The root cause of eczema

Recurring eczema

Address the deeper 'why' behind skin symptoms

Eczema can be frustrating and uncomfortable, plus skin conditions commonly feel embarrassing. We can suffer with chronic eczema for years, thinking it is a reaction to something external, perhaps an allergy. But creams and medication just don’t seem to permanently solve our discomfort.  I had eczema on my foot on and off for over a decade. When I looked deeper, at why my skin was reacting in this way and began to address the root cause, my symptoms began to change.

What is your skin numbing you from feeling?

Have you experienced…

  • The loss of a loved one or a pet
  • Sadness about children flying the nest
  • Missing the connection or touch of someone close
  • A painful separation
  • Not wanting to feel something on your skin?

Every tissue in our body is listening and responding to our experiences. If we experience stress or trauma a part of our body will adapt to attempt to help us cope. 

Which part of the body depends on how we perceive the experience. The surface of our skin is there to help us feel, touch and connect with others and the world around us. If we perceive an experience to be a painful loss of touch or connection or touch or connection that we don’t want, our skin can react and develop symptoms.

Changing symptoms

Sometimes our skin can be dry and flaky and then it can shift and become itchy, blotchy, red and hot – like a rash.  These are signs that our skin is going through cycles in response to stress. 

When we are closer to the emotions related to touch, more stressed, our skin is dry, flaky and numb. When the stress is dormant, the skin goes into repair and becomes hot and itchier. 

You may have noticed that over 24 hours your symptoms shift through these cycles? At night our whole system naturally moves into rest and repair and this can reduce the stress and shift our symptoms to be less dry and flaky.

Why is my eczema in one area?

Location matters.  This is most obvious with young babies. Cradle cap (dry skin on the scalp) is a common symptom for newborns. The top of their head has spent months resting, top down, against their mother’s womb.  That sense of connection and reassuring pressure on their skin is lost after they are born.  Babies can also develop eczema on their face after a breastfeeding stage ends because they no longer feel the comfort of their cheek resting against their mother’s breast. 

If we miss holding someone in our arms, skin symptoms may appear here. For me, my eczema on my foot was related to a fear of putting my left foot down and a fear of trusting and grounding on one side. 

Your symptoms and root cause are as unique as you.

When we find and address this unique root cause, we can fully support our skin to rebalance, from within, and let go of this coping mechanism.

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Are symptoms stress-related?

Discover whether symptoms are stress-related

There are amazing technologies and medical professionals today that can help us know WHAT is going on with our symptoms. But when it comes to understanding WHY, we can be left guessing. It’s an important question though – because when we know WHY this can signpost us to recovery from chronic symptoms. 

Possible reasons for symptoms

When we have symptoms we may wonder whether it is:

  • Hereditary
  • An old injury
  • Physical weakness or susceptibility
  • Related to our lifestyle choices. 

Yet within these considerations, we can still be left wondering why symptoms come and go, inexplicably. This uncertainty about why symptoms started and when they might return can really create concern as well as a feeling of powerlessness and fear over what is to come as symptoms may increase.  

Could it be stress?

You may have an inkling that stress sometimes affects your body. You may have noticed:

  • Exhaustion, aches and pains after a stressful period
  • Digestive changes alongside stress
  • Insomnia during stressful times
  • Headaches, migraines following stress
  • …or many other connections between stress and your symptoms.
But could this be coincidence? After all, when we are stressed and busy, our self care routines tend to suffer. And anyway – doesn’t everyone deal with stress as a part of life? Research has shown that 85% of adults regularly experience stress.

The impact of stress

Research is showing more and more just how important it is to not underestimate stress. In the United Kingdom in 2019, over 8.6 million appointments were due to chest pains which were driven by stress-related mental illnesses.

Stress changes the balance in our body, flooding our body with stress hormones, making it harder to get a good night’s sleep, which affects our body’s capacity to rest, repair and regenerate. It creates anxiety and mood swings, tension and impacts every system in our body.  

It is not “just stress”. Because stress is so common and we haven’t always fully understood the impact, historically it has been minimised. 

The problem with stress is that sometimes – when it is intense or prolonged – it can linger in our body, long after the event, long after we think we have forgotten it. 

Residual stress in our body

Sometimes when stress goes on for too long or is too intense for us in the moment, our body steps in to help us cope.  Just as we can create coping mechanisms in our behaviours and thoughts, our body can create physical coping mechanisms by making changes. 

For example, if we feel we are carrying a very heavy responsibility for too long, our shoulders may begin to adapt, trying ultimately to get stronger to help us bear this burden, yet this imbalance leads to tension, pain, immobility and chronic symptoms. 

Every organ, tissue and cell in our body is continually listening. Our body is on our side and will absorb the toll of excessive stress. 

Are symptoms a sign of stress in our body?

When stress gets stored in our body, it’s not something we can see. Our bodies are energetic as well as physical, science has shown this. Our symptoms are the products of our physical bodies – as well as what we think and feel about what we experience in our lives. 

Try this short, simple tapping exercise below to explore your symptom and discover whether stuck stress, energy or emotions are playing a part in keeping your discomfort stuck.

Download the free tapping points PDF below to learn this simple technique,
which can also help to reduce stress and emotional intensity and shift limiting thoughts.

Start exploring your 'why'

Find and address the root causes that keep symptoms recurring.  Book a free no obligation chat to find out how this approach could help you release the pressure. All side effects are positive. 

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