eczema that lingers. Not only is this product GMO free, but it can also be used on pets!

Grass Fed Tallow Balm (Paleo Skin Care)

Tallow balm is one of the purest forms of skin care, yet still is extremely moisturizing and nourishing for scaly, dry eczema. This Grass Fed Tallow Balm uses tallow that is sourced from grass fed and finished cows and is both suitable for Paleo and GAPS diets.

This balm is also available in two different scents: Tea Tree & Lavender as well as an unscented formula. The first uses tea tree & lavender essential oils that are natural antibiotics and antiseptics, which promote healing and prevent scarring. The unscented formula is perfect to use on the most sensitive skin.

Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream

This cream is a true treat for those that suffer from dry, scaly and itchy eczema. Not only is there beeswax that helps keep skin moisturized, but the manuka honey also has anti-bacterial properties. Plus – it will not burn or sting skin. It’s a very popular product – be sure to check out Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream.

Wrap Therapy

If you still are not having any luck healing your scaly eczema with just using the products above, then you should look into wet and dry therapy. These methods of treating skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis can be carried out on adults, children and babies.

Wet Wrap Therapy

Wet wrap therapy is a common process used among eczema sufferers and is usually used as a short-term fix for moderate to severe eczema. If you have not tried this method yet, then make sure to check out our blog post: Our Eczema Trials – Wet Wrap Therapy.

All that is needed is a bath, one of the creams/balms above and a set of warmed and wet clothing/bandages/dressings. Although in no way a cure for your eczema, the effects after one treatment can be extremely positive and can give you some much needed relief.

Dry Wrap Therapy

Just like wet wrap therapy, this method requires one of the creams/balms mentioned above and dry clothing/bandages/dressings. It’s definitely the easier of the wrapping methods and is the one we like to recommend trying first. For more information on what dry wrapping is and how it works, check out our post: Our Eczema Trials: Dry Wrapping.

Elimination Diet

If you have exhausted all the options above, then perhaps it is time to start looking within to heal your eczema. Many eczema sufferers waste a lot of time and money buying treatments or miracle cures, when their eczema can actually be healed from what they eat and don’t eat.

If you think your scaly eczema might be due to food, or even if you don’t (skeptical?) , then we recommend checking out our post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do it Too!). An elimination diet is essentially removing certain foods from your diet for a specific time period and then reintroducing them slowly to determine which foods are causing a reaction. Many of our blog subscribers have found relief just by eliminating a specific food that was causing their skin to flare-up, including our founder and editor, Jennifer Roberge’s son. Read more about their story here.

However, keep in mind that an elimination diet will work best with a physician or nutritionist to ensure all the proper foods are eliminated correctly AND to guarantee you’re not putting your or your child’s health in jeopardy.

Want to learn more about Eczema and how to heal? Read our Start Here for Eczema Relief guide to get you started!

Do you suffer from thick, dry eczema?

Let us know which natural treatments for scaly eczema work for you in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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5 Inspiring Tips for Living with Eczema Based on the Power of Trust & Acceptance

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This week, we’re sharing an inspirational video from my dear friend Marieke, a certified life coach and founder of Your Novel Life, whose own daughter had severe eczema as an infant. If you’re feeling particularly low or depressed due to living with eczema or dealing with your child’s eczema, then please watch this beautiful video. I’m sure you will find it’s message of trust and acceptance enriching for both your body and mind.

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Hi everybody! I’m a life coach from Your Novel Life. I’m here today to share some tips with you about what I wish I knew then when I was handling my baby’s eczema before I became a life coach.

My daughter is now 7-years-old and she’s dairy intolerant. Our journey with her eczema started right as she was about 4 months old and I had noticed that her cradle cap started migrating to her face. She had small patches on her body but nothing too major. It was really when it started migrating to her face that I freaked out and I didn’t know what to do. I had never seen cradle cap like that. I started to think maybe it was eczema, so I started researching. And what I found was that it was probably really bad eczema.

Because I tend to go more of a natural route, I discovered that it was probably related to food, but I wasn’t really sure. So I visited my doctor with Fira (my daughter) and I described what was happening. My doctor actually told me that there is no conclusive evidence between eczema and food issues and I just felt that couldn’t be right, something seemed off. I’m a big believer that food is medicine. 

Here’s where my first tip comes in to play: trust your own gut and intuition. I consulted with some naturopaths that told me the biggest allergen I was consuming was dairy. When I eliminated it from my own and my daughter’s diet at six months of age, I noticed a difference in my daughter’s skin every two weeks (I was still breastfeeding at this time) and a change in my health as well. Her skin just started clearing up and by the time she was a year-old she was basically eczema-free. So, I trusted my gut and my gut was right.

One of the other ways we handled her painful eczema (she would just cry for hours from the pain and I could sense her internal frustration) was by soothing her with a pacifier. I had never been big on the pacifier before then, but for some reason I had one laying around during one particularly bad moment where I couldn’t settle her. I gave her the pacifier and she took it immediately. It’s like all her frustrations went out into the pacifier. She found an outlet for herself. She found a way to soothe herself. Nothing else had worked for us, so I trusted my gut, that the little plastic device would do something. I had tried everything to soothe her and I was at my wits end. So, that pacifier become her go-to self-soother very quickly. Even after her eczema was gone and she was a little bit older, she would still use the pacifier to calm herself.

So my first tip I want to share with you is: Trust your gut. Trust yourself that you know how to care for your child.

My next tip is acceptance. I know how hard it can be to accept that your baby has some kind skin condition or intestinal issue or allergy or intolerance, that they are living with eczema. I personally found that challenging. I also found the fact that I was going to have to give up cheese or cream in my coffee really, really scary. I didn’t feel like doing it. I felt like I had just going through pregnancy where I’d given up alcohol and I felt like I was just getting my body back and I just wanted to do whatever I wanted to do. But I realized that wasn’t going to happen when I discovered that the issue with my daughter’s eczema was dairy. So acceptance is my next tip I want to share with you, my lesson learned. Suffering stems from not accepting what is. At the time my daughter was suffering form eczema and I had this intuition that it was dairy and I didn’t want to accept that. But once I did decide to move forward with that, once I accepted it, MAN things got easier. So, that’s my tip, accept what is. Accept what you’re willing to do or not do (because not doing anything is okay too). 

Another tip I would suggest for anyone watching this video is to feel all the feelings. When I was dealing with my daughter’s eczema I had grief, frustration, resentment, fear and I struggled to come to terms with everything. It’s actually important to let yourself feel sad. Let yourself feel frustrated that your child has to be living with eczema, then move on. When we resist our feelings, things just persist. Give yourself the option to really understand your emotions. Write them in a journal. Without accepting our feelings, we just stay in the present and are not able to move on.

Feeling empowered and knowing that you can do something is also a great tip. Don’t think about it as I NEED or SHOULD cut out dairy, but instead as I WANT to cut dairy. I’m making this decision for my children and their future. Making your own decisions for you and your family is actually really powerful and I invite you to feel into the power while you navigate these waters. Find others living with eczema that can support you through this hard time and connect to a community that shares the same fears.  By creating a community and discussing issues with each other, we can inspire one another as well.

When I cut out dairy, I shared my daughter’s story with so many people because it ultimately changed her life and mine. Which leads me to my last tip. Accept everything as a blessing. Think about how changing your child’s life is a true blessing that you can pass onto your family or others you know. I’ve shared my story with our neighbors and other friends who have seen improvements in their own children’s health after cutting out dairy.

Bio: Marieke (last name) is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach. 

She focuses on providing life coaching for women with full and busy lives who want to learn how to slow down and take better care of themselves so they can feel lighter, more peaceful, and in charge of their lives. She is also founder of the site Your Novel Life that provides several workshops and inspiring resources.

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The Best Mittens and Gloves for Eczema on the Hands

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

Eczema on the hands is a pain to deal with, especially since we use our hands for almost everything! If you or your little one is suffering from intense itching and dry skin on their/your hands, then you’ll want to check out this week’s post that discusses everything you need to know about mittens and gloves for eczema to protect and heal the hands!

Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Why Wear Gloves for Eczema?

With eczema on hands, your dry, sensitive skin is constantly being exposed to drying soap, chemicals, you name it! So, the first step to healing your hands is to protect them as often as you can, night and day. We recommend wearing gloves to protect the skin from the elements, your daily tasks and from scratching. Protection from these irritants will help your skin begin to heal and when combined with a good moisturizer, you’ll really see results much faster. For best results during a flare up, apply a good moisturizer (this one is our favorite!) and then cover with the gloves overnight. Remove the gloves in the morning, apply moisturizer again and wear the gloves overtop during the day. You should start to see healing at the end of the first 24-48 hours. Wearing gloves also means you can forgo using soap, which can be so drying. So, skip the soap, wear your gloves and give your hands the relief they deserve!

When shopping for gloves for eczema, we recommend you look for the following qualities:

  • Thin, breathable, natural material. The last thing you need is for sweat to further aggravate your eczema. Bamboo and cotton are great fabrics for gloves, as is TENCL fabric. Read more: Why Natural Fibers Are Essential for Eczema Clothing.
  • Stretchy fabric. Your gloves will last longer and maintain a nice fitted shape if they contain elastaine or latex. But if you have a latex allergy, beware of all stretchy fabric and look for latex-free elastaine.

The following are some great gloves for eczema to protect and heal your hands.

Eczema Gloves for Kids and Toddlers

These gloves are extremely soft and made from bamboo and Lycra, which means they are lightweight, cooling and stretchy. Not only can they help prevent children from scratching their eczema or psoriasis, but they can also double up as a dry or wet wrap garment by applying a natural eczema treatment (read all about wet/dry wrapping below!). The gloves are also tailored fit and don’t stretch like typical cotton gloves.

Aside from eczema, these gloves are also perfect for children who suffer from allergic contact dermatitis and dermatomyositis.

gloves for eczema

Eczema Gloves for Adults

If you’re still suffering from eczema on the hands, then you’ll want to check out these gloves for eczema that are great at preventing scratching, but also provide protection for contact dermatitis, psoriasis and much more.

Similar to the children gloves mentioned above, they are made from bamboo and stretchy latex, which means they are also lightweight, cooling and won’t stretch out.

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Why Eczema Mittens?

If your little one cannot stop scratching due to eczema on hands, then it might be worth checking out eczema mittens as well.

Eczema mittens are mostly used as a protective layer for children who cannot stop scratching their irritated, itchy skin. By protecting the irritated skin, their eczema has a chance to properly heal and infection can be avoided.

When shopping for eczema mittens, we recommend you look for the following qualities:

  • Thin, breathable natural material. Like with gloves, avoid sweat and keep to natural fibers that are gentle and cooling like cotton and bamboo.
  • Openable mittens. With babies and children, it’s very important not to keep their hands covered for long periods of time during the day so they can develop their fine motor skills. To combat this issue, some mittens can be worn all day and night and folded open for play and folded closed when the child is itchy or for sleep.
  • Closure system. If you have a little Houdini that just loves to remove their mittens, look for a Velcro or tie closure or another way to keep the mittens on to the skin can heal.

Here are some great options for eczema mittens for babies to children:

ScratchMeNot Mittens

These mittens are probably one of the top tools in properly treating hand eczema, especially for little ones. They are usually worn over clothing or as long sleeves under clothing and cannot fall off or be removed by your child. By leaving the mittens in place, your little one will not be able to scratch their skin to the point of infection.

These ScratchMeNot Original Flip Mitten Sleeves offer an outer silk mitten layer, which provides comfort and less friction against your little one’s skin. The bamboo material also provides a cooling sensation, which makes it perfect for use in both warm and cool weather. The ScratchMeNot Cotton Flip Mittens are also a great mitten for little ones who are sensitive to materials such as lycra and latex.

These mittens are also extremely beneficial for any child that is suffering from chicken pox, poison ivy, post-surgery stitches and more.

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Goumi Mitts

For little, little ones these mitts will stay-put, protect and prevent scratching. The bamboo and organic cotton blend allows for a breathable, cooling system and also blocks 99.7% of UVA/UVB light. The mittens are also naturally antimicrobial and include a two-part closure system with both velcro and elastic.

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Other Ways to Heal Hand Eczema

Although both eczema gloves and mittens can help heal hand eczema, there are several other key ways you can control hand eczema. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Limit Soap Exposure
  • Avoid Contact Irritants/Allergies
  • Try an Elimination Diet
  • Wet and Dry Wrap the Skin

To get more detailed help for your hands, check out: 5 “Handy” Ways to Keep Hand Eczema Under Control

Although treating the eczema on your hands with the suggestions above can offer much relief, it’s always important to know which underlying issue is causing the flare-up. By knowing what causes your eczema, you can be better prepared and eventually heal your hand eczema all together!

Have you found success with any mittens or gloves for eczema? Let us know in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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The Ultimate Winter Eczema Care Guide

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

Ah, yes the most anticipated season of the year has begun – winter (said no one with dry skin ever). Unfortunately for many eczema sufferers, this is the time for severely cracked, itchy and of course – dry skin. But don’t fear! Winter eczema can actually be quite easy to control, as long as you are taking proper care of both your skin and your body.

Please keep in mind that although these recommendations can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Moisturize

It shouldn’t be a surprise that moisturizing during the winter months is extremely important. Moisturizing properly will keep skin protected from the ongoing harsh weather and will even keep itching to a minimum.

Not sure what treatment to use to properly moisturize this season and reduce winter eczema? Check out our recommendations below based on different skin types!

Itchy/Dry Eczema

This is probably the most common type of eczema found both during and outside of the winter months. If you’re experiencing itchy, dry eczema, then the best solution is to use a natural product that can actually permeate the skin and offer relief.

The Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream offers a perfect combination of both nourishing Manuka honey, as well as Manuka oil to soothe and calm irritated, dry and itchy skin. Another favorite is the Emily Skin Soothers for Itchy Eczema, which is filled with a selection of Chinese herbs and beeswax that soothes ALL dry skin conditions and really helps with itchy eczema.

Thick/Scaly Eczema

Tis’ the season for not only thick, dry skin, but also the dreaded “crocodile” skin. If you’re prone to suffering from really thick and scaly eczema then make sure to check out EczeHerbal #3 Dry Eczema Treatment for Adults. This treatment is specially formulated with Chinese herbs to treat and offer relief to dry and scaly eczema.

Got itchy and scaly eczema? Try this Grass Fed Tallow Balm that will immediately soothe dry skin and provide natural relief for your itchy skin. Not only is this balm extremely nourishing and thick, but it comes in three variations: unscented, with lavender and with lavender and tea tree. So you can choose how much herbal power you’d like. For the most sensitive of skin, the unscented would be best. And for full antibacterial and antiseptic properties, go for the lavender and tea tree variation.

Red/Weeping Eczema

If your weeping eczema only gets worse in the winter then this Emily Skin Soothers for Red Eczema Rashes is a great option. It was created by an acupuncturist as a natural alternative for healing weeping and crusty eczema. Not only does it calm the red, but it will help treat topical bacteria, yeast and fungus.

Another great natural treatment is EczeHerbal #1 Oozing Eczema Treatment that contains a mixture of Chinese herbs perfect for relieving itchy and crusty eczema. A little goes a long way, so don’t let the small jars worry you.

Wet/Dry Wrapping

Because skin is highly sensitive in the winter months and has the tendency to become dry, itchy and scaly, we definitely recommend wet and dry wrapping. This process only requires a bath, moisturizer and a layer of clothing to seal in moisture. We guarantee that dry, winter eczema will feel much better after trying this! Read more about wet wrap therapy here.

Vitamin D

With winter months comes less sunshine and that means less Vitamin D. As discussed in our blog post The Truth about Vitamin D and Eczema, studies have shown that the consumption of vitamin D has been effective in treating and healing eczema. In fact, without enough vitamin D, your immune system can weaken which can cause the skin barrier to break down and the chances for skin infection to increase.

By supplementing with tablets such as these Viva Naturals High Potency Vitamin D3 or by increasing your intake of fatty fish and fish oils, you can decrease your chance of skin infection and even provide some much needed relief to your dry skin.

Eat Properly

Aside from keeping skin moisturized all season long, it’s very important to also heal yourself from within. As we have mentioned in many other posts, carrying out an elimination diet can help you discover what is triggering your dry, itchy eczema. Yes, winter is making your eczema worse, but your body is likely already inflamed, so reducing inflammation by way of diet can really help your skin! To learn more about elimination diets and if they work, make sure to check out: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!).

You can also heal eczema by focusing on certain foods during the winter months like root vegetables and warming, nourishing foods like bone broth that can help keep your gut balanced. To get a better idea of what foods are beneficial for winter eczema, take a look at our blog post: How to Eat Well For Winter Eczema Relief that is packed with suggestions and recommendations from Naturopath Dr. Amy Duong.

Although the winter months might be the harshest time for eczema, there are many treatments and practices one can adopt to keep their skin safe. The above tips might help keep your eczema hydrated at the surface, but eating healthy and knowing which allergens to stay away from will also help wonders.

How do you deal with winter eczema? Let us know in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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One Woman’s Incredible Story of a Chronic Allergic Reaction to Latex

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Last week, we received a truly incredible story from Renee, a long-time sufferer of eczema with a chronic allergic reaction to latex. She thought she had been avoiding latex for years, but discovered she’d unknowingly been exposing her body to latex in two hidden ways. Her story is quite shocking! See for yourself.

“I’m 60 years old.  When I worked in an OB/GYN lab in my 20s, there were no nitrile gloves, only rubber.  I became allergic to latex and so learned to stay away from rubber products, even supposedly latex-free elastics, and bromeliads (cross reactive with latex).  In my early 40s I began to have joint pain and skin rashes.  The joint pain was so bad. There were nights where I had to stop on the way to the restroom and just breathe, to try to let the pain ease a bit, before continuing on.  Eventually, my breathing became an issue as well and I was diagnosed with Reactive Airway Disease and exercise-induced asthma.  The joint pains were never definitively diagnosed and I went on the usual merry-go-round of diagnoses, e.g. lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.  But then suddenly, in my early 50s, the problems disappeared.  The joint pain left, the breathing was no longer a problem, and my skin improved.  I didn’t understand why, but I was so grateful.

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In my late 50s, my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 2016 was full of stress and sadness. My skin problems returned with a vengeance and I found I could not eat many foods that were rich in hevein and its cousins.  Hevein is the protein responsible for latex allergy.  If I ate coconut, palm oil, nuts, etc, the eczema patches flared and oozed.  The itching was non-stop, in spite of a daily regimen of antihistamines.  It was torture.  Everyone said “Stress!” and I thought it was as well, until the symptoms got even worse after my husband passed.  I was only able to eat 17 things and realized I had graduated to a full latex food allergy.  Any other food made my eczema and itching flare.  There were patches of infected skin all over my body.

A few weeks after the funeral, I had a molar pulled.  The oral surgeon showed it to me, saying yes, there had been a hairline fracture just like a previous molar he had pulled when I was in my 50s.  The tooth that he showed me had pink stuff in the root canals and I asked what it was.  He said, “Oh, it’s a resin from a tree called gutta percha.  It’s used to fill in the empty canals after the tooth’s roots are removed in a root canal job.”  I looked at that gummy resin and asked if it might be related to the rubber tree?  The oral surgeon suddenly looked really shaken and went to his computer.  Sure enough, gutta percha is related to the rubber tree.  I was being poisoned by my own tooth?  Incredible.

So looking back, my first autoimmunity started after my first root canal and resolved after the tooth was pulled, and now my second bout of autoimmunity started after the second root canal and would resolve just as quickly?  Sure enough, by that evening my inflamed skin and itching were about 1/2 of what they had been.  But even so, my eczema did not fully resolve and I was not able to add any foods back.  I thought okay there must be something else inside of me that is overstimulating my immune system.  The more I thought about it, the more I suspected a trans-urethral mesh, the “Sparc sling” that had been put in during my hysterectomy in 2004.  It’s the one you see on late-night TV, with lawyers asking if you’d like to join a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers.  I had also suffered some of the symptoms they said on TV but it was the suspected autoimmunity that bothered me the most.

So on October 9th of this year, during abdominal surgery, the surgeon removed the mesh.  She was able to get it out totally, fortunately.  The rest of my skin began to clear on the operating table – seriously. The head OR nurse had been watching the eczema patches on my arm and chest because of the fear of my reactivity to their tapes, adhesives, etc.  Those things, especially the “inert ingredients” are all partially sourced from coconut and palm oils, and they were concerned of anaphylaxis.  Since I had told them that the patches would flare bright red if I were reacting to something, they were using those patches as their ‘canary in the mine shaft’.  After they wheeled me into PACU and I came out of anesthesia, the head nurse said, “Mrs. McMurray, look at your arm!”  It was totally clear.

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The next day, a hospital official came to my room and asked to see the arm and my chest.  Both were totally clear.  Then the surgeon sent her Nurse Practitioner the day after that – it was still clear.  Everyone said the same thing – that in all of their years of working on patients, they had never seen an allergic reaction, especially something as tenacious as eczema, clear so quickly.

I am home now, three weeks later, and am a little bit red.  No eczema, but just a tinge of redness and a small amount of itching.  This is due to the corset I must wear.  Try as I might, I can’t stop the elastic bits from touching my skin.  But let’s put this in perspective – when that mesh and gutta percha were in my body, elastic sent me into absolute misery.  My skin would become red and weepy.  The sores itched like crazy, usually for 24 hours per day.  At night I’d wake up in respiratory distress because the swelling would reach my neck.  I slept with a rescue kit.  A little bit of redness and mild itching is nothing.  I am so, so happy.  I have to wear this corset for two more weeks and then I can take it off for good.  Then, after a few months, maybe I will start to experiment with slowly adding foods back.

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I feel like I have a future now.  Frankly, when I was in the middle of the misery, I could not see me lasting 30 more years like that.  I did not want to live with that misery. Life is good. There is hope.”

Today, Renee’s skin is clear and healthy. She’s working every day to introduce foods back into her diet, but still experiences hives here and there from negative reactions. Although a nuisance, as she states, they are in no way as intolerable as her chronic eczema was. She also does not need to take as many antihistamines as she used to. By sharing her story, Renee hopes that she can help someone else suffering from a latex allergy.

 

For ideas to soothe your skin, start here for eczema relief!

 

Do you suffer from eczema as an allergic reaction to latex? We want to hear from you in the comments below!

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Eczema Clothing for Babies and Children: Our Recommendations

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By Laura Dolgy (Bio)

When your little one is suffering from eczema, it can be the most stressful and painful experience you will ever go through as a parent. It’s never fair to watch any child suffer from relentless pain, itching and infections.

When parents are first dealing with eczema, they will usually resort to healing their eczema baby with treatments. Although many treatments, can provide relief for itchy or painful eczema, did you know that some clothing can help provide relief as well? This week, we’re discussing eczema clothing for babies and children that can help soothe the skin and or offer protection.

Please keep in mind that although these products can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

If your little one is suffering from eczema, then know that we’re here to always support you. Whether it’s asking questions in our comment sections on our blog, or sending us a question by email, we will be there to help you through this difficult time.

If you’re just reading our blog for the first time, you should know that Jennifer Roberge, who founded and edits this blog, has also dealt with her own child’s severe eczema. In fact, it took her YEARS to finally heal her son’s eczema. If you’d like to learn more about their story and journey, make sure to check out: Natural Remedies for Eczema: What Worked for My Son.

So, Why Eczema Clothing? 

Like we mentioned, natural treatments can help eczema and many sufferers find relief in just treatments alone. However, what happens when the skin is already scratched up and itchy? Babies and children are notorious for scratching their wounds for quick relief, but scratching eczema only makes it worse.

Eczema clothing is an integral part of healing eczema because the skin can never fully heal if it’s constantly being torn apart by relentless scratching. So while natural eczema cream is great for treating the itch and moisturizing the skin, it’s important to protect the skin from irritants and even more important, from scratching!

Our Picks for Eczema Clothing for Babies & Children

When picking out eczema clothing for babies and children, it’s important to keep in mind which area of the skin you’re treating, as well as any allergies your little one might have. If your eczema baby is suffering from allergies, then you will want to opt for clothing that is hypo-allergenic and stay far away from clothing that has either latex or polyester.

Our list below includes recommendations for clothing that we’ve seen work wonders. If you happen to know of any others that have worked for your child, please share them below in our comment section.

ScratchMeNot Mittens

These mittens work so incredibly well at keeping little fingers from scratching and irritating the skin. Eczema gets worse on an itch-scratch cycle, so by eliminating the possibility to scratch their skin endlessly, your child’ skin is able to begin the healing process. The ScratchMeNot Original Mittens come in different sizes for babies and children. The mittens can be worn all day or night and either left open for play or closed to prevent scratching. Stretchy cotton, bamboo and lycra give these mittens a nice fit that is hard to wiggle out of. The ScratchMeNot Cotton Mittens are made for kids with the most sensitive of skin and are made of 100% cotton.

What makes these ScratchMeNot Mittens special? The super soft silk mitten AND the unique cardigan-like design makes them incredibly difficult to get out of.

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WrapESoothe Wraps

A great option for soothing inflamed and itchy eczema skin, is both wet wrap therapy and dry wrapping. The process requires a bath, moisturizer and a layer of clothing to seal in moisture, so that it can further permeate the skin.

Depending on where your child’s eczema is on his or her body, you’ll want to opt for different wraps. For example, these WrapESoothe body bands are best used for localized eczema either on your child’s arm or leg like behind the knee. If your little one is suffering from full body eczema or has patches all over, make sure to check out either this WrapESoothe Eczema Suit for children up to 3 years old, or for older children ages 4-5, these WrapESoothe Pants and WrapESoothe Shirt are perfect for dry and wet wrapping.

What makes WrapESoothe wraps special? The fabric is made of TENCEL fabric which retards bacterial growth and retains water longer than cotton making it great for wet wrapping!

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Pajamas with Mittens

Is your little one constantly scratching themselves in their sleep? There are a variety of sleep sacks for babies and pajamas for children that can help give them (and you!) a restful sleep.

For little, little ones, make sure to check out either the Bamboo Bubby Bag Toddler Sleep Sack with Mittens or the Eczema Baby Sleep Sack with Mittens. Both are excellent at eliminating scratching, as they include mittens and can easily be opened from the bottom to make middle of the night diaper changes a breeze. If you’re looking to also stop thumb sucking, these are great choices!

For older children, Cotton Comfort created a One-Piece Footed Pajama for Kids and separate Scratch Mitten Pajama Tops and Footed Pajama Pants for Kids. All pieces are 100% Organic Cotton and include mittens (non-removable), so that your child does not scratch themselves subconsciously in their sleep.

What makes them special? Soft cooling cotton and bamboo fabrics. And mittens, of course!

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Underwear

Although underwear is not necessarily used to heal eczema, it can be worn to prevent eczema instead. If your child is suffering from eczema in the groin or butt area due to textile dermatitis, then you’ll want to check out both these Boy’s Latex Free Underwear and Girl’s Latex Free Underwear.

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What makes them special? They are made from 100% organic cotton, latex free, formaldehyde free, bleach free, and chlorine free.

Talk about pure! 

 

 How about Laundry for Eczema?

You can have the best clothing made from the best fabrics for eczema, BUT if you use a toxic laundry detergent, you could just be adding to your eczema troubles.

Read More: The Best Laundry Detergents for Eczema

If you read the above mentioned post, you’ll discover that laundry detergents are full of harsh chemicals. And even the most natural detergents can leave a very alkaline residue on the skin which can be very irritating. So, when your child has eczema it’s important to look at laundry solutions that won’t trigger a flare or make things worse. The SmarkKlean Laundry ball was made for sensitive skin. What makes it special? It does not contain any added fragrance or brightening agents which can be harsh on skin and leaves absolutely no detergent or soap residue. PLUS it’s 100% hypoallergenic, which makes it a great detergent alternative for babies and children suffering from eczema.

I’ve tried Natural Treatments AND Clothing – NOTHING WORKS!

If you seem to be doing everything right and your child’s eczema is just not going away, you might want to try healing from within. The best eczema treatments for babies as well as clothing can go a long way, but if your child’s gut is unhealthy or they are actually sensitive to a certain food, the eczema will be more difficult to heal. Ready to find out how to get rid of your child’s eczema for good? Check out our post: Our Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!).

 

Do you use any eczema clothing for babies and children? Let us know what has worked for your child in our comment section below!

 

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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5 Natural Treatments for Dry Eczema

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

Eczema can be a complicated skin disease, but it does have several noticeable characteristics. Aside from itchy and oozing eczema, many suffer from severe dry skin either on their face, body or hands.

With winter just around the corner, we know how awful dry eczema can get. This week, we’re focusing on 5 natural treatments for dry eczema!

Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

If you happen to find yourself with patches of chronically itchy, dry eczema on your hands, neck, face, or legs then you know all too well how irritating and embarrassing this type of eczema can be. Not to mention that relentless scratching!

Ready to start healing? Check out these 5 natural treatments for dry eczema:

Natural Moisture

Although there are several moisturizers on the market that claim they moisturize skin properly, you need to be careful what ingredients you’re allowing to permeate the skin.

A natural moisturizer like this Organic Manuka Soothing Skin Cream works wonders for dry, itchy eczema, as it is so very nourishing and richly emollient. The cream contains Manuka honey and Manuka oil which have strong anti-bacterial properties, allowing the eczema to fully heal. Read all about the healing benefits of Manuka honey on our blog post: Why Manuka Honey Heals Skin & Eczema Naturally.

If you’re battling thick, scaly dry eczema that resembles crocodile skin, then Emily Soothers Super Dry Soother is a great product to try. This balm contains simple, natural oils infused with Chinese herbs to keep skin properly moisturized.

For more natural moisturizers, check out The Eczema Company’s products formulated specifically for dry eczema!

Wet and Dry Wrap Therapy

Nothing soothes dry skin and chronic eczema like wet wrapping and dry wrapping. The process is quite simple to do at home and requires only a natural moisturizer (Note: NEVER use a steroid ointment for either wrapping technique) and form fitting clothing to wrap the affected areas.

To make wrapping simpler and more effective, specialty eczema wrap garments are great! If your little one is experiencing dry, itchy eczema on many parts of their body, check out this WrapESoothe Eczema Suit in sizes up to 3T as well as the WrapESoothe Pants and WrapESoothe Shirt in sizes 4-5T. For babies that are suffering from dry eczema on the scalp or cradle cap there is also this GoumiHat that fits 3/6 months.

For adults and kids with more localized dry eczema such as on an arm or leg, make sure to check out these WrapESoothe Body Bands.

Learn more about wet wrapping here.

Scratching Mittens

Since one of the worst symptoms of dry eczema is itchy skin, it’s important to keep scratching to a minimum. To keep your little one’s skin protected and to avoid infection, these ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves are a true lifesaver. These sleeves have been extremely popular among parents with children who suffer from eczema. Jennifer Roberge, who created this blog, used them nighty when her son was 2-3 years old and credits them with a big portion of his healing. The sleeves can be worn at night to prevent your child from scratching in their sleep or during the day.

For adults, this Comfymitt Top is perfect for avoiding scratching. The top comes with protective mittens, so that you don’t subconsciously start scratching in your sleep.

Bathing + Hand Washing

Anyone who suffers from eczema, knows that bathing can be a nightmare. However, if your itchy, dry skin is able to tolerate bathing, there are several natural soaps you can try. But first, a word about soap. Keep it to a minimum as ALL soaps will strip at least some of the skin’s natural oils, even the most natural and moisturizing soap. So, use soap sparingly and never ever sit in a bath full of soapy water. Another thing to remember is after every exposure to water and soap, make sure to moisturize the skin well.

Finding a good moisturizing soap is tricky. We like the rich, very fatty Emily Smoothers Liquid Soap because it contains both olive oil, as well as Chinese herbs that are beneficial for eczema and fight against dry skin. The best part? It can double as a shampoo!

For those that have trouble washing their hands and keeping their skin moisturized, Grass Fed Tallow Soap and Emily Skin Soothers Soap will both keep skin nourished and clean without drying.

Elimination Diet

Although there are several natural treatments for dry eczema, it’s important to remember that sometimes the best way to treat this type of eczema is from within.

Instead of simply reacting to a flare up, you can try to prevent one from occurring in the first place. This can be done by eliminating possible food allergens in a process called an “elimination diet.”

If you feel like you’re not having success in fully treating your dry eczema, then you may want to take a look at this blog post that focuses on how to carry out an elimination diet: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!)

Do you suffer from dry, itchy eczema? Let us know about your natural treatments for dry eczema below in the comments!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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7 DIY Home Remedies for Eczema

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

Does this sound like a familiar story? You’re at home, enjoying dinner when all of a sudden you start to notice an eczema flareup beginning on your neck. It’s Friday night and although you can wait until Monday to search for an eczema treatment, you need something you can find relatively quickly to stop the itch.

If you’ve ever been in this situation – you’ve come to the right place! This week, we’re sharing various DIY home remedies for eczema that are both natural and can be made with simple ingredients you can find at your local health or grocery store. No need to wait until Monday to get relief!

Please keep in mind I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

1) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

If you have mild eczema, applying a light layer of virgin coconut oil twice a day can heal the affected skin. In severe cases, you may have to apply a thick coat of this oil and wrap it with a wet bandage, so that it has the chance to permeate the skin. Read more about wet wrap therapy here.

Extra virgin coconut oil has also been proven successful in eliminating eczema scars, stretch marks and keratosis pilaris. It can also double up as a cooking ingredient!

2) Honey

Honey, particularly Manuka Honey, is good to use if you want to reduce eczema flare-ups and scars. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help facilitate wound healing.  After washing the affected area, apply honey directly on your skin. Cover with a bandage if using straight honey as it can be sticky and messy. And don’t try this for children under two years of age due to the risk of botulism.

If you have sensitive skin and need extra exfoliation, you can mix it with sugar and gently scrub your skin with the mixture for a few minutes. However, you should be careful if you’re experiencing a severe flare-up. Scrubbing already sensitive, cracked and perhaps oozing skin is not always the best idea.

If you want all the benefits of honey, but not the sticky mess it can make, try this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream, which contains olive oil, manuka honey and manuka oil. It’s known for healing eczema wounds, reducing the appearance of eczema scars, while helping soothe and provide anti-inflammatory effects to flared skin.

3) Magnesium Bath

This recipe comes straight from Wellness Mama and it’s the perfect skin healing mixture for those with eczema that can stand bathing. These types of baths are great, as they are a relatively cost effective and an easy way to help find eczema relief.

Ingredients

Directions

Add to bath and relax!

For more suggestions on how to heal eczema naturally, check out Wellness Mama’s many other tips here!

4) Face Eczema Serum

If you’re experiencing face eczema and need quick relief, coconut oil or honey can work really well. But if you’re looking to try something really light, but still moisturizing, this DIY face eczema serum from Mommypotamus is a great alternative to chemically ridden face serums on the market.

Ingredients

Directions

Add rosehip seed oil and essential oil drops to a serum container or mini spray bottle. Shake to mix all ingredients together. You can spray this along your face or neck before bed and in the morning as well.

This DIY serum is great for those suffering from eczema because rosehip seed oil promotes collagen and supports scar healing. Not to mention that it soothes eczema and psoriasis. For more information on this serum and other Mommypotamus eczema home remedies, check out her blog!

If you’re suffering from facial eczema and do not have the time to buy your own ingredients, both Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray and Calendula Facial Cream are great alternatives. The soothing spray is a non-greasy, vegan formula that contains both aloe and calendula for quick healing. It can also be popped into the refrigerator for a cool and soothing treat. On the other hand, the facial cream contains Rooibos leaf that is anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce allergic responses and histamine release.

5) Homemade Face or Baby Wipes

If you’ve ever taken a look at the ingredients in wipes, you probably noticed that there are many preservatives and synthetic cleaners – not mention the baby wipes we have in North America are banned in Europe due to their chemical ingredients. Yikes! To whip yourself up a bulk of natural wipes is quite cost effective and very easy!

This recipe was sent to us and is a great alternative that can be customized based on specific allergies or skin types. Also perfect for eczema skin – it won’t burn!

Ingredients & Supplies

Directions

Just whisk the water, baby wash and oil/lotion together.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil too to give it some antibacterial & antiseptic properties.

If using paper towels as wipes:

  • Place the mixture into an old baby wipes container or a container like this one.
  • Put the paper towels, cut side down, into the mixture.
  • Once the paper has absorbed the material, you’ll be able to take out the cardboard core.
  • Pull the paper through the container and voila! Natural baby wipes!

If using reusable wash clothes:

  • Simply add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray onto a wash cloth.

6) Sea Salt Spray

Another one of our favorite home remedies for eczema from the Wellness Mama has to be this Sea Salt Spray that leaves skin feeling refreshed.

Ingredients

1 cup of distilled or boiled water

1 tbsp Himalayan salt (or Sea Salt)

Pinch of epsom salts or magnesium flakes 

Optional: add one of these essential oils for eczema

Directions

Add all ingredients in a cup and stir until salt is dissolved. Add to a spray bottle or glass jar for long term use. Can be used as part of your daily regimen by either directly spraying onto skin or adding with cotton pad.

If you’re suffering from dry or cracked skin, you can also calendula or chamomile tea!

7) Homemade Lotion Bars

Looking for an inexpensive dry skin lotion bar? Check out this awesome home remedy for eczema from Little House Living which is perfect for those suffering from dry skin.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Melt all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on the surface area you’ll be working on
  • Pour the soap into the empty deodorant containers
  • Let the lotion harden and store in your bathroom, fridge or somewhere cool
  • Scrap the hardened drips off the parchment paper to use for the next batch!

For more suggestions on how to heal eczema naturally, check out Little House Living’s many other tips here!

Looking for other DIY home remedies for eczema or other skin conditions? Check out these other blog posts:

10 Natural Remedies for Eczema You Can Try at Home Today

13 Home Remedies for Eczema Scars

5 DIY Natural Remedies for Rosacea

If you’re low on time or need something relatively easy and cost effective, check out The Eczema Company’s natural eczema treatments – they are sure to bring you much needed relief.

Got any DIY home remedies for eczema of your own? Share them with us below in the comments!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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13 Skincare Ingredients & Eczema Irritants You NEED to Avoid Right Now

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If you’re suffering from any skin condition, we’re sure you’ve tried countless treatments to provide some type of relief. However, you should know that there are many skincare ingredients that can make skin conditions like acne and rosacea even worse. And we know they are very often eczema irritants, so they are very important to highlight.

This week, we take a look at the top 13 skincare ingredients you should avoid in your daily regimen – this is most important for anyone with a skin condition, but its good advice for healthy skin too.

All skincare we recommend on this blog ALWAYS avoids the following 13 chemicals.

Please keep in mind I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

Which Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

Triclosan

This active ingredient can be found in literally any type of anti-bacterial product such as deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers. There have been studies that show that this ingredient can pass through skin and interfere with hormone function.

Not only is it practically poison for our bodies, but it’s also extremely toxic to the environment [1].

Parabens

You’ve probably heard this label thrown around a lot lately. Parabens are a class of preservatives that are included in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Not many people know how to recognize them in products due to the list of names they go by such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, n-propylparaben and many others that for the most part all end in “paraben.”

You can mostly find Parabens in moisturizer, lipstick, foundation, concealer, eye makeup and makeup removers.

Phthalates

Similar to parabens, there is a very long list of names these chemicals go by. Essentially they are used in plastics, but are also used in personal care products to make fragrances last longer.

Fragrance or Perfume or Parfum

Really, unless it says essential oil, you’re looking at an artificial and chemical additive. They are always seen in products that have a scent. This is a very common eczema irritant and should ALWAYS be avoided when you’re dealing with dermatitis.

Siloxanes

These silicone-based compounds are seen often in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten skin. They also make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on more easily. You easily find them in shampoos, and body or facial creams.

Similar to Triclosan, these compounds have been shows to be toxic for humans, as well as the environment. In fact it can possibly impair human fertility [1].

PEGS

These chemicals are actually petroleum-based and are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, softeners and moisture-carriers. Interestingly enough, they are also used in pharmaceutical laxatives.

Although all these skincare ingredients should be avoided, it looks like PEGS are actually unsafe for damaged skin. It can actually cause irritation and systemic toxicity [2].

PEGS commonly go by the name Oxynol, Ammonium laureth sulfate, as well as all ingredients that have “eth” in the name.

Oxybenzone

This is the #1 chemical that is used in sunscreens. It actually is probably one of the most toxic ingredients in skin care products and according to The Environmental Working Group it is what skin allergies react to most [3].

To avoid this one, chose a zinc based sunblock instead of a sunscreen. Read more about that in our Summer Eczema Care Guide.

Diethanolamine, Monoethanolamine, Triethanolamine (DEAs)

Most products that are either creamy or sudsy like soaps, cleaners, and shampoos will contain these harmful ingredients.

Ever wondered how your eyes get irritated by shampoo or certain soaps, often times its due to DEAs! The European Union has actually classified DEA as harmful and can cause serious damage to one’s health from prolonged exposure [1].

P-Phenylenediamine (PPD)

This chemical is often found in hair dyes. In fact, it’s very difficult to find conventional hair dyes that don’t contain this ingredient. This chemical can cause allergic reactions to those with already sensitive skin or with skin conditions.

But how bad is it for you? Well let’s put it this way. It’s used in rubber chemicals, and textile dyes and pigments. Gross!

DMDM Formaldehyde

This ingredient is used extensively in a wide range of cosmetics such as nail polish, hair products, deodorants and so much more.

If you didn’t already know, formaldehyde is already classified as a human carcinogen that can cause cancer. And it’s an embalming fluid, need I say more?

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hdroxytoluene (BHT)

These chemicals are synthetic antioxidants that are used in preservatives for lipsticks, moisturizers and many other cosmetics. They are actually used in food as well.

Similarly to other harmful ingredients listed, it mimics estrogen and creates hormonal disruptors.

Citronella

This substance is also known as methyleugenol.

Studies have shown that when this substance has been administered internally to mice, it has cause tumors to appear in multiple sites. In fact, it is so toxic, Health Canada has made sure to ban it from cosmetics.

Petrolatum

You already know what petroleum jelly is! It’s been used by many over the years as a barrier to lock in moisture, as well as added to hair products to make hair shine.

However, this substance can actually be contaminated with another chemical know as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Exposure to both these harmful chemicals combined is associated with cancer. The European Union actually classifies petrolatum as a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics [1].

So…What Now? 

If you’re feeling somewhat depressed after reading this article or thinking you might have to clean out your entire cosmetic cabinet, don’t fear. It’s extremely difficult to avoid all these chemicals in our daily lives, but small steps are always better than none at all!

You can start by just replacing one thing like a moisturizer. And don’t believe the hype – you can use a good natural moisturizer on every part of your body, even your face and around the eyes. A balm like Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream would be our suggestion for all over moisture.

If you’re ready to find a good source for non-toxic, chemical free, gentle skincare, free of eczema irritants, then we recommend The Eczema Company where you can find natural treatments for eczema as well as eczema clothing.

Do you try to avoid these skincare ingredients and eczema irritants?

How did you first learn about these chemicals?

How did you transition to all natural products?

Let us know in the comments below!

Bio: Laura Dolgy is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

Sources

  1. European Commission. Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 , Annex VI, Table 3.2. Sep 2009. http://ecb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/classification-labelling
  2. Lanigan, RS (CIR Expert Panel). “Final report on the safety assessment of PPG-11 and PPG-15 stearyl ethers.” Int J Toxicol.20 Suppl 4 (2001):13-26
  3. The Trouble with Ingredients in Sunscreens. The Environmental Working Group. https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/#.WfvHVBNSxTY

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