Winter and (very) early Spring are a common time for eczema flare ups to occur. To help make it through this weather/humidity transition period, Mama Bare suggests three easy tips:
#1) Bathe LESS Often
Seriously. Less often. Like two max three times a week if you can hack it.
Use a sauna if you have access to one. If you shower/bathe, use warm (not hot) water. Hot water will dry out your skin and irritate the eczema.
#2) Use LESS Soap.
Only wash the parts that really need it (armpits, hands, etc.). Avoid private areas. And skin arms/legs/back, etc. Those areas get rinsed with soapy water anyways, and they don’t really get dirty.
Stick with a natural, vegetable oil based soap (or none at all) that won’t irritate your skin. Absolutely avoid synthetic fragrances, petroleum by-product soaps and hand sanitizers.
#3) Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
If you suffer from eczema all over your body, you may need more than the spot treatments listed here. But for most folks, eczema flare ups tend to be on a few spots like hands, arms, back of knees, etc. Gather a really high quality, non-petroleum based balm (i.e. no water in it) and apply it morning and night to the affected area. if it’s hands, allow five minutes to fully rub it in. Repeat as needed. The moisturizer will protect the dry/rashy/irritated skin and will protect it from further damage.
What to use?
Of course, we are partial to the Healing Balm and Organic Baby Balm – both can be very successfully used to help heal eczema, skin rashes, psoriasis, etc. You can also try coconut oil, olive oil, or a number of other homemade recipes. Aim for organic, cold pressed oils whenever possible to get the most nutrients.
Additional Tips for Parents
If your wee one has eczema patches, first make sure it is really eczema, and not a self-diagnosed rash that may be eczema. If your little one has a food allergy or intolerance, treating the skin issue won’t make it go away. It’s still a great idea to try elimination diets to see if that helps. In the meantime, use your stealth superpowers to sneak into his/her room when he/she is sleeping and apply the balm where needed. Active, awake children, especially when they are young, will probably pick at the area once it itches, and may wipe off the balm. if you treat it before they know, you stand a better chance of letting it work it’s magic.
B-bye eczema!~Mama Bare
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From our June 2014 E Newsletter:
~ written by mama bare
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