Posts filed under Eczema

Hidden Nickel

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I had patch testing done years ago and was able to have relatively itch free years. Knowing the chemicals and metals that affect me and being free of them makes it so much easier to figure out when something new sneaks in. Sometimes it takes awhile but the most usual suspect is nickel.

Two surprising sources of nickel are acupuncture needles and supplements/pills. I thought the needles were supposed to be 100% stainless steel but I was having a reaction and my practicioner contacted the manufacturer and there is a slight amount of nickel in them. So slight that they are not obliged to list it!

I have also realised after many months of dealing with hands that were erupting,peeling and repeat for months that the supplements I was taking were causing the outbreaks. They and many pills, toothpastes and other products have titanium dioxide added for whitening. This titanium dioxide also has some nickel added during production which is not listed on any packaging. I have now stopped taking the supplements and are researching others that are not coated.

Hope this info helps others who are suffering and looking for hidden triggers!
— Anonymous

I’ve always wondered about acupuncture needles! The practice of acupuncture has interested me for quite some time and I almost booked an appointment. I ended up being swayed in another direction (you can read about there here), but after reading your story I’m glad I didn’t try the needles! I think it’s terrible that they aren’t at least required to list a trace amount of nickel. Some of us are crazy sensitive!

I gave a big frowny face when I read about the supplements… nickel seems to be hidden in SO many things. It’s overwhelming! I’m glad you were smart enough to figure out that tid bit about titanium dioxide, though. Good job! Now I’m gonna check my vitamins. Thank you for sharing this info with us :-)

XOXO, Jennifer

Product Review: Crunchy Balm And The Benefits of Tallow

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Until Crunchy Organics reached out to me, I'd never heard of tallow balm. I had no idea what it was. As it turns out, it's beef or mutton fat! After my very positive experience with emu oil, I decided to give tallow a shot. I love animals and if we're going to include them in our diet, all parts of the animal should be used. Tallow balm is just one of many ways to utilize animal fat.

A giant thank you to Crunchy Organics, by the way! I'm happy to announce that they're a new affiliate of mine! I'm looking forward to trying more of their products in the future ;-)

I was also very happy to receive not just one balm, but two! I got the unscented kind as well as "Sweet Girl":

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What are the benefits of tallow balm for the skin?

It's a saturated fat. Since our cell membranes are 50% fatty acid, it's important to maintain a healthy amount of fat... especially in the skin, our largest organ. Some other benefits:

  • anti-cancer
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antimicrobial
  • smooths the skin
  • slows the loss of water
  • promotes healing

Not too shabby, am I right? I gave Crunchy Balm a shot for two weeks.

Here's what I thought:

8 Different Types of Eczema

Being a graphic designer, it only made sense for me to make an infographic for this website. And this was a lot of fun!

Eczema isn't a one size fits all sort of thing. There's more than one type.

Which kind do you have?

Post up in the comments!

Are there any other infographics you'd like to see? I'd love to hear your suggestions.

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Product Review: Emily Skin Soothing Soap

If you have eczema or sensitive skin, keep on reading!

Emily Skin Soothers is AWESOME. I love this company. They're officially carrying soap in their product line and I was reeeally happy when they sent me some to review :-D

Allow me to introduce you to Emily Skin Soothing Soap:


Here's my full review of Emily Skin Soothing Soap:

And some other awesome tidbits:

  • cruelty free
  • natural ingredients
  • free of color
  • palm oil free
  • orangutan friendly

The ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • shea butter
  • avocado oil
  • coconut oil
  • angelica sinensis root
  • potentillae chinensis herb
  • mentha haplocalyx herb