Dear friends – after my post about my #skin healing up from intense #eczema after withdrawing from the strongest #steroid creams available (clobetasol propionate ointment), I received numerous inquiries from people about the products/supplements/practices I used during this process that helped me the most. After probably 200+ hours of research (I lost track, but I would research for hours, daily, for months on end) during the most intense period of physical and emotional suffering I’ve ever experienced, I’ve narrowed down the list to products I think ACTUALLY helped during this process. I saw dermatologists, homeopaths, and naturopaths, and I tried so many things (and spent a ton of money trying out so many expensive supplements and seeing some of the country’s best specialists either in person or over skype…I’m guessing I spent $5000-$10,000 during this process) and most didn’t work. I completely understand that everyone’s body is so different, but hopefully this list will give you a good starting point to help ease your suffering if you’re going through something similar. This condition is commonly referred to as #TopicalSteroidWithdrawal or #TSW.
In addition to these supplements, I noticed that cutting out soda, eating healthier, and exercise in small amounts definitely helped speed up the process of healing. Also, try to regulate body temperature as much as possible. I liked to keep my house at 72 degrees Farenheit. Heat is a big trigger for my eczema. Even to this day, with my eczema pretty much gone (I’ll have occasional tiny spots that flare up) I still notice when I do heavy workouts and sweat a lot, or am outside in the sun for long periods of time and sweat a lot, that I will get very itchy until I cool back down. I avoided sweating as much as possible when working out in the early stages, because sweat would cause my skin to burn unbearably. I mostly switched to a few sets of heavy weight exercises, rather than long cardio sessions. Try to cut out as much sugar as possible without going crazy, as sugar can feed yeast in the body which can lead to more itching. Sugar also makes the body more acidic, which can also lead to more itching. I actually lost 20 pounds in 3 months due to the extreme nature of the diet I tried (I went from 190 lbs to 170 lbs. At 170, I actually felt quite weak. I find that I feel best around 175-180 lbs). At night, I slept best when I used a breathable blanket that wouldn’t get too hot.
All of this sounds extremely nit-picky, and I realize that some of it is. However, these are the steps that actually worked for me. These 8 supplements and other things I’ve listed above really did help me through this horrible trial of quitting steroid creams and the backlash my body gave me when doing so. I haven’t listed the other 100+ things I tried that didn’t work, but don’t be afraid to deviate from this list. Do your own research, as everyone is different and reacts differently to certain foods and supplements. It is my sincere hope that something, even one thing, in this article can be helpful to you, or anyone you know, who is struggling with eczema. People who don’t have eczema don’t understand this terrible condition, how it can be all-consuming and the only thing you think about when you’re in a flare-up. Going through this process has increased my self-awareness, taught me patience, and increased my gratitude to God and to my body for the gift of healing. I wish each of you success in your journey of #healing.
(note: I am not a medical professional, and this is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. I have not been paid by any of the makers of these products to write this article…it is solely educational and a documentation of my own personal experience…I hope it can help).
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