HOW TO COPE WITH ECZEMA / ATOPIC DERMATITIS

Today I'm going to write about eczema, in other words atopic dermatitis. I have been a long term eczema sufferer myself and I feel like I can finally say that I know how to heal it. 

So I decided to write this post to share some of the tips and tricks that I've found to be helpful to make your healing journey a bit easier. 

1. FIND THE INTERNAL REASON:

So the first step in healing eczema is getting rid of the internal reasons that might be causing your eczema in the first place. For us, atopics, it is usually one or more of the food intolerances that may be causing our ezcema. 

I found out I was sensitive to:
Dairy, gluten, certain spices, like vanilla and parsley, certain types of nuts, like peanuts, and high histamine foods like canned foods, fermented foods, strawberries, tomatoes and citrus foods. I will make a complete list of the foods that I am sensitive to, if anyone’s interested, but everyone is different and you might not be sensitive to the exact same foods that I am sensitive to.


2. AVOID TRIGGERS:

There are also a lot of things that make our skin worse, like taking long baths or staying in the shower for too long, hot water exposure, sweating, stress, wearing wool, etc.

There are really 4 things you should keep in mind when healing:
a. Choosing the right skincare
b. Eating the right foods
c. Keeping your stress levels down
d. Having a positive attitude towards your healing journey


3. SKINCARE:

As for skincare, less is more. There is really one or two products you need to keep your skin healthy. I found that you should really stay away from any perfumes or essential oils, as that can further aggravate your skin.

Using an unscented natural moisturizer is best, and as there are not a lot of options out there, I recommend making your own one.

TIP 1: Before showering, put on your homemade moisturizer, so that way your skin will be protected from any unneccessary water loss. And of course, when you’re done showering, repeat the proccess.

TIP 2: Normally don’t stay in the shower for too long. I just do my essentials, and then get out. I never shower and wash my hair at the same time; I do these separately to avoid any unnecessary chemical exposure on my body.

You’ll learn how to choose your skincare products wisely. I use a natural and unscented shampoo for my hair, and for my body, I don’t really use anything, just plain water and sometimes cold-pressed olive oil, if I have it on hand.

Another thing that helped me with my skin is start using high quality plant oils into my routine. I found that some top plant oils for ezcema are; coconut oil, tamanu oil, hemp seed oil, argan oil, rosehip seed oil and sea-buckthorn oil. 

But my favourite one would have to be sea-buckthorn oil. I sometimes mix it with coconut oil and massage the mixture into my affected areas before bed. Then i wake up my skin is so nourished and soft. You do have to be careful if you don't want your sheets to get all messy, because it can leave a bright orange stain on them. 


4. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET:

The second very important thing is diet. I eat an anti-inflammatory diet for my skin. I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits with high water content, like grapes and melons.
My diet basically consists of leafy greens and other vegetables and gluten free grains. I sometimes eat fresh fish, if i know where it is coming from, and organic eggs. Just recently I have also discovered that I can tolerate fresh goat milk curd. 

I try to stay away from any processed foods, sweets and foods that are frozen. I am really strict about it, as I have a bad reaction every time, if I am not careful. The trick is to look up which foods are low histamine and anti-inflammatory, and then stick to eating them. 

I know sometime it is hard to eat so clean and be so strict about everything. but don’t let it get you down. You’re lucky that your body tells you what foods are healthy, so trust it. And there are a lot of healthy alternatives, you just have to put a little more time into it and make it yourself.


4. RELAXATION:

And another very important thing is to relax and find things that make you happy and do them often. My favourite type of relaxing is spending time in the mountains and forests. I find that fresh air is really what i need to feel best, but I also have a lot of other hobbies, like painting and being creative and spending quality time with family and friends. I also like to do little rituals before I go to bed or when I wake up. That is just when I feel most relaxed and at home with myself. I will write more bout it in the future.

So, try to find activities that bring you joy and limit activities that you have found to bring you negative stress. 


5: HAVING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS YOUR HEALING JOURNEY


And lastly, keep in mind that every healing journey takes time and that you are already on the right path to your optimal health. It can definitely be done. With patience and dedication you can achieve anything. 

TIP 3: Keep a journal of your eczema journey. Write it down when your eczema is at its worst and also keep a note of the foods you eat each day, as well as your stress levels and overall mental health. This way you will be more organised and able to recognise your individual triggers. 

Thanks for reading, I hope this post helps you in the way you need. If you like it, please subscribe or contact me directly and I hope we can share our experiences and stay in touch. <3