A lot of you probably don’t know this, as I am usually pretty socially closed off when it comes to my problems, but I have suffered from eczema for practically my whole life. Many times, when kids have issues like this, they can resolve as they grow closer to or even into adulthood. Well, that was the case for me, but unfortunately, it returned even worse than it was before, about 10 years ago.
The primary reason I am opening up about this is to help others out there who [deplorably] have eczema as well. It can be really, really hard to find information that helps clear up even a little bit of the itchiness and pain. And over the years, I have tried SO many different things, using my body as the test dummy, in an almost trial and error like way. Now, I present them to you in hopes that it helps even just one of you in the tiniest way. But, I think it will help more than you know! Trust me, I have tried almost everything and now have a ton of different ways to keep that ugliness at bay!
Before we get into some of the accommodating stuff, one of the things that really helps in knowing what can and can’t work (to get rid of or decrease the effects of eczema) is knowing what it is in the first place. Eczema is a grouping of conditions that cause your skin to turn red, itchy, inflamed, and sometimes quite painful. Over 30 million people in America alone have eczema, so don’t feel alone because you definitely aren’t. What causes it? Well, we aren’t entirely sure, but Docs think it is a combination of genetics, immune system malfunctions, and your environment. This can be very frustrating, I know. But if we take a control approach, we can get rid of some of that frustration. We can’t control our genetics, so there is no reason to get upset about that. Accept it and move on to something we can control. Welp, we can’t control our immune system malfunctioning randomly, so let’s just accept that fact and move on to something else we can control. Here we go, our environment! Now that is something we can control. This is what we surround ourselves with. Water, animal dander, soaps, lotions, etc. If we can figure out some of the things that trigger or get our eczema to flare up, then we can try to minimize how often we get those flare ups. For example, my eczema mostly flares up when I shower in hard water. And especially after I shave in hard water. Oh My Gosh. Terrible. It stings like nobody’s business! Guess what though, I am renting this house, and can’t afford to put a water softener in. BUT, I found an alternative that, so far, has helped a ton.
Let’s just dive right in and get to some of the primary ways I manage my eczema [including the alternative mentioned above], which I hope you steal from me and use for yourselves! Heck that’s the purpose of this post, so you better!
- Shower Head Water Softener/Filter
This is like having a mini water softener! Seriously, this is awesome. It takes like 3 minutes to install, or for your fiancé to install, in my case. And it works wonders. As I mentioned above, hard water tends to kick my skins butt, but after I put this thing on my shower, it made a world of difference. If I had to put a percentage on it, I’d say it slowed or rid of my eczema by 65%. It only costs like $31 at the time of this post, and even if it doesn’t get rid of your eczema, it makes your skin feel so much smoother! Your soaps and shampoos will lather and bubble so much better, and…just get it. Trust me. Here is a link, you’ll be happy you did.
- Homemade Lotions/Oils
After trying tons of different lotions from the drugstore, I have found that putting certain oils together help me more than store bought ones with chemicals that may have adverse effects. If you want to add other things, do it! The lotion world is your oyster! Have fun with it, make concoctions like you were the herbal doctor in the 13th century. If you’re here looking for remedies, you are already experiencing issues, so there is only one way to go, and that is towards fixing you right up.
Kara’s Super Awesome Eczema Oily Lotion
- ½ c Beeswax – All Natural (melted)
- ½ c Coconut Oil (melted)
- ¼ c Olive Oil
- ¼ c Almond Oil
- 2 tsp Jojoba Oil
- 2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Mix them together well and store in a semi-cool dry place. Keep in mind, this is an oily lotion, but I think that is what makes it help so much. It really soaks in, and for longer than a thicker lotion would. Also, it isn’t as oily as you think from reading the ingredients. Depending on the temperature of your house, the Coconut Oil will probably harden and the Beeswax will definitely harden. So, it is smooth and creamy. But with enough oil to melt in and stay on long enough for the stinging and annoyingness to go away after a shower. P.s. This is my personal concoction, which I am thinking about bottling and selling, so 1. Use it but don’t steal it for your own success. Come up with your own if you want to make money. Lol. 2. Let me know if it helps you! That way I have more confidence in putting it to the market! 😊
- Shower Temperature
This one is more of a hint, and should probably be in the helpful hints section below, but it is so important I gave it its own number. Lol. Numbers make everything more important! Don’t judge me. Anyways, I know how great a hot, steamy shower feels especially in the winter, and even more especially to temporarily get rid of the itchiness… But it just isn’t great for your eczema. In fact, it makes it worse. Eczema is dry, redness of your skin. Hot water dries out your skin. Boom. Don’t do it. Just take lukewarm showers. If you’re feeling dangerous, take a hot shower every once in a while, if you’re up for the eczema flareup that might follow. But seriously, cool the temp out on your showers and you should notice a difference, if not right away, in the long run.
Helpful Hints/Tips: If you don’t make your own Kara’s Super Awesome Eczema Oily Lotion, then only purchase All Natural ones from the store or online. Chemicals just don’t help. Oh, another big one: When shaving, don’t use shaving cream. Use Coconut Oil, or another oil that you like. Shaving cream has chemicals that can dry you out, and typically have fragrances that can irritate your skin even more. Oh another! Take shorter showers. Water dries your skin out (as you know if you wash lots of dishes like me), so the longer the shower or bath, the drier your skin will be. I’m not saying be a stinker, I am just saying, don’t stay in the shower longer than you need to; be mindful of your eczema as much as possible. Well, that’s all I have for you right now. As I continue to try other methods, and find the ones that work, I will periodically come back and add on to this list, so be sure to Subscribe to stay up to date and get the newest, best info on how to calm your eczema! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I really hope it helped a little! Let me know in the comments section below!! Thanks for stopping by!