Milo, my middle child, has had eczema since he was just days old.Â Little did I know, before learning more about natural health, that this external skin condition actually stems from issues in your gut.
Eczema is skin inflammation.Â Its technical name is atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. ThirtyÂ million Americans are suffering from this skin condition, and according to anÂ articleÂ from TheEczemaSpot.com, about 20% of infants born in the United States developÂ eczema and some outgrow it by the age of 10.
If you’ve learned one thing about inflammation and natural health, you know that inflammation is an indicator that something’s not right internally.
Why then do we see advertisements for ointments and lotions to treat eczema?
Naturopathic doctors Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Jason Barker, ND, give it to us straight:
“The concept of treating eczema with hydrocortisone or other suppressive therapies is inherently foreign to the holistically minded physician …. Clearly, suppressive therapies for eczema only serve to prolong actual treatment of the symptoms.”
My son’s doctor prescribed a steroid cream. But there was no way I was going to put steroid cream on my infant. Especially because the doc warned me not to use too much, too often, or it could burn his skin right off.Â I’m thankful I never used that cream because I investigated side effects and health problems from even low doses of steroids, and it’s not good!
The “best” advice I’ve seen yet from U.S. scientists isÂ diluted bleach baths. I cringe at the fact that this advice is published on the Internet for us parents to see when bleach has been linked to thyroid issues.
It seems like so many conventional medical methods offer a temporary solution to try and solve one problem, but it seems to sometimes cause other problems.
The Causes of Eczema
Studies show that food allergens are the main cause of eczema. Â The most common food culprits are cow’s milk, eggs, gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats), soy, peanuts, fish, beef, corn, citrus and even tomatoes. Stress and genetics do play a role in atopic dermatitis, and studies show antibiotics and toxic ingredients like heavy metals used to make vaccinations are also a cause.
- Read my article on Is Vaccination Really Necessary to find out more about this.
- Also read Causes of Eczema & 4 Supplements That May Help and Could Fluoride be the Cause of My Childâs Eczema?
In addition, using caustic and toxic detergents or fabric softeners can aggravate and worsen eczema symptoms.
And it makes sense that eating fast food and other processed foods only make matters worse.
A recent finding published in the journal,Â Thorax,Â claims that “kids who eat fast food three or more times a week are likely to have more severe allergic asthma, hay fever and eczema.” There’s little to no nutritional value in these sorts of foods, in fact, they even shut off the immune system.
Furthermore, newer studies prove eczema flare-ups are brought about or worsened from exposure to other environmental allergens like dust, animal dander andÂ pollen. In fact, many kids that have eczema may also develop asthma and hay fever.
Either way, topical treatments will not solve the problem of atopic dermatitis. To get to the root of the issue, you must start within theÂ gastrointestinal system and immune function, and let natural topical treatments help relieve symptoms.
Drs. Meletis and BarkerÂ stress the importance of Â keeping the gastrointestinal tract healthy in theirÂ article,Â Skin Health, Eczema, and Preventative Strategies:
“If the eyes and the skin are the portal through which we may observe the body’s internal health, the gut then is the door through which a majority of disease initiates its entrance into the body,” the doctorsÂ explain. “It goes without saying that many factors in today’s lifestyle compromise the meticulous integrity of the gut lining, namely food choices and antibiotic therapies.Â The first area of treatment then for the patient displaying eczema should be the gastrointestinal lining, without a doubt.”
Scientific research continues to prove what nature has known all along … that the best approach for treating eczema naturally ― is a healthy gut and immune system. Let’s break it down …
5 Ways to Manage Eczema Naturally
We have to stop thinking that simple, quick fixes can solve our problems, but we also need to face the fact that no matter how hard we try, we’re not going to be able to do it right 100% of the time. I personally promise you that if you do a combination of these 5 things, you’ll see the difference as the healing process starts to take over.
1. Healthy Diet & Nutrition
A healthy diet andÂ proper nutrition areÂ usually the key when it comes to our well-being. Some people may be able to eliminate eczema altogetherÂ by simply giving their body the nutrients it needs while avoiding the things that lead to inflammation and sickness.
Eat a raw food diet, with as manyÂ whole and organic foods as possible. Avoid processed foods, caffeine,Â dairy, gluten, meat, sugar and alcohol.
It’s also smart to get food allergen testing done to know if there’s anything else you should avoid. Even some fruits or vegetables could be a culprit. Also, drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. Our bodiesÂ needÂ it just like plants do. Here is a very helpful Natural Health & Nutrition Pyramid I created to give you a better idea of what to eat, keeping in mind that to clear eczema, avoid the top 3 sections. (Scroll to the bottom to view it.)
Use Coconut Oil
Eat and use cold pressed, organic, extra virginÂ coconut oil for cooking!
Don’t use vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, etc. These oils are created by aÂ man-made process that manipulates the oil into a thickened saturated fat known asÂ trans-fat. The only thing these oilsÂ benefit is their shelf life and the profits of large food companies. For the rest of us, the amount we ingest only leads us to being fat, sick and dead.
Coconut oil, on the other hand,Â containsÂ lauric acid, a rare type of fat found only in coconut oil and mother’sÂ breast milk. Our bodies convert lauric acid intoÂ monolaurin, a compound that is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria,Â fungusÂ and other microorganisms. It also deeply penetrates and moisturizes the skin while protecting it from environmental and free radical damage. Learn more from our article/infographic on health benefits ofÂ Coconut Oil: The Hero For Your Health.
2. Healthy Gut & Immune SystemÂ
Healthy diet and nutrition areÂ a key part in having healthy gut flora and boosting your immune system. But, there are also a few ways you can take it a step further. By following #1 & #2, you or your child may be free of eczema within a short period of time. It took my son three days for his symptoms toÂ disappear. But each person is unique, with some having a mild case and others having a more severe case. So, healing time will vary for everyone.
Essential Fatty Acids
Whether you have any health issues or not, everyone should be getting essential fatty acids (EFA).
At least 99% of our population is EFA deficient because our bodies don’t make them on our own, yet they are essential to human survival. We must look to healthy food sources and/or supplements to get the suggested 7-11 grams each week.
Flax seed, chia seeds, cod liver oil and fish oils are all great sources. But, take a look at my article/infographic onÂ Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency – Effects, Symptoms & Sources of Omega 3s.Â You’ll find everything you need to know there with a helpful list of foods that contain EFAs.
Vitamins & Minerals
Then there are other common nutrient deficiencies that many of us have. Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Magnesium and ZincÂ ― to name a few. I’ve linked each one to an article/infographic that will explain each deficiency in more depth.
Getting the proper amount of these essential nutrients helps keep your immune system healthy and strong. In regards to eczema, vitamins C and E help protect intestinal cells from oxidative and free radical stress, and C has anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant activity and antibiotic qualities.
You can get most of these vitamins and minerals from food especially when you’re eating an anti-inflammatory diet. But, if you eat junk, the nutrients will be depleted.
That’s why I stress the importance of proper food and nutrition. Think veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish and water … these foods are alive to keep you alive ―Â with all sorts of needed phytonutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, etc. Many people still take supplements to ensure they are getting enough.
Gamma-Linolenic AcidÂ (GLA)
Evening Primrose Oil,Â Black Currant Seed Oil, Borage Oil and Hemp Oil are the four ways to get GLA, another essential fatty acid (Omega 6). There have been studies that point to the use of GLA supplements for helping to clear eczema symptoms.
But, like I’ve mentioned previously, we can’t expect GLA alone to do the job for everyone, it depends on why you have eczema.
GLAs alone may heal people who have atopic ezcema related to an inability to metabolize GLAs. All together, taking a GLA supplement will help fight inflammation, promote a healthy immune response,Â improve the barrier function of the skinÂ and isÂ vital for keeping skin cells moist and strong.
Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes
A probiotic supplement will help re-build the friendly bacteria in your gut and fight against bad bacteria that causes inflammation and health issues.Â Naturopathic doctors Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Jason Barker, ND tell us that probiotic supplementation in pregnant women even helps prevent their baby from developing eczema.
You can also eat cultured probiotic foods like sauerkraut, kefir, natto, tempeh, kimchi and miso. Digestive enzymes also play a critical role in your gut health. They protect the gut lining by breaking down food, eliminating toxins and allowing you to better absorb nutrients from your food.
Eczema may also be a symptom of something called Leaky Gut Syndrome ― a condition that affects the lining of the intestines. Read our short article on Is Your Gut Leaking to learn a bit more about this.
3. Detox & Avoid Toxins as Much as Possible
We can never escape toxins. They are everywhere! In our food, water, air, products we use and we’re even born with an average of 200 toxins passed down from our mothers’ wombs. The only thing we can do is try our best to avoid them as much as we can and clean out our insides from time to time by detoxification. To help get rid of eczema, here’s what you can do:
Detox Your Body (Adults)
Simply eating the diet we discussed above will help cleanse your body. And sweating and massage are other ways to go about naturally detoxing.
But, there are supplements that help eliminate the toxins from yourÂ intestines and other organs that can assist your healing process.
Just remember to drink a lot of water and herbal tea!
Some 5-star-rated, best-selling products from Natural Healthy Concepts includeÂ ClearviteÂ andÂ ZeoForce Detoxify Daily.Â These are professionalÂ grade products that youâd most likely find in aÂ healthcareÂ practitioner’sÂ office.
Use NATURALÂ Personal Care Products &Â Laundry Detergents
If you’re not aware already, conventional personal care products contain many harmful ingredients that your skin absorbs. By first understanding what the ingredients are and being a label inspector, you will eliminate many toxins from entering your body. The same holds true for laundry detergents and softeners. Here’s a better alternative for personal care products and laundry essentials you could try instead. Plus, stay away from the pesticides in your lawn or around your house! They are no good either.
4. Stress ManagementÂ
Unfortunately most of us carry around way too much stress in our lives, and stress may lead to health issues. Although stress is probably not the sole cause of eczema, it could be the cause of a bad flare-up or perhaps one of the reasons it’s a challenge to kick it. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your stress level under control.
- Sleep: Kids 3-12 years of age need at least 10 hours of sleep a day. Adults should get at least eight hours. During sleep, your body restores and repairs itself ―Â it’s as simple as that.
- Breathe Deep:Â Deep breathing exercises help your body relax. It’s a good way to reduce stress, anxiety and tension. Try it.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture is based on a system of meridians, or paths of energy, that flow through the body. The belief is when points in this path are blocked or weakened, the body responds by producing symptoms of illness like eczema. To restore the flow, acupuncture uses insertion of fine needles at specific points along the meridians. Eastern medicine practitioners have used this therapy for centuries. Some people believe acupuncture treatments help with stress relief, and the less stress you carry, the healthier you’ll be.
- Exercise:Â You don’t need me to tell you that this is an integral part of being healthy and warding off diseases. Just do it!
- Stress Support Supplements:Â There’s nothing wrong with a stress support supplement to help keep your hormones in check. For some people who might be a bit more high strung or tense, this just may help do the trick.
5. Natural Topicals for Eczema Symptoms
There are many natural remedies to help ease the itching, redness, dry and flaky symptoms that go along with eczema. Though most of these are topical, whatever you put on your skin does penetrate through to your bloodstream so, in a sense, it works internally as well. That’s just another good reason why not to useÂ cortisoneÂ or steroid cream! To make it simple, here’s a list of things that may work well for you or your child. I’ve linked them all so you can click to read the descriptions, ingredients, and reviews.
- Grandma Lye’s Soap:Â Natural Healthy Concepts has many customers that love Grandma Lye’s Soap for eczema or psoriasis symptoms.Â It may ease the discomfort of dry, itchy skin, psoriasis, eczema or acne with daily use.
- Essential Oils:Â Oils with skin cell rejuvenating properties like neroli, rose otto and lavender, chamomile and yarrow are the most effective for soothing and reducing skin inflammation. At least one should be included in your blend and only a small amount of chamomile or yarrow is needed.Â For example, you could mix twoÂ drops of lavender, one drop of neroliÂ and one drop of chamomile or yarrow. Be sure to mix with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba.
- Trillium Organics Body Oil:Â Some people think the organic body oil from Trillium Organics is a big help forÂ their eczemaÂ symptoms. It’s a fast-absorbing, light, after-bath oil for moisturizing. It contains many beneficial oils for your skin.
- Salt Baths: An article on bath salts published in theÂ International Journal of DermatologyÂ reports thatÂ “skin roughness and redness of the skin as a marker for inflammation were significantly reduced after bathing in the salt solution. This demonstrates that bathing in the salt solution was well tolerated, improved skin barrier function, enhanced stratum corneum hydration, and reduced skin roughness and inflammation.”
- Coconut Oil: Yes, the same organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil that you eat can be used for your hair and skin! Try whipping it to make it more like a cream and rub it right into your skin to reap all of its healthful benefits.
- Aloe Vera + Vitamin E:Â Pure Aloe Vera extracted from the leaf of certified organic plantsÂ is one of the most effective skin soothers in nature. It conditions and hydrates dry and rough skin on contact. Vitamin E’s anti-inflammatory andÂ antioxidant properties may also help relieve eczema when applied topically.
- Calendula: The flowers ofÂ Calendula officinalis are believed to benefit eczema by reducing inflammation, eliminating bacteria and promoting healing of your skin. Boiron’s Homeopathic Calendula Ointment may be beneficial for you to try.
To top it off, here’s a great clip featuring diet and nutrition tips to treat eczema!
Small bits of content which are explained in details, helps me understand the topic, thank you!
Thank you for the time and effort spent on writing these tips. Great to learn from someone who was got experience.
great post now i’m understand how to Treat Eczema thanks you for share with me
Very informative and helpful. There are natural ways on how to get rid of eczema. Use a natural moisturizer like aloe vera and virgin coconut oil. Use calendula and marigold to form as paste and use it as ointment on the affected area. I read them all from this article: http://www.ihomeremedy.net/how-to-get-rid-of-eczema-fast-11-ways/
Because I have eczema, I have itchy hands and legs. I have used all of the lotions and potions I could find and finally stumbled upon All Natural Anti-Itching Mist “Itch Be Gone”. I purchase this spray online http://www.eczemahelp.net After 10 minutes I didn’t have that burning sensation to scratch my legs up. I put it on throughout my day and before I go to bed. This will be the first summer I won’t have a bunch of scratching scars all over my legs and I couldn’t be happier. Simple to use, this lotion spray can be applied directly to the affected area, helping you minimize the discomfort associated with itches and rashes. It include only 100% Natural, healing ingredients. Witch Hazel a well-known anti-itch ingredient can effectively reduce the itchiness associated with rashes and insect bites. Tea Tree and Lavender oils is analgesics, protecting your skin as it minimizes the itchiness associated with such conditions as poison oak, allergic reactions, and even the chicken pox. Frankincense and Aloe Vera leaf also help soothe your uncomfortable skin. This Spray can be used for children and adults. The advantages of spray is that is simple to apply, and you can use them as frequently as your itchy skin desires, thereby allowing you to provide all-day relief until the discomfort subsides.
I think this is the best Anti-Itching product you have. Also I use every day my life “Calendula” Moisturizing Cream. After 6 month of using it twice daily, morning and night, my skin was clean and clear!
thanks for the spam. very well written. a cream that takes 6 months to “clear up” a recurring problem in adults sounds great!
no mention of cold pressed hemp oil,try this it works and its natural
Appreciate the feedback – ” target=”_blank”>cold-pressed hemp oil is a good option.
where can i buy this..i need this very badly..thanks in advance..
Natural remedies are life long remedies. Maybe your are used to over the counter bad stuff that may work fast, but it’s a temp fix on a long term problem. Perfection takes time. I have used all the over counter crap. It doesn’t work, I have had eczema for 10 years. They were just band aids. Going natural and internal was the only thing that got rid of my eczema. This article has some great info.
Treating eczema in a natural way is very essential to everyone.
Hello there Ashley Steinbrinck, It’s been very nice to be able to find your blog about natural ways to treat eczema. It’s been very informative. I’ve also tried many other eczema product treatments before and I was able to find the one that totally changed my life. I’d like it to share it with you, my personal experience in treating my eczema. I found this natural product, eczemafreetips.com, then I tried it. After a couple of days , the redness and itchiness are starting to fade. I was expecting that it would come back again in a different spot , because almost all other products are just temporary remedies. But so far it really works for me as I am free from eczema up to this moment. It’s been months ago and still I can’t see any signs of eczema from my body anymore. I hope this can also help you in any way possible. Please, keep on posting .I am looking forward to hear your thoughts and personal experience also about the products. Thank you and Godbless!
Hi, we have 4 children that battle eczema. I felt the same as you about steroid usage until I didn’t have a choice Since my daughter is a staph carrier. We ended up being a part of a study for a body wash and it is gentle and amazing and she went from 40% covered to 1% in 12 weeks with no steroid use after the first week. It’s been two years since we were in the study and she is still eczema free. All of my kids are and it has been a game changer for our family!!!
Hi Jessica thank you for your information. Is this products organic,natural? What are the ingredients ? I didn’t see them in their website.
Jessica, could you please give me the name of the body wash? It has been removed if it was in your post. Thanks very much! Sounds like a wonderful product.
My son is 4 months and recently he had a fungal infection which turns into eczema after applying anti fungal cream. Thereafter I applied mild steroid cream to treat the eczema and thereafter the infection keeps coming back. It’s red moist patch which will spread if left untreated and from the picture it looks like a staph infection. I do not wish to keep using steroid so please advise what other ways can I treat his staph and eczema without using steroid. Pediatrician said is due to sensitive skin as he has it only at the neck. Sometimes he keep biting his fist and rub his face so his face has small spots of rashes too.
Hi Aimei, I’m really sorry to hear about your son’s skin problems. Are you breastfeeding? When my son had the same problem, I was told to eliminate dairy from my diet and to stick to clean foods. We cannot recommend or suggest any treatments. Please know there are many factors that could contribute to your son’s skin issues – food sensitivities being one of them. While some children may have skin issues due to external sources, like laundry detergents, it is the intestinal tract and an imbalance in the gut bacteria, that may also play a role in skin issues. Here’s an article from the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics that could help answer some questions: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/22/2/259
And here are more scientific articles from dependable sources that might also be helpful:
I wish you all the best in your educational journey!
Hi my granson who is three and a half as really bad would you be able to tell me the name of the body wash the you use please thank you
Oops I meant to leave the link about the products so you can see whAt it is. It’s called CLn bodywash. http://m.clnwash.com
natural treatment is good but it does not always success !!
I am devestated… suffering from Eczema for long long time… a lot of antihistamine and cortisone..
So frustrated and disappointed… but I don’t even think about my self .. I have 1 year old daughter and she has eczema .. after food observation I know she can’t eat bananas or egg or any kind of fat except butter (nature and pure butter)
It is soo difficult for me alone and living abroad to provide a good condition of living to my daughter .. I was wishing all the 9 month of pregnancy for my daughter not to pick this allergy from me
I am little stronger now cause I got to know there are so many mums searching and give their full attention to protect their little ones
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Thanks for the coconut oil reference! This is what I’ve been using and it works wonders! A good egg-free “egg” option is hamptoncreekfoods.com or thevegg.com — both work great!
Food allergies do not cause eczema, they often go hand in hand. But changing your diet and avoiding foods you are allergic to will not cure it. Nor should you recommend detoxing for children as a means to treat eczema. Detoxing is not meant for little ones. Also, if you think it’s just the worst idea ever and scientists are just DUMB to put your child in a bleach bath, please don’t put them in a pool either… same chemicals…
Tracey, although detoxing is not meant for little ones – either is mercury or other heavy metals and harmful toxins. Many times, kids that fall on the autism spectrum or have been diagnosed with ADHD or other auto-immune disorders are very toxic and in need of a detox. I do not believe the pool is the best either – but different than a bleach bath. Sometimes in life, we just need to say “oh well” Eczema is a sign that something is not right internally. Often times – it is in our gut.
I have a LO who had moderate eczema starting at about 2 months. The Dr wanted to use a low steroid cream (yea, no thanks..). I found that rubbing him up in coconut oil and nightly warm baths really help! I also use and Aveeno lotion made especially for eczema(not all natural, I know). Until I can figure out what is making him flare up I’m trying to keep it simple. We were living in an apartment. That’s when it was really bad, we moved into our home and I’m not using any toxic chemical filled cleaners and I have my own washer and dryer. Don’t use southerners or dryer sheets. He is 90% clear! I believe it was the air quality we were getting in the apt. It was and still is a learning process!
I give up, what is an LO? Please can people refrain from putting the initials of something for others’ benefit? Or they won’t even get what you’re trying to say.
Cynthia, LO is little one. I had to ask too a while back 😉
I have a seven month old with eczema on his face, arms, and chest. We do most of the things on your list! In addition, we LOVE raw organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar baths. A cup in the bath tub and dab on affected areas after 2-3 times a week. On the other days, we make sacks with organic oats and put them in the bath. Fresh aloe all over body right after bath and a thick moisturizer after its dries a little. I know it’s not necessarily “natural” but plain Vaseline mixed with grindelia herbal extract works wonders. I apply sometimes evry hour. My sons eczema is still extensive, but weeps very little and is mildly itchy now. No steroids. We still have to give antihistamines at night sometimes because he can get very itchy, but its getting less and less frequent.
That’s so great to hear, Alicia! And thanks for sharing your remedies with the rest! ; )
I suffered with eczema on and off for the past few years and just found a great product without all the bad stuff–this is one of the better products on the market and I just wish I would’ve found it sooner. I was using coconut oil (topically) for awhile and it was helping a little but not fast enough. I then decided I had to get something that would actually work–fast so I went to Rite Aid. I finally came across a product called Exederm. I’m one that doesn’t buy stuff tested on animals so when I saw this was cruelty free I jumped on it and within 1-2 days my rash was gone. This stuff really works wonders and maybe not be the “best” natural choice but it beats much of the crappy competiton. exederm.com/
Both my kids have eczema and I’ve tried so many medications, creams, lotions, baths, etc. Nothing helps. The eczema comes and goes as it likes; no correlation with what I do/try. Their skin always feels so dry, rough, and bumpy–so sad for little babies/toddlers when they should have soft supple skin! I tried the Citrus Clear Skin Repair Moisturizer – This works for my kids!! (I understand every individual with eczema has varying degrees and types, so different treatments/lotions works differently on everyone–but Citrus Clear may be the one that helps your skin/child’s skin!)
For the first time in their lives, their skin feels “normal”–actually soft! With this Citrus Clear Repair Moisturizer, their skin feels as close to normal as I think it possibly can. Even Eucerin cream and Vasoline doesn’t make their skin feel this normal.
I just wanted to share how I got rid of my Eczema for good. I have been battling with Eczema since I was a child. It would go away at times, but Until I was 30 years old it always came back. I began using a natural oxygen therapy called OxyCure. I applied the OxyCure directly to my skin and inhaled it to clean my blood which is the root cause of eczema. Eczema is a form of anaerobic bacteria and in high oxygen amounts the anaerobic bacteria cannot live. So you create an environment where the bad bacteria cannot live and the good bacteria will flourish. Until you clean your blood the Eczema will always come back. My eczema has been clear since 2011 and hasn’t came back. This therapy gets to the real root cause and not just treat the symptoms as many other methods.
Please, what is the oxycure like? Cause I wil like to use it for its been long I had this eczema
I have been suffering with eczema for months now and for the last three days have tried this .
A can of Coconut cream from the supermarket simple as that open and pour into a small container . Use a cleansing pad dip it in the coconut cream and wipe your face over with it to clean and then apply more as a cream to your face. do this twice a day .You can use it as a moisturising cream under makeup as well. I have had terrible eczema on my forehead and nose the itch and rash was terrible spent hundreds of dollars at the specialist and was no better . this is a simple thing told to me by an old lady and it works. The rash has completely gone and no itch . the best part of the treatment is taking it out of the fridge as nice and cold and applying to the eczema. it will take away all the bacteria on your skin.
this simple remedy is safe for a baby as well go and buy a can from your supermarket and try for yourself. I am so thrilled to have tried this product with no more nasty side affects from chemical treatments .
I am not a doctor, nor am I making any medical claims but I agree that most skin issues stem from our diet. Additionally, your skin is a digestive organ – 80% of what you put on your skin ends up in your system. It only makes sense that you should use “food” on your skin.
My wife and I have a farm on the Big Island of Hawaii and have been making natural skin care products for about 6 years. Visitors to our farmers markets suffering from eczema have had exceptional results using two of our products: Kona Mocha Body Scrub and Ili Oil.
My favorite story is about the man who visited me on a Saturday with terrible-looking hands – all white and scaly, cracked down to the red – that he said he had for over 20 years. Nothing he had previously tried (creams, steroids, etc) had given him relief. He used the scrub daily in the morning, followed by the Ili Oil with more oil several times during the day. When he visited the next Wednesday, his hands looked normal! Since that time, dozens of people have been helped.
Could you post a reference for that note that you mentioned that 80% of what you put on your skin ends up in your system, please?
Couldn’t find the exact reference, but I googled “how much of what you put on your skin is absorbed” and got some even more disturbing results:
For example rates of skin absorption of contaminants in public drinking water were studied by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The study found that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of the total contaminant dosage.
Underarm and gentilia absorb up to 100%:
In another study the face was found to be 2-6x more permeable than other body surfaces such as the torso. And, the underarms and genitalia to be even more permeable.
In fact, the underarms and genitalia showed up to a 100% absorption estimate (Kasting, 2005).
The studies showed that absorption rate varies depending on the compound. Some examples include, caffeine, which is absorbed by the skin at 48% while DDT is absorbed at 10%.
@TimmyBKona Thanks, Timmy. Just wondering if someone has found the references for these studies. Yes, def disturbing.
Um, sorry, to clarify, I meant if someone could give me the actual citations for these studies.
Thanks– that’s the kind of thing I’m looking for. I’ll watch to see if anyone comes up with others.
Gosh, makes me want to go camping permanently in the High Sierras…
I am 46 years old, diagnosed with enzyma 2 years ago. I’m still learning about myself and how to keep it from arrising. My doctors suggestions to use dove or oil of Olay for sensitive skin bath wash, NO laundry softeners, NO more than (2) five minute baths a day, rub a 2% Muprirocin Ointment for itching, as well as Benadryl and Loratadine allergy tablets. These are very temporary, I was doing good for about a year, just recently I’ve been suffering about 3 weeks. The more I read about this enzyma, I feel I need to have tests do e to help me rather than trying different things to see what works……
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Sorry to hear about your issues… seems to be more and more common. We have been getting so many questions about eczema at our markets and via email that my wife wrote a post about it on her blog:
Feel free to ask any questions you like and I will gladly meet up with your family here on the Big Island.
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Thank you for helping with information on eczema. Would you be so kind as to provide references to studies for the following:
1. this external skin condition actually stems from issues in your gut
2. Studies show that food allergens are the main cause of eczema
3. studies show antibiotics and toxic ingredients like heavy metals used to make vaccinations are also a cause
4. Fast foods: a.There’s little to no nutritional value in these sorts of foods [fast foods], and b.in fact they even shut off the immune system.
5. cold pressed, organic, extra virgin coconut oil – what are the reasons that coconut oil for ingestion should be a. cold pressed and b. extra virgin, and can you provide studies that demonstrate this? I understand that organic would be a good thing.
6. Don’t use vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, etc. These oils are created by a man-made process that manipulates the oil into a thickened saturated fat known as trans-fat. – a. Can you please provide the reference that these oils are changed from 100% vegetable oils to 100% trans-fat, b. Can you provide the reference that trans-fat is a saturated fat, c. Can you provide the reference that these oils are changed from oils to saturated fat, and d. Can you demonstrate that these oils are thick, as opposed to oil-like?
7. A probiotic supplement will help re-build the friendly bacteria in your gut – Can you provide the reference for this please, specifically one that states that the re-build will last on the long term (all other factors being equal)?
Coconut oil does an excellent job for moisturizing and helping to heal eczema, but i’ve noticed Coconut oil alone is not enough to keep on top of my eczema. Really appreciate some of these intersting and natural tips! Thanks.
I am a 42 year old male and have been battling with eczema on my face for over 10 years. I took some tips from your article and I obtained Peter Paul brand virgin coconut oil (which is made in the Philippines) and have been taking a dessert spoon of it daily for the last 5 days and I also have been rubbing it on my face. I also got some Blackmores brand flaxseed oil capsules and have been taking them as directed on the label. Like magic, the redness in my skin has gone and my face is not sore or itchy like usual and in just 5 days. I hope others reading this article have the success that I did. I feel great and cant thank you enough Ashley.
Very glad to hear that, Az! Thanks for sharing your story with us ; )
all great ideas, except i am allergic to coconut and palm oil products/food.
once recent bad flare calmed down i started using aloe vera products, only thing could find more simple with less iffy ingredients. my skin is very sensitive.
realized im atopic in general.. asthma, food allergies, and eczema. i have dryness issues that seem to also cause frequent uti and sinus infections, dry mouth and eyes, etc. have to avoid going out in hot weather or notice issues within hour.
Much of this discussed information I have done over the last 3 year for my daughter who has had eczema for 3 years, from the Hep B shot. The raw diet as much as possilbe is integral, but we all also have to recognize that each persons case is different from one another. Good sleeping habits, low, low sugar intake are integral for my daughter, and actually all children. Cetaphil lotion has helped tremendously. It must read restoraderm on the label. Not all of the Cetaphil lotions are made the same. This particular lotion is made of things that are safe and mimic lipids on our skin that are lacking in those that have eczema. These lipids help repel water from the body. This is how my dermatolist explained it to me, and who suggested the lotion. There is also a body wash that must read restoraderm as well. It is currently accepted by the Eczema Association, but we’ve used it long before it was. It is sold over the counter at Target, CVS, Walgreens and I’m sure other stores-even Amazon sells it. Good luck to all the Moms with their itchy kids, I know it is very difficult for everyone involved.
I forgot to mention, my daughter’s symptoms started at 3, and she is now 6 and the eczema is completely manageable and has been in control since we started using the lotion and body wash.
Nice and very detailed post.
For me, aloe vera works best. As soon as I see any symptom of eczema (which I do every now and then), I start using natural (pure) aloe vera. It works. The thing that matters the most is that you use aloe vera that’s absolutely free from artificial ingredients.
Thanks, Mike! NHC has trusted, quality aloe vera brands. Like Pharm Aloe, Lily of the Desert. Nature’s way & Aubrey Organics actually make an aloe product too. What brand do you use?
Aloe Vera is awesome. I definitely agree. The functional medicine practitioner that tested my son for food allergies (because of his eczema) actually told me to give him aloe vera juice to help detoxify his insides… Thanks for your comment and for reading my article ; )
I prefer using Pharm aloe.
I never tried aloe juice specifically for eczema, I wonder how good is it?
Eczema Free Forever Guide, which is a comprehensive program personally, analyzed and proven effective by a known skin care specialist, R.Anderson, contains useful information in helping you get rid of the annoying eczema rashes. I highly recommend you to check it out. http://dld.bz/besteczemacure
If you have eczema you must try Andalou Body Butter. This works but it will take two to three weeks of consistent application. It uses fruit stem cells and really does something to revitalize the skin. It works better then prescription medication and it’s free of toxic chemicals, it’s non GMO, Gluten Free, and smells like heaven. Further the really good news is after your eczema clears up you can use it for maintainance only.
This article was a real “light bulb” moment for me! My 7 year old has had eczema since day one, and tummy issues as well. I don’t know why I never associated the two as being linked, probably because I always believed eczema was a “skin” condition, and because her pedi always shrugged off her mild case as “just who she is.” This makes so much sense I feel both empowered and infuriated at the same time. I cannot tell you how many times and how many doctors we’ve seen about how my daughter’s food comes out nearly the same as how it went in, chewed up, and nearly undigested, and how we’ve nicknamed her our “sandpaper baby” because NO lotion can bring her relief or softness. This article just changed my life! THANK YOU!!
That is so good to hear, Jessica! Thank you so much for your comment, I’m so happy to help spread the word about this and knowing it can make a difference for some people is awesome! I hope everything you do for your little “sandpaper baby” does wonders! Let us know ; )
Thank you for sharing this article. I read it and told one of my friend who is suffering from eczema. Your article and others comments in which some people have discussed the another ways to treat eczema are really helpful.
?I have had eczema on my hands since I was a teenager. No prescription cream has ever helped. Last year, I read a blog about the Lady Soma Skin & Nail Cream which has cocoa butter and kokoa butter – and it keeps the eczema under control better than anything I ever used. I take it on every flight and to every destination (dry or humid). I’ve had it seized from me in several airports because I forgot that its a large 4oz. But anyway, yeah – you should try it – I don’t know what I would do without it!
Thank you SO much for this article. I would have never had a chance to do all this research. I’ve had a slight case of eczema since my 20s and would just put hydrocortisone and it would go away for a while. Then it turned into seasonal and now in my late 30s it seems to be in several parts of my body and the hydrocortisone only controls it.
This article was great in getting to the root of the problem and helping me understand why its persisted and gotten worse. Again, thank you for such a great and informative article. LOVED IT!
That is so nice to hear, Jacqueline! I’m glad you got something out of it ; ) Thank you for reading and commenting!
I have been listening to podcasts by Dr Su “Carbohydrates Can Kill”. Fascinating stuff!! He has done a lot of research and interviews of Drs and scientists and dieticians. They all recommend the Low Carb High Fat way of eating. The bottom line of all this research is that carbohydrates (starches and sugars) which are not an essential food, cause inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of many metabolic conditions and Dr Su includes eczema. Eric Westman is another worth following. I believe you are all on the right road, that what you put in your gut is part of many of our health problems. It is really worth cutting out carbs, I have solved many of my own problems, such as a very poor digestive system, hay fever, painful breasts and so on. My blood pressure is normal and my pills have been halved, I hope to give them up completely. I will be 72 in March, go to the gym, use a skipping rope and do functional exercises. On the LCHF diet you will not be so hungry and if you need to lose weight, you will. Google can instruct you about what to cook – back to lard and butter! Coconut oil is good for lots of health conditions so I was very interested to find it recommended here. I have a friend with bad eczema so now to persuade her to follow your advice and mine, to try coconut oil and to cut out carbs. Good luck to you all from Zimbabwe.
I’ve had eczema for about 3 years, it started slowly with dry skin until my face began going red and flaking.
After a lot of research and experimentation, for myself I found the only cure for me is “feeling good”. When I feel “like a million bucks” my skin transforms back to that of 3 years ago.
I thought I’d share this.
I’m somehow surprised and worried that neither author of post nor commentators have suggested testing prior to any kind of treatment. Just a sample of your urine, stool, hair and blood can show you what is wrong or lacking. Once you have that information, you’ll be able to choose an effective path of treatment that will tackle effectively whatever skin/gut issues you may have. No waste of time, money or patience. Also, it will be less likely that someone will profit on your misery, for there are way to many scammers and unscrupulous minds behind the natural remedy movement. I have benefitted from labwork made at the Great Plains Lab. You can check with your insurance if testing may be covered. If not, save a little until you are able to pay it all. Find a responsible naturopath, do not (under any circumstance) let go of your medical doctor and keep him/her informed of all testing and treatment, and take the bull by the horns! 🙂 Hope this “advice” help take the myth and stress out of your healing process. Peace!
I have more to say than this little box will hold, but thank you for the encouragement to keep on seeking a cure for my little guy. Yes folks, skin conditions most always come from the inside out. I know it’s a gut issue, I just don’t know how to fix it.
I’m a sad frustrated mom of a sweet 8 year old boy who is suffering from this horrible skin condition. We have spent oodles of money on food testing and tried eliminating nearly EVERY food from his diet. Sometimes I think we are going to get a bit of a relief, but we never really do. I have gone months absolutely refusing to try drugs, but most recently started using hydrocortisone cream and allowing him to have food back. And when I say have food back I mean green beans and bananas, not fast food. Still, he is itchy and frustrated and crying because it itches so badly. I can conclude after reading some of your readers heartbreaking stories, that we can be thankful that it is isolated to his arms and legs. In addition, I am convicted to let go of the hydrocortisone since it has not brought any relief.
So, again, thank you for the information. There are a number of tips from your article and from readers that are certainly worth giving a try. We are weary and need healing.
Hi Dee, you are a good mama. I can not tell you how much I can relate to your situation and your and your son’s frustrations. For my little guy, he’s now 4, it’s also bananas and pumpkin, oats, yeast, wheat, cow’s milk, eggs, etc. But then food isn’t the only reason the eczema could be flaring up. Things like zinc deficiency, mold toxins, dust, fluoride in the water, flame retardants, etc. can all cause flare ups. Other environmental toxins in the air, consumer products and even our “healthy” fruits and veggies don’t help either. We live in a toxic soup if you will. My son’s legs have been very bad lately. We try to avoid his 11 food sensitivities, but as you know, it’s a huge challenge and almost impossible to do 100% of the time. I’ve heard people have amazing luck with fermented cod liver oil, fermented foods (best source of probiotics to help heal the gut) and organic bone broths. Your son would probably really like kombucha, have you ever heard of it? But there are also recipes to make fermented pickles and ketchup, which are more kid friendly. I actually have an article coming out soon on the blog with fermented recipes kids will like. You should check it out…
We don’t have fermented cod liver oil at Natural Healthy Concepts, but you can look it up and order online at a few places. Like here: http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/CodLiverOil/
Wellness Mama helps us understand why fermented is better here: http://wellnessmama.com/13154/fermented-cod-liver-oil-vs-fish-oil/
I know we can conquer this and get our boys well! Keep trying your best, your son is very blessed to have a mama who loves him so much and is willing to spend the time, listen to her instincts and find a solution.
I’ll say a prayer for you Dee – I wish you the BEST in your healing journey!
Thank you Ashley, especially for your prayers. I know we are learning something on this journey and are called to stay faithful.
I’m sorry that you, too, are having to deal with this with your little guy. I know, you just want to yell and scream because after trying soooo many remedies it seems unreal that we are still searching.
I agree whole heartedly, and I believe in the healing properties of bone broth (not store bought) and fermented foods. I’ve been making my own sauerkraut and it has been a bear…I just don’t have it down yet and its so frustrating to throw out batches of organic cabbage that has gone awry. For others, who have not given this a try, it is so very good for our bodies and some folks have super results almost immediately. I will say, although I am brewing Kombucha at this very moment, I have not thought to give him that because of the caffeine content. He does love it though, so perhaps I will start letting him enjoy a bit each day…and, unlike the kraut, I have had great success with the kombucha.
Thanks again for responding I, too, will pray that your little man is healed. Additionally, I will look for the article on fermenting. I am struggling, and although I can buy it locally, it has put a big dent in the food budget at $12 for 16 ounces.
Blessings and thanks a million.
Hi…..You may not see this reply being it is 1 1/2 years later. Thought I would still mention that you can use decaffeinated green tea to make kombucha or black decaffeinated tea too! You may already be aware of that by now though.
When having skin problems, we humans feel really bad, its because our skin is our presentation card. The conventional medicines, creams and what not are most of the time carriers of unwanted side effects and there is where i find this information so valuable and important.
Thank you so much.
You know what else it good for eczema? MSM. It’s an organize sulphur compound. There’s a great product that has worked great on my eczema. It’s called Spot Paste and it’s made from all natural minerals and oils with no alcohol or chemicals! Check them out at http://www.spotpaate.com.
I have seriously sensitive skin! Thanks for these remedies, but I’ve found that most don’t even put a dent in my flaky, scratchy skin! I use coconut oil based soaps but I still end up with nasty dry spots all over my hands. I have found Spot Paste to be really helpful though. It’s an oil based paste that heals my skin up after three or four applications! I found mine through a local store but you can look online at their website (spot paste.com). Great stuff! A little messy cause of the oil but I still love it.
I suffer from bad eczema that can spread to my face and is unbearably itchy and sore. I noticed an improvement after just one application of Made from Earth Pure Aloe Vera cream – and I have also use this as an overnight moisturiser for my face which worked wonderfully for the eczema. So if you suffer from dry skin like I do, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
i have not had an eczema outbreak in two years – here’s what I do:
-Wear cotton or soft fabrics. Avoid rough, scratchy fibers and tight clothing.
-Take lukewarm baths and showers, using mild soap or non-soap cleanser
-Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel – do not rub.
-Apply a moisturizer (I use the Made from Earth Valencia Orange Lotion) within 3 minutes after bathing to “lock in” moisture.
I had broken out in an awful eczema rash on my hand, and all my normal products that I use haven’t been working at all. I tried Made from Earth’s Butter Beeswax Balm (I thought it was a lip balm, but its in a jar) and after using it for 3 days my eczema is clearing up already. I’ve never had such fast results in my life, and I’ve suffered with eczema since being a young child.
It should help you out. I dont use it on my lips, but it works really well for eczema.
Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written.
I use ice and compress it on my face to reduce itchness but my skin dry out after that.
After long research on internet I got foderma serum for the daughter because since she was born we have been dealing for eczema and sadly if we don’t keep her skin moisturized it can get really bed. Her dermatologist also recommends foderma serum because it has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. I am putting it on her body every day and have noticed a good improvement and her skin feels nice too. My daughter gets really bad rashes on her legs, arms, neck and sometimes around her eyes and foderma does works it provides instant relief. I can even see a difference on my own hands. They feel a lot softer. I strongly recommend foderma serum.
Well Foderma serum is good for manage eczema my baby has eczema all over her body and this aveeno really helps. I put on her after bath every day and once in the morning/afternoon too. It does not treat, but is helps she not itching. She is going to get better, I hope!
These are good suggestions. I can say I have been doing all of these things for 2 years and my nummular dermatitis/psoriasiform dermatitis (form of eczema) has gotten worse, so I’ve had to turn back to going with dermatologist-recommended bi-monthly steroid injections into some of the most problematic patches, daily steroid ointment with plastic wrap occlusion at nigh, along with very dilute bleach baths twice per week with good results–less itching, less scratching, less bleeding, less pain. I’m glad that I have the knowledge and foundational practices to continue approach things holistically and reduce overall inflammation in my body, but just wanted to put it out there for people that sometimes you can do everything possible to support your body with good nutrition, movement, sleep, stress reduction practices, etc and still come up short. If that happens, just know that it is *not your fault*, and try your best to be patient and kind to yourself and your body and do what needs to be done for a better quality of life.
Lastly, I’ll just say that my skin has responded better to cold pressed hemp oil than it has to coconut oil. It likes that fat better for some reason. Yay omega 3s. =)
Good luck to everyone. <3
Try to use foderma serum this amazing. My newborn’s excema and my 5 year old’s extremely dry skin both cleared up within 1 week of using. Every other organic skin cream for excema had made their skin worse and most of the time, more irritated. We had tried so many different creams/lotions. I’m not sure why foderma works so well, but honestly, it’s like they both have new skin. Soft and not at all irritated. We also use the lavender body wash, esp on my newborn, and it smells so good and is very gentle and not drying. But I think it’s the serum that makes the biggest difference.
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Foderma serum does so much more for my skin beyond giving me incredible relief from my eczema! My skin feels healthier, softer and much more pleasing to the eye.
I have really bad eczema on the back of my knees and foderma serum really seems to help. Its not thick and rubs nicely into the skin. If you have eczema its worth it to give it a try. You will be hooked.
Eczema is an autoimmune disorder. It gets aggravated by things your body perceives as bad. There is no diet miracle cure. I have had eczema my whole life, with random flare ups. Been dealing with a scaling toe for the last five years and I haven’t changed a thing except my address. As for coconut oil, awesome for curing giardia, but did nothing for my eczema. Tasty stuff though, even put it on peanut butter for the kids.
Great tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Ashley, you have written such a great article.
Here I want to add something Apple Cider Vinegar capful in glass of water every other day is great for skin.
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Before I was seeing a skin doctor, I was seeing a TCM practitioner for other issues. During an appointment, I told her my skin had broken out overnight. She looked at the 4″ long patch of skin on my shoulder and neck and said it was psoriasis. She treated me and the next day it had vanished as if it never existed. Later I was diagnosed with eczema and psoriasis by my skin doctor and given cream to use for outbreaks. I think, too often we underestimate TCM as having valid treatments for any issue a normal doctor would treat using powerful drugs, when a more natural treatment is available.
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