How to Naturally Heal from Eczema – Detoxification

To heal from any degenerative disease such as eczema, that has been caused by the accumulation of toxins (the steroidal creams and meds) and nutritional deficiencies, a detoxification must take place first.  Detoxification basically means cleansing the blood.  It does this mainly by removing the impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination.  The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph system and skin.  Unfortunately when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

This healing process takes place in three stages of detoxification: 1. elimination of toxins, 2. breakdown and removal of diseased cells and 3. rebuilding of tissues.  Just follow these steps and you will find your body healing from eczema!

1. Elimination of Toxins

This is the discarding of toxins stored throughout the tissues of the body. These are eliminated once a good clean diet provides the minerals and organic nutrients to cells to generate enough energy to carry toxins out of the body via the elimination processes.

Toxins are eliminated through various channels, the normal channels with their signs of elimination are:

  • Lungs (breathed out – may manifest as bad breath, coughing)
  • Skin (a worsening of the eczema condition)*
  • Liver/bowel (dark, foul smelling stools)
  • Kidneys (dark, strong smelling urine)

* In eczema, the normal channels of elimination (kidney and liver) are so overtaxed that the body ends up using an alternate avenue of elimination; the skin.  Once your diet is improved and the drugs are eliminated, the body will first heal the overtaxed and congested detoxification organs (kidney and liver).  This will result in your eczema becoming worse in the beginning stages of your healing process because of the cleansing that takes place in the liver and kidneys.  Whatever you do, don’t give up!!  A natural, holistic healing of eczema takes patience, remember it’s working from the inside out.

2. Breakdown and Removal of Diseased Cells

Diseased cells that are caused from “toxin abuse” are broken down by the body and removed.  This process is mainly carried out by the white blood cells.  If any of the raw materials of the cell can be salvaged and reused they are put into circulation; the rest is eliminated from the body.  This is an important process to a natural healing of eczema.

3. Rebuilding of Tissues

This stage is all about the body replacing the diseased cells with new healthy ones.  The majority of the rebuilding of the tissues take place after the body is well on its way to being “detoxified” and “disease tissue” free.  Prior to this final major rebuilding phase, the body will replace diseased tissues one generation at a time, each generation of cells will be a little healthier than its predecessors, because a cell can only be as healthy, as its environment is detoxified.  It’s important to know that there isn’t an instant relief in natural healing.  This holistic healing of eczema takes time, but it’s well worth the time and effort!

You’ve got to realize that the body heals in stages on a priority basis, meaning that the most important parts of the body get the healing attention before the less vital tissues.  Healing the internal organs will first take place before the skin fully heals.  In fact, the skin is the last organ the body will work on to heal.  Expect the intestinal tract, the endocrine gland, the liver and kidneys to go through a healing and repair process before the skin does.  This is why you shouldn’t be alarmed when you experience that your skin starts look a lot worse at the beginning stages of this process.  Your body is detoxifying and literally pushing these toxins through your skin.  The more medical drugs, herbal formulas etc you’ve taken to suppress your symptoms of eczema, the longer it will take to heal your damaged skin.

In my situation, my eczema flared up really badly for a good four months, somewhat calmed down then flared up again months later!  It was all over at first, then started to taper off to just my legs and feet.  That is because the healing process isn’t only an inside (first) outside (last) healing, but once the skin starts to heal its from the top of your body to the bottom of your body (heals through your extremities; hands and feet last).  I would experience super clear, smooth facial skin, and the skin on my torso all the while my feet were still oozing lymph fluid and swollen.  I’m currently two and a half years in, and I now feel that I’m nearing the end of this process.  I had to remember that the toxins I had built up were 26 years of medical drugs, and 6 months of intensive chemo, and that it was going to take some time to eliminate them all.  I want to encourage you to stay the course of this healing process no matter how insane your skin looks, just know that you are doing the best possible thing for your body to get it back on the right track to amazing health!  You don’t want to resort to the creams and pills when your skin starts to get a little scary because that would cancel out all the hard work you’ve done.  Remember, you’re a warrior… you can do this!!!

Reactivation/retracing (the process of healing):

In order for the body to deal with or heal a part of the body, it must bring it into priority or reactivate it. This means that the body is bringing to the surface or focusing on a specific gland, organ, system or tissue of the body for cleansing/rebuilding activity. This gland, organ, system or tissue of the body has been “on hold” from healing activity due to lack of nutrients, emotional stress, other priorities, etc.

When a diseased or previously injured area of the body is brought back into focus or reactivated for healing, the symptoms that went with that particular stress will again manifest themselves to some degree. Remember that the symptoms the body manifested with the original disease or injury were an attempt at healing. This, of course, was somehow blocked with drugs or stress of some kind; thus the symptoms and healing were put “on hold”. Now with reactivation, the same healing symptoms will once again manifest themselves.  Here’s an example…. every time I stopped using the steroid creams after my eczema patches “cleared up” my skin started to break right back out again.  It broke out because it was starting to go through the healing process and I just suppressed it by slathering on the same cream to “clear it up” again, so the healing process was put “on hold”.


What can you do to aid your body during detoxification?

Your body needs all the energy it can take to heal, so be easy on yourself and conserve your energy!  Remember that the symptoms you’re feeling are not the enemy, but they are your body’s attempt to defeat the enemy and get back to great health!

  • Avoid exerting intense physical energy.
  • Mild exercise is helpful, if the body dictates.
  • Take in little amounts of food – let your appetite dictate specific foods and amounts, if anything at all is desired.
  • Drink at minimum, 8 glasses of filtered water… more is even better!!
  • Avoid toxic substances i.e. caffeine, alcohol, highy acidic foods etc.
  • Keep the body in an alkalinized state (eat lots of nutrient dense foods).
  • Take healing whole food supplements, probiotics and digestive enzymes.
  • Mental activity should be kept at a minimum and avoid emotional stress.
  • Most importantly, make sure to get lots of rest!

Other ways to help with your detox:

  • Dry body brush!  –  Before showering, dry brush your body from head-to-toe, using long strides toward the heart. This activates the lymphatic system, stimulates blood circulation, and enhances toxin elimination through our body’s largest organ — the skin!
  • Jump!  –  Rebounding is great for stimulating the lymphatic system and increasing circulation. Small, portable trampolines are a quick and easy way to build jumping into your daily routine.  Don’t have a rebounder? Do some jumping jacks!
  • Oil Pulling!  –  Oil pulling comes from Ayurvedic traditional medicine and it’s basically pulling out the toxins and bacteria from your mouth and draining out the lymphatic system of toxins!  This is something that I do every other day, and sometimes everyday.  What you do is first thing in the morning (I do this after i’ve had my 32 oz of water), you want to take a spoonful of extra virgin organic coconut oil and swish it vigorously around your mouth for 15-20 minutes as if you were swishing mouthwash.  Make sure to NOT SWALLOW, if this happens you’re pretty much swallowing the toxins that you’re trying to get rid of… no bueno!  Once you’re done swishing you should spit it out in a trash bin (I wouldn’t recommend spitting it down the drain because it could solidify and clog up).  Then you should take a tongue scraper and go to work!  It’s amazing how the oil will stick to all the impurities in your mouth and become thick and white, sometimes yellow.  rinse out your mouth with water and brush your teeth etc.  You may experience some detox symptoms, but don’t give up, your body is healing and just trust that it knows what it’s doing!  When I started, my face broke out badly, with oozy spots of lymph fluid.  It was uncomfortable, but it oozed, crusted, then flaked off, and this was in a matter of days.  Once all that was finished my facial skin was baby soft and I haven’t experienced facial flares like that ever again!  Oil pulling also whitens teeth, freshens your breath, alleviates gum diseases such as gingivitis, is great for mouth sores and it’s a great remedy if you have a headache!
  • Sweat!  –  Although sweating can make people with eczema super itchy, is crucial for expelling toxins.  Although I haven’t tried it, I’ve heard about using an infrared sauna would help in assisting the removal of heavy metal toxins that can be stored in the fat tissues.

23 thoughts on “How to Naturally Heal from Eczema – Detoxification

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  3. Hi
    I just wanted to say what you said made a lot of sense i am currently in the process of curing my eczema through liver detox’s meaning i try to eat a lot of foods that are good for my liver. I drink lemon water on the weekends. A few hours ago i realised my skin got a liver darker and also i started to urinate a lot. Every 5/10 minutes i was back in the bathroom flushing the toxins out. I hope that is correct anyway nevetheless i wanted to ask you what else can i do to lighten my skin colour. At this rate it is difficult to stay brave especially since my hair breaks my confidence. Hope to heat from you soon.

    • Hello Zain! Thanks for reaching out to me! That’s great that you’re taking steps to eat healthier and drink more water to cleanse. The skin discolouration issue will take some time to even out, it’s similar to my skin…time is the only healer. Please send me a quick email to eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com and I can help you out with more tips and suggestions on diet and such. Healing from the inside out is the only way to go, and it’s great that you are on the right track!

      I look forward to hearing from you,
      Jen

      • i have patches of dark hyper pigmented scars all over the body…my dry skin has got reversed on this diet..will the scars go?? iam also going to be taking an ayurvedic tonic recommended by a doc soon…will the dark pigmented patches go away..if so how long do you think it will take?? i have these patches dispersed all over my body!

      • Hi! Unfortunately it can take awhile for the skin tone to even out. It’s super important to eat antioxidant rich and hydrating foods (fruits and veggies) in abundance as these foods will help the skin in texture, and be consistent with this. It’s known that turmeric used topically can help with the tone of the skin, like in making a mask, letting it sit the. washing it off. I use a homemade cream
        mix of geranium, frankincense and sandalwood essential oils with jojoba, shea and coconut oil. This mix is great for discolouration and scarring. Here’s where I get my high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils: http://www.mydoterra.com/debraahall1 I also alternate with a organic micro blue green algae lotion that I get from here: https://www.teamnewearth.com/2191498/ProductDetail?ID=21675 these are both my store sites. This algae lotion is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and also is great for discolouration and scarring. You can check out photos of success with this lotion in my Soaps and Moisturizing page. I’ll send you a personal email with more info. I hope all this helps!
        Take care & God bless,
        Jen

  4. Hi… Jus wanna find out how to adjust to the diet as I am currently breastfeeding a 7 month old infant. My eczema started 6 month post delivery.

    • Hi Karen!
      Thanks for checking out my site leaving a comment! It’s best to eat more of a plant based diet because it’s very healing and high in alkalinity. You can shoot me an email and I can send you meal suggestions, natural healing tips etc that I send to my readers 🙂 eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com

      Take care,
      Jen

      • Hello,
        I’v have been dealing with eczema for almost 5 years on and off.
        I started to change my diet a few weeks ago as a vegetarian and I still have dark patches on my hands,legs, neck, and a little bit on my face. I am embarrassed to walk around with it, it is insane. I have been using natural products for my skin like Aloe Vera plants and Shea butter the White thick container with natural ingredients. It been almost a month still with the same results. I really don’t know what am I doing wrong. D you have any suggestion?

      • Hello Niqua! Thanks for reaching out! I’m so sorry to hear that you’re suffering with this, I’ll do my best to get your health back on track. Look out for my health questionnaire email where I can get to know you better and provide natural healing tips and advice. I would go fully vegan and cut the eggs and dairy products as they are highly inflammatory, and stick to a whole foods vegan diet, don’t do processed vegan junk foods. I’ll look at more of your history to get an idea, but you can definitely start there. I look forward to your responses!
        Take care & God bless,
        Jen

  5. Hello,

    My daughter is 4 with chronic eczema shes had it since she was born. Do u think its a good idea to cleanse her blood and change diet, and if so what should i cleanse her bllod with. She has allergies to peanuts and fish. I just want her to have some relief

    • Hi Lakia! Thanks for messaging me! Yes it’s definitely a great idea to switch up her diet to a more plant based diet and work on gut healing. Please send me a personal email to eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com I will be able to email you a health questionnaire for your daughter where I can get to know more of her health history & understand her situation better and offer diet and natural healing tips! She should avoid foods that she is allergic to, then once proper gut healing has taken place these foods can most likely be added back in with no problems! I look forward to your email! She can definitely heal up her eczema! 👍☺️

      Take care,
      Jen

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  9. Hi, this is so helpful!
    I have been dealing with really bad eczema ever since winter started. Mostly it is on my eyelids. I have started eating mostly plant based/ anti inflammatory foods, taken an allergy test and eliminated allergens, and stopped using skin and hair products. When I made all of these changes, my eczema improved almost instantly! But about a week or two later, it got really itchy and flared up. Now it’s still pretty bad. It definitely feels itchier than ever and kinda flakey. I’ve been using coconut oil and avoiding showering. I’m giving dry brushing and oil pulling a try. I just picked up some neem oil so I’m hoping that will soothe some of the inflammation. I’m just wondering if you have any tips for eyelid/face specific eczema? It’s much more sensitive than the eczema on my arm and neck. It’s very reactive to stress and foods. I feel like I’m doing all of the right things and was so excited when it started to clear up. Now I’m feeling a bit discouraged, trying not to stress about it… Is this just part of the healing and detox process?
    Thanks for the great article.
    -Katie

    • Hi Katie! I’m so glad this page could be of help to you! That’s awesome that you’ve made those lifestyle changes. When you switch up your diet to non-processed and alkaline you will feel much better and then indeed go through a cleansing period. Definitely do the dry brushing and oil pulling, I notice when I oil pull my facial skin is a lot smoother and less flaky. You can dry brush your face too, maybe use a lil dry loofa facial pad although sometimes I just use the same brush as my body and just do it lightly. You can try doing a mask with bentonite clay. I tried it before and need to give it a go again actually as I didn’t let the water and clay sit and thicken the first time around. African black soap is another good exfoliant type soap to use on the skin and will help lift off the flakes on your body and face. I’ve actually never tried neem oil. Jojoba oil is great too as it is closest to our skins natural oils. I will send you a personal email with a health questionnaire to get to know you better and I can provide you with some more tips! I hope all of this helps! I look forward to hearing from you 🙂
      Take care & God bless!
      Jen

      • Hi
        I want to share my experience too. Right now, i’m having eczema on my face (on the right and left cheeks). The symptoms are quite common; flares-up, itchy feels, redness, dryness, scaly and sometimes flakey too.
        My eczema began after i tried using cinnamon as my natural face mask, and apparently i had allergic to it.
        It was two weeks ago, and the first flare up came up to my face a day after i used the cinnamon. After that another symptoms were slowly appear, until now.

        Back then i had confusion whether i should go to the doctor or not. I just knew that I’m facing an eczema type called Contact Dermatitis, and after some researches, I found out that topical treatment from doctor isn’t the best solution. It could be dangerous for your skin. On the other hand, many people have tried using natural-healing by control what they eat and avoid things that can cause an eczema. I’ve read many positive results, and my minds are opened, then I decide to cure my eczema on my own.

        Now it is still very bad, but the itch started to disappear. The color started to turn from red into brown. I was wondering what are the stages should I face within the healing process? Do you have another tips for treating my eczema?
        For your information, I’m using olive oil as a self treatment, and I’m on my eczema diet too.

        I’m looking forward for your answer, thank you for helping! I’m sorry because English is not my first language so please excuse any mistakes I’ve made..

        Sincerely
        -ifa

      • Hello Ifa! Thanks for your comment and don’t worry your English is great! Check out my page Physical Symptoms and Signs of Healing from Eczema. The redness going down and it turning to brown is a good sign! The skin will do a lot of flaking and such as well. I will email you a health questionnaire so I can get to know you better and assist with your situation. I’m glad that you’ve taken a more natural approach! Healing from the inside out is key to healing eczema. I look forward to your detailed responses!
        Take care & God bless,
        Jen

  10. Hi! I went fully vegan and mostly cutting out refined oils about a year ago. Strangely enough my eczema came back about 8 months after making the switch. It seemed like my body was healing and finally ready to get the excess junk out of my system. But now I feel like it’s asking for help. Although I’m giving it a great amount of nutrient rich vegan food, I was 60 pounds heavier a year ago and it seems like there’s a lot to flush out of my system. Do you have suggestions about what else I can do? Is it okay to email you about some of these?
    Thanks so much!
    Carrie

    • Carrie! Thanks for reaching out!Awesome job on making the switch! Yes it does seem like you’re going through a cleansing period. I would definitely look into doing an enema (with just water and the enema bag) or getting a colonic done. I’ve been doing enemas lately for deeper cleansing and have found it’s helping clear out all the junk in my colon that’s prob been there for years 😱 I found out that we can have all the nutrient dense food in the world but if our colon isn’t clean we could be not absorbing all of the nutrients from that food! I’ll send you a health questionnaire to get to know you better and give more suggestions!
      Take care & God bless,
      Jen

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