5 top tips linking to Eczema Awareness Week
Identify common food triggers. The most common of these are cows’ milk (dairy), eggs, soya, wheat, fish and nuts. Solanceae or deadly nightshade family food groups can also cause problems with some people, these include potatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and peppers. I often find that tomatoes and orange juice can be the hidden food culprits in conditions such as eczema (and they can also make conditions such as arthritis worse too). Alcohol is another common trigger, which can dry the skin and exacerbate itching.
Avoid topical irritants. These can be found in the form of detergents and surfactants – which can range from household cleaning agents to the products we use to clean our own bodies. Choose natural, unperfumed products and don’t overwash. Also be aware that the latex gloves many people wear to protect their skin when washing up or cleaning can actually cause an allergic reaction too.
Look after your diet. Eat plenty of clean cold-water oily fish or take an Omega 3 fish oil supplement (with a good level of EPA) to help reduce some inflammation within the body. Also, keep hydrated – make sure you get your 2 litres of water a day. I like to start the day off with a glass of hot water and a squeeze of lemon to cleanse the system.
Watch out for hidden irritants. Nickel found in many jewellery items, studs of jeans, zips and watch straps can cause allergic reactions in some people, as can leather dye and tannins. Watch out if going bare foot in summer sandals or where belts and straps may touch the skin!
Finally, relax. Stress is a common trigger, which also seems to make scratching worse. Seek help if you are suffering from stress. Counselling, yoga, gentle exercise, meditation and sometime a good old chat with a trusty friend can help ease some of life’s pressures. And it’s true what they say – regular, sound sleep can help many things including the repair of skin or our ability to manage it and face the day ahead.
Lindsey works with Hope’s Relief, Australia’s #1 natural skincare range which is specially formulated to nourish deep down and help repair the skin’s natural barrier.
Picking the right skincare products is essential to help maintain healthy skin. Hopes Relief has been developed from over 35 years of research by naturopaths and is now sold worldwide. It is ‘Australia’s No.1’ Natural Eczema Cream, and received numerous awards here in the UK!
The main active ingredients in the Hopes Relief core range includes: -Organic Manuka Honey NPA 10+, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula and Licorice Root to soothe and repair damaged skin.
A pilot study showed that 93% of study participants found Hope’s Relief effective in relieving the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis as well as dry itchy skin. The range is safe and suitable for all ages from newborn babies to adults.
The range now includes:
A soap- free cleansing bar
Intensive Dry Skin Rescue cream (for severe patches),
Moisturising Lotion (for more liberal all-over-body-use),
Goats Milk body wash and
Goats Milk soap,
cooling Gel -Lotion,