If you suffer from eczema, you’re in good company. 3% of the global population also deals with this annoying, itchy and sometimes embarrassing issue.
Eczema may not be a debilitating problem, but it does come with its own set of headaches. Without proper care, eczema can lead to painful, cracked, inflamed areas of the skin, so it requires diligent daily treatment.
There’s a number of ways to manage your eczema symptoms. We’ve created this guide to help you navigate this dry and itchy road. 😬
What Is Eczema?
First off, what the heck is it and why is it happening to your skin?!
Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis, which means inflammation of the skin. Some people outgrow this condition, but it can also continue on into adulthood (hooray).
Eczema symptoms vary from person to person but can include rashes that occur around the knees, elbows, neck face and/or eyes, scaley or permanently itchy skin and in some severe cases it can lead to a skin infection.
What causes eczema?
Eczema is triggered by inflammation in the body, so a number of things can lead to a flare up from stress to the types of foods you eat to seasonal pollen or smoke in the air.
It’s a bit of a double edged sword when you’re stressed out about having eczema and the stress only increases the eczema. 😩
Great…So How Do I Get Rid of It?
Unfortunately there’s no cure for eczema, but symptoms can be managed with regular care & treatments.
A gentle exfoliant helps to clear away dead cells and open up the pores so the treatment can penetrate your skin more deeply. Avoid any harsh or chemical exfoliants that may exacerbate the problem.
Search for a moisturizer with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Keep an eye out for things like: chamomile, ginger, red hogweed or oats. Also look for oils that promote skin repair like: argan, borage, sea buckthorn and evening primrose.
Finish off with a little SPF to ensure that you’re safe from those damaging UV rays. Anything with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide will keep your skin safe from sun damage.
Switch to natural detergents without too many chemicals or inflammatory perfumes. When looking for skin care products or household products, double check to make sure lactic acid isn’t on the ingredients list.
The Stress Factor
Our daily lives can be stressful enough as it is. Adding eczema into the mix only amplifies the issue.
Adding an anti-stress routine into your daily regime can help to reduce symptoms created by excess cortisol (stress hormone) in your system. Try adding a meditation practice, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, cbd products and/or deeping breathing techniques to your day-to-day.
Eczema may not be curable, but the symptoms can be managed as they arise as long as we are looking for the right products and practices to keep our skin feeling its best.