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Is Your Acne Caused By Allergies Or Eczema?

Posted Nov 29 2010 10:09pm

I had a coaching call last night with a very lovely man whose acne was quite evidently caused by allergens and eczema. His skin was very sensitive to anything he put on it, his skin would at times feel hot, red and inflamed and his acne was typically comedonal, rash like, red and irritated.

Treating skin conditions like eczema, acne rosacea and psoriasis can be relatively easy with a simple change in products. If you’ve got super sensitive skin then it’s likely the chemicals in your products are making your skin condition worse. Chemicals are harsh and often drying so can easily irritate the skin. The chemicals can also soak into the skin adding to the toxic cocktail we already have inside our bodies, and these chemicals are just going to have to make their way out again.

This particular client of mine had been using a couple of chemical skin care products designed specifically to calm and tone down his eczema. He was a bit hesitant to stop using them because they had been helping his skin. I pointed out that while they may be working in the short term, they’re really only a bandaid treatment because the chemical toxins he’s putting in eventually have to come back out again. And sensitive skin can react quite badly to these toxins coming back out – with an increase in comedonal acne and redness and irritation of the skin. If you’re putting chemicals in you’ll pay the consequences when they come out. Your body can’t use them so it’ll try and get rid of them in any way that it can.

The good news is the solution is relatively easy. The first thing you need to do is switch to natural and preferably organic products. The more natural the better. It would be worthwhile even considering making up your own products from very soothing and healing ingredients like raw honey, fresh aloe vera and even yogurt or kefir.

You can easily make a very basic and natural moisturizer that’s non-comedogenic and non-occlusive that will help to clear up your allergy or eczema induced acne. Non-comedogenic means it won’t clog your pores and non-occlusive means it’ll soak into the skin and not “block” your pores. This means the moisturizer will hydrate your skin while delivery healing and soothing ingredients to your skin and body.

Here’s a recipe you can try yourself-

Eczema Calming Moisturizer

  • jojoba oil
  • lavender or chamomile essential oil

For each application combine 5-10 drops of jojoba oil with 2 drops of essential oil, or just enough for your skin to feel hydrated. If you need to use less or more jojoba oil then that’s okay! But stick to roughly 2 drops of the essential oil because it can be quite strong.

You can even make up a large bottle of this formula in advance.

It’s also super important to simplify your skin care routine as much as you can. The more you put on your skin the more irritated it can get. Cleansing with honey and moisturizing with the above formula is a perfect example of a good skin care routine to help calm down eczema, psoriasis or rosacea skin.

In addition it would be a good idea to look into getting some kineseology testing done for adverse reactions, combined with a low inflammatory diet and steps to reduce the stress levels in your life. But beginning with a change in your skin care routine will absolutely show some huge benefits if you’re currently using chemical products or too many products.

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