The word Eczema comes from Greek and means “to boil over” — and that makes sense when you think of the inflamed, red, raw skin that comes with eczema.
Eczema affects about 10 percent of people worldwide and occurs when your immune system reacts to something that irritates it. It’s not contagious and people often dismiss it as “just a rash”. However, it can cause significant physical discomfort and emotional distress.
What makes eczema tricky to treat is that there are at least six different kinds, and you can be affected by one type or several forms at the same time.
It also affects people throughout life, so it’s safe to say that most of us have been “touched” — or should that be “scratched”? — by eczema at some point.
Diagnosing eczema is quite straightforward: you must have itchy skin, plus three or more of the following symptoms:
Tracking down the root cause of an eczema attack is no easy task, and often a few different triggers combine to bring on a mean-red flare up and get the itchy scratching.
The most common triggers for eczema are:
We can control some of these triggers but others are out of our hands, unless we can develop some kind of Avengers-style weather-manipulating super powers or avoid many common daily products.
In short — No. An eczema outbreak usually takes a few weeks to treat and most of the time it will not disappear if you ignore it and hope for the best. It’s vital to work out which triggers affect you most and stay away from these.
If eczema flares up, many people head to the doctor and are given the following treatments:
If you want to avoid the onslaught of chemicals, and the potential nasty side effects from conventional eczema treatments, you can also manage an eczema outbreak at home. Try these steps when your eczema is acting up:
Keep your skin hydrated and protect your skin’s barrier, reduce dryness and stop cracking with a rich daily body moisturiser such as organic cold pressed Rosehip seed oil
It takes will power but avoid giving into the urge to itch. Instead, try pressing on the skin. You can also cut your fingernails short, and if you scratch in your sleep, wear gloves at night.
If you cover your eczema with a bandage, you won’t be as likely to scratch. You can also use wet bandages to soothe the skin.
Sprinkle your bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal — ground oatmeal made for using in the bath. Soak in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently pat your skin dry. You can also add a few drops of a gentle organic essential oil, such as Lavender oil.
Use a non-alkaline soap that is highly moisturising so your skin won’t be parched after your shower.
Air-conditioning can dehydrate sensitive skin and intensify flaking. A humidifier adds moisture to the air and can ease itching.
Avoid tight, synthetic or scratchy clothing that can irritate damaged skin.
Being sustainable is the buzzword now and dealing with eczema is no exception. Why not sustain your eczema-free state and prevent eczema outbreaks from happening at all?
Aim to eliminate chemical additives from your diet. These include:
Histamines are chemicals released into the blood by the white blood cells when the body is fighting an allergen. Reducing the level of histamines in the blood can relieve the itchiness of eczema, which is why doctors sometimes prescribe artificial antihistamines.
Eating foods rich in Vitamin C and B6 naturally reduces histamines. You can find these vitamins in papaya, mung bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts and green onions.
And you should avoid histamine producing foods such as eggs, peanuts, dairy products including cow’s milk, sesame seeds and wheat.
Eczema sufferers often have Candida albicans (a yeast infection) in their gastrointestinal tract or on their skin. This is hard to get rid of, even after a change of diet.
Oregano oil in our Activated Black Seed oil contains thymoquinone, a natural compound which eliminates Candida albicans and boosts your overall gastrointestinal health.
If you eat a lot of saturated fat, it can also negatively affect your eczema. Unsaturated fats, however are quite different. These are composed of essential fatty acids (EFAs), including linoleic acid (Omega 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3) and they benefit the body by stimulating hair and skin growth, and regulating the metabolism.
Flax seed oil increases your Omega 3 intake and Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) is also rich in Omega 3- and 6- fatty acids, as well as zinc, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
All these goodies make these ingredients a gift for the skin, allowing it to retain moisture and fight free radicals. Both Flax seed oil and Pumpkin Seed oil are important in our Activated Black Seed Oil.
Maintaining a healthy acid/alkaline balance also allows the liver to detoxify problematic chemicals.
Too much acid in our body will be stored in our tissues, which can make the skin itchy.
A healthy, balanced diet, with both alkaline and nutritious acid-forming foods is key to keeping eczema in remission.
Alkaline foods include green, leafy vegetables, nuts, root vegetables, broccoli and fruit, while acid-forming foods are proteins, sugars, grains and processed foods.
Choose foods that boost the immune system and promote healthy skin to reduce the risk of infection, and increase your intake of alkaline foods and drinks.
Enjoy Eczema-easing foods:
Minimise Eczema-triggering foods:
Eczema is a sign of inflammation in your metabolism. The compounds Thymol and Carvacrol in Black Seed oil (Nigela Sativa) are effective in reducing inflammation in the body, while research has discovered that the lauric acid in Black Seed Oil is also responsible for preventing an eczema relapse in many patients.
We created Activated Black Seed Oil (ABS) to shield your body from inflammatory diseases. It acts as an organic super-supplement for your immune system, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and detoxifies and supports your skin, making it ideal for anyone grappling with skin conditions.
Black Seed oil has been used as a healing remedy for thousands of years and our Activated Black Seed Oil powers up these benefits by adding four more superfood ingredients.
This creates a powerful and targeted blend of compounds, omega fatty acids, proteins and vitamins that significantly reduce inflammation — the body’s worst enemy.
You can apply a thin layer of ABS to your skin but taking it internally is even more important. Taking it regularly will help to eliminate Candida Albicans, decrease inflammation in your body and boost healthy levels of good fats, such as Omega 3 and 6.
Activated Black Seed oil tastes medicinal, with a slightly spicy flavour. It is best to take one teaspoon in the morning on empty stomach. If you’re not keen on the taste, you can swallow it with warm water or mix it with honey, juice, oatmeal or cereal.
Each person is different and it also depends how serious your eczema is. If you follow a healthy eczema-friendly diet, as well as taking ABS, it usually takes six to eight weeks to see improvements. Many customers see full results after three months.
Our founder, Dr Ubbo von Oehsen suffered from severe eczema for more than three years before we successfully found the right ingredients and formulation for Activated Black Seed Oil. This helped him to get rid of his eczema permanently.
So, even though eczema has been a rather unwelcome companion for many of us during our lives – perhaps even as a baby! – it can be a much less frequent visitor when we take care of ourselves with diet, being mindful of what triggers an eczema attack, and by regularly taking Activated Black Seed oil to ease inflammation inside and out.