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Eczema, otherwise known as dermatitis, is an annoying skin condition characterized by dry, scaling, itchy, flaking skin that can ooze and bleed depending on the amount you scratch it. Many people experience eczema as a child only to have it return at some point in adulthood. The patches of affected skin can occur anywhere on the body, including your hands, ears, face, scalp, trunk, arms, or legs. It might appear to "spread" all over then recede without warning or cause. Take heart, besides slathering yourself with corticosteroid creams, there are some safe natural therapies you can begin just in time for summer clothes.
First, if you haven’t already done this it’s time to read labels of your skin care, hair care and cleaning products. Switch out to the natural stuff and get rid of the chemicals. What you apply to your hair and skin should not contain: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dye, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan, or sodium-lauryl/laureth-sulfate. Cleaning supplies and air fresheners are full of chemicals that your skin does not need.
Second, time to look at your diet as research shows inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract can erupt on your skin. Common causes of food allergies and food intolerances include (but are not limited to): wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, nuts, and coffee. Does this mean you should eliminate everything and see? Maybe. You might want to ask your health care provider for food intolerance testing or eliminate the top two offenders (wheat and dairy) for four weeks and see how you do. Then move down the line. I know several people who flare with dairy or corn. Others are worse with coffee.
Third, speaking of diet, it’s time to get the sugar out. I mean all of it! Sugar is a major inflammatory food and your skin is already inflamed so don’t make it worse. Cut out the actual white and brown sugar in desserts and snacks and then start reading labels on your box of granola bars, cereal, bottles of coffee drinks, and containers of yogurt. You will be surprised by what you see. Aim to go completely sugar-free for 30 days in the name of health and watch the results.