my long journey to healing eczema and the new diet that has helped

by purelytwins

Hey luvs,

Hope you are ready for a picture heavy post as today I am sharing more of my eczema.

My personal journey with healing eczema and a new diet that helped me heal it. Well, heal it for the most part.

So I mentioned on facebook yesterday about me sharing this topic today and many of you asked if it can help with psoriasis. That’s a great question and I feel you can take what I did and apply it! And hopefully lead you to healing.  Also, Carrie mentioned about glycerin and psoriasis, so thank you Carrie for sharing that.

Okay here I go.

Now a quick history… I’ve been dealing with itchy skin since I was a little. I won’t get into too much details but I have been experimenting with products and diet since I was young.  So I am PRAYING that I am finally coming to the end of my itchy, irritating, red bumpy ugly skin!

healing eczema through diet and gut healing

As you guys have seen here on the blog that I have been still experimenting with my diet and what foods could be causing it.

I am not sure why this past January it got so bad!? I almost feel from doing a gut healing journey made my eczema worse.  I know weird to think that but that is when my legs got really bad and never stopped.   It’s just so strange. A mystery really.

If you are interested here are the past post about my issues.

Day 1 of gut healing

Avocado, sauerkraut or carrots causing eczema 

Fixing eczema autoimmune disease with gut healing

Avocado and sunlight helping or hurting eczema

Zinc and borage oil to help clear my eczema

My personal journey with eczema 

Eczema allergy testing

Eczema update #2


eczema healing update

There were moments over these past few months that I thought my legs were getting better.

bloody itchy legs

But then I would get an outbreak and itch and itch until my legs were bleeding.

red itch patches on legs

My legs always seemed “better” in the morning, but got worse as the day went on.


I was so embarrassed. I HATED wearing shorts.

red palm oil on legs

I tried everything in the book to stop the itch.  Yep, even rubbed red palm oil on my legs. Oh ya that was fun. I ruined a lot of my clothes haha

everything I have tried on legs to heal eczema

I tried every type of natural product or gentle product out there.

I read books after books. Blog post of other people sharing their ideas on how to heal eczema.  I even bought a few e-books on healing eczema from other bloggers.

Nothing worked.

Not even prescription steroid creams. Everything just seemed to make my eczema worse. Even natural stuff like coconut oil! Only made the itching worse and caused more red pumps.

I just started trying argan oil, which Melissa mentioned to me to try. Only used it once, so cannot say if it has made a difference. As I am scared to put stuff on my legs, because everything worked for the first few days then all my itchy, red bumps came right back. So frustrating.

really bad eczema outbreak

This was one of the worst outbreaks.  The picture doesn’t do it justice. My legs might not look bad, but they were! I cannot even describe to you how miserable I have been these past months.

From Lori dealing with her hormonal acne that doesn’t seem to stop and from my itchy legs that never stopped – we were such a happy bunch 😉 But we kept our heads up and did our best to continue to learn and experiment until we find things that help us.

My legs itched so bad not only did I bleed, but they would wake me up just about every night itching. Sometimes it was just for a minutes, but others it lasted just about all night that I would start to cry because I just wanted them to stop.

legs getting better

I broke down and started taking allerga again.

It did help.

5 days difference with new diet to heal eczema

It has been night and day lately with my legs.

When Lori and I got back from Disney we decided to do a try a new “diet” for a few days. We started it last Wednesday and for 5 days ONLY ate meat or fish with white rice and ghee.  Well after one day of that we decided to add in coconut oil because we felt like crap….we needed our fat. And instantly felt better once we added coconut oil in. Love that stuff!!

Okay back to meat and rice diet. Why would I do such a thing? Well I did go and see an allergist last Tuesday and tested positive for somethings that I was not surprised by as I always kind of knew. They were dust mites, cockroaches, weeds (especially lambquarters), and cat and dog dander.

The doctor gave me a few tips to try as well I decided to do a diet elimination.

meat and rice diet

Enter the meat and white rice diet. We got the idea from Peggy in her Primal Moms book.

Why white rice, well because I like it. Haha, no really it was because white rice really has nothing it. As white rice is really easy for the body to digest.  Most people can handle it when doing an elimination diet, so it was my carb source these past few days. (Lori did this diet with me in hopes it would help her hormonal acne – helped a little but not much relief for her, she will have to give an update here soon)

**this is why you guys have not been seeing much of our eats lately as they have been pretty boring.

eczema healing

Seriously after the first day of this simple diet my legs started to get better instantly.

legs healing through meat and rice diet

I could not believe it!


The bumps, the red patches were gone just had leftover scars and dry skin to deal with.

kombucha rice beef dinner

Even though I was getting so bored with just rice and meat, I kept going! Kombucha helped 🙂 And lots of it. We drank about 1.5 cups a day of it.

added kale back in diet

Then added kale back in diet on Sunday.

Verdict – legs still doing fine!  I also added in lemon and still legs are healing.

added plantains in

The other day we added in PLANTAINS!!!  (we missed them and wanted a different carb source)

Verdict – still no major itching.

most recent legs

My left leg just about clear, as my right still getting there.

But SO MUCH BETTER! I still cannot believe it.

added brussel sprouts

Next up to add back in was was brussel sprouts. We needed fiber and greens in our life.

Legs still doing amazing!

my legs healed - from eczema through diet

It is like I have NEW legs!!!

I am still in shock. And honestly just wanting for another out break.

It has been 7 days and my legs only seem to be getting better. Now I would be lying if I said I was itched free. I still have minor itching, especially when I am over at Lori’s house. Sorry Jax.

But when I start to feel a bad itch is about to come I do take allegra to help, as I want my legs to heal. Yes I hate taking those pills, but I have come to terms that I am just that person who cannot “be 100% natural” with their lifestyle. That I need some medicated, not-so-natural stuff.

So why do I feel my legs have improved so much.

I do believe it was something I was eating. I do have a list in my mind, as I plan to avoid foods in the goosefoot family plus other cross-reaction foods from the mugwart and ragweed family. As well as avoiding foods that react from the dust family.

How did I find about all these different foods to avoid — I GOOGLE IT!! I spend hours and hours reading about being allergic to weeds and what foods to avoid. Slowly over time I will add some of these foods back in. Not sure what will be next. But I am doing my best with doing one food at a time. I have also added in tahini and brown rice protein and still seem to be doing fine.

Based upon my research and foods I was eating a lot of prior to this little meat and rice diet experiment, I am trying to avoid these foods:

Ragweed: bananas, cucumber, zucchini, sunflower

Goosefoot family: beets, chard, lambquarters, spinach, quinoa, and beet sugar

Mugwort : cabbage, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, parsley, fennel, apples, celery, black pepper, and bell peppers.

It is hard. But seeing the improvement in my skin keeps me going with eating a very simple diet.

Another thing that I feel that has really helped A LOT with healing my eczema is COCONUT OIL. You all know Lori and I tend to have 3-4 tbsp of it a day. But this past 5 days we increased it to 5 tbsp and thinking of even trying 6tbsp. Yes folks you are reading that correct. We eat 5 TBSP of coconut oil a day (plus still having ghee and grass-fed meats and salmon).

Lori and I feel the coconut oil has helped in higher dosages. We have read on other blogs that coconut oil in large amounts like 8tbsp+ helped them with weight loss and thyroid. So we figured it would help with horrible itchy skin. And so far it has!!

And for those that are wondering — no we have not gained weight from the addition of more coconut oil.  In fact we feel it has helped us look even better. With the addition of coconut oil put our calories way over 1700. And Lori’s acne is slowly calming down, so maybe it helped with that too.

Not sure what the diet plan will be next but I am taking it slow. I miss a lot of foods. But also want normal looking legs again.

I will continue to share and give updates on my eczema.

I hope this posts helps you if you are suffering from eczema or any skin conditions.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Here are some articles to check out if interested in allergy cross reactivity with foods:

Seasonal allergy cross reaction chart

Foods to avoid for pollen allergy

Unusual food allergies

Oral Allergy Syndrome

There are many more, like I said just google it and you will find lots of things to read.

Sorry for the extremely long posts. There was a lot to cover 😉  I only pray this healing last on my legs and I PRAY that it may help some of you too!

till next time,




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Brooke September 14, 2013 - 9:17 am

So happy for you!!! I have eczema and have some similar issues. GL on the rest of your journey. hugs!!

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 14, 2013 - 9:36 am

Wow I’m SO glad you seem to be finding something that’s working, and I hope you’re able to add in all your old favorite foods! An elimination diet would be hard, but you’re definitely motivated! Hang in there!

the 3volution of j3nn September 14, 2013 - 10:34 am

Elimination diets and trying to peg a food culprit are hard! Have you ever heard of histamine intolerance? I’m wondering if that may offer any clues to you. Good luck!

purelytwins September 14, 2013 - 11:14 am

oh yes I know all about histamine intolerance, something I have been experimenting for many months

Deana September 14, 2013 - 11:06 am

If you still haven’t tried NAET, I do recommend it for your allergens – (dust mites, cockroaches, weeds (especially lambquarters), and cat and dog dander.) For me, 30 allergens were eliminated! I had a new lease on life.
Hang in there, and good luck!


purelytwins September 14, 2013 - 11:14 am

Thanks Deana.

lindsay September 15, 2013 - 8:06 am

I did NAET, it does help!

purelytwins September 15, 2013 - 11:28 am

glad to hear it, just may try it out 🙂

Caroline Lunger September 16, 2013 - 1:00 am

I did NAET too. It helps for most things, but sometimes the allergens in the viles are not the same as in your environment, so you cam always bring in some plants or weeds from around your area. I am into the cross reacting things too and can finally eat most veggies in any season…that is because of the NAET. 🙂 eczema is so tricky ;/

purelytwins September 16, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Caroline yes it is!

Anna Crouch September 14, 2013 - 11:13 am

You sound like me….I feel your pain! I’m following a low fodmap style of eating recently to learn how to manage my IBS and it’s trial after trial. Some days there is hope, and other days I feel discouraged and disappointed because my symptoms return after the smallest thing. Sometimes I wish I were just “normal”, but if we were normal, we wouldn’t be able to help all the people we help, as they struggle with similar things, right? Good luck on your journey free from eczema!

purelytwins September 14, 2013 - 11:47 am

GOod luck with your journey too!

Sarah September 14, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Honestly, I’m really glad to hear you say you cannot be 100% natural. I take thyroid replacement hormones for my hasimotos disease. They have helped me tremendously along with dramatically changing my diet. Sometimes I feel bad about that, as it is the only medication I take. But you gotta do what you gotta do. I’m glad you’re healing and hope it only continues to get better for you!

purelytwins September 14, 2013 - 3:28 pm

yes Sarah you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes 🙂 thank you! I hope you continue to feel good too!

CL September 14, 2013 - 8:22 pm

I’ve recently started using coconut oil externally, rubbing it into my skin where I have Keratosis Pilaris (red bumps on the back of my arms and legs). I saw online that it helps, so I don’t have any scientific basis behind it yet, but I’ll see how it goes for a few weeks. Have you ever tried using coconut oil on your skin to heal it?

purelytwins September 14, 2013 - 9:56 pm

we have used coconut oil on skin, Lori uses coconut oil to wash her face and likes it, and we use coconut oil on our KP on our arms as well, no major improvements yet.

Lesa September 25, 2013 - 10:44 am

I didn’t know that I had KP (thought I was just fair with skin that shows too much of everything). Then I realized that after going totally plant based, those pesky red bumps were gone. Within a few weeks. And they’ve stayed gone for almost two years now since that change. I always had mild eczema during the drier cooler months which was resolved by not using any products with fragrance during those times and with a Derma E product (Psorzema creme). But now that I have been fighting a candida problem (many rounds of antibiotics over the years because I had to have my spleen removed, plus almost 20 years taking birth control pills), I have a couple small patches of eczema that are usually explained by exposure to some kind of chemicals, but I am wondering if there are foods triggering it too. Thanks for sharing your journey, Michelle!

Marylene February 25, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Any food that feed candida will trigger your eczema….eczema is in many cases just an external symptom of a candida overgroth.

Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake September 14, 2013 - 10:10 pm

I also pray that these different ways of eating help you!

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness: by whose stripes ye WERE healed.” 1 peter 2:24

Be blessed and stay strong!

purelytwins September 15, 2013 - 11:25 am

thank you Audrey hugs

GiGi Eats Celebrities September 15, 2013 - 1:48 am

I FREAKIN love this!!! Use yourself as your own guinea pig! I do it to myself ALL THE TIME and I know for a fact that I can really only eat meat/poultry/fish and fat. Ha! Oh well, at least we know what WORKS FOR US! 🙂

purelytwins September 15, 2013 - 11:27 am

exactly 🙂

Lieke September 15, 2013 - 5:22 am

Hi there,

This is my first time responding. Came across your awesome blog last week, as I was searching for sugar and wheatfree recipes. I am on my own journey finding foods my intestines tolerate, so it is really interesting to read your story. Thanks!

And for Lori, this might be an interesting article (role of diet in acne):
For my acne using skin products high in niacinamide (>4%) worked as a charm. Results are not instant, but that seem logical knowing that pustels and pimples take 2 weeks to form (thank you google!).



ps. English is not my native language, so I appologize in advance for any mistakes

purelytwins September 15, 2013 - 11:28 am

Lieke first thank you and welcome to our blog 🙂
and thanks for the link, Lori is starting to use a new NIACIn based face spray and so far is liking it!!

lindsay September 15, 2013 - 8:05 am

i have to avoid those during mold and ragweed season! i always forget about the zucchini though. I don’t break out, i just get very bad eye allergies. Burning and itching. and i take allegra. A lot, eek, no shame! way to be on top of it michelle. So glad you have found healing. Love you!

Tracy September 16, 2013 - 10:20 am

Eczema on the legs and is horrible. I too have been suffering from it since I was kid. Every now and then, especially if I wear pants that are snug, my calves burn and need to be scratched. Friends and family tell me to stop scratching and I tell them it’s like there’s something deep down inside and must be scratched. I use Aveeno Cool Menthol lotion on my body every morning and put loads of it on my calves when the itchiness flares up.

A year and a half ago, I saw a Naturopathic Doctor, after being fed up with my family doctor for 2 years. I saw the Naturopath because for 5 years, my eczema was getting worse. I was itchy all the time and my head was getting itchier and flakier and flakier. I tried all different kinds of shampoo, but nothing helped. I had been eating healthier and working out, but not losing weight. I did an IgG test and bananas (my favourite food – I ate at least one a day) was extremely high, as was gluten, eggs, yeast, sugar, and dairy. The Naturopath gave me an elimination / avoidance diet. Somethings I avoided for 1 month and almost everything else was 6 months. She said it takes at least a month to start feeling a difference. I felt like I was Vegan, but ate meat.

For 6 months, I avoided all cow dairy (milk, cheese, cottage, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream (my all time favourite), casein, eggs, gluten, refine sugar (includes raw sugar cane) and other sugars (corn syrup, molasses, brown/white sugar, glucose, maltose, etc), gluten, dried, sweetened, or canned fruit, pineapple, bananas, cranberries, mushrooms, processed meats, couscous, bulgur , yeast (baker’s and brewer’s), table salt never used it, fruit and vegetable drinks.

It seems like a lot to avoid, and it was hard the first month especially since I don’t like to cook or bake. Guess what I started to do. It worked, my skin cleared up and the itchiness went away. My scalp felt 200% better.

I still follow the diet for the most part. I introduced some foods back and I get flare ups.

It’s a long journey. Keep going.

purelytwins September 16, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Tracy thank you for sharing!! Sorry to hear that you deal with itchy skin too!! So happy that you are better now 🙂 yay!! It is amazing once I cut out more foods how much better my body is doing. thanks for the support and encouragement 🙂 HUGS

calee September 16, 2013 - 2:17 pm

glad to hear you’re healing. best of luck for this to continue!

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut September 17, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Oh my gosh that is amazing how much diet has helped! And I’m sure allegra is helping as well. I would LOVE to be able to live a normal life without my allegra D, but sadly that’s just not the way I was made! I’ve tried the regional honey and it helps a little, but not completely. I think that it’s great you tried to remedy the condition naturally, but since you found something that works…stick with it!! 🙂

purelytwins September 17, 2013 - 8:38 pm

thanks Amanda, I too would like to live without allegra, but at the moment can’t, maybe one day 🙂 thanks for the support!! HUGS

Lisa September 17, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Kind of late on this, but just wanted to put out how amazing this progress is that you’ve seen! It can be so tough to figure out, but I’m so glad you pushed through the hard times. I also had to come to the terms that I just couldn’t get super clear skin without seeing a dermatologist and getting products over the counter that aren’t natural. Yes, it wasn’t what I wanted, but my skin has never ever looked better so I’m thankful I just decided to do it.
No shame for doing what works for you!<3

purelytwins September 17, 2013 - 8:39 pm

thanks Lisa, and so happy you’ve found products that have helped your skin!! 🙂

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables September 17, 2013 - 9:56 pm

This is awesome Michelle! I have never thought to link ragweed allergies to foods. I need to do that for my hubby! I have so many allergies, I can’t cut anything else out! lol I’m so glad things are working for you!!!!

DAG September 18, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Pretty amazing how well the elimination diet has worked. I was thinking though, 1700-1800 calories a day for girls who work out as much as you do does not seem like enough… Could it be contributing to the amenorrhea?

purelytwins September 18, 2013 - 4:05 pm

well we only workout once a day and they are usually always under 30 minutes, so we feel we are doing well so far with it all. but everyone is different, we are both feeling great and happy.

Kristine West September 21, 2013 - 1:57 pm

I don’t know if you’ve ever considered detoxing from parasites, but I bet that would really help. The Bulk Herb Store (started by Michael and Debbie Pearl’s daughter) has a good detox program. Using their bulk herbs makes it very affordable.
God bless you!

purelytwins September 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Thanks Kristine, but I have been tested for parasites and I do not have any.

Kristine West September 21, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Parasites are rarely detectable. They are experts on hiding. You might want to do a cleanse just to be sure.

I tested negative for parasites, but when I first did a cleanse, after about a week I could “taste” their bi-products (especially at night), and all my symptoms were exaggerated. That’s what happens, because their waste goes into the bloodstream. At the end of the cleanse (it takes three months), I was symptom – free.

It is incredibly easy to pick up parasites, but next to impossible to detect them. I knew I had them (because I found one once in the toilet), but the doctors said I didn’t. (I wish I would have saved it!) This is really embarrassing, but it’s so easy to pick them up from pets, sushi, etc. because the eggs are practically invisible, and I want you to know so you may get relief from your eczema. The parasites might actually be giving you the food sensitivities.

Sarah September 23, 2013 - 11:53 pm

I loved reading this! I have had a similar experience with eczema, although mine is on my lips and armpits, such a nightmare! Through the same kind of rice diet from my allergist, I find my triggers are dairy, eggs, nutritional yeast, kraut, alcohol, and tempeh. I had been eating kraut and nooch all the time blaming my problems on wheat and other things…who knew! I’ve been clear for almost 2 years 🙂 Best of luck finding yours, it’s such a relief!

PS: for night itching I used to use bug bite numbing lotion…probably not healthy but totally worked enough so I could get sleep 🙂

Amie September 25, 2013 - 2:38 am

Thank you so much for sharing your journey! I have dealt with eczema since childhood also (on my arms) and it recently started flaring up again. I’ve been trying different things and this gave me some great ideas. I loooove coconut oil and have been using more of it also. Thank you for addressing the fact that you eat multiple tablespoons a day and haven’t gained weight! I keep having to reassure myself of this. Please keep us updated and I hope your legs stay itch-free and fab 🙂

Brittany September 28, 2013 - 4:41 pm

I’m glad you’re finding a way to heal your eczema naturally!

I just wanted to add a note about topical steroids, in case someone reading this has the same problem I had. I have had “incurable” eczema since I was a child and docs always “treated” it with topical steroids. As I got older, I needed stronger and stronger steroids and the eczema rashes were getting worse. I tried all kinds of natural things (including elimination diets) but about a year and half ago, I found out that I actually had steroid-induced eczema (also called topical steroid addiction or red skin syndrome). I stopped using topical steroids and went through a horrible withdrawal/healing period. Now I have perfectly normal skin, no eczema! Since it took me such a long time to even find out about it and doctors never told me that could be a possible side effect, I thought I would share here. I wrote about it on my blog (you can see before and afters) and if you looked up ITSAN, there is lots of medical research on it too.

Christina December 1, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Wow amazing! I am going through a similar journey like you. I have eczema on my knees and lower calves…really embarrassing! 🙁 I’m also trying to heal my gut through an elimination diet, (I’m allergic to wheat and dairy 🙁 ) your blog gave me inspiration to keep going! Thanks a lot!


purelytwins December 2, 2013 - 8:38 pm

best of luck to you Christina!! glad we have been helpful 😉

MacKenzie January 5, 2014 - 6:57 pm

I’ve been having awful eczema flair-ups on my legs, neck, and pretty much my entire back. The itching in unbearable. I think I’m going to give this a try. I also have PCOS…so I really relate the journey you all are taking.
I’m willing to give it a try and see if it helps my eczema and bloating. 2014 is about healing myself, and this seems simple and inexpensive so I’m willing to give it a go.
Thank you ladies!

purelytwins January 5, 2014 - 7:06 pm

sorry to hear that you are having issues! we hope you find some relief soon!! xo

Best dietician in Rajauri Garden January 17, 2014 - 5:01 am

I was also suffered from the same problem Eczema one year back but it was not major issue When I am going through your blog I remembered my those days which is really hectic for me. But I really appreciate your courage that you experimented with your diet and the positive results comes out. I think our diet is the tool of our body because what we eat it effect in that way. I think many people who are suffer with the problem of eczema this post will help them.

Marylene February 25, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Coconut oil is amazing…it’s a very powerful anti-fungal….it kills candida, that’s probably why you’ve both seen improvement in your skin condition from taking lots of it 🙂

purelytwins February 25, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Unfortunately coconut oil has not been a miracle worker for my skin. I do use it, but notice nothing from it. I am getting more relief from avoiding certain foods.

kristin May 30, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Hi! I’ve recently begun an elimination diet with my daughter for her eczema… Which fruits and veggies are you eating? Are you eating any allergy free breads? (Free of egg, dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, corn, refined sugars)

I recently was told that brown rice is not good for eczema, have you tried it and what was your reaction?

Thanks for sharing your story!
P.s. have you checked into getting a filter on your showerhead? I’ve read some on the net that tap water can trigger skin conditions as well as digestive problems when consumed… We recently switched to the zero water filter and added a bath tub filter to help my daughter as she is ALWAYS itchy after time in the water, even a short time.


purelytwins May 31, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Kristin during these 5 days I only ate meat, fish and rice. Now I am eating most veggies and a little fruit. I do not eat bread. Never heard that about brown rice thanks for sharing. I do not eat brown rice, although I do have sprouted brown rice protein powder. I used to have a shower filter then I moved and have not put on up yet. Wishing you healing for your daughter!! I am still battling with eczema. Wish I had more to tell to help.

Shirley October 12, 2014 - 8:05 am

Wow, amazing updates. I too heard healthy eating would help with eczema. So I started eating healthy last week. I also added the Alpha Mane all natural eczema oil to my regimen. I read so much about Alpha Mane’s Eczema products, that I decided to give it a go. Well, wish me luck. I hope I get good results like you did 🙂

purelytwins October 12, 2014 - 10:12 am

I am still struggling 😉 it came back, wishing you all the best

Lily October 27, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Thank you so much! I am thinking of trying a diet like this and using coconut oil – my eczema is so bad at the moment, my skin is all bubbly. I recently had a spray tan for an event and the next day, my skin was bubbly, patchy and very angry. I am so sick of eczema 🙁 You’re post helped and hopefully mine will clear soon too 🙂

Aysha January 20, 2015 - 5:06 am

One thing I noticed that you hadn’t tried was pure neem oil. Like coconut oil it solidifies In cooler tempts. I just two drops will relieve itching quicker than any steroid cream. You can find it at whole foods, but I bought ours from online. Hope you get some relieve. I’m doing an elimination diet bc I’m nursing my baby who has bad ezcema.

purelytwins January 20, 2015 - 8:53 am

I have tried Neem oil, it has been awhile. I did not notice it helping my skin, but I could try again to see

Heather February 26, 2015 - 1:21 am

I have had eczema as long as I can remember and I’m 32 years old. Mine seemed to get worse about 7 years ago. It never completely goes away. Right now my hands and feet look horrible with eczema covering them and I have it going up my legs and arms some and a big patch on my chest. I just feel like crying. It itches so bad and its so embarrassing. I have been doing the Whole 30 diet and am on day 9, but no changes so far. I’ve even started doing the autoimmune protocol for Whole 30. I may try the meat and rice diet next. Does it matter that the rice is usually enriched and what ever else they do to it?

purelytwins February 26, 2015 - 10:24 am

Heather sorry to hear you are struggle, I need to do an update on my eczema as this post is old! The meat and rice did help but it wasn’t enough. Get your vitamin D levels checked as I noticed a big improvement in my skin when taking it. Also look into light treatment (phototherapy) as I have been getting that done and it has got rid of the itch!!! Now my skin is starting to heal.

swarup September 9, 2018 - 4:33 am

My eczema flared up for last 18 m.
Since last 4 m, now, I got on to elimination diet, continually experimenting for better health & also better flexibility especially when needing to travel : The research is necessary thru Elimination, for Individually appropriate diet.

1) No Milk ( Lactose) curds/Yogurt (whey), cheese (casein). Only ghee, especially form Cow’s milk, seems safe.

2) No Unrefined oils… most oils contain some natural protective acids that cause havoc.

3) No Wheat .. gluten.. At most the flour may b ok, which also causes constipation.

4) No Rice.. In any form, polished or unpolished it caused me numbness from wrists down to fingers.

5) No Sugar .. causes Glucose reactions / intolerance, leading to Diabetes. neither Jaggery, nor sugarcane juice. Chew sugarcane directly, or take / try Honey. (Palm) Dates are safe.
U may make a cake of c’nut shavings wd soft dates, & even mix roasted pulses (Powder or Batter), to have during meals or as snacks.

6) All seeds ( lentils, pulses, legumes) to be polished / skinned, or
preferably soaked, sprouted, skin washed away, then COOKED, (raw may not suit ur tummy)…
This last tip alone is probably not seen in any website, & shld b worth ur life.

7) Meats, organ meats, poultry, more from grass fed animals, rather than those reared in relevant breeding industry

8) EggYolk is safest, preferably Raw. The boiled stuff makes my upper lips dry. EggWhite MUST b cooked, even after cooking, its avidin content may not suit u. Better to give the whites away to cats/dogs .. they relish it !

9) A balance of 50 % carbs & 15-35 % of Proteins / fats must b maintained

Nicole March 24, 2015 - 5:21 am

Have you had any luck with shea butter?

purelytwins March 24, 2015 - 9:26 am

no, not really, it didn’t make a huge difference, I do plan on trying it again down the road to see

Robin May 9, 2015 - 2:22 am

Hi, I came across your blog when searching for a remedy for my eczema! Specifically wanting to know if ingesting coconut oil helps. Have you kept up with it, and do you still find it to have made a big improvement?

I totally understand your pain, the itch is so bad, but I just want to say (in the nicest way possible) you are LUCKY to have eczema on your legs!!! At least it’s something that you can cover up…my eczema used to be mostly in the crease of my elbow, but now it’s mostly on my face and scalp — you can imagine the horror.

Also, I wanted to know if you did the elimination diet all on your own or did you have the help of a naturopath? I followed an elimination diet for only one month but then I gave up as I didn’t see it improving (and to be honest, I cheated every weekend – that’s probably why). Have you ever done an IgG test for food allergens?

Best of luck to you and looking forward to seeing the rest of your journey!

purelytwins May 9, 2015 - 10:59 pm

Hey Robin I have done a lot of updates on my skin, you can see them all here As you can see my eczema spread to all over my body, and I talk about food testing I did and supplements I take. Elimination diet I did on my own, but I am working with a doctor too. Yes coconut oil is amazing to take for skin.

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Sophia December 19, 2015 - 2:40 am

I suffer from the same condition but over the years have found products that have worked to reduce (a lot) of the problem; itching, eczema, clogged skin & keratosis pilaris. Just like you some natural products don’t always work for me. I’ll just list a few things to try in case you’re interested.

ITCHINESS: use Avene Thermal Spray. How something so simple actually helps with itching I have no idea, but it works so well that I ended up using it for everything including as toner, face mist after foundation for glowy finish, dry irritated skin, rashes, allergy reactions etc. I usually spray onto legs whenever it starts feeling itchy, inflammed or irritated. Don’t pat dry, just let the water absorb and dry on its own. My skin will slowly feel soothed and cooled after spraying.

MOISTURIZERS: Jergens ultra healing body lotion, St Ives skin renewing body lotion, La Rochay Posay Lipikar body lotion, coconut oil, rosehip oil and my latest discovery…!!! (Bio-essence ‘Bio energy Snail Repair&Smooth cream for face). The only way that has worked for my dry itchy legs is to apply any of the mentioned cream, directly onto wet skin and NOT DAMP BUT WET SKIN. It feel weird if you’ve never done it before because maybe you’ll find that whatever product applied will be diluted, doesn’t dry as fast, skin may feel tackier upon application etc. But what I realized with the said method is that products are absorbed way better and last longer, and instead of just sitting on the top layer of your skin, you’ll actually feel like all that moisture is absorbed deep within, if it makes any sense. If you forget to apply right after shower, you can just go back to the shower and give your legs a quick splash of water coz that’s what I do anyway. Btw, I just realized how potent snail products are even though some people still fin it gross. They are so gentle but heals my skin so quickly, and when I say quickly I mean you can tell the difference within one night. At least that’s from my experience anyway. Good luck and please do quick review if the suggestions have helped you in any way. Good luck!

purelytwins December 20, 2015 - 8:43 am

Thank you for sharing!! I agree damp skin is best, I try my best with that. Glad to hear you’v found products that work for you! I will check them out.

Dave December 31, 2016 - 6:53 pm

Hi, my name is Dave and I am having difficulty getting my eczema under contol. The doctor is actually considering putting me on an immunosuppressant. Can you please assist as I am scared of what the medicine will do. Thank you!

purelytwins January 3, 2017 - 12:45 am

Dave I don’t know that much about immunosuppressant. But it might be worth trying over steroids. Getting the itch to stop is very important in healing eczema. But don’t just rely on it to heal you, you have to get to the root problem of your eczema – get more blood test done, maybe do a gut healing journey too.

JJ January 23, 2017 - 2:33 pm

I have been suffering with this since I was 13 years old. I’ve had it on my scalp, ears, rear end, eyes, feet and hands. For the past year and a half I having been suffering with it in a very private area. I have been to numerous specialists and have tried every product to try to resolve this. I’ve finally found something that works for me. I use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother in it) and water. Half vinegar half water. No more insane itch. I also watch what I eat. No gluten, no coffee, very low sugar and dairy intake. Hope this helps anyone who is suffering with this. I feel your pain. Good luck.

purelytwins January 23, 2017 - 5:27 pm

Thanks for sharing! Glad to hear you have found relief.

Mika February 26, 2017 - 7:18 pm

Thank you so much for posting. I am struggling hard core with eczema currently on my hands, arms and stomach. I used to have small little blotches of it in all these areas, and would occasionally put steroid cream on the affected areas… but with the desire to not have to use steroid cream for the rest of my life, and the eczema getting a bit more widespread and itchy – I knew I wanted to do something extreme to try to heal it naturally. For the last 2 months, I have gone cold turkey with the topical steroid cream, and I have been on the Whole 30 diet – no gluten, no sugar, no dairy, no alcohol and no grains along with a few other things that are high in acidity levels — tomatoes, night shade vegetables, legumes, citrus, etc. Ever since this extreme life / diet change, my eczema has EXPLODED! I am working with a nutritionist and acupuncturist as my primary sources of support / supplementation program… but I am kind of at my wits ends. I am only just now considering applying the steroid cream on the extreme affected areas.. and I have to say, I really appreciate you saying that you realize you are just not the 100% natural type. I feel like I am trying so hard to be all natural, but clearly something is NOT working. I need my skin to look and feel normal again — and I am completely battling should I or shouldn’t I with the steroid cream. Did you ever use topical cream for your skin? How often do you take the allegra, and how soon do you feel relief after? (I have never taken allegra).
Thank you so much, and sorry for the long comment… reading blogs like yours makes me feel human and like I’m not the only one in the world feeling this way. Also — what is the NAET diet?

Jennifer Clouston March 4, 2017 - 8:08 am

I have had dyshidrosis eczema looking skin on my fingers since last August 2016. Previously on ring finger only.
It became uncontrollable and I was trying everything, diets oils creams. I used cortisone to control flare ups
Jan15th, alone in my condo I decided I would be more scientific and restrict my diet like your rice diet. I eliminated nightshades because of the known inflammation factor.
I caught a very intense head cold an began taking Benedryls. I took 2 Benedrys every 4 hours for 4 days. I drank 2 litres of water per day. I slept a lot. My hands stopped inching. I broke the cycle.
Now I use argan oil not rubbing in.
Twice a day I apply Aquaphor and wear white cotton gloves. No rubbing.
My hands are still improving. The dryness is almost gone. If I feel itching.? Maybe 3 times in the past 10 days, immediately I take 2 Benedryls and REST.
I still avoid nightshades and will until I get the courage to reintroduce into my diet.
I am quite sure that this entire problem was kickstarted with a contact dermatitis allergy to methylisothiazolinone a preservative found NOW in many soaps, creams and the say perfumes. Dawn dish detergent was my trigger.
At the time I studied the ingredients of every product in my home. I threw out lots of stuff.
Then my problem was a reaction to cortisone.

I suggest eliminating everything but a rice diet and drinking a gallon of water per day, resting and consuming 2 Benedryls every 4 hours for 4 days. This will stop the itchy cycle. Do not use cortisone. Cut your nails, no polish.

Andrea April 1, 2017 - 2:19 am

So glad to hear of your progress. I hope you continue to heal and find relief! I am also allergic to cockroaches which I thought was ridiculous. Then I read this article:
And all this time I thought I was allergic to chocolate! Stay well!

Blanche April 25, 2017 - 7:09 am

I LOVE foderma serum. I use this serum for my occasional eczema on my ears, and it clears right up.

Mindy May 15, 2017 - 12:19 am

What kind of a coconut oil ? Cold press or filtered

purelytwins May 28, 2017 - 9:16 pm

We love cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil

Alicia May 22, 2017 - 1:18 pm

Can I ask why your avoiding quinoa? I have my son on a diet from the book “the eczema diet” and it recommends quinoa along with buckwheat so im just curious is there is a particular reason you’ve avoided it? Thanks!

purelytwins May 28, 2017 - 9:19 pm

yes, I ate those foods and they did nothing to help my skin, for me I noticed my health and digestion do better without having them. I don’t have anything against them, I still have them here and there, they just aren’t a main staple in my diet as they didn’t work for my body. For others, they work great. I found them a little to hard for my body to digest to be able to eat frequently, so they are just something I eat rarely. If they work for your son, that is great. In general they are fine foods.

Leo Smythe June 30, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Hi, I have found that spraying apple cider vinegar with the mother all over the body of about a third of a cup of vinegar to three cups of pure water after shower stops itching so it does very good for me anyway.
x Leo

Vilas patel November 20, 2017 - 6:05 am

Thank you so much for such a detailed account of your diet and eczema. Full respect to you for sharing and saving me more hours searching google! Im going to try the rice diet with my son whos going through the same reactions. Thank you again will let u know how we get on over tge christmas hols. Xx

purelytwins November 26, 2017 - 6:31 pm

Keeping you and your son in my prayers.

ezcema treatment for babies August 14, 2018 - 1:59 am

I have pretty bad eczema that got worse after I had my kids. I struggle to find a lotion or cream that works well because my skin is extremely dry. Foderma serum is awesome! A little bit goes a long way and it does not leave my hands greasy at all. It’s also organic, so I wouldn’t mind using it on my son, who seems to have inherited my eczema. I would recommend foderma to anyone who has dry skin.

Derek August 27, 2018 - 12:34 pm


Thanks for posting this article. I have been suffering from eczema for the past 2 years or so. I’m not sure what caused it. It began with seeing it on 3 of my fingers, and then behind my leg, the back of the knee? if that makes any sense. Anyhow within the past 3 weeks its gotten worse all of a sudden, where as I’m finding it on my forearms and on the front of my legs too. This is seriously driving me crazy. I’m scratching like no tomorrow and waking up with bliss spots on my sheets. I think I’ve scratched so hard on my legs that it almost feels raw, even though its kinda hardened.

I started thinking about this today, and the only thing I can thing, mind you I’m not sure if this sounds insane, but 3 years ago i started eliminating red meat. Therefore only ate chicken an fish as my protein. Around that time i started getting some skin problems. I went for an allergy test to find out that I’m allergic to root vegetables and fruits which I grew up with. I never had a food allergy, so I was kind of like…ummmm. The only allergy growing up was hay fever. So i can relate to the dust mites.

Fast forwarding a year later I decided to cut out chicken so the only main protein source would be fish. I’m wondering if my cause has anything to do with cutting out red meat and chicken. What do you think? have any of your readers responded with this perhaps triggering the flare ups?

On a daily, i eat steel cut oats with a banana, quinoa, fish and a bunch of vegetables.

I seriously have no clue what to do. What are your thoughts? after reading your rice and meat diet, do you think I should begin eating meat again?


purelytwins September 15, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Thanks for reaching out. Sorry to hear this. I suggest slowly adding in some red meat back into your diet, make sure it is good quality. Start with once a week than maybe go to twice a week and see how your skin does. Believe that it will help you. Believe that it will heal your eczema. Adding in meat did help me.

M October 6, 2018 - 7:07 am

Hi, so glad I found your post. I thought I was having a bug problem but after consulting multiple people and realizing these itchy bumps are only showing up on my legs (and having a history of itchy legs, especially when stressed) I’ve been delving into the possibility of this being a gluten intolerance. When this started did you get a lot of bumps at once? Thank you again- so appreciate this.

purelytwins October 6, 2018 - 8:48 pm

My first outbreak yes I had a lot fast. Then it cleared a little then it continued to grow and grow all over my body.

Pascal Yang October 21, 2018 - 1:59 am

I had this skin problem for more than 10 years. It started with a little itch but sometimes no itch. Then some clear fluid comes out of the skin pore hardened and you can pick them and they fall off. Some of them are bigger ones which has darker color and they look like small acne. These are the ones that make the skin look bad. Very little inflammation on the skin.
I tried just about everything under the sun. Nothing works. One day I thought about what an indigenous friend said to me that this problem came from rice that I ate. Of course I didn’t believe him. I thought it was strange thing to say.
Finally out of desperation I thought it could be rice because I ate rice on regular basis and never gave it a thought. For us Asians rice is staple diet. How could I ever think that I am be allergic to rice.
Imagine after only 2 days of completely stopped eating rice my skin problem improved so much, no more tiny fluid coming out to form crystal like bits on the skin and the darker bigger ones just dried up and I peel them off.
I suspect the rice are genetically modified and that cause the problem for some people. Or else I am allergic to the sugar from the digested rice. I normally don’t take sugar in my drinks and hardly ate very sweet fruits or bread or condiments like jam or marmalade. So the large sugar intake is from the rice
Today is the 4th day of not eating rice at all. I feel good because my energy level don’t behave like a Yo Yo going up and down. Rice is also the cause of my energy fluctuation. Now I keep away from rice and wheat products. I believe wheat is also GM stuffs that make you sick. Now I ate lots of veggie, tuber roots like yam and some potatoes.
Hope some people may benefit from this information. What you don’t suspect may be the biggest culprit.

Mick April 2, 2019 - 7:40 am

Any update to this…did you continue with this program and continue to add foods – interested to see how it played out over several months [as things like Histamine and Salicylates can build up in the body over time]


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