Thoughts By Natalie

a little healing

After writing about my eczema, so many of you have come out and told me that you, too, have the same struggle with your skin. I cannot express how comforting you all have been during this season in my life of extra-itchy skin. With such a response (and due to all of the questions I’ve gotten from you), I thought it might be helpful to share with you what my dermatologist has recommended for me as treatment in case you or a friend is in need of some hope and healing.

1 // Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash
This gentle, creamy body wash is clinically proven to provide non-irritating and non-drying cleansing. It contains natural moisturizing ingredients that enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture, and is free of parabens and phthalates.

2 // Plant-Based Eating
Since eczema (and all allergies) is linked to inflammation in the body, it’s essential to eat anti-inflammatory foods and avoid processed foods that can promote inflammation. When I told my dermatologist that I ate vegan, she said, “GOOD!” and encouraged me to continue to eat whole foods, plant-based foods to keep inflammation at bay.

3 // DHA Supplement
In addition to a plant-based diet, Omega-3s also help the body reduce inflammation. Since I eat a vegan diet, my dermatologist recommended these vegan DHA supplements to supplement my Omega-3 count and further reduce inflammation in my body.

4 // Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer
This non-greasy moisturizer is clinically proven moisturize and soothe the skin of people with atopic dermatitis and eczema. It contains ceramides and filaggrin to help enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture, and is paraben- and phthalate-free.

5 // Walnuts & Flax
Since flax and walnuts are two of the best sources of anti-inflammatory Omega-3s in a plant-based diet, my doctor encouraged me incorporate both of these into my daily diet.

6 // Yoga
Silly as this sounds, I’ve been “prescribed” weekly stress relief. Stress is often a big trigger for eczema break-outs and it’s important to find stress-relieving activities (like yoga!) to minimize the body’s negative response.

Do you have eczema? What has your dermatologist recommended that has helped?

P.S. Looking for more paraben-free products to try? Check out “Safe Beauty: Paraben Free Products To Try,” an article I wrote for Darling last year.

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