by Suhein Beck
Jan 25, 2016
From today on its a journey and a process. Welcome to the world of No Rhyme or Reason! What works for one person can definitely trigger flareups for another. So take it slow, steady and methodical. Keep a journal and document your personal ups and downs along with what is happening in your life and each modification step by step. Your doctor will appreciate these details!
Concentrate on two things.
The Process of Elimination of toxins and potential triggers both External and Internal.
The Process of Introduction of healthier alternatives both Internally and Externally.
First priority is to start with eliminating the obvious that touches the skin and could be irritants. Start with soaps, detergents and antibacterial soaps containing alcohol and/or Triclosan. Simple changes in fabrics and jewelry make a difference too. There are research studies that show NICKEL is a major Eczema trigger and is found in most jewelry and belt buckles. Cosmetics and personal care products are a major culprit because they are a collective group of chemicals that make it difficult to distinguish which one is the true suspect.
Meanwhile on the Introduction side, immediately introduce immune boosting foods, vitamins and minerals. Get your blood work done. Consult with an Integrative or Natural Health Practitioner to consider what options are most relevant to your needs. A major contributor to gut health will be probiotics, especially if your immune system has been compromised by taking antibiotics within the least year. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, Korean Kimchi, Kombucha tea, or the classic natural non-sweetened yogurt will help replenish the good bacteria necessary to rebalance the immune system starting with the gut. Anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, turmeric with some good quality coconut oils and cayenne and black pepper will also help jumpstart the immune system.
Third will be a longer process of Elimination that takes time. Top of the list is to eliminate all processed sugar, white flour, rice, pasta, bread. Another burden to the liver is alcohol and should also be eliminated. This can be done gradually over time to help re-train the taste buds to no longer desire sweets. As you begin to eliminate these nutrition-deprived foods from your diet, the colon will ease up its burden and start to work more efficiently in excreting backed up feces and sediment.
The fourth quadrant represents discovering what works on your skin naturally. Less is more in this category and should be done carefully. Skin products with ingredients that are natural and singular will help you isolate what works and does not. Intensive Emollients such as ELAJ Eczema Therapy offers a natural alternative to the synthetic ingredients of many eczema products on the market today and without the side effects of hydrocortisone / topical steroid therapies. Soaking in certain mineral salt baths such as ELAJ DEAD SEA SALTS or oatmeal can alleviate skin distress. Explore how essential oils in a vaporizer can alter a bio-physical inner calm and relax your muscular reactions immediately.
The center point in all this is of course, is stress. Don't discount the impact of stress on your immune system. The minute you suspect stress triggers in your life at work, family, school, you've got to find your refuge and pull back into protective mode. Whether in the form of outdoor activities or exercise or yoga or listening to music or good ol' NETFLIX marathons to veg out in bed and disconnect from the world, there has to be an outlet.
Stop obsessing over your skin. Shift focus from your skin inwards. The more you add natural immune-boosting habits to your life, the sooner you'll start to see your skin become more manageable.
Let the healing begin...