The rate of eczema and inflammatory skin conditions is on the rise. We have never before in history seen such high rates of eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and cystic and non cystic acne.
Unfortunately for children, the pain and discomfort can be unbearable. And for us adults, we may be embarrassed to even show our skin in public.
Perhaps your GP gave you a prescription for a steroid based cortisone cream or maybe you walked into the chemist and simply said ‘I don’t know what else to do, what can you give me?’ and so began the monthly, weekly or even daily smearing of the creams on your skin. And perhaps they helped. What a relief it can be hey?
What we don’t tend to realise and are not told by our Dr’s typically – and therefore removing informed consent from our options – is that we not only compromise the integrity of our immune system (and may severely damage the integrity of our gut) and therefore overall health when we use steroid based anti-inflammatories, but that there is actually a pretty wicked withdrawal experience when we ever do stop using them.
It’s this withdrawal that can have us believing we ‘MUST’ use them, because when we go off them it seems as though everything gets worse. However there ARE more natural solutions and we do need to be very conscious of overuse of steroids on ourselves and our children.
Our kids are already creating the building blocks of their own children, and for this we must become more aware. The more we weaken their own immune systems, the more we weaken the health of our future generations.
From PubMed Study:
“Topical steroid use causes skin to go through three phases—preatrophy, atrophy and finally tachyphylaxis. Atrophy causes a burning sensation, and further steroid use causes vasoconstriction and soothing of the burning.
When topical steroids are withdrawn, vasodilation occurs, till the vessels become more dilated than their initial diameter, and this is known as a “trampoline-like effect”. This occurs due to the effect of steroids on nitric oxide in the endothelium. Release of endothelial nitric oxide stores results in “hyperdilation” of vessels.
The pattern of corticosteroid withdrawal is as follows: A week after corticosteroids are stopped, a mild erythema occurs at the site of the original dermatitis. This flare lasts for 2 weeks ending with desquamation.
Dermatitis localised to the eyelids, face, scrotum, or perianal area often persists. A second flare usually occurs within 2 weeks. This pattern of flare and resolution repeats itself but each time smaller duration of flares and longer resolution periods. The length of the time for which steroids had been used initially determines the duration of the withdrawal phase.”
Please note that switching to a natural and healthy way of supporting eczema is going to take time. Be prepared for this withdrawal to last a month and for the repairing of the gut integrity to take longer.
If you want to reduce use of NSAIDS or steroidal or cortisone based anti-inflammatories, functional medicine such as healing and sealing bone broths, herbs like milk thistle and dandelion root served in tea and spices like turmeric and ginger can help.
To REPLACE eczema creams though, there is also another (more natural) option.
1/4 cup hard coconut oil
3 tsp organic Australian Beeswax pellets (you can buy here- not affiliated in any way)
10 drops doTERRA tea tree essential oil
10 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
8 drops doTERRA Frankincense essential oil
Melt the beeswax pellets in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. When liquid, melt coconut oil in. Remove from heat. When it has cooled for 2 mins, stir through all essential oils and then pour into tins or jars (simply recycle jars from the kitchen).
Use as a salve on eczema.
All of these oils come at a super-low cost within the Home Essentials Kit or the Essentials Collection from doTERRA.
And, you’re going to save over $12 a tin making it like this!