What Is Eczema, what Causes it, and Who Gets It?
Eczema is the term for a several different skin conditions. But mostly refers to a common skin disease called atopic dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), which causes a dry, itchy, red rash. Managing your own (or your child’s) eczema is very challenging. Scratching the effected skin area can only worsen the condition because it allows bacteria or viruses to get inside your skin and cause painful infections that are difficult to treat. To effectively manage eczema prone skin between flare ups, it’s important to use products that will:
- Moisturize the skin
- Protect against irritants
- Prevent infection
- Promote good bacteria in your body’s Immune System (Probiotics)
Currently, I am not an eczema sufferer, but back when I was a teen I had encountered it on my legs. Luckily, my symptoms were on the milder side of this ugly, unwanted and life disrupting skin disease. I managed to treat it once in for all by eliminating some common daily hygiene products that I was using on my body, which were causing my skin problems due to the high levels of chemicals that were in the product which irritated my skin.
Unfortunately, anyone can develop this skin condition for many different reasons but the frustrating part is, they don’t know how to treat or prevent it. I personally know a few individuals who are eczema sufferers. They are family, friends and my clients as well. It is a serious condition effecting all ages really, sadly even babies.
I hear all kinds of stories and how eczema is a horrible, painful, and embarrassing skin condition and I want to help. I am no doctor, but I deal with people’s skin all the time. Not to mention, my own skin and I know how important it is to me to be healthy inside and out. I want the same for you and your loved ones. This is why I make it a priority to educate myself on how to stay away from any harmful triggers and come up with treatment solutions or at least how to prevent any ill conditions, in this case eczema.
So let’s talk about the problem…
Your skin is made up of three layers (Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis) with cells, fats, oils and water in each layer to keep the skin healthy. The fats and oils help to hold water in the skin, keeping the cells hydrated. The cells absorb the water and swell to form a close fit. This helps to improve water retention, resulting in healthy moisturized skin. Healthy skin is able to protect itself against infection and damage, regulate the body’s temperature and stop microorganisms and irritants from entering the body. On the flip side, Eczema Prone Skin does not produce sufficient fats and oils. The water retention ability is low and therefore, so is its protective function. The cells are not as swollen and spaces form between them, making it possible for water contained in the deeper layers to evaporate from the skin leaving it drier. At the same time it also becomes easier for microorganisms and irritants to enter.
Common types of Eczema
Baby eczema • Hand eczema • Dermatitis • Atopic dermatitis • Atopic eczema • Dyshidrotic eczema • Discoid eczema • Eczema herpeticum • Nummular eczema • Stasis eczema.
Eczema can be caused by many external or internal factors…
- Lack of exposure to many kinds of bacteria from an early age prevents skin from developing its natural immunity. – (it’s very common for babies and young children to develop eczema as they are just building up their immune system, usually goes away as children get older)
- Environmental factor, presence of air pollutants, dust, smoke, pets.
- Food Allergies. – (people with food allergies have atopic dermatitis).
- Irritation or allergy to certain materials by touching includes solvents, detergents, cement, glues, perfumes, nickel etc. – (think about the kind of work that you do, these may be found in your work environment)
- Reaction to harsh chemicals in skin cleansers. – (most common skin irritants/allergens include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Propylene Glycol and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. These chemicals are found in practically ALL commercial foams, baby wash, shampoos, liquid soap, facial cleansers, lotions, moisturisers, sunscreens and cosmetics etc. All you have to do is read the ingredient’s label to find these chemicals that are actually harsh detergents. They are sold and marketed as skincare because they are cheap to produce and boost commercial profit margins at the expense of your money, skin and health. Start by checking the ingredients list of your cleansers, creams, lotions and other skincare products. Almost every commercial skincare product on store shelves contains some or all of these chemicals).
- Stress. – (your body turns on everything it needs to protect itself. One of the things it turns on is cortisol – a stress hormone that plays a variety of functions in your body. Cortisol actually has some benefits. It’s what helps trigger many of the necessary responses your body uses to combat dangers. But one of the effects it has is to suppress the immune system, and that leads to inflammation – especially on the skin).
- Hormonal changes in the body. – (after/during pregnancy, menopause etc. some women can be struck with skin sensitivities or eczema due to fluctuation of hormones in the body).
- Hereditary. – (some people have an inherited sensitive skin).
Thankfully Natural and Organic alternatives are easily available.
Soothe & Prevent Eczema
The underlying cause of eczema remains unknown, but can be controlled using a combination of therapies, depending on the severity of symptoms. Avoiding triggers is important (for example, dye-sensitive individuals wash their clothes with dye-free detergent). Correctly cleaning, moisturizing the skin and controlling itchiness are essential.
HELPFUL TIP… Treating Eczema internally, Probiotics have been clinically found to boost the Immune System and strengthen the body’s defenses against illness even those of the skin nature.
I have spent some time at a pharmacy trying to find the right products to choose from. However, knowing which product to choose and why can be very challenging. Perhaps even more difficult is finding products in your local drug store with natural ingredients, as I already know that a product full of chemicals is only going to worsen the eczema condition. Other than doing your best to avoid main triggers I listed above, I have found a few suggestions for you in order to Soothe & Prevent your eczema condition that are not in your drugstore. Through my personal friend who unfortunately suffers from seasonal eczema, I was introduced to Puriya Cream and have seen second-hand successful results. (This item also has great reviews on Amazon) I found that this cream is a Natural Formula mainly made from a natural plant/grain called Amaranth among others.
Provides Instant and Lasting Relief For Severely Dry, Cracked, Itchy, or Irritated Skin caused by Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Dermatitis, Shingles and other Rashes.
Did you know… Amaranth is Gluten-Free, which makes it a great choice for people who are celiac or gluten intolerant and an excellent way to boost the nutritional power of gluten-free recipes.
Amaranth Oil in this formula, contains the highest amounts and best quality of squalene (7%) of any known source. This natural plant is a powerful anti-inflammatory, cell growth enhancer and anti-allergic compound. It has the ability to immediately relief itchiness and eliminates dry and sensitive skin particularly because Amaranth Oil penetrates the skin quickly and delivers abundant squalene, essential fatty acids, and vitamins that your skin is lacking (as per diagram above) due to eczema condition. This non-toxic, hypoallergenic cream is composed of 99.6% natural ingredients and free of all and any harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. All natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Amaranth Oil, Aloe Vera, and Safflower Oil, makes it a safe product to use for all skin types on face, body and even the scalp.
DID YOU KNOW… Puryia Cream is also made from the following Natural Ingredients:
Shea butter – is extracted from the nut of the Shea tree, contains vitamin A and D and essential fatty acids. It is a great mostiruizer and has been hailed for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Honey – is a natural anti-oxidant that has anti-microbial properties. Raw honey should not be used on babies under one year of age because of a risk of botulinum toxicity. Medical grade honey may be used under one year of age since it will be free of contaminants.
Avocado oil – is one of the richest sources of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. Avocado oil is extremely good at hydrating and softening your skin, is it also often recommended as an effective treatment for acne and blackheads, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation.
Jojoba oil – plays the role of sebum and moisturizes our skin and hair when our body stops doing it naturally. On the other hand, too much sebum, which happens during puberty or when hormone levels are high, can result in oily skin and acne.
Aloe vera – aloe oil is also known for its ability to promote skin health. It helps the skin heal from sunburn quickly due to its antioxidant properties. Using aloe vera to aid in treating small cuts and wounds is recommended.
- In severe cases where open sores lead to infection, antibiotics are used to clear the infection.
- People with atopic dermatitis often see an allergist to discuss and monitor their eczema management.
For babies and small children, it is best to use hygiene products that are Safe, Non-toxic & Hypoallergenic to prevent and/or soothe any skin irritations. Puryia Cream is safe to use on small children when skin irritations flare up. But for daily preventative use, my personal and best choice by far that I use on my 4 year old is this Botanically Based Formula made by Arbonne Baby Care. It is a pure and simple baby care formula for your child’s Bath, Body, Diaper area and even Sunscreen. It’s made from natural plant oils and most mild, soothing ingredients from nature for baby’s delicate skin. Click on image below to check for product ingredients.
In this modern world we live in, it is truly difficult to know what is causing many of our illnesses, allergies and other troublesome conditions. We can help one another by sharing our own stories and solutions from our own experiences. If it can help me or someone I know, why wouldn’t I share it with you. Take good care of yourself, your skin and stay healthy!
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