It took me years to track down the culprit of my eye eczema and body psoriasis. The major offender was commercial hair coloring that I would have done at a beauty shop. The brand did not matter. The color I used was dark blonde and darker colors contain more nickel. Once my dermatologist diagnosed the nickel allergy I went on a mission to get it and other chemically laden products out of my life.
1) CLEAN OUT. I cleared the house of any chemicals, perfumed products, soaps, hair products, cleaning products, etc.
2) RESTOCK. I switched to Dr. Bonner’s baby soap unscented to wash my body and hands. If I use anything else I get rashes again within a week. I switched to more environmentally friendly, organic products for cleaning and kept them to a minimum. They need to be fragrant free, environmentally friendly and have as few ingredients as possible.
3) STOPPED USING HAIR DYE . This was the culprit for my eye eczema and the biggest offender.
According to the Mayo Clinic online if you search for “nickel allergy” the symptoms include:
- Rash or bumps on the skin
- Itching, which may be severe
- Redness or changes in skin color
- Dry patches of skin that may resemble a burn
- Blisters and draining fluid in severe cases
These were my symptoms especially around my eyes. I believe my eyes and ears were affected by the hair dye and I was using permanent dark colors–which are the worse. I suffered for 7 years with these symptoms.
4) STOPPED USING NAIL POLISH, MAKEUP, AND OTHER BEAUTY PRODUCTS.
5) GOT RID of all of the creams I had been putting on the eczema. I only use two now: Bye Bye Eczema a product for babies but it is great and Aquafor. I put the Bye Bye right out of the shower and then apply Aquafor on places typically where you find eczema (elbows, ears, etc.) and it keeps it at bay.
6) GOT RID OF NICKEL as much as I could. Things that have nickel in them :
- Belt buckles
- Bra hooks
- Brass fixtures
- Cell phones
- Cello strings
- Cigarette lighters
- Chrome fixtures
- Costume jewelry
- Eye glass frames
- Eyelash curlers
- Gold-especially white 10k
- Guitar strings
- Hair pins
- Hand tools
- Hand bag clutches
- Heirloom jewelry
- “Hypoallergenic” jewelry
- Jean studs
- Kitchen utensils
- Lipstick holders
- Metal buttons and snaps
- Metal items at work
- Musical instruments (keys, mouthpieces)
- ” Nickel -Free” jewelry
- Pocket knives
- Powder compacts
- Some Rings
- Suspender clips
- Watches and bands
You can apply clear nail polish on some of these things to prevent it from touching your skin.
8) STOPPED USING PRESCRIBED STEROIDS.
Now that I’ve given you some strong clues, try thinking on your own situation. I hope you too can find relief from eczema and psoriasis.