Welcome to our very first blog post.
It’s only taken seven years to write this but here we are! The main purpose of this blog is to share useful information, advice and tips on how to treat eczema and related skin conditions naturally.
Hopefully I’m in a pretty good position to help. I’m Lee the founder, mother of two children who both had eczema/allergies, one of which severe enough to spend a week in hospital.
I’ve had life-long sensitive skin, the odd patch of eczema when I was younger and my late husband also had pretty bad eczema from birth and various allergies. So with this and all the suggestions we hear from our customers, we have quite a bit to share!
Where to begin… well, I suppose if you’re reading this then that’s a good start. We would encourage you to do as much research as possible because unfortunately eczema is not always straightforward. There are a lot of causes and a whole load of triggers that can make eczema worse, but thankfully there are a lot of things that can make it better : )
First and foremost STAY POSITIVE
It’s always important to remember that small things can make a difference. However finding out what makes it better and what makes it worse is hard to pinpoint, we know this will be frustrating!
As with all eczema related advice, you will come across conflicting bits of advice. We don’t claim to have all the answers but time and time again, in any situation we advise to keep things simple and avoid unnecessary additives in all aspects of life, be it washing products, food, cleaning products, cosmetics, stress etc.
Sometimes there is no defining answer but the good news is that most changes we recommend will benefit your overall health and the world we live in.
Common triggers are:
- Soap, washing powders, household cleaning products
- Perfume/fragrance in skincare, shampoo, washing powders
There are a whole host of other ingredients to avoid in everyday products which we will list soon
- Changes/extremes in weather, temperature, humidity and sweating
- House-dust mite
- Animal dander (fur and hair) and saliva
- Tree/grass/weed pollens
- Wool/synthetic clothing/rough fabric or fabric that doesn’t allow the skin to breathe
- Teething in babies
- Stress – either induces eczema or eczema increases stress
- Airborne allergens like pet dander, moulds, pollens and dust.
- Foods – Dairy, eggs, wheat, soya, artificial flavours and colours
- Hard water and chlorine at home and in the swimming pool
- Hormonal changes particularly for women. Symptoms can worsen during pregnancy or before their period. Again we are all different, we’ve heard from some lucky ladies whose eczema disappeared in pregnancy.
The list can go on and on, these are just a few common triggers. There are a few weird and wonderful allergies out there so it’s worth bearing in mind you can be allergic to anything!
Keeping a diary is a good way to monitor potential triggers for example recording food, exposure to allergens, skincare products used, stress levels, medication used etc. and compare this to the condition/severity/itchiness of your eczema.
We mentioned before that allergies can be complex. A food allergy could begin to trigger a reaction at the same time as, for example, a product that you’ve washed with, however the food allergy could take longer to show its effects meaning the food allergy could go unnoticed as you would presume it was the washing product. Awareness, experimenting and trial and error are key.
We will go into more detail in future blog posts about the points above and how to manage them.
In the meantime myself or Polly our Studio Manager will be happy to chat on (0191) 4472121 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out our website. Our customer testimonials and press reviews are worth looking over at www.briaorganics.com
Finally, we will say this a lot but everyone is different, everyone’s skin is different and allergies can come and go. We are not medically qualified, nor should this advice replace medical advice which should be sought for medical conditions such as eczema.
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