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13 January 2010 @ 03:12 pm
Goals and Eczema  
One of my major goals this year was to try changing my beauty and body products over to organic products. Where did this come from? I'd love to claim that I am so very concerned about our planet, or that it's a move to support local products. While both of these things are factors, they are not the reasons I made this decision.

Since birth, I've suffered from eczema. It's severity changes over time, like a rollercoaster, getting better and almost completely disappearing to life-alteringly bad. It was at it's worse when I was going through puberty. It was never as bad as I've heard it can be. People die of eczema in third world countries. For me, it was more of a social thing. Let me paint you a picture.

When I was 15, I was just starting to develop. I had very frizzy long hair, braces, headgear, I was chubby, I had never had a boyfriend or even been kissed. I was unpopular and very awkward. On top of all of this, my eczema was at it's worst. I was called "Crocodile" by my classmates because of my scaly and peeling skin. I had patches all over my body, but most notably, my face. I couldn't go swimming because the chlorine would aggravate things and make it worse. I had to be very careful about what products I used for the same reason.

Since then, I've adapted and for the most part, it's manageable. I generally only get spots around my mouth, on my ears, my arms and my hips. I still can't swim for very long, or go in salt water. I have to be very careful about every product that comes in contact with my skin for fear of setting off a reaction. The worst so far was after a mani-pedi appointment I had. They used a lotion on my arms that had cinnamon in it and I was so red and swollen, Pat almost took me to the ER.

Back before Christmas, I went to the Originals craft show with Mum and Tracy. There, I met a woman from Earth to Body that, somehow, was able to reach me. I've heard for years that there are a number of things that you can try to get rid of eczema, including a vegan diet, cleanses, hydocolonic treatments and UV treatments. All of these things were costly, in one way or another, and were not going to fit the lifestyle I lead. At least not long term. This woman and I were talking, and she wasn't even the slightest bit surprised at my problems, considering the products I use.

It was then and there I made my decision. For my new years goal, I would try going organic and see if it helps. Through the use of one of my favourite sites, Skin Deep, I was able to see just what I was putting on my skin.

My usual products:
-Redken All Soft Shampoo
-L'Oreal Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
-Aveeno Body Wash
-Aveeno Eczema Cream
-Vaseline Intensive Skin Rescue, extra strength (Cancer causing? Sweet.)
-Biosilk Hair Cream (This has carcinogens in it. Awesome)
-Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Cream
-"" Mousse
-La Coupe CURLS mousse.
-Secret Platinum Eastern Lily (Another carcinogen)
-Olay Complete

So, I was averaging at about 7-8 on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being nearly harmless, 10 being Glow-in-the-dark-sign-me-up-for-cancer damaging. As you know, cancer is rampant in my family, so anything I can do to lessen my chances, the better.

Products I'm now using:
-Nature's Gate, Fragrance Free: Moisterizing lotion for sensitive skin: A really really light moisturizer. Not sure if it's going to be enough for my very dry skin. Might be good for general all-over post-bath moisturizing though. (Rated a 4)
-Beeceuticals organics: hair repair shampoo and Conditioner. So far, I really really like these products. My hair felt great and light after the shower. The scent was schmeh. A bit citrusy.
-Druide goat milk shower gel. A faint almond scent, really nice actually. Time will tell if my body will tolerate this change.
-Earth to Body "The X Cream" So far, I'm not sure if this is the cure-all I've been told it is. Worked extremely well for my sister-in-law, but for me, it takes a while to really see a change. It's a bit greasy, so definitely not for all over or hands.
-Earth to Body Emu Lip Balm. Recommended to me because most of the time, my eczema is right around my mouth. I find this really greasy, but it seems to help clear things up.
-Suncoat Products Natural Styling Mousse. Sort of a peppermint scent, will have to see if it can tame my locks.
-Earth Science Liken Plant Deodorant. My favourite deodorant ever! I've been looking for a good non-aluminum deodorant for a while, and this one is great.

So, I'm averaging now at about 3, which is a big difference. I'm really hoping I feel it. So far, being day one, I'm really happy with how my body feels. I'm not reacting to anything (which is always a risk when trying something new). It cost me about 100$ to change over to organic. Hopefully, it'll all be worth it.

Meanwhile, I'm also giving this a shot. Supposedly, the Hazelwood in the necklaces balances the acidity in the body, eliminating eczema. Worth a shot right? Right.

I'll keep you all updated on this journey :) I'm really hoping that it makes a good change in my life.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Syiannasyianna on January 13th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Good luck honey. Let me know if you want me to make you products at all. I never did make you that scrub :\

also, some of your coding is broken :(
roaringbravadoroaringbravado on October 9th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hi Heather,

I'm guessing you've looked at possible allergies as a possible cause? If not, perhaps it might be? A friend's son has severe alleriges to dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, mustard, etc. and his first year of life was him covered with severe ezcema - got rid of the allergy foods, the ezcema went away.

Just a suggestion :-)