Littles Skincare – Eczema

This post is a long time coming. I say that partially because it has been over a month since my last post and because I have been sitting on this information for a few months now and it has been a goddess-send. No product can compete with an immune-boosting and gut-supporting diet but they can help make things more comfortable.

Alma has had a bit of eczema since she was born. I am positive that her developing eczema was partially due to being administered antibiotics after birth since she and I were both feverish from delivery. It is a common practice and though I felt at the time it was a good choice I know now that antibiotics should be used out of necessity, not prevention. It is how I feel and I am sticking to it!

Antibiotics are life-saving, but they also wreak havoc on the body completely decimating the delicate balance of gut flora we work so hard to cultivate and maintain for optimal health and wellness.

Diet is a big part of healing and Alma’s nutrition came from breastmilk along with fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Lots of avocado, banana, plums, blueberries, apples, sauerkraut, fermented pickles, kale, citrus, the list goes on. She could suck down smoothies like no other and was gluten-free until well into her first year. Her eczema had completely vanished, and then a sudden illness led to another course of antibiotics and the return of angrier eczema flare-ups.

At the time I was just using coconut oil on her skin but as the months wore on I realized she needed more. A darling friend and mama (hey KG!) suggested a cream containing calendula and I jumped at the opportunity to try it. Unfortunately, Alma had a nasty reaction to it and it made her condition worse. Looking at the ingredients I couldn’t figure out what would have caused such a reaction in her body, but sometimes it isn’t about one ingredient but the combination of them that can be irritating.

A week later when her itchy, red, scabby rash wouldn’t clear up I tried just straight calendula oil (thanks again KG!). There was an incredible improvement in just 24 hours applying 4 times a day. I couldn’t believe it. Seeing her skin clear up validated me and my choice to stay away from the medicated creams and ointments to find a way to heal her skin with natural, magnetic, from the earth ingredients.

I am not perfect. I do my best to lead a clean, toxin-free, eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle for myself and my family. Does this always happen? No. It’s called la vida loca aka this life and like anyone out there we do our best. If you’re interested in what we use look no further – well, a little further.

I have linked the products I can to Amazon, which as all of you know is amazing we have survived as a species without it for so long. If you click through these affiliate links and make a purchase it means I will get a minor commission at no additional cost to you. If you do, and please do, te mando abrazos (hugs to all!) for your support. Now onto the recs!

Badger Chamomile and Calendula Calming Baby Oil

This gorgeous oil is also organic and only contains extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, and extracts of calendula and chamomile. I use this on Alma after every bath now and it is great! It absorbs quickly, smells amazing and helps keep her skin from developing rough patches. Honestly, it is when I skip using this oil for a bit that I notice the patches coming through. If her skin is just a bit rough getting back on our routine with this oil usually does the trick and nothing else is needed.

Herb Pharm Certified Organic Calendula Oil

This oil is straight up just calendula and olive oil. You could make your own and I may be doing this in the near future but this product has just 2 ingredients people and it is organic. Following my feeling that if you can make it yourself you should, and when you can’t find something simple and clean –> this fits the bill. It does stain clothes so keep that in mind but it has helped tremendously. I use it at the first sign of a rough patch until her skin is smooth and soft again. Once I have gone all over with the Badger Calming Oil, I apply a bit of this directly onto her rough patches with a q-tip.

Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Non Petroleum Jelly

This product I stumbled upon during a quick run to Whole Foods trying to find anything that would help with Almas angry, red almost blistered looking patches. I ran into the problem that the straight calendula oil would rub off on her clothes before it could truly absorb. Everyone raves about Aquafor for eczema but I wasn’t about to put all that junk on Alma’s skin. This product is certified organic and contains castor seed oil, beeswax, lavender, aloe, sunflower seed oil, and tocopheryl acetate which is a form of Vitamin E. I put a little of this jelly over the straight calendula oil to seal it into the rough patches, to give the calendula more time to absorb and it was a game changer in her skin routine.

Live Clean (baby) Eczema Cream

When Alma is in the middle of a flare up I bring out everything I have. I use this cream in the morning to moisturize her skin before putting on her clothes for the day. Then I would add the Herb Pharm Calendula oil on the patches, seal with the Live Clean (baby) Jelly and dress her. At night I switch the cream for the Badger Oil. This cream is 98% made of plant-derived ingredients which is impressive, but it still has a few questionable ingredients. Since I don’t use it very often and it is a cleaner cream that is accessible and priced well I have no issue using it or recommending it.

Long story short, this is what we use and why we use it. It works for us, and if you are having some eczema issues or other itchy, scratchy, dry skin problems you may want to check these products out and see if they work for you and your family. As always, I am open to suggestions if you have products you love that are even cleaner than what I am using now.

We are familia, which means we help each other out. We also stop by unannounced, always have enough food to feed an army and never end the night without some tea, un cafecito or porto because – familia. That’s the answer to everything. Always and forever!

Now I am going to enjoy some matcha even though it is past 6pm because I still need to get things done like dinner, bedtime and a shower.

Besos!

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