Dry Itchy Skin, Eczema: Tips and a Chinese Medicine Perspective

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Four plus years of managing the personal care department at a large health food store, I learned a lot about caring for skin naturally.  It also exposed me to a lot of people with skin care woes.  The most common being eczema and itchy painful dry cracked skin.
My recommendations are based on trial and error over those years.
  1. no soap – use a body wash or ph-balanced (or ph-acidic if you can find one) skin cleanser
  2. Use chemical free body hair and scalp products
  3. Neem Oil – use products containing this ingredient especially for eczema or itchy scalp (I have to warn you that neem oil smells like a mixture of garlic and peanut butter, but I’ve had many great reviews)
  4. Unrefined Coconut Oil – applied regularly helps the body repair it’s acid mantle
  5. Use fragrance and chemical free laundry detergent, replace fabric softeners with wool balls or use a natural laundry detergent which doesn’t require fabric softener; wash bed sheets in hot water
  6. Remove common allergens from the diet – often skin issues can be linked to common allergens such as gluten,dairy, soy, and corn.  Even sugar,  coffee, or alcohol can often aggravate skin conditions.  Try an elimination diet to see what you are sensitive to.
  7. Don’t forget to drink water!
  8. Eat more blood nourishing foods – beef, beets, cherries, dates, black-strap molasses, black sesame seeds, concord grapes, bone marrow broth, mulberries, Eggs, Chicken, Liver/pate, Sea vegetables, Seeds and nuts, Pumpkin, Sweet potato, Leafy greens, kidney or black Beans (combined with a grain), do an internet search for tcm blood nourishing foods
  9. If you try all of this and nothing seems to work, there is likely a deeper imbalance and guess who can help?  Your Acupuncturist of course!

Your acupuncturist will use your specific signs and symptoms to come to a diagnosis that fits your unique pattern.  Letting them know what helped and what didn’t is extremely helpful diagnostic information along with your pulse and tongue.

It may not seem like it now, but spring is right around the corner.  Call your Acupuncturist to get your skin right in time for summer!

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