Eczema & Dermatitis
Natural healing properties of botanical extracts and natural ingredients to give you a product that will reduce redness and inflammation, soothe the skin, hydrate and moisturise dry, itchy skin.
Natural Healing Properties
We use the natural healing properties of botanical extracts and natural ingredients to give you a product that will reduce redness and inflammation, soothe the skin, hydrate and moisturise dry, itchy skin. Ingredients are chosen for their anti-oxidant properties, healing, and nourishing benefits. Learn more about our hero ingredients.
We do not to use too many ingredients in the base as we realise that there are many people who have allergies or intolerances for example to food-based products such as wheat (oatmeal), milk and nuts.
To learn more about Eczema and Dermatitis: The Skin Barrier, and how Staph. auerus infection can affect Atopic Dermatitis, you can
read this article.
When the skin barrier is broken, this allows other micro-organisms such as bacteria (Staph. auerus), fungi (Candida Albicans) and viruses ( Herpes or Molluscum) to invade the body and cause an infection. It is crucial that topical steroids are never applied on open, broken or infected skin, as this increases absorption and also increases the risk of other microbial infections. Side-effects of topical steroids include delayed wound healing, masking and aggravating fungal infections, aggravating existing bacterial infections and causing skin thinning by affecting collagen production.
Here are some tips and suggestions when dealing with a secondary bacterial infection on top of an eczema flare up.
Topical steroids are effective and safe to use in the short-term, but may have more side-effects than benefits if used incorrectly, over a long period of time, or when applied to skin that is very thin such as around the eyes, lips, genital areas and on very young babies and children, for a prolonged period of time, as the absorption increases.
Always follow medical advice and consult your Doctor if symptoms do not improve.
Red Skin Is Not Eczema
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Photograph's above are of a boy having a flare-up and after 11 days of applying the Manuka Oil Balm twice a day. The balm does not sting or irritate inflamed, broken skin as it does not contain alcohol or preservatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Being allergic to bee venom is different to being allergic to bee-products. Propolis is made from bee's saliva and pollen, resin and plant extracts. A bee's sting contains the toxin melittin and is meant to discourage potential threats from coming close to the hive and queen bee. It is meant to induce an extremely painful and uncomfortable reaction. A bee uses it's saliva and mixes it with tree resin and pollen to make glue or propolis to patch up it's hive. Propolis exists to keep the hive safe from microbial contamination.
Spray with a toner on clean skin, then massage a few drops of an oil serum, followed by a cream to seal in the oils. Just using an oil serum on it's own will not replace the moisture in the skin. Moisture or water is contained in a cream, not a balm or oil.
A balm does not contain water, so has no preservatives or alcohol which may cause stinging on broken, raw and inflamed skin. Whan the skin is in that condition, it is generally more sensitive and reactive. A balm is also better suited for skin that needs intensive treatment with actives as it sits on the skin for longer and allows better penetration of actives. It also contain waxes such as beeswax or candelilla wax (plant version of beeswax) which will increase hydration of the skin by preventing moisture loss from the skin's surface. It acts as a natural barrier when the skin is broken and compromised. It may feel oiler on the face, so a serum or cream would be better for the face.
Certificate of analysis provided gives us the amount of propolis content and flavonoids in a batch. We also ensure there are no trace contaminants such as Lead, Mercury or Arsenic.
They can reduce the redness, inflammation, itch and help the skin heal, but it's not a cure if there are allergens that are causing the auto-immune system to flare-up. This can happen if there is leaky gut, a genetic predisposition, or if certain foods or environmental allergens are getting into the system. It's best to get a test done to find out what you are allergic to so you can minimise exposure to the allergen. These products will relieve the symptoms which will then give you more time to look at any changes you can make to improve your health condition. Naturopaths can perform tests to see if there is leaky gut, or if you are allergic or intolerant to certain foods. They can also advise you on how to manage stress which is a big trigger, and what supplements to take to help heal the gut. Victoria Martin is an expert in auto-immune diseases and can help you unravel your symptoms. Get in touch for a chat or to make an appointment.
A patch test can be done to ensure there are no allergic reactions to Propolis, Manuka Oil or Calendula. Most people are not allergic to these actives, but a small percentage of people react to the tea tree family, daisy-family or pollen in the propolis. If you are unsure of allergies to pollen, use the products which does not contain pollen such as the Manuka Oil Balm or Manuka Oil Cream.
Sometimes repeated exposure to something can increase your risk of developing an allergy to ie, for example a very small percentage of bees keepers who developed a propolis allergy after 9 years of handling it every day. 9 years of regular, daily exposure to a product is a long time to be constantly exposed to something. Most people would only use a product when they needed to. Unlike antibiotics, the use of essential oils such as Manuka Oil has been shown to not cause resistance or tolerance. That means it's effectiveness does not decrease over time.
Yes, we can custom-blend any product to suit your needs. Please get in touch with us to make your request.