I want to talk about eczema for a moment. Many of you are using my Skin Zen products with glycolic acid on your eczema, and while I am so stoked that you thought about it and decided acids would help to exfoliate the patches, I really want to encourage you to not do that. Others are using Fissure King on their eczema, and getting no relief. I thought if I explained a bit about eczema, it would help you make good choices about how you treat it.

Eczema is a skin condition that causes inflammation in the skin, resulting in itchiness, a rash, flaking, and redness. There are different types of eczema with different causes, but I want you to ignore that and focus on the place all the types with all the causes converge: inflammation. If you suffer from eczema, it is important for you to reduce inflammation in your skin to reduce the symptoms. Inflammation can occur when skin is dry, injured, irritated by something in your products or environment, or even from eating something you are allergic to. Fragrances can trigger flare-ups, as can dryer sheets, laundry detergents, contaminants in your house water that you bathe in, medications, and hormonal shifts. Making sure your skin is properly moisturized will reduce the frequency of flare-ups, as will avoiding known food allergens. Using fragrance free products will help, and switching away from dryer sheets. Basically, assume your skin is gonna freak out about everything, and try to minimize contact with irritants as much as possible.

No matter how conscientious you are, at some point, you will probably still experience an eczema flare-up. I’m going to give you some tips on treating your eczema. If you are caught by a surprise visit from the eczema fairy, you want to get something anti-inflammatory on the area ASAP. Things that will help that you may have in your home: aloe vera goo from an aloe plant, oatmeal or oats, chamomile tea (no caffeine though), green, white, or rooibos tea, and cucumbers are things I can think of off the top of my head. NO HONEY! Honey contains lots and lots of spore-forming bacteria, and you do NOT want to give them access to compromised skin. If you’re looking at your lotions and creams, look for all of the above ingredients, plus bisabolol and allantoin. IMPORTANT: do NOT try to exfoliate the flakes! NO!!

So many of you have written me to tell me that my Skin Zen products work like magic on their eczema. While I’d love to pretend it’s because of my sheer genius, honestly, it’s because I go after the inflammation, which is what is causing your symptoms. The reason I don’t want you to put the Skin Zen with acids on your eczema is because glycolic and lactic acids are irritating to skin, and the last thing you want to do is irritate already irritated skin. (Think of it like telling an angry woman to calm down.) The acids are not helping in eczema. Regular, fragrance free Skin Zen only, please. For those of you trying to use Fissure King on your eczema, many have said it doesn’t work. That is correct. Fissure King has one job: healing cracks. So, if your eczema is the fun kind that comes with cracked skin, Fissure King will heal them, but you still need the Skin Zen to reduce the inflammation. Lots of folks mix FK and Skin Zen body butter and apply it that way.

I hope this helps you understand eczema and its manifestation on skin, and that I’ve given you enough info to be able to treat it. #themoreyouknow

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