I’ve never experienced reoccurring eczema until last year. Years ago I had gotten eczema after having a makeup artist apply old makeup from her kit to my skin. After that I decided to always bring my own foundation with me to jobs. Last year began a unfortunate battle with eczema in two small areas on my face. It was rather mild at first and I wasn’t certain what caused it in the first place.
One tiny area would disappear almost as soon as it came. As the year progressed one area wouldn’t disappear at all and I was experiencing eczema in two places at the same time. I know that I was stressed so that was possibly one culprit. I started by tossing all my cosmetics and starting fresh. None of the natural topical ointments I tried were doing their magic until I came across a very simple solution.
I looked up herbs for eczema online and also researched what others were saying had worked for them. I tried a few natural remedies at home such as turmeric and honey face masks, castor oil, lemon juice which burned like crazy, and probably a few others that I don’t currently remember. I decided to stop torturing myself with treatments that irritated my skin further and weren’t working in the first place.
One of the most difficult things to deal with when experiencing ezcema is that as soon as the healing process begins, dry insatiable itching goes along with it. I figured that the best remedy that would heal the condition in the first place would also need to keep extra moisture in the skin. My solution was vegetable glycerin with black walnut herb extract, both items I already had at home. I mixed a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin with 10-15 drops of black walnut extract and applied up to four times a day with a cotton swap on the two areas on my face. I also switched up my skin care routine a little bit. I made honey my primary facial cleanser and added clay to the honey to remove makeup when I wear it.
No longer do I use rhassoul clay daily alone without honey. Keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated is key, and vegetable glycerin was the perfect carrier for the healing properties of black walnut. I haven’t stopped using this mixture on those two areas of my skin as I don’t plan to ever see them return. There are many remedies for healing eczema. This was just how I finally made peace with it.
Both vegetable glycerin and black walnut extract can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)