Living With Eczema

Skincare is more than what you put on your body. It is also what goes inside your body. Here’s why.

Since we’ve been in quarantine, I’ve become more in tune with myself in all areas of life. I began to notice that my regular skincare routine was no longer suitable for my skin. Recently, I had an eczema flare, which began to spread rapidly across my body. Throughout my childhood, I've always struggled with eczema. However, "thanks to mom" she always provided the proper care for this skin disease, which provided relief to me in my everyday life.

Recently, I learned that some of the food choices I’ve made, and the lack of regular exercise caused my eczema to flare.  Prior to this quarantine, I was on top of managing my sugar, fried food, and red sauce intake. Despite all my hard-work to maintain this prior, all of those things became my comfort foods over the past 76 days.

One thing about eczema people are not aware of, is that sauces like ketchup can trigger a flare up. Especially with children. Ketchup goes with everything! We love it so much, but it does not love us.

Before & After Of My Leg.

If you don't struggle with eczema, it is a skin disease that causes extremely dry & dehydrated skin. In order to manage my eczema I had to visit 3 different dermatologist in which they prescribed a steroid cream. The creams healing effects was no longer working on my skin like it did when I was younger. I had to do some soul searching. I asked myself, "What can I do differently in my daily life?". I needed to find an answer in order to stop this skin disease from causing me to itch & scratch! And I did not want to be dependent on this medication, that was no longer working.

5 changes I’ve made to my daily life to improve my eczema:

1. I change my eating habits and increased my water intake. - I had to cut down on processed sugars and fried foods. I began to increase my intake on fruits and vegetables, but they could not be high in glucose. By doing that, it helped my face clear in 3 days.

2. I became more active. - Simply, walking around the neighborhood. A plus of doing so, I was also able to soak in some sun to get that Vitamin D.

3. Switched to unscented body wash and exfoliated with KAAS Tea Tree Sugar Scrub. - exfoliating helps remove the dry patches that are left behind when the eczema has scared or healed. It also helps restore the moisture back into your skin after bathing.

4. Moisturize. - I like to use a thick gel like cream mixed with KAAS Creamy Vanilla Coconut Body Lotion at night so that extra moisture locks into my skin. You have to find the moisturizer that works best for you and your skin type.

5. Stick to my daily routine. - Staying on your routine is the only way you will improve your skin. We all go astray from our routines, but we have to do it in order to look and feel good.

Listen to your body. It will tell you exactly what the issue is and how to fix it. You must also do what works best for you. Everyone’s regimen, will not be your regimen. Good luck!

- Candace Roper


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