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DERMATITIS

ABOUT DERMATITIS:

Dermatitis derives from Greek derma "skin" + -itis "inflammation". It is a symptomatic description, not a diagnosis of a disease. It is simply a general reference to irritated , rashy, reactive skin. The rash is a breakdown of the barrier function of the skin, and evidence that here is exposure to something internally or externally that is inflammatory and reactive. It could be contact dermatitis, which is the skin's allergic or irritation reaction to exposure to some offending substance. All too often the culprit is an ingredient in a conventional skin care product, synthetic fragrance, preservatives, or other chemical. It could be the skin telling you about an inflammatory condition inside. We offer tools and tricks for the natural and organic approach to healing. At Trillium, we believe that synthetic preservatives in body wash and lotion are responsible for the widespread breakdown of the barrier function of the skin; and synthetic ingredients in foods are largely responsible for the breakdown of the gut. Preservatives such as parabens (found in food and personal care) or phenoxyethanol are broad spectrum anti microbials. Our skin as well as our gut is host to a plethora of beneficial microbes which are essential to healthy dermal and intestinal functions, both of which show up on the skin. Applying synthetically preserved lotions to the skin is analogous to dosing your gut with antibiotics. Only the most aggressive microbes survive, and they have a lot of unoccupied surface area to inhabit. It creates an unhealthy imbalance of the skin, which results in unhealthy skin function, and ultimately pathology, such as atopic dermatitis.


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Trillium’s Dermatitis Approach

Trillium's OGbaby Really Fragrance Free is designed to nurture and enhance the development of dermal barrier function. Trillium Organics Fragrance Free products are designed to cleanse moisturize and protect the skin using fresh organic emollients and potent botanicals without adding any transdermal toxins.

  • Our soapless cleanser dubbed by my son Max “The Tubby Rubby” is an oat chamomile and calendula washbag that soothes and cools an angry rash in the hot, itchy onset days. Use it in the warm bath tub, and beyond. If the rash is particularly itchy, you can take the moist bags of oats with you into your day, and when the itch begs you to scratch, instead of damaging the skin further and possibly spreading the rash with your fingernails, rub the moist bag over the skin. The itch is soothed, and the skin is further protected.
  • The most important step, OGbaby Moisture Oil is primarily made from Organic Sunflower Oil. Sunflower Oil has been identified as the most effective oil in the promotion of dermal barrier function in infants. Dermatitis afflicted skin needs to be soothed, healed and then rebuilt. Organic Moisture Oil may help to restore the healthy function of the damaged skin. Applying Organic Body Oil to the skin upon emerging for the bath or shower is a ritual which may promote the healthy barrier function.
  • OGbaby Barrier Balm is the humectant protectant to use until your skin is balanced and functioning properly without any extra help. When the rash is sill visible, apply Barrier Balm to the affected area immediately after cleansing, in the bath or shower. It locks in the hydration, and puts a breathable but durable layer of protection over the rash. Keeping he area moist and supple can help the skin feel better during the flare up.
  • Trillium Organics Body Polish is over stimulating and too oily for a rash in the early onset days. However, it can be just the ticket when it shifts to being a dry, flakey, itchy rash. Once the rash is in remission, the red has faded to pink, he rash is covered with a haze of dry crusty skin, gentle exfoliation of dry dead skin cells is important. Organic Body Polish (fragrance free, lavender lavandin, OGmama relaxing lavender or lavender geranium) is the substance that will bring the skin back to life. Gently exfoliating while working healing emollients into the skin will bring the skin back to itself.

Other helpful lifestyle choices that will support your healthy skin

Make it a habit to cover skin with OGbaby Organic Moisture Oil before the water dries after bathing. Locking in the water in that manner protects your skin from deep dehydration and supports the barrier function.

Stay away from harsh chemical household cleaning products, if you must, but sure to wear gloves. But since you can inhale the fumes and react to them adversely from that exposure, it is best to simply stay away altogether.

Dermatitis can commonly be caused by food allergies, try an elimination diet, removing the most potentially allergenic foods first, dairy, gluten, nuts (especially peanuts) and soy. Live without them for two weeks, and then slowly add one food back in a time and watch what happens. This will tell you which if any foods are causing problems.

Consider installing a water filter on your showerhead. Municipal water supplies are treated with chlorine, which can cause and exacerbate any rash.

Eat Organic! Food additives, such as hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and synthetic preservatives and dyes can all damage the immune system and inhibit proper assimilation and digestion. Pseudo food isn’t allowed in Certified Organic Foods, so load up on organic veggies and fruits!
Use no synthetic fragrance. Fragrances are full of petrochemically processed toxins which can be irritating and imbalancing. Some soothing essential oils may be used, but nothing citrus, heating, or stimulating. Chamomile, and Lavender are both fine choices, if you really want to use a scented product, try Trillium’s Lavender Lavandin.
Avoid all conventional body washes, “soaps” or lotions. They are generally full of irritating substances that could be causing the problem. That list includes steroid creams given by dermatologists (they don’t work anyway, and the side effects are dangerous).
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