How to manage Atopic Eczema without medication

I’ve read a lot of articles about people with eczema experiencing constant itching and burning whatever they put on their skin. This is becoming more prevalent now and one of concern for me as I too struggled dearly during my fourteen years of having eczema (2004-2018)

What also concerns me is how freely the use of topical steroids and steroid tablets are prescribed, which I’ve highlighted in my blog posts and the dangers. Click here to find about the dangers of topical steroids.

People that I’ve been in contact with are now experiencing Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) which is different from eczema.

As a nation, I believe we have to take a stand and decide for ourselves if indeed this is the route you want to take.  Short-term relief is different from long-term relief.  Quality of life that allows you to be successful and happy without living with ill-health is more important. I wish that I didn’t use any steroids because of the short-term damage they did to my skin.

It pains me to see and hear the stories of other eczema sufferers and what they have to endure daily. Some are so desperate to feel better that they are willing to continue using the same medication as it brings short-term relief and they can feel comfortable in their skin (for the very first time) without the constant itching, I understand that. Whilst others have experienced side effects and want to find a more gentle alternative.

I know it may seem that I’m putting my neck on the line by saying this but I would strongly advise you to use caution when deciding to continue with prescribed medication. My reason for saying this is because I too was in the position of desperation with questions and at the time took the path of using Topical steroids, Protopic, Elidel steroids and Emollients as I thought the doctors/consultants knew best and had my best interests at heart, apart from one consultant who I met in London. Find out more about my Eczema Journey.

The side effects for me was pigmentation to the affected area, thinning of the skin and a weakened immune system. I knew that I could no longer continue this way as eczema would come back worse. This made me feel even more frustrated, disheartened and let down by the doctors/consultants who were supposed to be there to help, me.

I didn’t like the way my skin looked, felt or even smelt. It made me depressed, lack confidence and found it hard to get on with my life. I knew that life could be better but it meant making drastic changes and choosing no matter what to get better and this is what I did.

What worked for me and improved my eczema is using Icylda Skincare which was formulated by myself specifically for those with eczema. I couldn’t find anything that could bring relief to my skin and improve my well-being so I decided to formulate lotions and shower gels. My body butter lotions have certainly improved not only my skin but my well-being. It brings relief to my irritated skin by locking in the moisture, soothing the area and stopping the itchiness. The Shower gels are amazing at keeping my skin cleansed and rejuvenated, with cooling Aloe Vera. This keeps me calm and relaxed with the added benefit of the essential oils.

View my Icylda Skincare range.

There are natural alternatives or something more soothing that can help to bring relief to your eczema which in turn will improve your quality of life. 

There isn’t a cure for Eczema but there are ways to manage it, and there are other alternatives which have less or no side effects.  

So here are a few pointers you may want to consider:

  • Our skin is the largest organ, toxins build-up within the body and then it comes through the skin.  It’s important to treat the inside of the body, the gut and get to the root cause to truly reduce eczema flare-ups. 
  • One of the ways is to have a food diary to keep a track of the food and drink that you consume.
  • Understand the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance
  • Avoid the use of Emollients as they block your pores and can be an irritant to some.
  • Moisturise you as and when needed to prevent it from becoming dry, irritated and cracked.
  • Be mindful that there is no quick fix and if anyone offers you such a thing that they’re misleading.
  • Stress plays a factor and with all that has been happening during 2020 and now in 2021, regarding the pandemic this can have an effect on your health with all the uncertainty.

If you found this blog useful or want to discuss this further with me, you can leave a comment or DM me on Instagram.

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the Founder of Icylda Skincare on 2nd February 2021

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