Whoop, whoop! ‘Tis the season for itchy and irritated skin! And right now, you’re rolling your eyes thinking, ‘Colleen why are you so excited?!’ LOL! I’m not, just trying to sound super positive for an ailment that can be super irritating! That’s my new approach to life 😉
But in all seriousness, eczema can be a big old pain in the butt and before we hit the dryer & cooler air, let’s plan to get a head start on how we can address any ezcema concerns that pop up.
What is good old eczema?
It’s basically red, itchy, blotchy skin that can flare up for seemingly any reason at all! Don’t we love that?! It could be chronic where you’ve always got it going on, or it could be caused by the weather! Most often eczema is caused by:
- Dry skin
- Sweaty skin
- Hot or cold weather
- Skincare products – soaps & cleansers
- Scratchy clothing
- Pet dander
Why does it occur?
Eczema is technically just a skin response to any kind of ‘allergan’. That’s probably the easiest way to explain why it occurs. Your skin wants to be healthy and supple so it can protect you. But if something gets in the way of that, you’ll likely see an immune response by way of your skin.
You also may be predisposed, meaning your genes play a role. So if you’ve got another family member that is prone to rashes and you are too, chances are it’s your genes!
Eczema is most common in little babies & school-age kiddos. It tends to be one of those ailments that either you grow out of or you have it off and on most of your life.
For me, I can spot eczema from a mile away… not because it’s like an insane, scary skin ailment but because it looks generally the same on everyone. So in this situation, there isn’t a specific test but your dermatologist can certainly bring you in and either look at the rash or do a ‘skin patch’ to see if certain foods or products cause a rash.
For me, I tend to get worse eczema symptoms towards the end of summer and through fall & winter. During those times, I am wearing less tank tops anyways, so I don’t hyper focus too much on it. Though for some reason this year, I’ve really been itchy, scratchy which is why I thought we’d write this blog.
This is one of those conditions where you can either go big or go home… You’ve got a full array of options.
- Steroid cream prescription route (I think I would generally steer clear of this)
- Hydrocortisone OTC route
- Light therapy route
- Oral antihistamines route
- Steroid shot route
- Lotions/creams route
Then you’ve got those tips & tricks, such as…
- Use products that contain: Oatmeal, aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, ceramides, lavender oil,
- Use a humidifier in your room at night
- Treat moderate to severe flareups by wrapping the area with a wet bandage & leaving on
- Avoid products like glycolic acid, salicyclic acid, retinol, preservatives & fragrances
- Apply body lotion right after you get out of the shower
- Take warm baths with ingredients that ease eczema itching (bath oils, oatmeal, etc.)
- Testing your products – Your laundry soap, body soap & even some foods can trigger eczema rashes – take out a product for a while & see if your eczema improves… keep doing this until it’s evident what is causing the outbreak
- Use products that are free of perfumes or dyes
- Avoid wearing skin tight clothing
- If ya sweat, make sure to towel off & keep your skin cool
- Get plenty of sleep – stress & lack of sleep can cause an eczema outbreak
- Avoid too much bathing and washing
- Avoid getting overheated
Products to consider
- Dermatologist recommend
- Eczema approved
- For sensitive skin
- Free of dyes, lanolin, fragrance, parabens & formaldehyde
‘ALLURE’s 2016 Best of Beauty Winner: Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin! This lipid-replenishing cream directly targets itching, redness and irritation for skin prone to atopic dermatitis and eczema. Formulated without any preservatives, parabens or fragrances, its patented delivery system keeps the cream completely sterile and safe for its entire use. Suitable for infants, children and adults.’
- The average time for itching to disappear is 5 days
- 50% reduction of skin dryness in early as 7 days
- 60% improvement in quality of sleep in 7 days
- 89% reported excellent compliance and tolerance
‘First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream’s whipped texture is instantly absorbed with no greasy after-feel. Safe for sensitive skin, the cream can be used by all members of the family, even children and babies. Suitable for all skin types, especially dry, flaky skin, this hydrating moisturizer leaves your skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and comfortable after just a single use. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramide 3, and the First Aid Beauty Antioxidant Booster, it provides immediate relief and visible improvement for parched skin, and it is clinically proven to increase hydration by 169 percent immediately upon application. ‘
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Eczema Cream
‘This eczema cream is clinically shown to relieve itchy, irritated skin. It helps visibly reduce the signs of eczema. Accepted by the National Eczema Association.’
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