Eczema is a skin condition which varies from person to person in terms of severity and duration. While dermatologists are still uncertain as to all of the causes of eczema, updated research has recently found that eczema stems from inflammation already found in the body – however, what causes that inflammation varies.
There are multiple variations of eczema. Atopic Dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema, is the most common form of this “itchy rash”. Eczema can present itself anywhere on the body. The visual characteristics of atopic dermatitis typically start with a red rash on patches of skin that are cracked, dry, and inflamed. The appearance of atopic eczema may not only be an uncomfortable condition for suffers, but can also be an embarrassing one. Many people become self-conscious of their outbreaks so much so that the stigma associated with atopic eczema has been depicted on the show, The Night Of.
Eczema can come in “waves” or “flare-ups” depending on your nutrition, state of well-being, environment factors, and often is related to stress. In some cases, flare-ups do manage to significantly impact the person and their lifestyle. Many people lean towards a holistic home-care approach to management, relief and treatment in addition to dermatologist prescribed creams, lotions, and medicines.
Recommended in-home tips for eczema treatment:
- Take Cold Showers: hot showers tend to dry out and dehydrate the skin, which may provoke an eczema flare-up. Cooler and shorter showers can help. Make sure to use a calming and fragrance free soap and moisturizer to follow once you’re out of the shower.
- Wear Loose Fitting Clothes: Unintended abrasions (i.e. clothes that catch on rash like jean or lace fabrics) can be a real source of discomfort and irritation in a flare-up. Gentle fabrics that don’t pull or rub can help with recovery.
- Topical Treatments: calamine lotion is a very common in-home treatment. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can apply and go out in public with (due to its color), but it’s an excellent way to sooth broken skin. Treat with calamine as often as needed.
- Moisturize and Hydrate: chemical-free, organic, gentle moisturizers without perfumes or any additives are the best kind of daily care for eczema sufferers. Equally important, is your daily water intake. Make sure you are properly hydrated.
- Glycolic Acid Treatment: Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) used in-office and in-home treatments of eczema. Glycolic acid not only helps to exfoliate, thus removing the top (and dry) layer of skin, but also helps to hydrate skin cells.
- Food & Lifestyle: eczema often occurs in people who suffer with other inflammatory skin or auto-immune health issues such as asthma, hay fever and allergies. It is worthwhile investing in an allergy screening at your local GP for classic allergen staples like gluten and dairy. It’s also important to consider environmental and lifestyle allergens/stimulants such as laundry detergents that may contain harsh chemical ingredients that have been proven to amplify flare-ups. While these elements themselves may not be causative of eczema itself, they certainly have been proven to be highly stimulating factors in flare-ups for a majority of sufferers.
- Olive Oil: virgin olive oil happens to be a great in-home treatment and is actually a great ingredient for healthier skin. Olive oil is innately anti-inflammatory, which aid in flare-up reduction and flare-up care.
- Strengthen your System: by increasing your immunity and balancing mineral and vitamin intake, your skin will thank you. Probiotics are proven to aid in autoimmune flare-up recovery time, plus make you less likely to have an eczema flare-up in the first place. Get your probiotics in yoghurt, kefir or take it by pill form at reputable vitamin stores.