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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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What are the ingredients in Skin Friend?

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What are the ingredients in Skin Friend?

Skin Friend was initially developed for Ayva my two-year-old daughter who suffered from eczema. If you have read The Eczema Diet book you probably already know about Ayva's eczema journey. But if you haven't here is a quick recap, as Ayva is the reason the Skin Friend supplements exist. Ayva developed eczema when she was only two weeks old. By the time she was one she was diagnosed with salicylate sensitivity. Salicylates (pronounced suh-lis-a-lates) are a group of chemicals found in many fruits and vegetables, sauces, aspirin and baby teething gels to name a few. Since I had previously suffered with...

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Healthy Skin Vs Eczema - What's Gone Wrong?

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Healthy Skin Vs Eczema - What's Gone Wrong?

  Your skin is not only something you hope looks good as you step out of your front door each day; like your heart and lungs, your skin is a vital organ that keeps you alive.  Your skin is quite literally a barrier and a filter between the outside world and your insides. This is why the outer layer (the stratum corneum) is known as ‘the skin barrier’. Skin is your body's first line of defence The skin barrier helps to protect your body from excessive water  loss so you don’t die from dehydration, it helps to regulate your body temperature...

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Eczema and Poor Sleep - Top 3 Habits to Avoid

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Eczema and Poor Sleep - Top 3 Habits to Avoid

Your skin does its repair work while you snooze and people with eczema - no matter what your age - can benefit from a sound nights’ sleep. However, falling asleep can be difficult when you have incredibly itchy skin. According to breakthrough research from Japan, the problem can be compounded by a few bad habits and the solution could be, well, simple and rather fun. Here are the top 3 habits to avoid if you have eczema and poor sleep: Bad Habit #1: Picking drama over comedy According to Japanese researchers, patients with atopic eczema frequently suffer from sleep disturbance generated by itching...

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