5 Common Household Products To Avoid For Treating Eczema and Psoriasis

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Before Era Organics Eczema Cream

Years of Failed Eczema Treatments

“I have an 18 year old  niece who suffers terribly from eczema and is embarrassed by her legs, especially. If this product works for her, because nothing else ever has, she would be a customer for life.

“I would say she has gone through more than 25 products, OTC and prescription.

“She itches constantly and her legs look like a victim of agent orange they are so bad. She is 18 and ashamed to wear shorts or skirts and it only gets worse instead of better. “

Challenge Accepted

Krista is a blogger who turned to us to help her niece. As you can see from her email above, they were desperate for an eczema treatment that actually worked. Never one to turn down a challenge, especially to help someone suffering from a skin condition, we were happy to help.

After countless medications failed, they wanted to turn to a natural solution and found our Relief moisturizer. But we also laid out some important tips to help her not only treat her eczema, but also improve the rest of her skin and be ready for summer.

5 Hidden Causes of Damaged Skin

1. Wash Dishes By Hand

I became aware of how strong detergents are when I ran just the rinse cycle on my dishwasher. To my surprise, the water foamed up even though I didn’t add soap. It took three rinses to get all the suds out. That means quite a bit of dishwasher fluid was still on my dishes all the times I only rinsed them once. Yikes!

I did some research and found a recent Swedish study that followed more than 1,000 kids between the ages of 7 and 8. They found that kids who grew up in households using a dishwasher were more likely to develop allergies, asthma and eczema. 38% of kids who grew up with parents using dishwasher fluid had eczema, compared to 23% of a hand-washed households.

If washing dishes by hand isn’t an option, at least use a natural dishwasher fluid.

2. Don’t Cover Your Clothes in Chemicals

Cheap laundry detergents are loaded with chemicals, fragrances and dyes. None of these are good for your skin. Take a minute to think of how much your skin contacts your clothes and bed sheets.

Some of these ingredients are shown to disrupt your skin’s PH balance, cause skin irritation, endocrine disruptors and some are even carcinogenic (cancer causing) in animal studies. Dryer sheets are also shown to show skin irritation so toss them out too.

Again, switch to a natural detergent. I wash my clothes in distilled white vinegar.


“I am shocked at what is not only in our body products but also what’s in our foods. I have been trying to switch to a more organic lifestyle even though it is much more expensive. I just purchased organic dish detergent and laundry soap as well as cleaners for the home.”

little child is washing her hair in bathThe wrong shampoo can damage skin across your entire body. 

3. Ditch the Cheap Shampoo

The commercials say they will give you thick, vibrant hair and smell oh so wonderful. First- the models in the commercials aren’t using those shampoos. Second- they are loaded with chemicals, fragrances and dyes.

Cheap shampoos strip your hair down with alcohol then cover the strands with silicone to make them feel soft, but actually ruin the hair. Some of the chemicals found in shampoo are also shown to harm your skin’s PH, cause skin irritation, hormone disruption, damage hair and are possibly carcinogenic.  As you rinse, these chemicals fall down your entire body.

I’ve helped dozens of customers who could not get rid of their eczema until they switch to a natural, PH balanced shampoo and conditioner.

4. Cleaning Supplies

Alcohol, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, formaldehyde, ammonia… All found in various cleaning products. Using it once might not cause a reaction, but after continued use these chemicals can build up throughout your house.

Chemicals in cleaning products can cause or irritate asthma, allergies, eczema and other autoimmune disorders. Even if you aren’t in direct contact with the chemicals, they can find their way onto your skin in various ways.

Do your best to switch to natural cleaning solutions. There are a variety of simple ways to clean using either lemon juice, baking soda, white vinegar or Castile soap.

House cleaning products pile on white backgroundTip: Always use gloves when cleaning to protect your skin’s PH balance. 

Isolated lathered hands and soap

5. Use Sulfate-Free, PH Balanced Soaps

If you have damaged skin, you want to keep it clean to avoid infection. What you DON’T want to do is strip away all the oils, nutrients and moisture from it. That’s exactly what you do when you use a harsh soap.

Our skin is around 5.5 PH, while most soaps are 8-10 PH. To put it in perspective, household bleach is 12 PH. Harming this acidic layer can ruin your skin’s immune system and ability to heal.

On top of that, 9 out of 10 soaps that foam use sulfates and other chemicals to produce suds. Chemicals commonly found in soaps are linked to hormone disruption, skin irritation, cancer, antibiotic resistance and weakened skin.

Always use PH balanced, non-toxic soaps and facial cleansers.

Did Our Tips Help?

“I just wanted to give you an update. My niece has used the cleanser and cream for 3 days and I talked to her today. She says she already sees a difference in her legs and she is so happy. It brought tears to my eyes. I cannot wait to see what a week or 2 weeks does for her. 

“You have helped us tremendously.”

It always means a lot to hear back from our customers, especially when we can help so much. These tips can help the majority of people suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, and more.

Even if you have healthy skin– naturally treating your skin helps prevent premature aging, excessively dry or oily skin and can completely change your complexion.

The Secret To Her Success

Before and After Eczema Picture

Krista was using our Relief moisturizing cream as well as our Cleanse + Restore natural cleanser, which includes organic aloe vera and manuka honey and is perfectly balanced to the skin’s 5.5 PH.

We use hospital grade aloe vera to help moisturize the skin while you wash. Manuka Honey is used to treat various skin conditions (Even flesh eating bacteria) because of it’s ability to restore the skin’s 5.5 PH, draw in moisture, kill bacteria and nourish the skin.

If you’d like to give Cleanse + Restore a try, use the coupon code ERA15OFF to received 15% off your entire order on Amazon.com.