I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CLn Skin Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. We hope you find relief for your eczema through this article.
Would it surprise you to discover that approximately 20 Million Americans suffer from eczema? And 20% of them are children! According to a survey conducted in 2003; those numbers were higher in the East Coast states, as well as in Nevada, Utah, and Idaho. Well, shoot! We just moved FROM Idaho to Utah. I have no hope against Eczema. Or do I?
Struggles with Eczema
I am one of those unlucky few that battle eczema. I have suffered from it since I was a kid actually. I have two different kinds of eczema that I battle. The worse my doctor called Chemical Eczema that is found on my hands. It is the nasty stuff that itches like crazy, then bubbles with a clear liquid inside your skin. Then it pops, oozes for days (I probably should have warned you it would be gross). And then it burns, bleeds, and continues to itch like crazy while it heals.
Add to that; then it begins to make your skin peel. Which then peels deep and causes more pain. And then the process starts all over again unless you can figure out what is triggering the reaction and keep your skin clear of it.
Well my luck; my “chemical eczema” is triggered by a large number of things. Many of which I can’t stay away from. You know things like water. I have to wash my hands. I have to take showers. So the best I can do is make sure I treat my eczema the best I can. And if I stay on top of the regime I can find temporary relief and sometimes it will even go away for a few weeks!
How to treat eczema to find relief
In Oct 2011 I talked about how to relieve eczema irritation. I’m going to cover some of those tips today as well as add a few new ones I have learned since then. Mostly we want to find relief from the eczema irritation. And mostly I want to see a lot of those options that are natural. Because really who wants to be dependent upon a steroid prescription cream for the rest of their lives? Not me! Not to mention that you can only use steroid creams for 2 weeks at a time. What do you do the rest of the time? You use these tips!
- Always use gloves when cleaning, washing dishes, washing pets, washing kids, etc.
- Use green and natural products in your home– stay away from chemical filled products; use the most natural and gentle cleaners
- Use specialized lotion often. Most specifically look for lotions that are designed specifically for eczema treatment.
- Use soothing Essential oils. I have found some essential oils that aide a lot in soothing my Eczema irritation such as Baby Me and Sego Lily applied with a nice Calendula carrier oil. It soothes the burning and itching; so you can resist scratching so it can heal.
- Bathe often (in WARM baths) to keep your skin clean
- Use oatmeal/baking soda bath soak. Use special oatmeal bathing packets and add in 1/2 cup baking soda in your bath water and soak. It aides in soothing your skin and helping to calm the irritation.
- Use Epsom Salts in baths
- Honey. Make a salve with natural honey to help heal your skin. Apply honey directly onto the affected areas of the skin. Leave it there for 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
- Eat healthy, get enough sleep, avoid stress, basically take good care of your body. It can trigger or make worse your flare up if you don’t.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don’t Scratch! If at all possible don’t scratch! It can make it worse, take longer to heal and sometimes even spread it.
- If having a bad itching fest; soak affected area in Salt water for 10 minutes, pat dry and apply healing lotions. The salt water helps to clean out what is triggering the reaction, aides in healing and also helps to calm the itch.
- Use MILD and natural cleaners like CLn Facial Cleanser and CLn BodyWash.
- When all else fails; use the Prescription topical steroid creams. But be sure to follow strict doctors orders. Using for prolonged time will make them no longer effective and then you are out of luck. I use these as a very last resort and I just can’t take it any longer. I always use all the steps before this one first.
Let’s talk a little bit more about the CLn Facial Cleanser and BodyWash. These two things I just recently learned about. I knew the importance of using very mild and gentler hand wash, body wash, etc. But those are harder to find. And my eczema is super sensitive. So a lot of the “sensitive” body washes still trigger my eczema.
I was excited to try out the CLn Skin Care system. CLn Skin Care is a gentle, non-drying wash that effectively cleanses skin prone to eczema, infection, acne, folliculitis and other conditions. It’s quite simple to use too. Their products can be used daily and are designed to aide in healing and stop irritation.
Simply lather on the BodyWash or Facial Cleanser, wait up to 2 minutes for the BodyWash and 30 seconds to a full minute for the Facial Cleanser. Then rinse. The Facial Cleanser also is oil-free, hypoallergenic formula has no dyes, parabens or fragrance and helps maintain the skin’s moisture balance.
I have been using the CLn Skin Care system for approximately 3 weeks now. The results? Well, for me they are quite nice. I developed a basic eczema rash on my leg this spring. It is something that comes every spring. It is different from my chemical eczema on my hands. But it is irritating all the same. Usually it goes away in a few weeks. But this year it is being stubborn and not leaving.
After three weeks of using CLn BodyWash; my leg is no longer inflamed. The skin isn’t as irritated and although it still looks bad; at least it is on the mend now. It doesn’t itch as badly and has begun to heal.
Yeah, that picture is my leg about 75% improved! Just imagine how bad it was before!
As for my chemical eczema on my hands, it used to be on four fingers, full force and spreading. After three weeks it is now down to being only on one finger, and is in the cycle of trying to heal with occasional flare ups. But that is a huge leap of improvement for me, going from on almost half of my fingers down to now only on one finger!
What are your top tips to treat eczema?