Do you suffer from eczema? Do you have a child that has eczema? Well, I’m here to help you out!
What exactly is Eczema? In the simplest terms, eczema is when your skin becomes inflamed, red, and itchy, sometimes “weeping” or peeling because of some external or internal irritation or reaction. This usually occurs in patches.
First off, I am not a Physician or an esthetician. I am simply a mama that has children that have eczema and I was tired of the over the counter products that didn’t seem to work. I do recommend you speak to your physician first and foremost for any questions you have. I have simply searched for the information and read articles on what eczema is, what types there are, and what others do to help them manage their eczema struggles.
What causes it: Most often people who suffer from eczema have allergies and asthma. Depending on the type of eczema you have, may depend on what type of symptoms you have.
Types of Eczema:
The most important question is what type of eczema do you have? There are a handful and they all persist in different ways. The ways in which one cares for eczema also differs. I'm not going to go ALL over them now, but here is the list for reference. As always, confirm with your family physician.
Now I want to share the GOOD stuff!!! My top 10 ways to help manage and maintain your skin from having a flare up. Natural remedies cannot cure eczema, but they can help manage the symptoms and hopefully prevent flare ups.
I hope this gives you some hope when it comes to managing the eczema in your life!
- Since eczema is an inflammatory condition, make sure your diet consists of anti-inflammatory foods. Here are a few for reference:
- leafy greens- kale, spinach,
- fish- salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and herring
- beans and lentils- white beans
- colorful fruits- apples, blueberries, cherries, bananas, avocado
- vegetables- cauliflower, brocolli
- turmeric and cinnamon
- Keeping the water temperature as close to body temperature as possible. This means not too hot and not too cold, when taking showers and baths. This is especially important with children with eczema. The heated water will pull out the moisture in their delicate skin, so make sure it’s just warm enough for them to enjoy!
- Avoid heat sources! You make want to sit next to a warm cozy fire, but the heat can dehydrate the skin and irritate the itchiness of eczema.
- Wrap up in cold weather! This is really important for babies and children. Eczema flare ups can occur more often during cold, harsh winter winds and dry out the skin. Protect it!
- Keep your baths and showers to a minimum. Meaning, no long soaking baths or 20-minute steam showers! Keeping your shower or bath to no longer than 10-15 minutes.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Keeping a protectant layer of humectant type moisturizers will help keep give a protective barrier to the skin and keep moisture in. I recommend keeping the best practice of moisturizing morning and night. Anything Mama Co. body lotion offer a great nourishing, moisturizing, and protectant Shea butter-based lotion with Emu oil. It also comes unscented.
****This was the reason I wanted to create something safe and effective for my family when it comes to dry skin and combating eczema! It is really a battle! But with daily practice and reminders to my little guy, I hope that he will learn as he grows how to handle and take care of his skin!
- Avoid bathing too frequently. Especially for babies and children. If your baby or child does suffer from eczema, limit baths to once or twice a week, and third if your child plays outside often. Try a gentle wipe down in between if needed and moisturize right after. For adults, bathe once a day, but keep the shower short, moisturize right after, and avoid exfoliating or scrubbing too often.
- This is a two for one! When you dry off, pat dry when drying off. You also want to make sure you moisturize within 3 minutes after getting out of the shower or bath. Moisturizing after you wash your hands is also important. Our body lotion contains
- Use gentle soaps and detergents when washing clothing and bedding. If you aren’t already, try switching to a gentle, fragrance or color free laundry detergent. It is recommended to help improve eczema symptoms. Skip the fabric softener too!
- Body wash and soaps with low alkalinity and non-exfoliant. Body washes, like our favorite scents from some of the leading bath product companies, offer a soapy lather. This can cause extra drying in the skin. Using bar soaps (like the handmade soaps I offer) and body washes that are gentle (low in alkalinity; aka no-lather), fragrance free, and non-exfoliating are good to use. Fragrance can sometimes irritate or flare-up with someone with eczema, so I always try to provide a few that are unscented.
Here are before and afters of my son when he had a "flare-up". We use the Shea & Emu cream at night before he goes to bed on the areas that are most irritated (Although you could use everywhere! I use under my eyes to help reduce the puffiness.)
Bonus tip: If you or your child are experiencing a "flare-up", you can try using a "medicinal" bath. Try putting some baking soda or apple cider vinegar or oatmeal in the bath. This will depend on what allergies your child may have so consult with your physician first. I recommend baking soda, since that is what I use for my little guy and why our bath bombs are a great addition to a little bi-weekly bath FUN!
Please leave your comments or questions for me! I would love to hear form you. I am not a medical professional so please as always if you have questions or concerns please consult your family physician first. I am mama just trying to do right for her kiddos in the best way I know how!