Supporting your skin whilst healing
Living with eczema can so often feel very far from an ideal world. Your skin can sometimes feel so dry that no amount of creams, lotions, emollients will ever help! There’s no shortage of creams available to use, either prescribed by your doctor or over the counter to purchase, but in an ideal world we wouldn’t need to add moisture our skin.
Check the ingredients
I recently posted a link to an article about skin products containing mineral oil – you can read if here. Many, if not all, of the products targeted at eczema sufferers contain mineral oil – a petroleum based product.
Did you know?
- Mineral Oil helps the product spread across your skin very easily – that silky smooth feeling is actually the mineral oil.
- Mineral Oil is “comedogenic” – meaning it blocks your pores. This isn’t ideal, our skin needs to breath and blocked pores can’t breathe. Skin will also be more susceptible to black heads and acne.
What’s the alternative?
There is a growing range of natural based skin creams and lotions available from health foods stores and small batch production from local suppliers. My clients tell me they would love to only use these products, but given the volume of topical creams, they find they are using this can be just too expensive long term.
Make your own
A great option. Not only will you know exactly what you are putting into the cream, and then on your body, it is very economical if you need a lot of cream. There are lots of recipes out there to try.
Here are some of the ingredients I like to use when making my own soothing creams.
The great thing about making your own cream is you can add in healing tinctures, oils and supplements according to your needs. Sign up to my newsletter below and I will send you a PDF full of information about making your own cream and what you can add into it to support your skin.
SUPPORTING your skin.
These healing creams will not make the symptoms disappear but they will ease them and make them more bearable. It will allow your skin to breathe, and ensure your body is absorbing healing essentials rather than toxic ingredients which you find in many commercial creams. I encourage all my patients to swap over to natural skin products during treatment.
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Petroleum Jelly / “Vaseline” / mineral oil / Petrolatum / liquid paraffin / paraffin oil ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This substance is found in many many products for eczema sufferers (and a ton of our body and beauty products). It’s job is to make the skin feel super soft and smooth. It acts as a barrier on the skin. And it does its job very well – a little too well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That softness you are feeling is NOT your skin, it’s the product sitting ON TOP of your skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This product coats the skin with a film – it stops anything coming into contact with the skin but it also stops the skin from doing on the very things it needs to do.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our skin needs to breath – to release toxins from our body through perspiration and in order to do that our pores need to be open. Using products with petroleum in them block the pores and effectively stop the skin breathing. This means any toxins in our body are trapped and cannot be released. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Please read the labels of the products you are using. Can you swap your petroleum based products for a natural alternative? If your skin is super dry you want to ease that feeling, however using these products is not a solution. In the long run you are increasing your toxic load by using them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This ingredient is a by-product of the petrochemical industry – a waste product. So why is it anywhere near our skin?