Face Treatment for Your Type of Skin
When I was 13 or so I remember getting my first pimple, my internal alarm told me I had to do something about it, oh yeah pop it… to be honest there was some sort of twisted satisfaction on seeing the ugly zit burst against the mirror of my parents vanity. I got into the bad habit of playing with all my pimples until one day my face got bright red and I realized that that wasn’t the best approach. Later in life I realize that pimples weren’t the worse thing in the universe, although at that time I thought they were, there are many other skin condition that are just as annoying and worrisome for many
Some of you have asked me about natural remedies for various ailments. Eczema is one.
Eczema is a skin condition triggered by a sort of allergic reaction. It can cause chronic inflammation of the skin, with itching, redness and even open sores in the worst cases. Doctors sometimes prescribe corticosteroid creams, or prescription medications that suppress the body’s immune response.
For some people, eczema is triggered by a specific allergen in the diet or environment, but others may never be able to identify what’s causing their skin inflammation. One natural, sensible approach to controlling eczema is to change the diet, just as with acne, certain foods will trigger a reaction. Eating anti-inflammatory foods, such as wild salmon, flaxseed, olives, olive oil, and walnuts, may help quell inflammation in the body.
It’s also helpful to avoid any products that appear to make symptoms worse, such as harsh soaps or personal products. Consider bathing in warm, rather than hot, water, and remember to moisturize the skin immediately after bathing, with a mild, hypoallergenic moisturizer. My favorite is organic coconut oil, I purchase a large container at Costco, and they have the best deal. Because oils need water in order to be absorbed, I keep it in the shower and spread on my whole body while I am wet. Then I pad myself dry so most of the oil is absorbed. Although it can be a little greasy, organic coconut oil makes a great moisturizer. For flare-ups, consider applying pure aloe vera gel, obtained directly from the plant you can find aloe leaves at Whole Foods and other health food stores. Some experts recommend taking supplemental gamma-linolenic acid. This is a natural fatty acid found in certain plant oils, such as primrose, black currant, and borage. These are as supplements that can be taken by mouth. Try taking 500 mg, twice a day, for several weeks.
Finally, in keeping with our theme this month, I should mention that it may be helpful to reduce stress in your life as much as possible, as there’s a potential connection between stress and this type of skin disorder.