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How I Got Control of My Eczema!

By April 11, 2013Beauty, Home, Skin Care

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??

With these simple steps…photo-32

  • 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?

– Letisha

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • sue says:

    I agree with the balance between keeping skin moisturized and dry enough not to itch. Avoiding lotions with alcohol and fragrance is important.

  • Shani says:

    great post! Im having a tough time trying to find a lotion that moisturize but is not too heavy, what product would you recommend?

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Thank you Shani and great question! If you want a really light lotion, Everyday Coconut’s Super Hydrating Body Lotion would be a great choice, especially in the summer or in warmer climates, but I find it’s too thin for a winter lotion.

      J.R. Watkins Hand & Body Lotion is thick in texture but oddly enough it’s not too greasy and absorbs fairly quickly so it’s not sitting on your skin. Plus they have some really great scents! (I really enjoy the Lemon Cream scent). I use this year round without any problems with my Eczema.

      Another brand I’ve used is Kiss My Face’s Ultra Moisturizer (I like the Peach Scent) This one is a little thinner in texture than the J.R. Watkins brand. I guess you could say it’s similar to the Everyday Coconut lotion so it would be good for the summer or warm climates.

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