Ask Liz: natural skincare for rosacea & eczema

When it comes to dealing with rosacea, eczema, and any other skin issue with multiple underlying causes, we too often ignore the real issues. When you suffer from skin problems (especially skin problems you want to tackle with natural, non-toxic skincare) this can be incredibly frustrating.
Skin issues like rosacea and eczema aren’t like a scratch or a scrape caused by a fingernail or an overzealous goat. Their causes aren’t EXTERNAL. So why are we so often given nothing but TOPICAL solutions to problems that are much more than skin-deep?
In this video, I talk about what’s really going on, and where to find resources – like my Purely Primal Skincare Guide – to help you get to know your skin so you can truly help your skin!
I also recommend two products that can soothe the outside naturally – Beauty Balm and products from Buffalo Gal Grassfed!
If you’ve had success in dealing with eczema or rosacea, please help others by leaving your ideas in the comments!

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  1. My Rosacea improved greatly after I was diagnosed with coeliac disease and I went gluten free. I started taking high dose vitD and fermented cod liver oil. And stopped using sunscreen and ensured 15mins of sun everyday that was possible.

    1. I didn’t even have to do the gluten free thing (thank goodness, because I love bread!) but simply taking vitamin D and fish oil every day made a world of difference for my eczema.

  2. Hey Liz! Ok, so I’ve been listening to your podcast with Diane for a very long time. And yet I haven’t bought your Skintervention Guide yet. I’ve had eczema on and off since I was a kid, and I’ve done two Whole 30s. First one (the stricter one if I’m going to be honest) my skin seemed pretty good. Second one, my eczema started to come back. My question is, is there info in your Skintervention Guide that’s supplemental to the “squeaky clean paleo” style of eating that I’m already familiar with? The eczema came back with a vengeance recently and I’m starting to feel desperate! Thank you for all that you do!

    1. Hey Elaine! Thanks for listening to the podcast! The Skintervention Guide covers nutrition, digestion (organ by organ with support recommendations) and topical care in equal measure, so it’s definitely not just about food. If you’re a podcast listener you’ve probably heard a LOT of the digestive stuff before, so I can’t guarantee that you won’t find information from my free channels that doesn’t overlap with the paid guide; however, in the paid guide everything is concentrated in one place. You don’t need to go searching a million podcasts and blog posts trying to piece something together! There is a 60-day refund window, so if you find nothing new or helpful you can definitely request a refund, no problem. I’m aware it’s an investment, but that’s by design! All I’d ask is, before you do request a refund, please really delve in and try a few strategies! Ask questions if you have any to be sure you’re getting what you need. Skimming won’t cut it 🙂 I hope that helps!

  3. Hi Liz! I’ve been following for awhile, but don’t think I’ve ever commented before. You mentioned two products above – which would you recommend most for eczema and itching? Also the commenter above (Elaine) mentions her eczema coming back during a Whole 30. I have an auto-immune disease (ulcerative colitis), but have NEVER had eczema until I did the 21 day sugar detox! I’ve now seen two comments from other people whose eczema started either doing the sugar detox or a Whole 30. Any idea why after living my whole life with AI disease that my skin would start acting up AFTER I start eating better?! It’s just so weird. Looking to get back to more strict Paleo as I finished the detox months ago and the eczema doesn’t appear to be getting any better 🙁 Anyway, love your blog and pics on IG! And you are always so nice and kind to your readers – appreciate that too!

    1. Hi Casey! Sometimes changing food quickly and dramatically can stress the digestive system, which is at the root of eczema and some flares. The body needs time to adjust, even to good foods! There’s also that component of strictness that can cause some stress, leading to flares. There’s definitely an argument for easing in to a skincare-oriented dietary plan, with lots of digestive support! These flares usually abate with time. For eczema and itching, I’d go with the buffalo gal grassfed! Thanks for all the kind words!

  4. Hi Liz,
    I love your work and have been following you and the podcast for some time. I was hoping you would speak to a concern of mine regarding eczema. As you know, the first treatment a dermatologist usually recommends is topical steroids (which is what I used almost all my life). Fast forward to my 20s and now I’m going through topical steroid withdrawal after having stopped using all the prescriptions. My body reacted violently after ceasing usage 9 months ago.
    Which brings me around to my question: some people say that it’s best to avoid all moisturizer so that the body can heal itself naturally and begin to produce their own oils again. Do you agree with this? Should our skin need any moisturizer at all? Or maybe we just need spot treatment with products like beauty balm. I’ve backed off using all the junky moisturizer and am now only using jojoba oil on my skin. Thanks again, and sorry for the lengthy question!

    1. Hi Rachel! I think it’s best to go as minimal as possible, using products that are close to our skin’s natural structure. I think you’re doing the right thing – my suggestions would have been jojoba or tallow, like the tallow!
      I think with the broad, unnatural environmental insults we’re assaulted with all the time, we have every reason to get a little extra help – but it should be as natural as possible, working WITH our bodies instead of FOR our bodies…if that makes sense!

    1. I’m not familiar with this condition, Mary, but I find personally that with anything idiopathic or poorly understood, working on gut health and nutrition is the right place to start.

  5. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for all the free information you provide. My question is in regards to an infant. My son is only 1 1/2 years old and he’s had eczema since he was just a few months old. I’m sure it’s related to his gut, as he was pumped full of antibiotics 2 days after birth (they were concerned that he had Group B Strep). He was breastfed for 10 months. Do you have any suggestions on where to start with this? He’s so young that I don’t know where to start. He doesn’t eat gluten, but he does have milk.

    1. Hi Stephanie! I think a good infant probiotic is a good place to start. I’ve heard great things about Klaire labs, which is one Chris Kresser also recommends. You can usually get Klaire through a practitioner, and even through Amazon! Though I can’t give direct nutritional advice, if it were my child, I might consider switching out milk for lots of homemade bone broth, which has calcium AND can help heal the gut. I’d even consider researching switching to raw milk from pasteurized milk (pasteurized milk could certainly be part of the problem). The Weston A. Price foundation has a recipe for liver-based formula that is labor-intensive, but has reports of amazing results. I hope that helps.

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