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How to Choose the Best Treatment for Eczema By Skin Type

By Laura Dolgy (see bio below)

If you didn’t already know, eczema comes in many different forms. Although eczema is known for being itchy and dry, it is also known for causing sores, welts, redness, and scaly skin. If you’ve been frantically searching the web looking to classify your type of eczema and find the best treatment for it, but have been unsuccessful, you’ll want to read this post! In it we breakdown the most common forms of eczema, as well as the best natural treatment for eczema by type. Read more

How to Treat Your Greasy Scalp: Is Baking Soda Helpful or Hurtful?

By Allan Mak (see bio below)

If you’re reading this, then you must be asking yourself:

Why is my hair always greasy? OR

What causes oily hair all of a sudden?

Today, I want to talk to you about everything HAIR — about the chemistry of hair and how you can minimize dermatitis that takes the form of greasy scalp or waxy buildup on scalp and prevent further damage to your locks at the same time. Read more

4 Ways to Relieve Seborrheic Dermatitis

With winter just around the corner, little patches of itchiness are starting to pop up everywhere.  Cooler climates and harsh temperatures make it difficult to keep skin from breaking out – especially your scalp. Read more

All About Psoriasis: An Infographic

All about psoriasis

Check out these soothing natural remedies for psoriasis.

Why Manuka Honey Heals Eczema Naturally

I am a big believer in the healing properties of Manuka Honey for eczema. Why? Because it is the key ingredient in our go-to eczema cream. The one that has helped my son’s chronic dry, scaly eczema as well as my daughter’s more minor, red inflamed eczema. The natural cream I’m in love with, not just because it provides relief for my children, but because it really works wonders on my overly dry, sensitive skin. My husband (who is very anti-skin care products) even uses it on his face! But I digress, let’s talk more about the Manuka Honey – eczema benefits. Read more

Psoriasis is Much More Than a Skin Disease

We haven’t featured much about psoriasis on our blog to date, but I’d like that to change. The condition is very similar to eczema, both physically and psychologically. so I hope today’s post will be both educational and inspiring for everyone. I love that the Skin Impressions campaign is helping those with chronic skin conditions to feel comfortable in their skin again.

– Jennifer Read more

Healing Your Gut Series: What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome And How It May Apply To You!

Healing Your Gut Series

Healing Your Gut Series: What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome & How It May Apply To You!

By Josh Gitalis (bio below)

If you or your child suffers from allergy-driven conditions like eczema, psoriasis, asthma or allergies, you are likely well aware of the difficulty in treating these conditions. The first line therapies consist of various forms of steroids, and they only bring temporary relief. These conditions manifest from the inside out, so it is no wonder that these treatments are ineffective over the long-term. Read more

Soap Nuts: A Natural Laundry Detergent & Soap for Eczema

I met today’s guest blogger online a few years ago when I was just starting the blog. I was reaching out to online support groups and found Heidi at her eczema FB support page and immediately loved her natural approach. We’d been using soap nuts for a while at that point, so when I saw she loved them as I did, we started chattering away about them. Eventually I asked her if she’d honor us with a story about why she started using soap nuts and she went a few steps further – including tips, facts, and even a recipe for making soap nut liquid!

Again, a big thanks to Heidi for her post!

– Jennifer

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Developing a Thick Skin: Coping with Psoriasis as a Kid

 

By Hannah

Everyone always said I was a pretty little girl.

My parents were often complimented on my beautiful olive skin and big brown eyes, and my cheeky grin always got me out of trouble.

Then, at seven years old, I developed psoriasis. It first appeared on my knees, and elbows, easily mistaken as schoolyard war wounds.

Months later, it covered 70% of my body.

It became so aggressive and uncontrollable; I was admitted to hospital at eight, for several weeks of intensive coal tar and UVB light treatment.

I still remember; I hated the food, the smell of the coal tar, and being very hot with full-body bandages on under my pajamas.

I guess maybe they thought it would cure me. Not for life, but for now, so I could go on and have a normal childhood. That wasn’t to be.

As I was diagnosed at such a young age, I didn’t really understand that I looked frightening, or that people wouldn’t want to be around me because of it. I just wore my little dresses, and got on with my game of Barbies.

It was at around ten years old that things started to change.

Simply, I started to like boys. And I wanted them to like me.

I didn’t have much luck, so I sat back and watched as my friends played ‘kiss and catch’, or involved themselves in day-long ‘relationships’ that consisted of standing near one of the boys from class, and maybe, just maybe, holding hands.

Unfortunately, as I’d been so carefree with uncovering my skin in earlier years, everyone in my school had seen it, made their judgments, and weren’t interesting in coming near me.

While kids are, of course, going to be cruel, it was comments from adults that still sting in my mind from this period.

I remember attending a swim meet at another school, and standing beside the pool watching a race in my swimsuit.

A parent came up behind me, and gasped.

“What’s wrong with your back dear, my gosh, that looks horrible, is that a burn? Oh, my, that looks painful.”

Yes, lady. It is painful, and no it’s not a burn. The 11 year-old me wanted to scream at her for bringing attention to it.

 “Gosh, it looks like a jellyfish sting or something. Oh, my gosh.”

It was times like those growing up in New Zealand was tough – the disease isn’t common, and there’s a real lack of awareness.

I was an alien.

But when I started at highschool, I had another shot.

The kids from my old school were lost in the crowd, and I had a chance to be seen as ‘normal’ among those who hadn’t known me as a child.

I tried to hide my skin wherever possible, and finally got some attention from the boys.

But it was the girls; that saw me getting changed in gym class or in my swimsuit at the pool who made me feel worthless.

One jibe in particular stayed with me;

“If I looked like you, I’d kill myself.”

I’ve never been able to forgive that girl. I was fourteen, and you can bet I cried myself to sleep that night, and many nights afterwards.

The one thing that kept me strong through my school years was my good, close friends. They accepted me as I was, protected me and stood up for me, and I’m not sure I would have made it through without them.

My parents had no experience with psoriasis, but did their best to comfort me – they were always there for a cuddle when I’d had a particularly bad day at school, and were quick to snap me out of it when I slipped too far into self-pity.

Today, the painful comments and looks I received as a child and a teenager still sting. The way people treated me has impacted my interactions with others as an adult hugely, and it wasn’t until I went through a course of therapy six months ago that I finally started to let go. I wish I’d done it earlier.

At 25, I feel like I’m only just now coming into my own, accepting myself with my skin condition, and moving on from past hurts. I’m stronger now, and my opinion of myself is far more important than what others have to say about me.

There’s a lot of irony in psoriasis giving you a thick skin!

You can follow Hannah on Twitter at @prttyimperfect.

Our Eczema Trials – Wet Wrap Therapy

Wet wrapping therapy is a miracle short-term fix for moderate to severe eczema, psoriasis, allergic contact dermatitis, and even dermatomyositis.

While in no means a cure, wet wraps can offer a much needed break from the everyday stress of dry, itchy eczema and many other skin conditions. Results can be dramatic after one time, but it will usually take 1-2 days with wrapping 2-3x per day before major changes in the skin can be seen.

Wet wrapping is a commitment (both in time and energy) and can be a challenge getting little ones to cooperate. Good distraction techniques are crucial – read my tips below for wet wrapping and children. Read more

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