I was born with eczema and while many people outgrow this disease by the time they reach their teenage years, about 3% of the population continue to suffer from this skin condition throughout adulthood. My mother would tell me stories of how severe my rashes actually got when I was younger, however, thankfully at 25, my eczema is under control.
I still have scarring on my wrists from how badly I scratched my skin, but no rashes at all! My eczema flare ups got pretty bad a few years ago affecting mainly the back of knees, wrists, the upper-back of my thighs, and the skin between my thumb and index finger. Pretty randomly spread across my body but I narrowed it down to any spots that either can sweat easily or don’t get a lot of air flow. I of course have a prescribed topical cream for my eczema but it contains a steroid and I don’t feel comfortable using this regularly. I would rather treat my eczema using natural methods, and while it took some experimenting, I eventually figured out what worked for me!
So how did I get my eczema under control without chemicals or steroids??
- Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil supplements twice daily (this played a HUGE role in helping my eczema) – If you suffer from eczema and don’t already take an omega 3 supplement, I would start.
- At least 8 glasses of water daily
- Working out in loose fitting shorts to promote air flow
- Ice packs on my rashes or easily irritated areas after sweaty summer workouts
- Limiting sugar and dairy intake
- Showering immediately after I workout
- No thick lotions or oils because my skin can’t breathe (heavy creams always make me itchy!)
- Avoiding lotions that are too watered down (Despite the fact that my skin hates thick creams, it still needs to stay hydrated because dry skin will become itchy)
- Reducing stress in my life (stress worsens the problem and drives me to scratch!)
- Resisting the urge to scratch (I’ll admit this is the one I have the hardest time with..)
Do you suffer from eczema?
What do you do to combat it?
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