Q: I suffer from itchy, peeling eyelids! When I get stressed I get this -- sometimes it is even triggered by environmental allergies (tree/plants blooming). In the past a Doc has provided me with an RX for cream (Protopic, i think). But since it is on my eyes, I'd like to be sure I am putting something safe (plus I wear contacts).
A: After doing a little bit of research on Protopic I have decided that I would not use it on myself because it is an allopathic treatment aiming to suppress the eczema, not cure it nor prevent it at its root cause. In addition there is a possible cancer warning associated with this medication which makes me quite wary.
Eczema is a form of dermatitis distinguished by skin irritation in the form of fluid-filled blisters that weep, ooze and crust over. Inflammation of the skin that produces scaling,flaking, thickening, color changes and itching are also often present. Eczema and dermatitis are both inflammations of the skin and are most often due to allergies, but also can be a sign of liver disease.
Dermatitis usually results from external factors, such as sunburn or contact with poison ivy, metals (wristwatch, earrings, jewelry, etc.). Eczema usually results from internal factors, such as irritant chemicals, soaps and shampoos, allergy to wheat (gluten), etc.
To ease the discomfort associated with eczema, I would use a therapeutic grade lavender essential oil to soothe the skin and help in its regeneration, being careful not to get it directly in the eye. In order to prevent future outbreaks of eczema, I would look at my diet and consider a cleansing regiment. A diet with more fiber, more water, less dairy, less meat and less gluten containing foods (rye, wheat, barley and oat) would be prudent. Use moderate amounts of alcohol and/or caffeine if at all.
One excellent place to start in order to cleanse as well as provide dense nutrition is the Young Living Core Essentials Complete package or something comparable. I would try this every day for 30 days minimum. Once improvement is noticed, I would work on doing some liver cleansing which we can later discuss.
Allergies of all types often begin in the gut where 75-80% of our immunity resides. If our digestion isn't optimal, the break-down and absorption of food is compromised and our bodies find alternate avenues for eliminating accumulated toxins, such as through the skin.
Soothe the skin, but place your focus on the health of your gut...cleanse, fortify and build a stronger immunity through diet and supplementation.
Hope that helps! Live Light, xo-C.