Goat Milk Soap for Eczema
Anyone who suffers from eczema knows the misery this medical condition can cause and the impact it has on daily living. The good news is that many eczema sufferers have been using goat milk soap in their hygiene routine and report rapid relief from their eczema symptoms.
If you or someone you know is suffering from eczema, have tried multiple creams, lotions, and soaps that do not help, and want to learn how goat milk soap can be an effective solution for this condition, keep reading.
- Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, inflamed, and itchy skin;
- This condition is thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant;
- In the United States, more than 30 million people suffer from eczema;
- Two out of three people with eczema say their condition interferes with their job and/or household chores;
- If rashes form, they most commonly appear on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet;
- Eczema is not a curable condition, however, treatment is available to alleviate and reduce its symptoms and damages.
Eczema is a condition causing patches of skin to become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and irritable. In some cases, people have experienced blisters and liquids weeping out from sores. There are several different types that exist, such as:
- [Most Common] Atopic Dermatitis - caused by a malfunction in the immune system which leads to inflammation. This type of eczema is often found with people who also have hay fever or asthma.
- Contact Dermatitis - occurs when the skin touches a known irritant and/or allergen.
- Dyshidrotic eczema - results in itchy blisters on hands and feet, usually caused by an irritant or allergen.
- Nummular eczema/discoid eczema - often caused by allergens or very dry skin which results in round lesions that can weep fluid (common in older people).
- Seborrheic Dermatitis - caused by a combination of genetics, hormones, and microorganisms on the skin that results in flaky, itchy skin common on the scalp (i.e. Dandruff).
- Stasis Dermatitis - inflammation in the skin of the lower region of the leg due to poor circulation and chronic venous insufficiency.
The most common type of eczema is called Atopic Dermatitis and these two terms are often used interchangeably. To better understand the ‘science’ of eczema, let’s break down what Atopic Dermatitis really means:
- Atopic = genetic vulnerability to develop allergic diseases (rhinitis, asthma, and eczema)
- Derma = skin
- -itis = inflammation
Atopic Dermatitis, or eczema, is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental triggers. The result is an overactive immune system that turns once smooth, blemish-free skin into a nightmarish experience full of cracks, dryness, and ongoing agony. This hypersensitivity of the skin can be so dramatic that blisters form then weep liquids, cracks lead to bleeding, excessive peeling and extreme rashes across the body.
- Intense burning and relentless itching;
- Constant mental stress due to worry or fear that a breakout will occur;
- Avoiding daily and often essential life chores due to the high-chances it will trigger a reaction;
- Unwanted rashes that “scar” delicate areas of the body;
- Sleepless nights from throbbing pain and incessant scratching;
- Loss of focus at the workplace due to irritable sensations throughout the skin.
Even worse are parents who watch their infants and children suffering from an incurable disease. While parents may have the ability to handle and minimize the pains and irritating feelings, these innocent creatures cannot.
- 13% of all children in the United States have eczema;
- 50% of children with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis also develop allergic asthma;
- Up to 1 in 3 children with eczema also develop food allergies.
- Nearly 30% of children have disrupted sleep due to severe symptoms of eczema which affects mood and their overall well-being.
Adults who grew up with eczema likely know the struggles and battles their children will soon face as they grow up with the disease. Aside from the endless treatment sessions, experimentation with creams, and visits with a dermatologist, there are also social effects that emerge.
Let’s face it, there’s a big problem with bullying and harassment in our school systems. Any child suffering from red, flaky, “ugly-looking” skin is an easy target for mean and abusive behavior. Any child growing up, experiencing these abuses, can feel self-conscious, develop low self-esteem, and struggle with acceptance from their peers. This is a sad reality that both children and parents must address when dealing with their skin condition.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for eczema and the cause of why people develop this is still unclear. For some, it’s a genetic predisposition, which means, if a parent has eczema there’s a good chance the child will too.
Eczema, whether caused by genetics or irritants in your environment, is a problem. While some people may “outgrow” this disease sometime in adulthood, most people experience many of these agitating symptoms their entire life. To combat the symptoms of eczema to reduce pain, rashes, frustration, and anger, here are a few recommended steps to follow:
Start by examining all the products you are currently using. Eliminate (throw away) any soaps, creams, lotions, shampoos, make-up, and deodorant that contains toxic chemicals and irritants. Many of these common, daily used items contain chemicals that can lead to an eczema outbreak later in the day.
Goat milk soap is known to be an effective solution for people suffering from eczema. According to the National Eczema Society, people with eczema often fail to produce and retain enough fats or oils in their skin. This allows moisture to evaporate more easily and weakness the barrier function of the skin.
Goat milk soap is a wondrous solution because of the natural milk-fat which nourishes, moisturizes, and strengthens the natural protective functions of the skin. It’s recommended to start with an unscented goat milk soap and experiment with scented soaps, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.
The benefits of goat milk soap are well documented, however, if you add a bar of goat milk soap to create a silky, ‘milk bath’ it offers a full-body method to treat, relieve, and reduce the symptoms of eczema.
We, the people of Goat JoJo, stand behind all our goat milk soaps and products. While we strongly recommend our goat milk soaps, we do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any skin conditions, symptoms, or diseases. If you have a medical condition like eczema, or experience skin conditions such as dry, itchy, irritable skin, our products have been known to help ease the symptoms these skin conditions cause. While it may be possible that our products may reduce or even eliminate irritable skin conditions the results will vary by individual. Nonetheless, we encourage you to give our soaps a try and discover the benefits for yourself.