Eczema Bulletin, Issue #013 - Aloe Vera Benefits For Eczema
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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes
- August's Featured Article – Aloe Vera Benefits For Eczema
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 Ways To.....avoid sodium lauryl sulfate
Featured Article - Aloe Vera Benefits For Eczema
Aloe Vera is a great natural eczema treatment. It can help you to manage your eczema, helping to prevent the symptoms getting worse.
It has some properties that can benefit your skin and eczema
- Moisturiser. Helps with combating dry skin. Keeping your skin supple, helping to prevent broken, painful skin
- Anti-inflammatory. Combats the inflammation of eczema. Reducing redness, soreness and itchiness
- Antibacterial. Reducing the number of bacteria on your skin. Helping to prevent an infection occurring
- Full of goodness. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Vital for skin health, and the overall health of your body
You can use aloe vera in a number of ways, alongside your conventional eczema treatment.
You can read more about using aloe vera for eczema relief, here
Eczema News Article
A study in Sydney, Australia is looking to see if two milk proteins may reduce eczema symptoms.
A group of eczema sufferers will be given a supplement, containing lactoferrin and immunoglobulin. The symptoms of the sufferers will be monitored over 12 weeks.
The study is looking for 45 adults, aged between 18 and 55, with mild to moderate eczema.
The results are likely to be available in February.
In the article, in this link, there is an email address, where you can send a message to enquire about taking part in the study.
Tip Of The Month - Try Soap Nuts
There have been some concerns in recent years about the effects of chemically filled washing powder, on eczema.
One alternative to detergents, are soap nuts.
Soap nuts are free from perfumes, dyes and chemicals. They contain a soap called Saporin. This soap is good at general cleaning. Though if you have a more stubborn stain, you could use bleach or a stain remover. These overall have less chemicals in than washing powder or liquid, just make sure the clothes are rinsed well.
Soap nuts are easy to use. You put around 5 in a bag, and leave to soak for 5 minutes. They then go into the washing machine, with the clothes. They can be used in temperatures between 30 and 90 degrees, and with any fabric.
You can buy soap nuts easily online, and some health food shops sell them. They are reasonable inexpensive, so you could try them to see how they work. If you decide that they are not for you, you can look into other natural detergent ideas.
If you would like more information on soap nuts, a good website you can visit is Living Naturally Soapnuts
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5 Ways To.......avoid sodium lauryl sulfate
1. Know the products that contain SLS. SLS can be found in many types of cosmetics and toiletries, some which are normally left on the skin for long periods. These products include toothpaste, hair dye, shampoo, sunscreen, and more importantly for eczema sufferers, aqueous cream. If you use a product containing SLS, it is recommended that it is not left on the skin. Shampoo and aqueous cream maybe ok for you to use, as they can be rinsed off
2. Look out for alternative names for SLS on an ingredient label. As well as sodium lauryl sulfate, check for sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt sulfuric acid, and monododecyl ester
3. Make your own products. As well as being fun and rewarding, making your own toiletries enables you to know what ingredients are being used. You can totally avoid SLS, as well as perfumes, dyes and other chemicals that may irritate your skin. There is a lot of information online about making your own products, even some videos on
youtube. You could also visit your local library for a good book. If you are really interested in trying it, you could book yourself onto an evening class
4. Check ingredients. If a product does contain SLS, check where on the list of ingredients it is. The higher on the list it appears, depends on how much the product contains to other ingredients. So if it is first, then the product contains more of it then any other ingredient. If it is last, then there is likely to be a minimal amount. It would definitely be best if it didn’t contain any SLS. Though if you are happy with using a product with a small amount in, test it on a small area of skin before using properly
5. Buy natural products. Look for 100% natural products. Be wary of cosmetics and toiletries that say that they are suitable for sensitive skin, or are hypo-allergenic, or make any other 'skin friendly' claim! This doesn’t mean that they are free of SLS, or fragrances and chemicals. 5. If you
would like to recommend any products that you use, that are 100% natural, please contact me and I will happily share your recommendations
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The September edition of Eczema Bulletin will include
- September's Featured Article – Can Salt Therapy Benefit Eczema?
- My favourite news item of the month
- Tip of the Month
- 5 ways to.....help raise eczema awareness
Hope you enjoyed August's Eczema Bulletin, and thanks for reading