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#1 Feb 28, 2007
I have had ezcema for the last 5 years, starting at the age of 23. I think stress triggered it, starting from one cheek and then to the other (didn't help that my hand was always on my face), then along the sides of my face and lastly to the chin and around my neck.
I've tried many different cleansers (Cetaphil does not work on me), had a few cortisone shots for temporary relief, bought an air filter, add flaxseed meal to my oatmeal, tied my hands down at night to prevent myself from itching, used elidel and protopic, exercised to reduce stress, etc. It doesn't help that I have allergies to dust/pollen/dander and nuts.
What has improved my condition was that I got a patch test done by my dermatologist which showed that I have a propylene glycol allergy, so I've eliminated numerous products containing it including store bought cakes and muffins (check food labels too!). I've recently found that Dove's cream bar works well for my face. Upon showering or washing my face, while my skin is STILL WET, I apply a small amount of vaseline on my face and body and just barely pat the skin, or let it dry on it's own. As you all know, moisture is key, and my great dermatologist let me in on this trick. Regarding makeup, Estee Lauder's Verite line, found behind the counter upon request is specifically made for super sensitive skin and is very gentle, though not on the wallet.
I've also started sipping a cup of water with 1-2 tablespoons of raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV) from organic apples mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey up to three times a day. The reason for this is that I read that inflammations are detoxification of the lymph and the skin, and ACV helps in detoxifying the body. A recent trip to the doctor made me question if my eczema was connected to my thyroid/lymph nodes since previous doctors have mentioned that they were on the larger side and these things have a huge impact on many health conditions. However tests reveal that I have no thyroid/lymph node problems, but it still makes me wonder...
Anyway, my skin is looking and feeling great (finally!(sigh), keeping my fingers crossed that i'm heading down the right path). I hope these tips help you guys out, but keep in mind everybody's bodies are slightly different.
Best of luck,
#2 Mar 9, 2007
hey debie, sounds like you got it sussed!
can i ask your advice about make-up, is the estee lauder stuff a foundation? im trying to find a good foundation to cover the red patches on my skin on particularly bad days but i find a lot of them gather in the creases and flake off when my skin gets dry. do you or nyone else have any suggestion?
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
#3 Mar 13, 2007
Hi debie can i just ask what brand of apple cider vinegar do you buy? and where from?
#4 Apr 4, 2007
As far as the outcome of latest studies going on against "fight against eczema". It is now widely accepted by all systems of medicine that the "Cycle" of Itching is to be reduced / stopped to cure eczema.
My study is based on naturopathy and I have traveled world wide. Visiting many eczema patients and collecting herbal / natural oils.
May be i can help you with treatment after knowing your complete history
I have treated many people by breaking their Itching cycle.
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For less severe people. Who are effective with eczema only on select parts (like neck, behind knee or on elbows).
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