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The best toothpastes for eczema

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The best toothpastes for eczema

Toothpaste can be a nightmare for eczema, especially if you have eczema on the face. It usually contains a skin irritant called sodium lauryl sulfate which can trigger or worsen skin rashes. In fact, this chemical is used in scientific studies to induce dermatitis (skin rashes) to test healing products. Unfortunately SLS is hidden in most foaming product including hand soaps, shampoos and cleansers.  So I recommend switching to SLS-free toothpaste that is also low in salicylates as this group of chemicals can also worsen eczema. These following toothpastes are free of sodium laurel sulfate and salicylates. Note the Red Seal...

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List of food additives to avoid

Food additives to avoid

List of food additives to avoid

You may have heard of ‘chemical sensitivity’ or ‘chemical intolerance’... If you are sensitive to chemicals you might adversely react to perfumes, household cleaning products and the chlorine in your pool. You could also be sensitive to food colourings, artificial favourings and preservatives. People with eczema, rosacea, psoriasis or asthma are often sensitive to food additives but it can be hard to know which ones are tame and which ones are to blame (for the itch!).  So what types of food additives should you avoid? Use this page to check the food chemicals in your foods. You can do this...

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Quick starting the Eczema Diet

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Quick starting the Eczema Diet

Variety on the Eczema diet is a great thing. Menu plans, shopping guides, recipes. They’re all great. Yet, it can be incredibly overwhelming to be dealing with eczema and then synthesising the Eczema diet to work for you. In my case, when I was suffering from eczema, everything I was eating was rich in itch-promoting salicylates. I love vegetables and every single one was on the hit list. My recovery outlined here and here, was pretty quick once I got my head around the diet. To get to recovery I had to make a complete and drastic change to my diet and...

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About eczema

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About eczema

What is Eczema? Eczema is derived from a Greek word meaning "to boil out".  "Eczema" is also the general term for any type of dermatitis that is itchy.    Eczema is diagnosed by doctors using the following criteria. Firstly you must have itchy skin, plus three or more of the following symptoms… itchiness in the skin creases, such as the folds behind the knees and elbows, fronts of the ankles or around the neck (children under four years may also have it on their cheeks)   dry skin visible eczema affecting the outer limbs, cheeks or forehead symptoms appearing within two years of birth...

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My eczema recovery: one year later

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My eczema recovery: one year later

It's almost a year since I began my eczema recovery. You might remember I wrote a post last year about my first experiences in conquering eczema.  It’s been an interesting and exciting journey as I now understand more about my own symptoms and the causes. I have been eczema-free for about nine months, with the occasional relapse when I flew overseas (the plane flight triggered it to come back!).  Below is a summary of what I’ve learned while following The Eczema Diet. Stage 1 in hindsight One year ago I began The Eczema Diet and started taking the Skin Friend supplements. I...

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