Eczema Season is Here...SEND HELP!

The weather is changing and you know what that means-- some funky things are about to start happening to your skin. It's only November and I have just won my first battle with eczema this season. Brittany 1, eczema 0! What's my secret? First, let me describe to you my issue (in as little gross detail as possible) because not all eczema is created equally. Some people are continuously troubled by dry, cracked, burning skin every day and all over-- my mother happens to be one of these people. Thankfully I don't have it quite as bad. I experience an eczema flare up once or twice a year on a random part of my body, but my flare ups are painful and can last first weeks if untreated (or if mistakenly treated with the wrong product).

Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

This year it was my armpit (random, I know). Shaving and deodorant made my dry, red, scaly skin burn even worse. After a few days of discomfort, I remembered I had a jar of Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream on hand from last season when my eye lids were in a similar firey rage. Yes, this product is safe enough to use around sensitive areas like your eyes... just try not to get the cream in your eye! Manuka honey is known to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and has been historically been used to treat wounds and surgical procedures. I was a little apprehensive to apply cream to my armpit, since it had been rubbed so raw by my clothing and my razor (I can be such a dummy). Then I figured, people have been using manuka honey to treat much worse wounds than my itchy pit. After only 2 days of applying a thin layer of Manuka Honey Rescue Cream to my armpit just before bed my skin healed and the eczema has not come back since. (I had similar results last year by applying cream to my eyelids more frequently throughout the day.) Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream is the only natural remedy I have found to quickly and painlessly treat severe dry skin, eczema, and rashes. The best part is it does not require a prescription from my doctor and it's made with bioactive organic ingredients. I am not a huge fan of the scent, but who cares if you are relieved from irritating, dry skin!?

Manuka Honey My real squeeze mask

Once my flare-ups are tamed, I keep my face hydrated with another natural manuka honey-based product throughout the winter months. Innisfree has an amazing range of affordable, natural, biodegradable sheet masks created to target specific skin problems. I have tried the entire line and found manuka honey to be a wonderful addition to my winter skin regime. I would not say it treats eczema, but it certainly keeps me hydrated when I am usually very dry. All of Innisfree's masks are gentle enough to use daily, however twice a week is enough for my skin to feel baby-soft. Although there is no permanent "cure" for eczema, it is a manageable condition with a few helpful products in your skincare arsenal. If you have eczema or eczema-like symptoms, consider products with organic manuka honey. See ya next year, Eczema!

Brittany is an award winning photographer and art director in the luxury beauty space. In her spare time, Brittany loves cooking up new recipes, going to yoga, hanging out with her beagle, and hiking in the Adirondack mountains. All images here are my own.