Awakening Wednesday #2: Why is Eczema Such a Problem?

By Robert Hardwicke, President & Product Master, Awakening Mineral Skincare

Every year at the end of September, my spouse, several friends & I attend an arts & crafts fair in the western Nevada hamlet of Genoa.  We attend in part to enjoy each other’s company, to people-watch, to marvel at the array of really clever art that’s on display, and to introduce additional members of the public  to our own handcrafted Awakening mineral skincare products.

Nevada has never been known as a tropical paradise (except on the grounds of a few Las Vegas hotels).  The climate is dry, the wind often blows, the weather can change on a dime, and, through the summer and into the fall, it can be rip-roaring hot.  This is not what I’d call a ‘skin friendly’ environment!  For me, it’s just fine — maybe the Good Lord crossed some of my DNA with that of a lizard somewhere along the line!  But for many others, it’s not fine at all.  Among those are folks coping with eczema.







Body areas of eczema sensitivity

Eczema occurs most often in areas of high sensitivity.






Eczema and Kids This year, it seems as if there were unusually large numbers of children whom we encountered with eczema.  Could be that without the influence of an adult willing to take a stand (over & over, and at the distinct risk of jeopardizing ‘family harmony’) concerning what a kid eats (fruits & veggies, for example) or does not eat (we can include most junk food here), the opportunity for children to provoke the onset of eczema goes up substantially.  With children and eczema, diet is huge — and the biggest culprits often are gluten-intolerance and dairy-intolerance (in fact, not junk food-intolerance, but junk food sure doesn’t help).

Eczema develops most often in certain areas of the body.  Unfortunately, most of these target zones are those of highest sensitivity.  Atopic dermatits (the variety of dermatitis that’s typically labeled as eczema in children) affects people who tend to be allergy-prone in the first place.  It occurs on the face, neck, hands, the feet and in the bends of elbows & knees.  Children over 5 years of age who have never been troubled by eczema most likely never will be.  Children who develop eczema during their first 12 months often get better by age 2, but sadly some don’t.  Moreover, out there in that Nevada desert last month, the number of adults who were complaining to us of eczema also was larger than in any of the past four years.  What’s up?  My guess is that it’s stress over the economy.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. And ‘hydrate’ doesn’t only mean that you should drink lots of water, which, of course, you should [as opposed to lattes, beer, ‘juice-cocktails’ (also known as high-fructose corn syrup), sodas and those perenial favorites of the adrenal gland: Red Bull and Rock Star].  As I’ve blogged in the past, proper skin hydration is important; don’t just let your body go unprotected when it’s so easy to take a little defensive action.  There are skin care lotions that can do lots of good.  My bias is for those lotions that contain naturally healing minerals.  The hotter and drier the climate, the more you need to hydrate to keep eczema at bay.  Allergens also are a problem.  The lower the quality of the air in terms of contaminants, the higher the risk of eczema.  People living in urban areas are especially prone.  The more stress a person encounters (and stress is most definitely NOT just an adult affliction), the higher the risk of eczema and the greater its intensity if you do have it.

An adequate intake of calcium and magnesium does much to keep nerves happier and stress lower (not to mention sleep deeper).  Lotions high in magnesium chloride can do wonders.  Because low levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach can precipitate eczema, you might consider supplementing Betaine HCl to boost the efficiency of the gut.  Consider also the products made by GoodBelly.  All of the B Vitamins (with particular empahsis on B3, B6 & B12) work to calm nerves, help circulation and support skin health.  Essential fatty acids, such as flaxseed, primrose and fish oil,  especially the oil of salmon & mackerel, help to lubricate the skin from the inside out.  Minerals, particularly potassium chloride, applied as a lotion, help, too, from the ‘outside in’.  For information about what’s new, consult an authoritative website such as the National Eczema Association.  And stay positive:  There are things that you can do to give eczema the boot!



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4 Responses to “Awakening Wednesday #2: Why is Eczema Such a Problem?”

  1. fascinating article. who knew magnesium was so helpful, even in ways we'd never imagine.

    • Appreciate your feedback, Allison. You don’t even want to try to live without magnesium. Fortunately, people typically get most of what they need (which is why they’re still alive). But in magnesium’s case, more definitely is better!

  2. Interesting to hear about the increase in ezcema.  Great article for those who are looking for ways to tame the eczema beast.

  3. Eczema deserves to not only be tamed, but eliminated completely.  There are a lot of people working on this problem.