I have been meaning to write this post for some time now, and the time has come. I have had great talks with two different people just this week about how I was able to manage, deal with, and eventually get rid of eczema on my body. As I prepared for this post, I did some digging thru my external drive to find images to share with you. When I see these images it makes me a little emotional, to be honest. It makes me wonder what people thought when they would see my body covered in red rashes. Well actually, I know what some thought on my trip to Mexico……the locals laughed at and said I got attacked by mosquitos! My heart weeps when I see others struggle with what I had once really struggled with. And because I know the feelings, pain, and the struggle, I want to share this with everyone in hopes that they may find answers to helping, maintaining, or even getting rid of eczema that affects them.
So, as to avoid all of my stories of scratching, weeping, bleeding, and wrapping my arms and legs so I wouldn’t scratch or to help maintain the weeping of eczema that I dealt with, I will now share with you things that I believe helped me to continually to get better and to maintain clear skin now for 11 years. I do believe that it is a process, and everything that I tried helped my progression. Now these things may not work for you, but if it feels right, give them a try. Many things that I tried worked for quite some time and then it seemed like my body became immune to it. I was never able to get it completely gone with just one product or trick. So definitely give things a try, don’t give up. You can find relief.
- Freederm HC. I often forget to tell people about this amazing cream when I begin to tell them of things that have helped me. I probably forget because it was 2006 when I used it! Here is a before and after picture of my legs when I began to use Freederm HC. This is possibly after a week or two of using it. I used this cream until it seemed to do all that it could for me, and it was time to try something else. After using the cream, things did stay improved and eliminated the weeping of the rash. Freederm HC is highly recommended!
2. Hazelwood Necklace. I stumbled on to this site after my sister-in-law told me about their teething necklaces. I began to read all of the testimonials on the site and came across the testimonials for eczema. WOW. I couldn’t wait to get these necklaces for me and my family to try out. My first order I got a necklace for me and for my oldest son who has eczema as well. (His just isn’t as extreme as mine was.) My son noticed how much it helped, that whenever he has a breakout, he goes and gets his necklace on. The hazelwood necklace helped me out a lot as well and I feel like it was the last step that my body needed to eliminate the majority of eczema that I had. (Side note: after I saw a change for my son and I. I got a hazelwood + amber beads necklace for my baby when he was 6 months old. He has been a dream as far as teething goes, compared to my other three kids. If he doesn’t have his necklace on for 3 to 4 weeks, eczema starts to breakout on him.) I absolutely love these necklaces. Read the testimonials for yourself!! Oh, and when you click on the Hazelwood Necklace link, you should receive a 10% off coupon. If not, let me know…
(Here is what the necklace with the amber beads looks like. Just needed to get a cute picture in this post somehow of my little guy.)
3. O’Keeffe’s Hand Cream. While visiting family in Utah, my husband and I went into a grocery store and I caught this cream out of the corner of my eye. I figured it was worth a shot. My hands had massive cracks in them and looked similar to the picture on the packaging. Oh, how it HURT the first few times that I put on this cream! But pretty much everything at that point hurt, even water. I decided to faithfully try this cream, and it helped immensely. With this cream, the canyons on my fingers and palms were gone! I keep this cream on hand if and when my hands begin to crack, what a lifesaver!
4. I eliminated harsh chemicals in my everyday. Ok, follow me here. I had come to the conclusion that I needed to minimize my everyday products with chemicals, and limit my hands in water. My hands have been the hardest to clear up, but they are 90% clear!
– I changed my deodorant to Arm & Hammer Deodorant. By doing this, it eliminated aluminum and antiperspirant. Now get this, when I changed to this deodorant not only did I feel like I was eliminating chemicals BUT I got all new white shirts to see if the myth that my darling husband told me was true, and it is! I can honestly say that I no longer have armpit stains in my t-shirts and undershirts. Fist bump….I’m not kidding! Can you believe that my husband didn’t tell me why he preferred deodorant over antiperspirant/deodorant until 2 years ago. When he told me that the antiperspirant is what causes armpit stains, I realized that in the 14 years that we have been married, he has NEVER had armpit stains! Yes, I admit, my husband schooled me on this and I am pleased.
– I know this may sound gross, but I noticed a difference. I shampoo and condition my hair once a week. On other days of the week, I wash my hair with baking soda. That reminds me, I need to refill my baking soda container in my shower! Check out this post at Hello Giggles, she explains it well.
– I went from taking a wet washcloth and cleaning my counter tops, to spraying them with tough and tender from Melaleuca and wiping them off. This keeps my hands out of the water which seems to agitate eczema. And it smells great! Win-win in my book. I also use many other Melaleuca products that due to the fact that they have eliminated the harsh chemicals!
These are the top 4 things that I can think of right off of my head that have helped me. What are some things that you have tried and saw improvements on eczema?