Goat’s Milk and Eczema
For thousands of years different types of milk has been used for nutritional, medicinal, and cosmetic purposes. The ancient Greeks and Romans used milk products to treat skin injuries. Cleopatra was said to have preserved her renowned beauty by bathing in milk.
Goat’s milk contains many healthy ingredients to nourish the skin. It contains vitamins A, C, E, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, citric acid, enzymes, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc. Goat’s milk is sometimes called “nature’s liposomes” due to its ability to seal moisture into the skin. Liposomes are tiny sacs that deliver hydrating ingredients to skin cells.
Goat’s milk has special properties beneficial to individuals with eczema. It contains caprylic acid, which removes dead skin cells; it also contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which naturally rejuvenate the skin. Goat milk also maintains the skin’s proper pH balance, keeping it moisturised and protecting its surface. This allows better delivery of moisture and nutrients and prevents dryness and other negative skin reactions.
Dermatologists recommends goat’s milk soap as part of a treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, and for relief from dry, itchy skin.
Eczema is a common skin ailment affecting more than 2.5 million suffers in Australia and 30 million in American. Eczema results in itchy, dry, inflamed skin. It can be caused by a food allergy. For some people, the condition goes away on its own, while for others, it recurs throughout life. Although there are no known medical cures for eczema, goat’s milk has been shown to provide a natural relief for many sufferers. Eczema is often due to genetics and found in individuals in families with a history of asthma and other allergies. Eczema can also be triggered by other allergens on contact, such as cosmetics, soaps or smoke. It affects any part of the body, but usually appears on the elbows, backs of the knees, ankles and the face. Although it is not infectious nor life threatening, living with eczema can cause a great deal of stress.
Milk based soaps have recently been rediscovered, largely due to the current research on milk proteins that is teaching consumers about the way skin benefits from contact with whey protein and lactic acid. Lactic acid helps smooth skin by exfoliation. Goats’ milk contains fats and other hormones that naturally benefit the skin, by rejuvenating and maintaining the skin’s youthfulness.
What makes my products so popular is not just the goat’s milk contained within, but also the perfect combination of other ingredients that makes my recipe so successful. Lavinia Botanica handmade artisan soaps do not contain harsh detergents or any additives such as petroleum and preservatives. This reduces the possibility of skin irritation and allergic reactions. Many people with eczema and other sensitive skin issues can use our Goat’s milk soap range without any problems.
Should your skin condition be very severe you should consult your doctor first. Applying the soap for a few days to a small affected area is an alternative way of checking its suitability.