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).
8/23/2017 03:27:20 am
My husband suffers from terrible eczema on his feet. I applied foderma eczema serum and then socks to the affected areas at night and within 2 weeks there was a substantial improvement. The cream is thick and does not run to untreated areas. The scent is pleasant and I am very pleased with the results.
10/18/2017 08:08:03 pm
So far I never experience this kind of what we call this allergy?. But thank you for the concerns and you made this post to remind everyone.
Hi Josh, Thanks so much for your blog on RSS!! My Naturopath recently research my symptoms and now we know that I am suffering with TSW as well. My life-long Eczema was getting worse so that I went onto Prednisone for 13 days but weaned off it properly per my family physician's instructions. However, than I went to the Dermatologist who put me on tons of cortisone creams and only after I ran out did I abruptly stop using them. I find that during a flare-up only pure apple cider vinegar calms the intense itching. Anyway, I took your advice and bought Calcium D-glucarate but the Organika brand at 500mg/day and just started today. I stopped using my cortisone creams about 3 months ago when I ran out. I know we are all different but just an idea of how long it took for you to see improvements and did your condition get worse during the process? (I wish the medical field would tell us to wean off the creams as well). Your youtube video is giving me hope because you got through it. I feel so restless but my hubby is very supportive. God bless, Sharon
2/8/2019 08:47:44 pm
Dear josh thank you thank you, thank you. I just found out i have dermatitus the dr perscribed steroid cream. I have had horrible side effects to most medications. This condition is simular to eczema but i am not a child. It says children get this. So may of been wrong diagnosed. So im not using the cream or picking it up i will refuse it. No need for tsw. I had no clu. I dont do side effects. T.y. for the information. All drs wanna do is prescribe. I read some where you can use a oatmeal based cream. Would that help? Thank you congradulations on your baby.
5/29/2021 12:33:32 pm
I am so happy to read this! I have been going through t s w for three years, and so many times I have wished that people could understand enough to not use the steroids in the first place so they won't have to go through this. I am so glad for you. You have saved yourself a world of hell. Much happiness to you!
9/30/2019 12:00:32 am
I have had eczema from my knees down for over forty years, the best treatment I found was , believe it or not,standing in front of a fire when itchy, and letting the heat get more intense than the itching, in summer I let the shower water get scolding hot and run it over my legs till the heat gets more unbearable than the itching. My hair on legs is growing back, and I get a few days to a week or two relief at a time.
10/4/2019 12:42:35 pm
I also had this, it eventually went away after I installed a water softener, I had a 24mcg of hardness (magnesium and calcium) in the water, I also noticed my face, feet, and legs healing, not to mention cleaner clothes and coffee pot, just to mention a few things.
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1/7/2018 02:14:53 pm
My son suffered from eczema on his neck and arms, just like the photos you shared. He struggled for at least 3 years and just recently, we tried red light therapy and it pretty much healed him within weeks. Research it Josh! 660 nanometer red light seems to have had the most research behind it.
11/7/2018 06:46:15 am
Did you Buy your own light?
10/24/2019 09:14:17 am
I don't know what DNN used, but I bought a red LED grow light on Amazon - same wavelength that most plants use for photosynthesis. They sell panels meant for humans for anti-aging which of course come with instructions (a good thing - don't want to overdose) but they cost quite a bit more than a grow light.
3/13/2018 05:55:47 am
I am glad to your blog and step to treat eczema. Eczema is on my hand and other part of body. I use Real healing products for 2 weeks then i feel better.
4/1/2018 08:53:07 pm
I suffer from eczema as well, so i really empathise with you here. My eczema used to be worse but it is better now.
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9/10/2018 12:16:19 am
I appreciate this work amazing post for us I like it.
11/9/2018 02:17:00 am
This article contains great original thinking.I really enjoyed the content and agree with most of your views. Thank you for sharing.
1/6/2019 11:38:24 am
Hi any essential oils that are Vest fir eczema? I know rgere are so many but which o es are the Best?
1/6/2019 11:41:33 am
Typo.i know there are so many essential oils but which ones are best for eczema
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10/26/2019 06:34:22 am
Hi Lizelle, have you looked into the Medical Medium, Anthony William? He talks all about this. I’m not remotely connected to him just know that lots of people are having success clearing things up. He says it’s liver related. Anyway great article, thanks for sharing it!
3/17/2019 01:03:58 am
Hi. This works for itching.. Little oats pillow. You put it in microwave for 1 minute and then on the skin when the pillow is really hot. And you dont have to use hot shower so much for skin..
3/26/2019 10:42:54 pm
thanks for the information
3/26/2019 10:44:32 pm
good one keep it up
4/9/2019 11:39:56 pm
I have had eczema for 67 years, nearly all my life, sometimes extensive and really severe, and sometimes not too much trouble. In the last 20 years I have had success controlling it with exposure to the sun without use of steroid ointments, but last March I had a terrible flare up on my feet, including the soles which break into fissures. It is an extremely painful condition and I have had trouble walking at times. I have been using the once a day steroid Elocon for SEVEN months without any improvement at all. A week ago I started using Foderma eczema serum once or twice a day in addition to the steroid and I see a huge improvement in reduction of inflammation and healing of the skin. I am really impressed and will continue with foderma serum. It has improved the quality of my life within a week, thank goodness. If you suffer from eczema which has been difficult to treat, I would certainly recommend giving this a try.
11/13/2019 04:52:42 am
Really nice and descriptive article. I had cured my chronic eczema naturally. I was opted for cow urine therapy. I got relief from my skin problem within a time of 2 months.
12/7/2019 06:15:31 pm
Thank you so much for your tips, the best I have found. Means the world to me, thank you for sharing!
12/13/2019 11:55:32 am
Thanks man some great tips here.
1/12/2020 04:30:35 am
I have eczema on my hands, in addition to really dry skin, and using foderma eczema serum will alleviate the itching greatly. It feels smooth on the skin for a while, but you can touch paper without leaving a grease stain! My dermatologist recommended foderma to me first. Even without eczema, I would use this. I have it in my kitchen and others have commented how wonderful it feels.
2/10/2020 03:03:18 pm
I have atopic dermatitis or eczema. All the Dr recommend are topical steroid creams with oral antihistamines. I really am suffering more in the last few months. My dermatologist recommend's injections ofor Dupexent. What is your view on this?
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11/6/2020 01:34:34 am
Dupixent or dulimap is another scam like steroids!!!
2/15/2020 02:37:41 am
Hi Josh, I’m currently month 2 of TSW and in a state of hell and wondered when your skin began to give you a bit of a break??
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11/17/2020 08:47:38 am
Thank you for this amazing article. This has been a struggle of mine for so long. I am hoping that this will help me. I will gladly share your article with my community of 237K Instagram followers.
12/2/2020 01:38:56 pm
thank you for writing this article. Got some really amazing info out of it that I hope will help me. I will also gladly share your post with my 275K tiktok followers. Thank you!
6/22/2021 10:52:45 am
You made an excellent point that when looking for eczema ointment, it is important to speak with with a professional pharmacist. It makes sense as they can recommend an ointment or treatment gel that is suitable for our skin type. I will definitely keep this information in mind when I look for a scar treatment.
1/2/2022 12:02:09 pm
Hi, this article is super informative and thank your sharing all the tips.
5/23/2023 11:20:13 pm
Having eczema is really hard and informative content you shared that everyone can refer through.
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