Eczema is a systemic and topical skin imbalance that, in most cases, can be treated with topical medications prescribed by a physician. These medications may be in the form of topical steroids, anti-inflammatories and skin moisturizers. Some forms of Eczema can be minimized merely by avoiding common conditions and irritants that cause flare-ups. Most commonly, it is advised to refrain from synthetic fragrances, dyes, materials that do not breathe, cleaning chemicals, extreme heat and cold conditions, etc. Check also for any allergies (food allergies as well as ingredient allergies.) Learn more ways to avoid potential flare-ups at the American Academy of Dermatology.
Going beyond these preventative measures, certain dietary improvements can aid in the prevention of topical Eczema by maintaining balance and correcting deficiencies.
One deficiency in particular has been linked to several forms of skin irritations, hyper-sensitivity and dryness: FAT deficiency. Diets (like a raw food or Mediterranean diet) that are high in good fat provide better balance and nourishment to the skin, making it less vulnerable to irritation, sun damage, dryness, and much more.
Another deficiency that many people suffer from without even knowing it is Mineral deficiency (in particular: silica, selenium, calcium, potassium and sulfur). Due to unhealthy farming soil, our fruits and veggies are severely lacking in the mineral department. This lack of minerals can lead to many health problems, including those affecting the skin. It’s always better to get these nutrients from food – so buying produce from your local organic and sustainable farm / farmer’s market is best…if you think you may have a deficiency, try taking a mineral supplement and see if you notice a difference.
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Have a flare-up already and want it gone? Try some of these holistic approaches:
Oatmeal bath soak: If you’ve read my post on Beta Glucan you know that this ingredient is a powerhouse for the skin. Pure, raw, rolled oats contain high amounts of beta glucan. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup into your bath and soak.
Seaweed (check for allergies first) or mineral bath soak: same concept – different ingredient. If you can’t soak in the ocean, this is the next best thing. seaweed is condensed ocean water. It is also a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and re-mineralizer. Add dried seaweed powder or liquid minerals (found in your local health food store) to your next bath to replenish what is deficient and calm your skin.
Topical Moisturizers: look for these basic, non-synthetic, pure ingredients: shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe vera oil, jojoba oil, fatty vitamins C and E
*bien-etre spa never recommends going off a prescription medication, please consult your doctor before changing any prescriptions.