I Think I've Found an ALL NATURAL Cure to Eczema!
Alright, so for those who don't know, I've had eczema since middle school and I've been super self- conscious about it. The crazy thing is that I wasn't born with it. Instead I developed the skin condition after going to the doctor for a rash under my arms. He prescribed me some pill to clear it up, and it honestly got worse. The next morning instead of clear skin, I woke up to little bumps all over my body. When I went back to the doctor I was diagnosed with having eczema.
The main triggers of my eczema flares come from being out in the sun too long or from wearing fake jewelry. So, over the years, I got used to staying in the shade and only wearing jewelry for short periods of time. As time progressed, and my eczema became "adult eczema", I noticed that it stated to appear in random spots even when I wasn't in the sun. From my hands and feet, to my arms and legs, patches of little bumps would come when I least expected it. Normally, my remedy would be to use any steroid cream that was prescribed by the doctor. I loved a cream! It was quick, and normally seemed to get the job done. Yet, like all creams, after using it for a few months my body would get immune to it and it would no longer work. Then I would repeat the cycle over and get a new cream for the next few months etc. For a while, I felt like I had a good skin regime down packed and I knew how to manage it without getting crazy breakouts. And then, I moved to New York.
Once I moved, my skin seemed to be upset with me. I diagnosed myself, like everyone usually does, and came to conclusion that the dirty air up here along with a possible gluten allergy is to thank for my crazy eczema outbreak. With my skin being so inflamed, I became desperate to try any and everything. After speaking with my co-worker, Mel, about what he did for his eczema, I decided to give his concoction a try.
His remedy was black soap and shea butter. So, I went to a black-owned health store in downtown Brooklyn and picked up some original black soap in a paste form and some whipped African Shea butter. I've been using it for the last 2 weeks and the progress is amazing!
HERE ARE A FEW FACTS ABOUT BLACK SOAP + SHEA BUTTER...
Black soap cleanses gently, so it's ideal for people with rashes, dryness and other skin conditions. My particular brand contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that helps to target breakouts. It causes the rash to dry out and then that's where the shea butter comes into play. Shea butter is full of natural vitamins and fatty acids that makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
PROGRESS AFTER 2 WEEKS...
My wash routine is super simple and easy to follow. I highly recommend doing this regime twice a day till the inflammation has decreased.
Here are the 4 simple steps to follow if you want to get your eczema under control ASAP.
Spread the Black Soap paste on the effected areas for 15 mins.
Get in the shower and wash all the spot including your entire body with black soap
Once you're out the shower, put on Cetaphil Body Lotion and pat dry.
Then spread the Shea Butter over your entire body and moisturize it in till it's gone.
Please note**I will say, that if your skin is inflamed, when you let the black soap sit before you shower, it will burn a tad. But, that is completely normal. This just means it's getting rid of that nasty eczema and dry out whatever is affected!
Aside from having a proper wash routine, I also recommend setting up an appointment with an allergist to check to see if your diet is causing the breakouts. A lot of times our bodies react to what we put inside it. So be mindful of what you eat and pay close attention if a reaction occurs.
I'm in the process of creating my own all natural soaps for my skin. I will be sure to get you all the deets once everything is complete. In the meantime, if you decided to try out this remedy, be sure to let me know how it turns out!
Till Next Time Loves,