How to stop eczema getting under your skin
Yay, winter is here, and it’s that time of year where we Melburnians have a great excuse for rugging up and staying indoors. But for plenty among us, the cool change in season wreaks havoc for our skin and makes enduring the colder months that little more challenging.
Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions affecting both children and adults, yet largely remains a mystery to medical professionals. There’s links with genetics as eczema runs in families, and there’s a close association with allergies and asthma, yet on the whole, there’s been little change in treatments and cures in the last few decades. In fact, instead of improving, the inflammatory condition which can causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy or scaly, has only become more prevalent in society.
Melbourne’s constantly changing weather conditions, cold air, and regularly high pollen counts make our part of the world particularly troubling for those with skin conditions. However, Inner Balance Health Clinics might be able to help if you’re someone that suffers from eczema. Our experienced Mill Park Chinese medicine practitioners and naturopaths may offer natural treatments that might help you and your skin out.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicines
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicines have long been used in the treatment of skin conditions where traditional medicines have not provided relief. Acupuncture by our Mill Park team aims to have a global effect on the body, restoring its natural balance by settling down an overactive immune system. Depending on your condition, our practitioners might also prescribe topical herbal medicines to help alleviate the itchiness, redness and rash associated with eczema.
Given the strong systemic and immune system links with eczema, our Mill Park naturopaths will consider many factors related to your health when deciding how to best treat your skin condition. This might include a look at your diet and lifestyle, the stresses in your life, digestive function and potential allergies by conducting a blood or skin prick tests.
Other things to consider when trying to alleviate eczema symptoms:
- What chemicals or perfumes you use around the home, as some can be more damaging than others. This includes cleaning products, detergents, incense sticks and other air fresheners we might use without considering their harm.
- What products you use on your skin, including lotions and clothing.
- Exercising is great but does sweat irritate your skin after a workout or chlorine remain on your skin after swimming?
- Take care of your emotional state as stress and anxiety are triggers for skin break outs.
Inner Balance Recipe
Choc Topped Almond Butter Bars
- 6 tablespoons almond butter
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
- 3 tablespoons honey*
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly crushed**
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Start by making the bars. Place the ingredients into a bowl or jug and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into a silicon loaf pan and place in the fridge or freezer to set.
- Once set mix together the ingredients for the chocolate and spread the chocolate over the slice. Place in the fridge or freezer to set.
- Slice. Serve. Eat and enjoy.
** I place the almonds into a snap lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.