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

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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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We Have Some Exciting News!!

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We are moving to 3209 W 76th St Edina, MN May 1st!!

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Balanced Care will be moving on May 1st to the York Business Center in Edina. We will be conveniently located off 494 and is a quick 5 minute drive from our current location. Our patients are the number one priority and we felt this is what is best for our patients and our practice. Nothing will change for patients other than an upgraded space for patient visits. We can’t wait to share it with you and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Meet My New Business Partner Megan Pankratz!

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Megan is an Aesthetician with Aesthetic Skin Studio in Edina. We have been working together for the past year to provide  skin and health care needs for our patients. We are thrilled to offer our services in the same space! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Stay tuned for more updates from Megan, Dr. Rachel and I.

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!