Tired of Eczema? Natural Treatments For Eczema!

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I think of our skin as an external reflection of what is happening internally. As naturopaths, our goal is to find the root cause of dysfunction to eliminate presenting symptoms. The causes of eczema may vary. But much of the research and successful treatment strategies go back to healing the gut and supporting the microbiome. Learn how to use natural treatments for eczema below.

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What causes eczema?

Eczema can be considered “itchy from the inside out,” meaning there is inflammation in the GI tract. Inflammation is ultimately causing the skin to be excessively irritated. This leads to severe itching, dryness, and cracking; which can lead to infection.

Some children have a genetic pre-disposition to atopic disease (eczema, asthma, allergies). Genetics, combined with disturbed gut microbiome during birth through toddler years, can exacerbate the body’s ability to develop atopy. This disturbance can lead to multiple causes, including, but not limited to:

  • Antibiotics (*this is by no means stated to make any parent feel guilty for their child needing antibiotic therapy!!!)
  • Personal food sensitivities or intolerances
  • Digestive disturbance: acid reflux/acid blocking medications that affect proper breakdown of food particles
  • Excess inflammatory foods in the diet, sugar, etc.

The above considerations ultimately lead to an inflammatory response causing gut barrier dysfunction or “leaky gut”. Inflammation inside is then reflected symptomatically on the skin! The skin is trying to tell you to “look inside”!

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Natural treatments for eczema

What you can do – tried and true? BUT every case is very personal and what works for one, may not work for another:

  1. Optimize gut health for future pregnancies
  2. Support nutritionally: Reduce inflammatory foods and
    consider potential food sensitivities
  3. Reduce stress and consider the mental-emotional aspect:
    Stress is commonly associated with exacerbations
    in skin conditions. I have seen this correlation so often
    clinically, as well as with my own daughter and severe
    eczema outbreaks associated with anxiety after the
    loss of her dad. Apps for kids: “Stop, Breathe, Think”
    and Square Breathing
  4. Heal the gut: Zinc, Probiotics, vitamin D (if deficient), Turmeric, Fatty Acids / Fish Oil (I prefer Cod Liver oil because it contains Vitamins A & D, which are important for skin health and immune balance); GI demulcent herbs help to soothe and heal intestinal cells; Digestive enzymes may also be warranted in some cases.
  5. Topical treatments: I have TRIED SO MANY with little success (always caused more itching), but my favorite is Look, No X Ma. You can purchase it locally at Tailor Made Nutrition in Woodbury, MN. I also love  Frankincense, Lavender, and Rose essential oils as well.
  6. Oatmeal bath: 3/4 cup oats, ground finely, ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup coconut milk or olive oil, 1-2 drops lavender and frankincense essential oil in tepid/warm water
  7. Restorative sleep is essential to skin / tissue healing
  8. Acupressure: LI 4 is a great point to apply lavender essential oil and massage. Location is on the highest spot of the muscle where the thumb and index fingers are brought close together.

    LI4: Our Great Eliminator

  9. Cell/tissue salts, homeopathy based upon symptom picture
  10. Testing considerations (depending on personal patient
    history per the discretion of your naturopathic
    provider)

    1. Food Sensitivity Testing to determine specific
      foods that are causing inflammatory response
    2. Comprehensive Stool Analysis to assess
      microbiome and digestion
    3. Micronutrient Testing to assess potential
      deficiencies within the cell

Julia Liebich, naturopathic doctor, natural treatment, digestion, anxiety, depressionWritten by: Dr. Julia Liebich

Still have questions on how to treat eczema naturally? Dr. Julia and Dr. Katie are ready to help. We are located in Edina and Woodbury, Minnesota. As Naturopathic Doctors, our goal is to address the underlying causes and use natural medicine for treatment.

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Our Favorite Things!

Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

Are you looking for a holiday gift for your health conscious sister, wife, friend, or co-worker? Well, we have you covered! We are sharing a few of our favorite things that we really use on a regular basis.

Are you looking for a holiday gift for your health conscious sister, wife, friend, or co-worker? Well, we have you covered! We are sharing a few of our favorite things that we actually use on a regular basis. We are not being paid to talk about these, but just feel like these are so great that we have to share with you guys! Let us know if you have tried these products and what you think! Happy shopping!!

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Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

Source: http://www.rhondaallison.com

Dr. Rachel:  Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

  • I have acne-prone skin and this is the first face wash that I have used that has cleared up my skin and made it glow. I love Rhonda Allison products because they use pure, clean ingredients. I also have a travel sized face cleanser so I can be sure that I am maintaining clear and soft skin anywhere I go.
  • Dr. Katie uses this product as well and loves it!

O.R.G. Mineral Enzyme Peel
Source: https://www.orgskincare.com

Dr. Katie:  O.R.G. Mineral Enzyme Peel

  • Does your skin ever feel rough or flaky? This product will be your new bestie if so! Some peels can be harsh and irritating to the skin, but this one is very gentle and will leave your skin feeling so soft. If my skin gets too dry I will use it to slough off the dry skin and then hydrate well afterwards. Never drying and always soothing, this is a winner! Oh, and it is paraben and alcohol free! ** Check Amazon for better pricing ;).

Supplements

Ultra Flora
Source: https://www.metagenics.com/ultraflora-balance

Dr. Rachel: Metagenics Ultra Flora

I can’t live without my probiotics. I have quite a sensitive intestinal system so I often have episodes of bloating, gas or irregular bowel movements. My probiotic keeps me regular and supports my immune system.

Vital Protein Collagen Powder
Source: https://www.vitalproteins.com/

Dr. Katie:  Vital Protein Collagen Powder

  • Concerned about gut health? Skin? Joints? We have you covered here! I love this because it has so many benefits and is incredibly easy to take. Simply add a scoop to your coffee and/or soup and you won’t even know it is there. Support your local business and pick this up at Tailor Made Nutrition in Woodbury.

In the Kitchen

Vitamix Blender
Source: https://www.vitamix.com

Dr. Rachel: Vitamix Blender

  • This one is a bit of a splurge, but is so worth it! You can use it to make so many different types of things from protein shakes to soups to riced cauliflower to making your own almond flour and almond butter! If a blender and food processor had a baby, this is what you would get! It is easy to use and to clean and it keeps my food choices healthy and affordable. And that copper blender – so pretty!!

  Source: https://www.target.com/

Dr. Katie: Food Processor

  • Ok, so I have to admit I don’t have a Vitamix, but if I did, I may not use the food processor as much as I do. This was a birthday gift from my besties a few years ago and it has come in handy in the kitchen. I use it most often for making dressings and sauces, but have also used it for crushing cashews for dairy free recipes, and it quickly chops veggies and garlic. Lastly, these peanut butter date balls were made in the food processor too – a great healthy holiday treat! There are many options for food processors – mine is no longer available but the link is close to it.

Beauty Essentials

Lush
Source: https://www.lushusa.com

Dr. Rachel: Lush Shampoo Bar , or really anything from Lush

  • This is my most favorite thing as of late. First of all it is completely natural, so no toxins or exogenous estrogens absorbed into my body. Second, it makes my hair so soft, shiny, voluminous and tames and accentuates my curls. Third, it is easily portable so I can bring it to shower at the gym, on vacations or to my friend’s house! Be sure you look for one that’s best for your hair (ie. I have drier hair so I use one with oils in it).

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish
Source: http://www.deborahlippmann.com

Dr. Katie: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

  • I don’t know about you, but I am not one to splurge on nail polish which is why this is such a great gift. I love the gifts that I use, but wouldn’t splurge on myself. Now these are only $18-$20 per bottle, but I tend to stick to the $10 range typically. Why spend the extra $10? This nail polish will dry faster (less chance for smudges am I right?!) and lasts longer. The colors are great too! My favorite is ‘Shape of My Heart’

Good-Morning!

Organo Coffee
Source: https://www.organogold.com

Dr. Rachel: Organo Coffee

  • My new favorite part of the morning is drinking my Organo Black coffee. It’s super easy to make and it makes me feel energized and gives me mental clarity to get through the entire day with just one cup. With other coffees I often get headaches, stomachaches and the jitters, but I don’t with this coffee. Plus it’s affordable and I know it’s healthy because it has a superfood antioxidant in it.

Electric Toothbrush

Source: https://www.usa.philips.com

Dr. Katie: Electric Toothbrush

  • This is a game changer! I have no idea what I was doing before this. Seriously. My teeth feel so much better. These last forever and just require changing the head of the brush. I like the Philips Sonicare brush and recommend purchasing it through your dentist for the best quality. Hurry up and grab one of these for yourself and a gift for that special someone.

Treating Adult Acne Naturally

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A shocking 45% of people over the age of 21 have acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, most being women. There are many causes for adult acne including lifestyle, diet, stress, family history, side effects of medications and hormone imbalance, but what about treating adult acne naturally?

Before we talk about treating adult acne, let’s first look at a few common causes.

Stress

We all have stress in our lives, some more than others, but how do we cope with the stress? When under chronic stress there is an increase in androgens like cortisol and testosterone. Research shows that cortisol and testosterone increases acne and breakouts. Incorporating stress-relieving strategies into our daily life can help maintain normal androgen levels which is important for sleep, skin, mood, and so much more.

Exercise

Your metabolism increases during and after a workout which helps rid the body of excess sebum production that causes acne. On the other hand, hormones can become stagnant with a lack of exercise which leads to hormonal acne. Maintaining an exercise routine at least 3 days per week can help prevent adult acne. Your pores open during a workout so be sure to rinse off as soon as possible to prevent them from filling with sweat and bacteria and causing a breakout!

Diet

Conventional chickens and beef are given hormones that large-scale companies use to increase size and output of animals. These same animals are also given antibiotics to prevent infections that spread rapidly in small living spaces. The hormones and antibiotics end up in the meat and milk we consume if we are not careful. If your acne is hormonal in nature, it may be caused by the animal products you are eating or drinking. To prevent this, purchase your meat locally from farmers who do not use hormones and let their animals graze. Look for grass-fed beef and free range chickens that are hormone and antibiotic free. As for dairy, choose organic and/or switch to a plant-based milk like almond or coconut milk.

Additionally, be wary of the types of oil you use. Peanut and vegetable oils are highly processed and could be contributing to your breakouts. Cook with olive oil or avocado oil instead, or even sauté in water or broth instead!

If meat or dairy is not be the cause of your acne, gluten, nuts or other food sensitivities may be the culprit. Whatever we put into our body will affect the outside of our body too.

Here are a few suggestions for naturally avoiding acne and breakouts:

  1. Eat a balanced diet full of fruits, veggies, fish and humanely raised lean meats. Choose organic when possible and try out plant-based milks.
  2. Exercise! Yoga, walking, swimming all help boost your metabolism while allowing you to de-stress your body and mind. Find something you enjoy and then do it at least 3 days per week.
  3. Be sure to have a good cleansing regimen both mornings and evenings. If hormones are causing your acne, balancing hormone levels naturally is crucial.
  4. If you aren’t sure what is causing your acne, book an appointment with Dr. Rachel or Dr. Katie. We can help determine what foods or hormones may be causing your acne.

Written by: Dr. Rachel Alioto

Dr. Rachel and Dr. Katie are Naturopathic Doctors in Edina and Woodbury, MN. We offer natural treatments to your health issues. Call us today for your complimentary 15 minute consultation 612-564-2218. We hope to hear from you soon!

Is Your Beauty Regimen Safe?!

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Check the Safety of Your Beauty Regimen Products

Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? This large organ not only protects us, but is one of the ways we absorb and eliminate toxins. Applying toxic chemicals to our skin can result in an increased risk for cancer, allergies, and hormonal imbalance; therefore it’s important to support our skin rather than damage it.

The Environmental Working Group is a great resource to check the safety of the beauty regimen products you use in your home. Cosmetics, cleaning supplies, skin care, sunscreen, oral care, and many more products we use daily can contain ingredients that may be harmful for our health. Check the safety by searching the Environmental Working Group database. A low score 0-2 is best, 3-6 is ok, and 7-10 means we should stay away from that product. By clicking on the product you can also see how it can impact your health and why it received its rating.

Click on the link below to start checking your beauty regimen products!

Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group.

Safe, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaning solution:

  1. Equal parts water and distilled vinegar
  2. Squeeze fresh lemon or few drops of essential oil for scent
  3. Use on windows and surfaces around your home
  4. Re-use bottle!