We’ve put together this article on the best natural treatments for healing eczema and alopecia that we gathered from our online consultations, and included tips, information, causes and prevention and the toll it takes on families and children. It's a longer article which focuses on environmental factors, natural healing products, **eczema treatment regimens**, at home care including diet, personal care, and a testimony of one family miracle relief from these distressing disorders. So, grab a cup of tea, kick back, relax and read on....while I spill the tea on the ezcema and alopecia connection!
With that said I think this is a good place to put in a legal disclaimer…
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Did you know that we do FREE consultations for our customers who come to us looking for relief from hair loss and skin and scalp conditions? Yep just email me (Rhonda@CurlAgain.com) and we’ll get you started immediately! These consultations started because we got constant emails from many adults, and children, suffering from severe eczema of the scalp which resulted in hair loss (alopecia areata).
We help get you through these rough patches (sensitive pun here) with the best natural ingredients, while providing guidance, emotional and common-sense support that is confidential. We offer basic preventative measures, commonly available health information and how to use these amazing natural products to put you and your family back on the right track and stay there! Take for example this family here:
One mother came to us in tears looking for an effective treatment for her child’s eczema, after spending a lot of money looking for a cure on doctor visits, shampoos, soaps, creams and ointments without any improvement. The child had very little hair, noticeable hair loss and dry itchy flaky scalp over most of her head that she was constantly scratching. Within three weeks the eczema was almost gone and was just concentrated in a small patch at the back of the child’s head to above her ear (shown in picture below). Within two months of continued use of our hair growth and scalp care system the child’s hair began growing and the scalp is noticeably healthy.
Eczema and Alopecia | Auto-immune Disorders
The shared immune characteristics between hair loss (alopecia areata) and eczema (atopic dermatitis) is common and often appear together in the families I’ve consulted with. In my research I’ve found that there is a specific type of helper T cell that plays a role in eczema and appears to play a role in the body attacking it’s own hair follicles. A recent, 2017 research report conducted by Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital states:
Researchers have evidence that the specialized T cells responsible for maintaining a balanced immune response are vulnerable to exhaustion that disrupts normal functioning and may even contribute to allergic reactions.
This is significant in understanding and successfully treating eczema and alopecia !!
Symptoms of Eczema | The Toll It Takes On The Body Mind & Spirit
If you've been a long time reader you know that we cover hair loss and it causes alot; and that includes alopecia, fungal infections and hair care regimens. With all this information available and little to none on eczema, I decided to focus on eczema...
- Discomfort and uncontrollable itching that draws blood
- Weeping eczema (when the skin becomes infected, giving eczema patches a ‘wet’ look)
- Dry scaly flaky and leathery patches of skin
- Fine red bumps and rashes
- Oozing and crusting blisters
- Red inflamed skin
- Rough discolored skin
- Severe irritation at night and after swimming
- Worry and stress, a vicious cycle which can cause more flareup
- Self-consciousness, Loss of self confidence
- Financial impact of doctor visits, prescriptions, side effects of drugs, the search for a cure
To summarize, we know what you're going thru and we are here to help! Let start with some educational information 🎓
Nutrition –A variety of good wholesome foods is the best way to strengthen and nourish the body. Stay away from processed junk and fast foods. Look for ways to boost the immune system which starts in the digestive track. Probiotics can be found in a lot of foods, but I mostly see them in dairy products, which I steer away from (lactose intolerance ). There are delicious items that you may have grown up with but have forgotten about, like pickled veggies (cucumbers, carrots, chacha, sauerkraut). Now we have exotic items like kimchi and kombucha drinks. Introduce these foods in your and your children’s diets slowly by doing research on items you want to try. Add a few of those items to your grocery list to try and build from there. To learn more pick up these new books on gut health:
The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out or get some mouth-watering gut healthy recipesbooks like the one below 👇 The Microbiome Cookbook: 150 Delicious Recipes
Food Allergies – While we’re on the nutrition kick, let’s be mindful of food allergies. These are things that causes the immune system to have a hyper response to, from substances that come in contact with the body externally or internally. During consultations, I have found that many of our customers and loved ones have food allergies, mostly to dairy and fewer to nuts. Eczema and alopecia is an autoimmune disorder. In 1997, the U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health records the first case of lactose induced eczema. Hmm, interesting…Keep this year in mind as you will see it again. Dairy products cause the body to overproduce mucus – the same symptom you get with with allergies, hay fever and asthma. One thing that I have found for myself is that I can tolerate goat milk products so if you have to have that cheese, this might be an alternative.
Contact Allergies – Wash clothing after wearing and bedding at least every 2 weeks with gentle detergents. Instead of heavily perfumed fabric softeners and dryer sheets use these wonder economical earth friendly wool balls for faster drying and fewer wrinkles. Just put some oil on the ball and viola! Limit your use of air fresheners sprays and plug-ins. Try an *oil reed diffuser* or a *mist diffuser* (great in dryer climes) with a few drops of *high quality essential oils*. Try keeping the skin cool, wear loose clothing and bathe with fatty soaps free from irritation detergents..
😲SPOILER ALERT !!! Our NEW super fatted Eczema Soap is coming in OCTOBER!! Yep just in time to beat the winter extra dry skin – so be sure to subscribe and ALLOW alerts 🤳🏼when you visit CurlAgain.com to be the first to know when it hits.... annnnnnd to get your FREE samples (and for private sales events, free shipping alerts, bogos, you get the picture).
Eczema Facts | The Impact On Children
Did you know that most cases of eczema are babies and young children? Here’s some astounding facts about eczema by the National Eczema Organization:
- Approximately 9.6 million U.S. children under the age of 18 have atopic dermatitis, and one-third have moderate to severe disease.
- The prevalence of childhood atopic dermatitis has steadily increased from 8% to ~12% since 1997 (here is that year again that I asked you to recall, coincidence?)
- An estimated 16.5 million U.S. adults (7.3%) have atopic dermatitis that initially began around 2 years of age, with nearly 40% affected by moderate or severe disease.
- Atopic dermatitis is not solely a disease of childhood onset; 1 in 4 adults report adult-onset of initial symptoms.
- Atopic dermatitis affects a similar number of male and female children, however, studies have shown it is more common in adult females than males.
- In the U.S., AD affects more African-American/black children and European-American children compared to Hispanic children.
- Although study percentages vary, adults that are multiracial or white tend to have the highest prevalence of atopic dermatitis.
- African-American/black and Hispanic children tend to have more severe atopic dermatitis compared to white children.
- Children born outside the U.S. have a 50% lower risk of developing atopic dermatitis that increases after living in the U.S. for 10 years.
- Children with more severe, persistent atopic dermatitis have a higher risk for prolonged disease, although atopic dermatitis may persist regardless of severity.
Some stats point to eczema as a predisposition genetic factor. IMO, I see the epidemic of eczema as a cultural problem in our country. If it can be successfully treated then there must be some missing piece to the cause. It can be traced to diet, chemicals and lack of information and access to good healthcare. My hope and prayer is that this article has addressed these areas and will help you or someone you love regain control of their lives. To help we’ve introduced some new products combined with our healing powerhouse Scalp Tea TreatMint Spray. (it's got a new bottle, same amazing spray!)
There are many women, mothers and children who we very thankfully can report that not only did our products heal the eczema, but it aided in fast regrow hair after starting a Curl Again Natural Hair Grow and Scalp Care regimen using our Kidz and Adult Starter Sets and Scalp Tea TreeMint. While this is wonderful news, we’ve gotten just as many requests for a body balm to use to **clear up severe eczema for the body**—and of course…
Because of the great success we’ve had with treating eczema and alopecia, we are proud to add our highly effective Lanolin Butter to our newest line of products to treat eczema. It’s been out for awhile, but we kept it quiet while we’ve been testing and formulating this amazing balm that effectively heals and nourishes the skin made with ingredients that fight eczema outbreaks. This natural treatment is a proprietary blend of whole natural ingredients that has no added parabens, phthalates, silicones, or petroleum and is made with natural high-quality ingredients and healing oils including:
- Shea Butter – a long lasting natural moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties with high oil content and fatty acids that deeply penetrates skin. An effective skin protectant as it forms a protective barrier sensitive and itchy skin. Contains vitamins that promote healing of dry itchy skin (A, E & F).
- Coconut Oil – anti-inflammatory skin protectant contains anti-oxidants and helps the skin stay hydrated. Coconut oil reduces the presence of bacterial, viral and fungal infections (which can be the cause of and/or result of eczema).
- Lanolin – is a waxy substance obtained from sheep wool that protects it from harsh weather environments. Lanolin has long been used for it’s many healing properties and versatile uses. Lanolin has come under scrutiny because of low pesticide contaminated quality brands and knock off hybrid formulation on the market. We use only the highest grade of lanolin in this balm to heal and seal in moisture on skin.
- Jojoba Oil – Did you know that jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax? (Hmmm seeing a pattern here). It’s structure is very similar to that of our skins natural oils which allows it to be absorbed faster than other oils. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help relieves skin chaffing and chapping which leads to itchy dry red skin. Jojoba oil works well against eczemas as it is a natural deterrent to microbes, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria on skin that can cause infections and contains powerhouse vitamins E & B for proven skin repair.
- Beeswax – another ancient remedy for healing skin is beeswax. It’s anti-inflammatory properties encourages healing, forms a protective barrier for skin, supports cell reconstruction and is high in vitamin A which stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy—in the deep layers of your skin.
- Essential Oils – Tea Tree (antifungal and antibacterial), Oregano (protects and heals wound, antifungal), Cedarwood (reduces the inflammation, balances the skin’s sebum production to help treat dry, itchy, flaky and scaly eczema patches), Frankincense (ancient anti-inflammatory superhero that reduces swellings and redness), Peppermint (cools and calms itching), Argan (vitamin E, protects and keeps skin hydrated)
You can purchase a two piece set of the Lanolin Butter and Spray together now (it’s the most effective combination for severe eczema). When you get your order you also receive FREE information along with successful suggested uses to incorporate these skin care products into your daily regimen. If you know someone who suffers with eczema please share this article with them. Pass it along to caregivers and teachers. They will be very grateful that you did.
As always, I love to hear from you. Just send me an email and I’ll be sure to get back to you within 24 hours. Tell me…
What’s your eczema and/or alopecia story?
Blessing and Swift Healing, Rhonda 😇