Omega 6 Deficiency and Dermatitus

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It’s been a little over a year since the skin on my face changed.  I was diagnosed with eczema and prescribed a steroid cream. It went away (somewhat) but when I stopped using it, it came back worse. So I started snooping the Internet for answers. There were so many natural recommendations and I tried several, but they all made my skin worse… until I found a video of a young woman who suggested taking three tablespoons organic virgin olive oil daily, along with two capsules organic olive leaf. My skin cleared up in four months. I have a small patch sometimes when it gets extremely hot, but for the most part I am happy with the results.

Then I got to thinking the other day as to WHY I got eczema in the first place. I seem to have controlled the symptom but don’t know how it started, so I got back on the Internet to investigate. I found a study written in Science Daily that suggests that omega 6 deficiency causes severe dermatitus. Organic virgin olive oil has omega 3 and omega 6.

Most Americans eat a “Standard American Diet” (SAD) and get too much omega 6 fats, leading to all kinds of serious health problems: diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease. The key to good health is to have a balanced ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3. I became vegan in early 2011, so maybe it took a few years for my body to become depleted. I have since included more nut butters and avocados to my diet and of course the organic olive oil.

If you are having dry skin problems, you might get good results from the olive oil regimen. It couldn’t hurt to try; it’s food and food is the best medicine!

Stay Well and Be Happy!

Ingebird

The Trials and Tribulations of Eczema

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I have written about my struggles with eczema a few times. At the time I wondered if my eczema was really a fungus. I came to the conclusion that it’s not. I saw my doctor last summer when my skin started to flare up. It started on both my legs, which my doctor told me was psoriasis, then my face looked red and scaly (eczema). She told me that researchers don’t really know what cause both skin disorders but they suspect it gets worse when the person is stressed. Stress is the diagnosis I got when I had intestinal problems and it turned out that my stress was really cancer. So, when someone tells me that my medical problem is caused by stress, I ignore them and do my own research.

My legs seem to have cleared up on their own, except for dark discoloration spots that I hope will fade before the end of this decade. I never put any cream on them. My doctor did prescribe Hydrocortisone cream 2.5% last summer, which I applied but stopped using because it dried out my skin. I stopped using it and looked for alternative treatments. I went on the Internet to look for answers. There were many recommended treatments, all of them claimed to work. I used organic coconut oil, olive oil, Vicks Vapor Rub (yes, you read that correctly), and finally hemp balm. None of them worked for me. In fact they seemed to make it worse. So, I am back to using the Hydrocortisone cream. My skin looked better almost immediately. I have been using it for two weeks now. My skin isn’t completely clear but it looks much better. My skin is very dry though so I plan to give it one more week to heal then apply organic coconut oil at night.

I started drinking spring water with a teaspoon of  Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. I drink one glass a day. I also ordered an MSM supplement by MRM. I figured whatever is wrong with my skin, it’s a symptom of something else going on inside my system.

It’s funny how weird we get when our skin looks bad. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am the only one who is self conscious about that sort of stuff. I have done some interviews about my diet and I applied makeup over the affected areas to hide my skin trouble from the camera. I really don’t like putting makeup on my skin but I don’t want anyone focusing on my skin problems either.

I am grateful that my skin does not itch. Everything I read about psoriasis and eczema claims that one of the symptoms are itching (always look for that “silver lining!”).

Hopefully my new skin regimen will work this time. I will keep you posted. If you have tried other treatments that worked for your skin, please leave me a comment below. I am always open to suggestions.

Be Well!

Inge