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How to beat eczema...naturally

How to beat eczema...naturally
For those who suffer from eczema -- the itchy, scaly skin condition also known as "atopic dermatitis" -- the upcoming fall and winter chill can trigger painful bouts of dry, itchy skin.

For pregnant & breastfeeding Mamas, lil' tots and green-conscious beauties, finding natural solutions to this skin condition can be tough. Here are our best tips on how to relieve eczema!

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Avoid eczema triggers

There are many triggers for eczema, which vary from person to person. To find out which triggers affect you, keep a diary of your flare-ups to keep track of similarities. Here are some common triggers:
  • Cold weather: Cold weather leads to dry skin, which may cause skin to crack and become itchy. Be sure to moisturize frequently and use calming, natural ingredients.
  • Dusty household & pet dander: Dust mites may cause eczema, so be sure to regularly clean your rugs, blinds and carpets. Same goes for linens, bed sheets and curtains.
  • Harsh laundry detergent: Traditional laundry detergent can be chockful of harsh ingredients that can irritate skin. Opt for natural, fragrance-free cleansers.
  • Rough or synthetic clothing: Wool and synthetic fabrics can trigger eczema. Opt for loose-fitting, natural cotton clothes that allow skin to breathe.
  • Stress:  Bouts of stress can cause eczema flare-ups. Keep stress at bay with helpful happiness boosters, like yoga, aromatherapy or (my favorite) YouTube videos of kittens playing.

Natural eczema treatments

A common factor in many eczema triggers is the use of harsh, chemical-laden household, skin and cleaning products. For pregnant or breastfeeding moms and their babes, it should be a top priority to choose toxin-free and/or natural products. To detoxify your skincare regimen, we recommend:
  • Cleanse with a pregnancy safe body wash like The Spoiled Mama's Luxe-Mama, a mild cleanser without sulfates or irritants. Safe for breastfeeding mothers and babies.
  • Avoid chemical exfoliants, which may be too harsh for your sensitive skin. But keep skin naturally glowing and dewy with a natural body polish, like The Spoiled Mama's Indulge sugar scrub for stretch marks.
  • When the inevitable eczema flareup comes 'round, reach for a toxin-free product that's safe for pregnant mothers and their babies. The Spoiled Mama's Nipstick sore nipple cream is an all-purpose cream that does wonders for mild eczema.

From Jennifer, Wisconsin:

"Simply Amazing. I started using (Nipstick) on my daughter's face in the winter (has mild eczema) and overnight her skin is healed. I love it because it's natural and I don't worry whether she licks her lips and ingests some. Hands down it is an amazing product and my go to for any skin healing." 
  • Moisturize daily with a rich moisturizer, especially if you live in a cold or windy place. For daytime use, The Spoiled Mama Bump Gloss stretch mark oil is a fast-drying, light oil blend that helps lock in moisture and protect skin from the elements. At night, we recommend a heavier cream like The Spoiled Mama's Belly Butter. Apply before bedtime for a deeply hydrating experience.

Do you have eczema? What are your triggers, and how have you successfully relieved it?


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