Today I am sharing more of my personal battle with eczema on my legs. I first shared my story of eczema back in January 5, 2013. Then gave an update on September 9, 2013 on healing eczema with a simple diet of rice and meat, which did work! But that was right before the holidays and I am human and like food, so it was hard for me to keep a simple diet.
And my dry, itchy, red patchy skin came right back. Actually it was worse than it has ever been!!! I got so depressed. Frustrated. Upset at myself that allowed it to get that bad.
After the holidays I was traveling for 2 weeks working and my legs were still really bad. My embarrassment continued. And my frustration was only getting worse.
What else can I do? I have done and tried everything.
Experimenting with food and supplements to help heal my eczema
Please note this is my experience. Consult with your doctor before trying anything new.
I kept on reading and researching more and more. Even re-read old articles. Read forums. Blogs. Etc.
When I was back home after traveling I started listening to podcasts. I listened to any podcast I could find on eczema or dry, itchy skin. I came across one podcast that I learned a lot from Dishing up Nutrition show – Skin problems: acne, rosacea, and eczema. They discussed all skin issues but mentioned eczema being a zinc deficiency and that GLA can help with dry skin. GLA helps with skin and hormones, it is an omega 6 essential fatty acid. And I have always thought I had a zinc deficiency as one sign is having white spots on your fingernails.
So I decided to try taking a few new supplements to see if that would help, in addition avoiding certain foods. More on this below.
This picture was in early January 2014 when my legs started getting really bad. The pictures don’t really do it justice in what it really looked like.
The red patches were everywhere. I never had it so bad.
I was getting scared.
I have been taking Zinc and borage oil (GLA) for about 3 weeks now to help with eczema, which seem to be helping.
Zinc and borage oil (GLA) aid in healing eczema.
Taking a GLA supplement aids in helping with fighting inflammation, promoting a healthy immune response, improving the barrier function of the skin and is vital for keeping skin cells moist and strong. Zinc helps support the immune system, which is related to gut health, and it helps other things like improve inflammation.
I have been taking the zinc once a day and the borage oil twice. In addition I am still taking fermented cod liver oil and a probiotic. I am slowly increasing my ghee intake. I go through periods with ghee as I am not 100% sure if my skin on my face likes it or not. But I take it because of the vitamins in it like Vitamin A, D, E and K, which are all needed for overall health and they help with skin!
And a few other new things I have been experimenting with is using some doTerra essential oils. Lori’s and my older sister has recently gotten into using them and has been getting the rest of our family to try them out. And I have been loving them. I will have to do a follow-up post more on the essential oils as I wanted this post to be about the food and supplements.
This is my legs this morning.
After taking just a few foods out of my diet and taking those few supplements (along with my other daily supplements) my legs are just about healed completely. The red patches are pretty much gone but still deal with moments of really itchy skin.
With the itchy skin still happening I know it’s related to stress and changes in weather. I know when I am under a lot of stress my eczema does get worse. I am working on controlling my stress the best I can.
Overall I am very pleased with how my legs are doing now. I feel like I am slowly getting a better understanding of my eczema and what is causing it. I am still experimenting with my diet. As I mentioned in my healing eczema post I mentioned some foods I was avoiding. Well I now have a different lists of foods I think could be the culprits:
bananas and plantains
How did I come across these foods?
Well in general I have been avoiding a lot of foods over the past year due to my eczema. And I still had it. So I knew it had to be something I was still eating. Even though they are healthy foods it does not always mean they are RIGHT for me. I was already avoiding many of the foods most people claim cause eczema like gluten, dairy, tomatoes, processed foods, etc. And I added my own personal foods to that list due to cross reactivity which I listed here.
I have already added eggs back in for a week and still have clear skin! I am not sure what the next food will be, but I will report any findings.
I know eczema is an autoimmune disease.
I know eczema is a nutrient deficiency.
I know eczema is related to allergies – environment and food.
I know eczema is affected by stress.
Eczema is more than just dry skin. It’s related to how well your body absorbs nutrients. It relates to how well your skin absorbs moisture and retains it.
It is not a simple thing to cure, but I am determined to figure it out.
Hopefully my story helps you or if you know of someone suffering to give them hope!
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions for me. I am here to help!