Definitive Guide to Healing Eczema Naturally
Being a minimalistic person, I dislike applying lots of products on my skin. Therefore, I try to use the minimum number of products to heal and keep eczema at bay. Below are the following products I use that work for my face, body and mild scalp eczema. I will also briefly cover on the supplementation, dietary and sleep aspect.
For someone like me who has a slightly itchy scalp with dandruff, the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner Bar (GMO-free) by The Soap Haven works well for me. It contains food-grade premium GMO-free Oils and Essential Oils of Tea Tree, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender to deal with dandruff and oily and itchy scalps.
No additional conditioner is needed as Chamomile powder in the bar helps create shiny hair that is more manageable. It also helps to treat flaking dandruff, dry scalp skin, yeast build-up. Tea Tree, Rosemary essential oil is naturally anti-bacterial preservative in soap and is certainly far better than chemical preservatives in commercial soaps.
You know how after using some commercial shampoos, your hair gets very dry with dandruff easily. I like this shampoo bar because it doesn’t dry out my hair yet ensuring that it is not greasy and oily. The only con would be since it is a soap bar, it is more troublesome and you have to get used to it.
BODY & FACE SOAP
The 1st and 2nd pic are from The Soap Haven while the 3rd pic is from Soap Ministry.
I use the same soap bar for both body and face. My top 2 choices would be the Oatmeal Honey Goat Milk Soap ($14.90) from The Soap Haven and the Chamomile Soap ($18) from Soap Ministry.
Primary choice would be the Oatmeal Honey Goat Milk Soap which is also by The Soap Haven. Both are paraben-free and made with all-natural ingredients. Both are good, but personally, I prefer the Oatmeal Honey Goat Milk Soap as it seems to be better and more effective. It is cheaper by $3.10 too.
Some bathing routines that you can implement would be to avoid long and hot showers, keeping showering time to about 5mins. I know long and hot showers can be very enjoyable sometimes but they remove the natural oils from our skin, making it dry and we want to avoid that. When drying with a towel, make sure to pat it dry instead of rubbing it hard.
ECZEMA CREAM (STEROID-FREE)
After testing out so many products, the only one that healed my eczema and control it the best is Euzema Confidence Revival Cream. Without it, I would still be stuck at home depressed to face the world. That’s how life-changing it was for me. I really hope it works for you guys as much as it did for me. To check out my transformation before and after photos of my eczema healing journey, click here.
It is light and not too oily or sticky which I dislike of most cream. It has a decent Chinese medicine herbal scent to it. It works fast for me; 2 days for the itch to go away, 2 weeks to see results and about 3 months to get normal skin back. The only con is the cost but is still definitely worth paying for.
Take a break from work and go outdoors into nature to soak up some vitamin D. About 10-15 minutes of midday sunlight daily is very beneficial. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with the risk of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, and several clinical/observational studies have suggested the beneficial effect of vitamin D in the therapy of these 2 inflammatory skin disorders.
During the initial stage of recovery, your skin might be so painful that it is uncomfortable to be out in the sun and perspire. During this period, you should consider getting a Vitamin D supplement. If you are someone that always works in the office or want to maintain skin fairness and avoid the sunlight, you should definitely get one too.
How much Vitamin D should you be taking?
Although recommendations from the US Institute of Medicine suggest that an average daily intake is 400–800 IU, this needs to be higher if you are not exposed to sunlight regularly. Some studies show that people who are deficient have to consume over 5000 IU to bring up their blood levels.
People who are of darker skin tone have a high chance to be deficient as they require more sunlight than the average person. Therefore, a daily vitamin D of 1000-4000 IU is recommended for optimal levels, with 4000 IU being the safe upper limit according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
The image attached below is my Vitamin D level from my latest blood test. As you can see, my vitamin D level lies in the sufficient and healthy range between 30.0 to 99.9 ng/ml. This should be the amount you shoot for. Values below 30 ng/ml is insufficient and above 100 (VERY RARE) is possibly toxic.
What Brands Do I Recommend?
If you need a multivitamin with Vitamin D, you can consider getting Centrum Adult (300 Count) Complete Multivitamin / Multimineral Supplement Tablet. It contains 1000 IU of Vitamin D. I'm sure many of you are familiar with Centrum as it is the #1 doctor and pharmacist recommended multivitamin brand that is backed by over 35 years of nutritional science and is affordable for it's quality. Compared to another popular brand in SG called Swisse, it is a better deal as it is about 50% cheaper (SGD29.99 vs SGD43.13) and contains 5 times the Vitamin D (1000 IU vs 200 IU) per serving.
If you already have a multivitamin, but you require a standalone Vitamin D supplement, you can consider Vitafusion Vitamin D3 Gummy Vitamins. It contains 2000 IU of Vitamin D. Apart being the only gummy vitamin brand with Clinically Proven Absorption for Vitamin D3, it is also a recipient of the 2018 ChefsBest Excellence Award. It contains NO high-fructose corn syrup, NO artificial sweeteners, NO gluten, NO dairy and NO synthetic (FD&C) dyes; Non-GMO.
The general advice would be to avoid food you know you are allergic to. For most people, me included, it is seafood like prawn, crayfish and crab. My lips swell like Kylie Jenner and gets itchy. Dairy makes me feel bloated and gassy while mangoes make my eczema worse.
Try to eat a generally healthy and well-balanced diet and avoid or consume unnecessary junk food in moderation. But don't be overly paranoid and stress yourself on what foods to consume and avoid. Last thing I want to see is you end up having an Orthorexia Eating Disorder like I did.
Lastly, please sleep well and ensure you have sufficient uninterrupted rest between 7-9 hours a night. Sleep is crucial for healing as the body and skin repairs itself during this stage. Without enough sleep, not only can your health and mental well-being suffer, but your eczema will get worse too.
I was unable to sleep at all when I had eczema due to the itch. However, once I applied the Euzema Confidence Revival Cream, the itch went away in 2 days and I started sleeping better. This is the period where I also saw fast improvement in my skin as I stop scratching on the open wounds and allowed the wounds to close up and heal.
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