The Best Natural Products for Dermatitis & Eczema
Eczema or dermatitis (the two words can be used interchangeably), is an inflammatory skin condition often holistically associated with genetics, stress, the gut microbiome and potential nutrient deficiencies. This condition can be traced back to breastfeeding conditions and coexist with intestinal hyperpermeability, however these theories don’t always fit each case. Attempting to pinpoint the cause can be tricky.
We get daily enquiries at TLO on which natural beauty products are best to treat this irritating condition. Our approach to natural beauty care is to start with clean beauty products & always approach your clean beauty routine for any inflammatory skin concerns with calm before treat method. We love Pure Jojoba
Of the key treatment protocols for Eczema, reduction of inflammation will help to alleviate the symptoms that cause the most grief. Traditionally, the topical solution are corticosteroids provided by prescription. However once taken off this medication, often withdrawal from the steroid increases the incidence of flare up and we are right back to where we started. In the middle of a flare up, the mind numbing itch, heat and soreness can be exhausting. This is where lifestyle factors can play a crucial role in calming problem skin.
Cool showers (we know its difficult in the depths of Melbourne winter), breathable fabrics, stress management and adequate intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A rich foods can play a role in dampening immune reaction and rebuilding of the skin.
Keeping the beast at bay
In the middle of the flare up, we want to calm before we treat. Therefore, your topical vitamin A’s can prove to be too strong further compromising the skin’s integrity. Considers Agent Nature The Holi Trinity, a restorative, soothing, nourishing ménage à trois for ambient supple skin. Choosing natural skincare products with skin building nutrients such as Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) at a low percentage (5%) can work to reduce redness and strengthen a barrier that is inflamed and potentially compromised by the dreaded itch. Try Cellular Repair Sans Ceuticals
While probiotic treatment is often discussed in the mainstream it must be remembered there are specific strains of bacteria to treat the skin condition itself. Often accompanied by other gut and/or stress issues, there are many probiotics to choose from targeting the skin. Should your flares be linked to other mechanisms, we suggest leaving the prescription to a qualified holistic/integrative practitioner ie. nutritionist, naturopath. Include naturally occurring pre and probiotic rich foods into your meals to promote a diverse microbiome, this includes yoghurt (cows milk free), whole grains like brown rice and oats (steel cut), . Furthermore, anthocyanin’s are a potent antioxidant, naturally occurring in plant foods that are red, purple, blue or black. These foods, typically berries, are also brilliantly rich in vitamin C to support immune health.
Some more TLO picks for eczema prone skin
- TBC Magnesium and White Tea body balm
- pH Perfect Hand and Body Wash
- Ph Balance Calming Toner
- Pro+Ectoin Soothing Cream
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