Eczema SUCKS. Anyone who suffers from eczema (atopic dermatitis) or who has a family member with the condition knows how bad it is. I’ve been burdened with eczema since around the time I was forming my first memories, so believe me I know. I’m 24 years old now, and I’ve spent countless itchy hours studying this condition and experimenting with every remedy I can get my hands on, practically to obsession. And I’ve come a long way in understanding and treating my own eczema.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding the best and fastest “cures,” and that’s the main reason I started this website: I want to share with you what I’ve learned about the best ways to get rid of eczema inflammation, and the top methods to avoid. These are going to be featured on the main page and updated whenever I can!
Some remedies are effective. Some aren’t. And some are downright dangerous. Back when I was younger, I was prescribed powerful corticosteroid medications to battle my flare-ups. They suppressed the redness and itchiness — temporarily. But as soon as I stopped using these creams and ointments, my eczema would come back full force or even worse than before I started the medication. The itch was insufferable, and the damage it did to my skin was terrible for my self esteem and confidence levels.
What’s more, I soon learned about terrible side effects of using these medications. For years, I smeared betamethasone, triamcinalone, desonide and other potent steroid creams with scary names onto my skin, even on sensitive areas like my face and neck. To my horror, I found out that this can cause irreversible damage to the skin which can end up making the eczema even worse in the future! The immediate temporary relief these powerful creams brought me created a dangerous addiction. But years later, enough was enough. I simply could not accept a life of relying upon these creams that were slowly wasting away my skin. I brought it upon myself to find safe, effective treatments for my eczema.
I spent hours every day reading all the research in academic dermatology journals. I experimented on my own body and took meticulous notes for years. Below is a partial screenshot of an Excel file that I maintained for over a year, just so you can get a picture of how obsessed I am with trying to get rid of this disease:
Every single day, I kept track of over a dozen variables and systematically introduced key changes into my lifestyle that I also recorded into that file. That bright column of color represents how bad my skin was each day. All that green towards the end shows that my hard effort eventually paid off =)
I wouldn’t wish this kind of distress upon anyone, and hopefully you don’t have to go through all the pain and effort I did to solve your own eczema problem. That’s why I started this blog! I’ll be posting what I’ve found through my research and my own experience. Everything from bleach baths to obscure oils: the bottom line on what works and what doesn’t.