Monday, March 8, 2010

Preventing Eczema Flare Ups One Day at a Time

Eczema is another common problem in women of color, especially black women.  Our skin is inherently dry by nature. Couple that with dietary factors and eczema is the result.

While many people view eczema as an external disease, it's actually internal.  Muscle response testing can get to the root of what foods are causing you to have a reaction that's appearing in your skin. Getting the proper testing done will help you isolate the problem.  I suggest seeing a kinesiologist or other alternative health practitioner that performs muscle response testing.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to prevent Eczema Flare Ups and make them less irritating:
  • Avoid common foods linked to eczema: wheat, gluten, soy, dairy sugar, and corn
  • Avoid products containing known allergens: sodium laurel sulfate, fragrances, dyes
  • Avoid materials made of polyester and wool
  • Invest in an air purifier for each room of your home to minimize dust mites and other allergens
  • For soothing your skin:
    • Bathe in water with added oatmeal
    • Bath in water with a few drops of Olive oil, Chamomile or Lavender essential oil added 
    • Moisturize with heavy emollients and body balms such as Organic Shea Butter
An advocate for women of color seeking to have healthier skin by natural means, Michelle Howard helps with this pursuit by providing an array of information and skin care resources.  Subscribe to her Skin Natural newsletter for monthly tips and beauty information and receive a Basically Beautiful Tips Guide.

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