Skin care tips for getting rid of eczema

While getting an itch travel the world or start your own business are itches that you should scratch, eczema is definitely one you shouldn’t. Unfortunately, it’s not just the physical symptoms of eczema that can be painful or be embarrassing. The physiological effects that come with it can be some of the most damaging. They tend to reduce your overall self-confidence and leave you feeling not that great about yourself. That’s why it is important to understand what it is and what causes it so that you can treat it and reduce the likelihood of it occurring again.

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What is Eczema?

Eczema occurs mostly in children, while most people grow out of it, if you had it in childhood it can reappear later in life if triggered. It often appears in joints like the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists as well as on hands and feet.  It is characterised by red, inflamed bumps or a dry and scaly rash that whilst it’s sore can be really itchy. Scratching (even though it feels like the hardest thing in the world not to!) will only make matters worse as it can aggravate skin. Which can cause it to spread or lead to an infection if you scratch too deep and break the skin.  Hot water and cold air can worsen symptoms, especially on your hands. So wear gloves in winter and if washing the dishes use dishwashing gloves.

How is Eczema caused?

There are many triggers for Eczema and your dermatologist or healthcare professional can help you to identify which of these may be your skin’s trigger:

  • While it is not an allergy it is common for people with an allergy to develop Eczema or people with Eczema to develop an allergy, an environmental allergy test can be useful as can a food allergy test.
  • Some materials can cause irritation to the skin so clothes made out of natural materials like cotton are a safer choice
  • Heat or hot water may make any existing Eczema worse so showering in lukewarm water and using air-conditioning in your home can help
  • Some home cleaning products like detergents, soap, and skincare products can aggravate the skin so choosing natural, fragrance-free products are preferred

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Skin care tips for curing Eczema

As Eczema leaves your skin dry it’s important to moisturise to reduce the amount of water that you loose from your skin. When moisturising, do so straight after your shower by patting yourself dry instead of rubbing. This will mean there is still a bit of water on your skin and this will help it to absorb. Use a good emollient (moisturiser or ointment) twice a day. This can help to prevent reoccurrence and in times when Eczema is active or flared up moisturise more often.

As with all skin care routines, they work partly because of the products and partly because it’s routine. So finding a product that works well for you and keeping to a daily routine is just as important as the product you are using to prevent eczema from reoccurring.

As well as moisturising you may find you benefit from taking antihistamines or incorporating herbs and spices that are known for reducing inflammation in the body like turmeric. It’s also good to limit contact with substances or particular clothing material that may aggravate your skin and avoid triggers like allergens or skin irritants. Even stress can cause it to flare up so be mindful about stressful times and keep to your skin care routine. The good thing about Eczema is that it can be manageable especially with a proper skin care routine.

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Where to from here?

When struggling with your skin it’s important to keep things in perspective (as hard as it is!) and not start transferring your negative feelings about your skin onto how you feel about yourself. If this is something that’s been bothering you for a while, going to see a dermatologist, naturopath or doctor is something you should do. While it can be a hassle, cost and sometimes a bit embarrassing the cost of not feeling good about yourself and having low self-confidence is much higher.

When it comes to choosing skincare products, opting for natural ingredients that have a proven track record in soothing skin for generations is your best bet. There are a lot of natural remedies available so medication and antibiotics aren’t your only choice. To check out our range of natural certified organic products head to our online store. Or for more information on looking after dry skin check out  How to get rid of dry skin.

To keep continue learning head to the American Academy of DermatologyNEA and the NHS which are the sources for this article.

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