Dear Ora, What can I do to get rid of my eczema?!
I get a million emails and calls a day asking me what to do for eczema. I, of course, do not have a magic answer and am not a licensed healthcare provider, but here is my quick list of things that I see help alleviate symptoms of eczema more times than not. With your precious time in mind, in this list, I am not going into all the scientific explanations of how and why these changes work. But, I do encourage you to do some research and empower yourself with a deeper understanding.
Ora’s 8 Quick Tips for Eczema Relief
1. Eliminate dairy from the diet completely for one month. Yep, just try it. In my experience, the chance of dairy being a major trigger is about 90%.
2. Drink water, not sugar or sugar substitutes.
3. Check your laundry detergents. No Tide, Bounce, All, or anything that smells. I have a few different ones that I use, Country Save and Charlie’s soap are a few.
4. Eat more healthy fats such as avocados, salmon, walnuts, and coconut. Eat green leafy vegetables. Broccoli counts as a green leafy, by the way! 🙂
5. Skip the hand sanitizer, when you need to clean your hands, wash them.
6. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Everything you put on your skin goes into your body. Anything that would irritate your digestive tract, would also irritate your skin. Of course there are medical emergencies and circumstances where exceptions should be made, but we find this general policy to be helpful.
7. Bathe less, skip the soap. Water exacerbates eczema, soap damages skin. We use herbal cleansing powders when a deep clean is needed.
8. Moisturize with healing botanicals every time your skin gets wet. Alternate product textures. We find that even our Touchy Skin Salve, which has proven itself effective over the past 10 years, begins to become less effective when it is the only product used. We find the skin needs a salve, a butter and an oil at different times. The best way to figure out when to apply each is trial and error as it can be different for each person. We often use a salve after bath, oil during the day when we are in a hurry, and a butter at night. If applying an anhydrous product to dry skin, mix with a drop or two of water in the hand before applying. Note: All OAHerbal products are anhydrous.
I hope these tips help. We find them to be consistently true with children and adults.
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Please note: none of our information is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or replace advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner. Though, we’ve seen a lot as a skincare company and can tell you what has worked for our own families and thousands of happy customers, we always recommend you check in with your healthcare practitioner for medical advice. If you have product related questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out as we’re always happy to help.