If you have read my previous Blog Post, you will know that I have recently undergone some Allergy Testing for eczema that was appearing around my mouth. Unfortunately (or some may say luckily) I did not react to any of the test patches, meaning that I am not allergic to any of the products that I am currently working with. This means that it is an internal bodily response, rather than a topical allergic reaction.
A lot of people ask me what eczema is, how you get it and how it can be treated. Unfortunately in my case, and in many peoples cases, there is no ‘miracle cure’ to eczema. It is an internal bodily response, and everyone is different.
So what exactly does Eczema looks like?
Eczema usually appears in areas where there is a joint or significant crease in the skin, such as the inside of the elbows, behind the knees, behind the ears, ankles etc. It shows up as a red, raised and often scaly and dry area. It can become very hot and itchy, and if scratched too much can crack and bleed. If eczema appears as an allergic reaction it will often be seen on the hands, around the lips and eyelids.
Eczema is often temporarily relieved with the use of topical steroids (cortisones). These are great to get the area under control and relieve the severe discomfort that comes with a flare up, but long term use can have a negative impact on the skin.
Topical Steroids or cortisones are used to control inflammation within the skin, allowing the skin to repair and heal itself. There are however side effects from the continuous use of topical steroids. The most common and well-known is Skin Atrophy, which is the thinning of the skin. This can make the area more susceptible to eczema flare ups as the barrier or the skin is impaired. This usually only happens when the steroid is applied continuously for a long amount of time. If it is used intermittently for short bursts of a few days to a week, they can work very effectively with little side effects.
The opposite reaction is called Lichenification, which is a thickening and often darkening of the skin. This is caused by constant scratching and not applying a topical cortisone to control it.
Use of topical cortisones on and around the mouth can sometimes result in tiny pink bumps, acne, rosacea and capillary damage. It is often recommended to use cortisones only when the eczema is really bad, and then turn to a more natural remedy.
Diet can play a huge part in controlling eczema flare ups. A clean diet, without gluten, dairy or sugar can significantly decrease the chances of a flare up.
As my allergy testing results were negative, I am now applying natural oils around my mouth, using a mineral based makeup, avoiding lipsticks and working on my diet.
Pelactiv’s Precious Oils has been a God send! It is 100% natural, with 17 different plant derived ingredients to nourish and protect the skin. This, along with changing my diet has made a huge different with my skin. So far, I have not had any major flare ups. At times, I can feel the urge to itch the sides of my mouth, but it doesn’t last long.
Eczema is different for everybody. It is important to take note of what you are putting on and in your body, and the different reactions that your body will have to these products or ingredients.
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