Topical Creams For Inflamed Skin

August 4 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural skin care

So what are these creams for inflamed skin?

We stock a wide variety of creams, gels, ointments and oils for helping with inflamed skin.  This post is to highlight these, to make choosing the right one easier for you.

We are the hugest fans of the Emu Spirit 100% Pure Emu Oil and have seen first hand, the powerful anti inflammatory effects of this moisturising oil and especially for inflammatory skin problems.

A lady came into our retail shop Ideal Health with terribly burnt/inflamed cheeks.  She told us she had had a reaction to a moisturiser she had purchased from a MLM company and she was desperate to calm down the burning and redness she was experiencing on her cheeks.  I had a sample of the Emu Spirit 100% Emu oil in the shop, so got her to apply it there and then.

We watched the lady over the next 5 to 10 minutes as she waited for some relief.  What I can tell you is that in front of our eyes,  we watched the redness reduce dramatically and the heat disappear.  Within 10 minutes there was at least an 80% improvement in this inflammation.

Emu Spirit tell us their 100% Emu Oil is the most penetrative natural anti inflammatory oil known to man. It can be used both internally and externally and has been documented to be used for the following purposes:

  • Treat pain and inflammation
  • A liniment and treatment for Arthritis
  • Relieve symptoms of Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis or other skin ailments
  • Reduce itch, Moisturise skin, Skin protectant, Anti-bacterial
  • Wound healing, Reduces scarring, Stimulates epidermal repair
  • Promotes faster healing of burns with less pain and scarring
  • Soothes swollen wounds after surgery or for lacerations

Also helps with dry eyes, dry hair, excessive thirst or sweating, muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, nappy rash, bruises, PMS, breast pain, irritability/mood swings, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Diabetes and auto immune diseases such as arthritis, crohns disease, colitis, lupus & CFS.

Emu oil is one of the best things I have found to apply to a new tattoo, to help with the healing, for moisturising and for its topical anti-inflammatory effect.

Emu Spirit Emu Oil

                   Emu Spirit Emu Oil

There is nothing like the MEBO range of topical ointments

MEBO are specialists in the science of burns, wounds and ulcers. Their global reputation for scientific innovation began with Moist Exposed Burn Ointment (MEBO), now marketed in Australasia as MEBO Burn repair.

How do MEBO formulations work?

MEBO’s unique formulations stimulate stem cell regeneration.

These ointments promote the natural regeneration of stem cells, that are located at the bottom of the hair follicle. These cells are capable of producing not only the hair shaft,  nerve cells and sebaceous glands but also the daughter cells that create the dermis and epidermis.

Stem cells can repair injured and defective skin by restructuring and regenerating new skin according to the original skin’s physiological structure. This speeds healing as well as minimising scarring.

By stimulating these cells to regenerate quickly, the ointments are shown to support the growth of skin tissue.   Research, including results from clinical trials, have shown that the healing process is significantly faster using MEBO ointments.

There are 5 products in the MEBO range – Burn Repair, Wound Repair, Skin Restore, Acne Clear and Anti Itch

Burn Repair is especially formulated to promote the natural healing of all burns, including scalds, sunburn and nappy rash. MEBO Burn Repair works by helping to cool and soothe the affected area, encouraging stem cell regeneration to assist in the growth of new skin, helping to minimise scarring, moisturising and protecting the area.

Wound Repair is especially formulated to help with all skin wounds including ulcers (bedsores, diabetic, chronic), cracked nipples, shingles, chilblains, impetigo (school sores), haemorrhoids, cracked/chafed/grazed skin, and donor-site repair.

Skin Restore helps fade scars and blemishes and return elasticity to damaged skin, assisting in the natural repair and regeneration of new skin.  It protects and nourishes newly healed skin, as well as assisting in the cleansing and protection of new skin.   It provides a healthy environment for the natural recovery of scarred or blemished skin.  It assists in reducing skin cracking.

Anti Itch is especially formulated to soothe the skin, reduce the urge to scratch, as well as provide moisture and nourishment to the skin, for skin comfort. MEBO Anti Itch also helps the natural repair of cracked, chafed or dry scaly skin and helps minimise scarring.  Can be used on all areas of the body and is ideal for irritated skin; to help relieve itching from insect bites, chicken pox, eczema & dermatitis, providing moisture and nutrition.  Repairs and protects nerve endings in the skin. Promotes epithelial repair through stem cell regeneration.  Safe with pregnancy and with young children.

Acne Clear helps clear pimples from skin.  It supports the skins immune response to bacteria and cleanses irritated & infected skin. It nourishes & protects the skin, providing rapid healing to acne.  This intensive formula is effective for daily skincare, leaving skin moist, clean and smooth. Please note this product does not prevent pimples, but speeds up the healing process once you have a pimple. For pimples, acne, and rosacea – providing moisture, nutrition, and skin cleansing; accelerating new skin growth and reducing scarring

Mebo

           MEBO range of topical ointments

skin peace

Harker Herbals Skin Peace Lotion

Harker Herbals Skin Peace Lotion

Harker Herbals (Previously called Malcolm Harker) have a wide range of skin products, but one of our favourites is the Skin Peace Lotion (previously called Skin Soothe).  Skin Peace is a soothing lotion for minor skin itches and irritations.  We know many people with eczema who have found this to be very soothing when applied.  It is a non greasy, plant based formula which leaves skin feeling cool and moisturised.  It helps relieve itching and can provide relief from the rash of hives, eczema, psoriasis and after shaving.   It contains essential oils of cajeput, camphor, cedarwood, clove bud, jojoba and peppermint – to name a few.   Because of this essential oil combination, the lotion feels warm when you first apply it and then it becomes very soothing and cooling – kind of like a liniment balm action.

ApisDerma Topical Skin Cream

ApisDerma Non-Steroid Paraben Free Hypo-Allergenic Skin Cream

ApisDerma Non-Steroid Paraben Free Hypo-Allergenic Skin Cream

We have stocked ApisDerma for many years now.  We have many customers that absolutely love this

product and they continue to purchase this from us year after year.

ApisDerma tell us ” This is a Non-Steroid, Paraben free, Hypo-Allergenic Skin cream. This natural alternative skincare is known for its ability to support the natural healing process for topical skin problems.  While rapidly soothing and moisturising skin, helping to reduce scale, ApisDerma Topical Skin Cream also keeps skin smooth and resilient whilst providing natural protection and a healthy environment that promotes natural recovery”.

The ApisDerma range of products contains active organic Apis Mellifera Extract A and Apis Mellifera Extract B.  Extracted from the hive of the honey-bee, these unique matters are used by the bees for their natural antiseptic properties.

Chickweed Ointment

Dr Christopher's Itch Ointment

 Dr Christopher’s Itch Ointment

Dr Christopher products are very well know world wide, as he was considered a leader with his knowledge of herbal medicine and his herbal combinations are considered second to none.

A tincture of Chickweed is known to help with inflamed skin and to help sooth the irritated area, especially when applied topically in a cream.  Dr Christopher tells us his ointment is  “Excellent for eczema and/or other skin infections, sores, burning, itchy skin or genitals, swollen testes, acne, hives, also for ulceration of mouth and throat. This is a wonderful healing ointment.

So what else would you recommend for Inflamed Skin?

The other vital recommendations are:

Take a probiotic.  There is one probiotic strain – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (also known as LGG) – that is well recognised for its beneficial effects in eczema. This particular strain of bacteria is one of the most extensively studied probiotic organisms and has a documented safety record.

Research shows that Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) can help to alleviate the symptoms of eczema such as itching. It may also reduce the incidence of children developing eczema and other atopic conditions including allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergies. When given to pregnant and breastfeeding women, studies have found Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) helps to protect their children from developing these conditions. This probiotic strain is available in both the Ethical Nutrients Eczema Shield powder and this product Ethical Nutrients Eczema Relief VegeCaps.

Take concentrated Omega-3.  Essential fatty acids like omega-3 from fish oil, is a vital addition to any regime for inflamed skin. When enough DHA, a component of Omega-3, is taken, this offers a natural anti inflammatory effect and is a precursor to docosanoid, natural anti-inflammatory substances which inhibit the inflammatory enzymes COX-2 and NFkB.  We like the Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Fish Oil liquid, where 1 teaspoon provides nearly 1000mg of DHA.

We love the Sabun soap, a traditional Syrian soap, used specifically for inflammatory skin problems.  This 100% natural handmade soap is made from a closely guarded recipe that has been handed down for generations. The soap has been in the Middle east for centuries. Each bar takes almost 1 year to make, as the soap is left to dry for 9 months producing a naturally moisturising bar. The mositurising and antioxidant properties of olive oil and antibacterial benefits of bay laurel make it ideal for even the most sensitive skin. In the middle east, it is recommended for dry skin, eczema and other skin conditions. Sabun can be used on the face, for shaving and is completely safe for babies skin. It contains no palm oil, animal ingredients, perfumes, preservatives or artificial ingredients

Any Dietary Recommendations for Inflamed Skin?

With regard to the diet, we would always recommend a completely 100% Sugar free diet.  Gluten and corn are also very highly inflammatory, so we would suggest total avoidance of this too.  The best way to do this is to:

Check the ingredient section of every packaged food you purchase and have, before eating, to ensure it does not contain ANY FORM of sugar.  These can be written as sugar, glucose, sucrose, honey, fructose, maltose, corn syrup, maple sugar, maple syrup, invert sugar, molasses, malt dextrose, corn syrup, sorbitol, aspartame, saccharin. It does not matter if it is a healthy sugar, such as honey, or an artificial sugar such as NutraSweet.  These sugars ferment in the gut & must be eliminated 100%. The sugar substitute Stevia can be used freely.

Keep a food and symptom diary, recording everything that you eat or drink.  Also record what your skin is like.  This way you will be able to see if there are any patterns with regard to What you ate and the symptoms you are experiencing.  Some people may get an immediate “reaction” such as itchiness, sneezing, a foggy head or an urgency to go to the toilet.  But food reactions can take a day or two to develop, hence the importance of the food and symptom diary.

Drink adequate water, to keep your eliminative organs flushed, so your body does not need to use your skin as an eliminative organ.  Most people need a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, sipped on consistently throughout the day, rather than all at once.  Those who exercise need an extra 750ml of water per 1 hour of exercise.

There are heaps of other things that can help with inflamed skin, and these are just my basic recommendations.  If you would like to discuss your skin condition with a Naturopath, you would be welcome to phone us and speak to one of the ladies in our naturopathic team or email leanne@healthy.co.nz

Author
Leanne James
Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

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