Putting the Ex on Eczema

Eczema (aka atopic dermatitis) is a term used on a group of skin conditions that are characterized by scaly, rash-like irritation, inflammation, dryness, and at times, increased thickness of the skin in a particular area. The exact cause of eczema is unknown,  but it’s thought to be related to the body’s immune system and its exaggerated response to specific triggers. Possible triggers include extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold),  sensitivities to soap/detergents, animal dander,  and in some cases, even stress.  Since eczema has various causes there’s no specific cure for it, although people can effectively manage its flare-ups.

-If possible, avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity.  You may want to keep a humidifier on during the dry winter season to keep the air moist, in order prevent drying out the skin.

– Apply lotions and creams when skin is slightly damp, after a shower or bath. This helps to retain the needed moisture.

-For severe itching, try not to scratch or pick at your skin-  you’ll more likely cause the skin to break down and introduce a pathway for infection.  Use cold compresses instead to help ease itching.

-Use mild soaps and detergents.  Harsh chemicals tend to dry out the skin and worsen eczema. Be wary of “fragrance free formulas.”  Even though it’s fragrance free,  it’s more likely that some sort of chemical was added to mask a scent in order to make it fragrance free.  Stick to natural ingredients such as oatmeal and aloe that are known to help soothe irritated skin.

-Recent studies have shown the effectiveness of extra virgin coconut oil in treating eczema.  This is due to its moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.

-Severe eczema that remains uncontrolled regardless of the amount of moisture may need prescription-strength antibiotics or corticosteroids.  See a dermatologist to determine the best treatment.

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Cristal

Cristal

Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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5 thoughts on “Putting the Ex on Eczema

  1. E cigarette

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  2. baby acne vs psoriasis

    Eczema is a skin condition which occurs when there is redness in mostly the upper area of the skin. It chooses anyone at any age. More than the scratching and soreness, it gives your skin an unappealing look, which eczema is considered one of the unpleasant skin disorders.

  3. Hubert Coullard

    Thank you for this article. I just began breaking out in eczema last year for the first time and havent discovered out my trigger yet. I currently dont eat gluten/wheat (or other grains), sugars, soy or dairy. I might need to do a total elimination diet…

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    It has been found that there are a lot of healthy remedies to help calm the symptoms of eczema. One of the most popular ones is Aloe Vera. Aloe is awesome for the skin and will certainly help you to feel much better.

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