Eczema is a condition that affects the skin. Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Skin protects against outside invaders, regulates body temperature, and produces natural oils. It also stores fat and vitamin D. Chronic skin conditions such as eczema can affect people in different ways. An Eczema skin rash is a type of dermatitis that causes inflammation and dryness of the skin, often affecting patches on the hands, feet, face, and neck. It is also known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema.
Eczema is not contagious and can affect people of all ages, including babies. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but the condition may run in families and occur more frequently in people with other allergies or asthma. Eczema typically starts between the ages of two to six or seven years old. The severity of eczema varies from person to person.e
An eczema skin rash may include red, dry, itchy patches on the skin that sometimes become cracked or sore. The symptoms can vary in intensity and location. It can be difficult to manage eczema because of its unpredictable nature. The condition flares up, then fades away completely for weeks or even months at a time. Flare-ups can appear anywhere on your body, which makes it tough to keep your clothes and bedding clean. Fortunately, there are many ways to ease eczema skin flare-ups and help you feel better.
Eczema is believed to be an immune response in your body and generally resolves on its own without treatment. However, developing an eczema skin care routine that supports your skin sensitivities will help to alleviate any rashes that may occur due to skin routine triggers that can easily be avoided through careful management.
5 ways to manage your eczema symptoms:
1) Play skin safe
Wash with mild soap or use a fragrance-free cleanser that is free of chemical irritants. Work out which ingredients are triggering your eczema and avoid them. Choose an eczema skin care routine that is recommended for your skin condition. Look for skin care products that are chemical, allergy or toxic free. Use alcohol free products where possible as these are less likely to dry out skin. Find products that have been accredited as safe to use on sensitive skin. Industry sites such as Made Safe cosmetics provide a valuable resource of information relating to skin care products, ingredients and their suitability for skin types or conditions.
2) Choose the right ingredients for your skin type
Use moisturising lotions and barrier creams to help moisturise and protect the skin while managing any dry skin patches. Lotions are lighter in texture and less likely to penetrate or irritate the skin. By using sensitive eczema skin care products, you may find your skin is less likely to react to specific ingredients. Ingredients that work well with in an eczema skin care routine include Aloe Vera, Shea Butter Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) and Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3 also known as Nicotinamide). Apply a test patch to your inner wrist before applying a new product for the first time. This will allow you to check for any adverse skin reactions before applying to other parts of the face or body.
3) Choose natural fibre clothing
Wear cotton clothing where possible to allow your skin to breathe. Man made synthetics can irritate the skin and trigger a rash response upon contact with the skin.
4) Manage the itch
Keep nails short to prevent scratching your eczema skin rash
5) Avoid swimming pools
Avoid activities such as swimming (unless approved by your doctor) when the condition is at it’s most problematic. Chemicals such as chlorine found in pool water can exacerbate your eczema skin rash.