Eczema is a common skin condition that affects many people! Unfortunately, the dry air during the winter months can cause flare-ups and make eczema symptoms worse.
Before we get into natural ways to ease the symptoms and speed the healing of eczema – let’s go through the basics.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition, which can result in symptoms (dry, red, itchy patches) from mild to severe.
Most people don’t realize that the health of our gut and our skin are interrelated.
This means that problems within the gut will usually show up as a symptom on the skin.
What causes eczema?
- Stress (emotional, mental, physical and environmental)
- Weakened or overactive immune system
- Allergies (common known food triggers are sugar, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts)
Most digestive conditions not only cause inflammation (which will likely contribute to skin conditions) – but these conditions can also affect your immune system (as over 70% of your immune system lies in your gut)
This is why most people who struggle with certain skin conditions will also have allergies.
If you experience skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis – I highly recommend strengthening your gut (and inevitably your immune system)
If this sounds like you – I highly recommend checking out “The Hormone Reboot – Digestive Healing” in the guide section of my website.
In the meantime –
- Use a humidifier at home! Dry air will make symptoms worse, so I would consider using a humidifier while you sleep or in your office if you work from home!
- Ensure you are consuming a nutrient dense diet and enough healthy fats! Consuming more anti-inflammatory foods will be very helpful in aiding in the inflammation! Eliminate food triggers if necessary.
- Coconut oil! Applying coconut oil topically can really ease the itching and the pain brought on by the rash!
- Supplement if necessary to strengthen your immune system!
- De-stress! Try to minimize stress as a whole (emotional, mental, physical and environment). Of course – it’s almost impossible to be “stress-free”, but minimizing your stressors can mean anything from using more natural skin products to focusing on self-care.