Getting Serious About Natural Eczema Treatments
Changes in the weather, exposure to allergens and additional stresses can all impact your clear complexion and cause flare ups of eczema. If you are a sufferer, the onset of autumn in particular can trigger skin inflammation, so it’s a good time to review whether there is a natural eczema treatment that could be right for you.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a dry skin condition characterised by itchy, red and inflamed skin that is very difficult to soothe. It can appear as a mildly irritating rash, or be so serious that it is life-affecting for a small minority of sufferers.
The word originates from the Greek word ‘ekzein’ meaning to boil – a feeling that will be familiar to anyone who suffers from this uncomfortable condition.
Also known as dermatitis or atopic dermatitis, eczema occurs when skin becomes dry deep down which means that it stops providing the natural barrier against infection that it should. The condition causes the skin to lose the fats and oils needed to keep it plumped up with water so that the outer layers dry and crack, allowing dirt and irritants to penetrate the skin more easily and causing the uncomfortable itching, irritation and often sores that characterise the condition.
Who Can Get It?
Eczema is very common, affecting people of all ages from babies to older adults.
Whether you’re a child worried about going back to school and having to wear a scratchy school uniform; a young person heading off to Uni who wants a clear complexion; or an adult who is just debating whether or not it’s time to put the central heating on yet which could be a trigger for a flare-up, this time of year brings a host of different challenges.
What Causes Eczema?
Although it looks as if it’s caused by an allergic reaction, the underlying cause of eczema is not fully understood. It is thought to be down to a combination of genetics, issues with the immune system, the environment and problems with the skin’s structure that means it is more susceptible to losing moisture and allowing infection and irritants in. Whilst allergies are not generally the underlying cause, many people find that intolerance to certain foods such as dairy products trigger an outbreak.
Take Action for Natural Eczema Treatment
National Eczema Week takes place every year, and this year is from 15th – 23rd September. The theme for 2018 is ‘Take action on Eczema’, with the National Eczema Society urging everyone who suffers to find out information that might help them manage their condition better.
According to the Eczema Society, many people don’t manage their eczema as well as they could so the Society’s website encourages people to try a few different approaches to managing the condition and find a self-management regimen that works well for them.
The National Eczema Society has provided some top tips to help people reduce the itch – scratch – itch cycle of Eczema
- Keep your home cool to ease itching – around 18°C is ideal.
- Go fragrance-free. Anything with a strong scent, from soap to air freshener, may be irritating to your skin.
- Leave at least 10 minutes – or ideally longer – between applying an emollient and a topical steroid. This stops the steroid spreading to areas of skin unaffected by eczema or being diluted. It doesn’t matter which is applied first.
- Pinch itchy skin rather than scratching it, to avoid damaging the skin’s barrier.
- Use emollients at least twice a day to prevent dryness, and at other times whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.
- Go back to basics on skincare. Ask a healthcare professional for advice to make sure you’re applying your creams properly and managing your eczema triggers as best you can.
- Don’t cut foods out of your diet without medical advice unless you or your child have been diagnosed with a food allergy. If you cut foods without support, you/they may miss out on important nutrients.
Whilst external treatments such as emollients can be extremely helpful, many sufferers have found that taking herbal medicines that have anti-inflammatory and healing properties can help too.
HRI Clear Complexion is a herbal medicine which contains extracts of Burdock root and Blue Flag rhizome (root) to offer symptomatic relief of minor skin conditions including mild eczema, based on traditional use only.
One user on the Holland & Barrett website gave HRI Clear Complexion a five-star review and commented “Life changing product! I’ve been searching for a product that would help my eczema and after much anguish, I finally found it. Not only is the quality great, but the price is unbeatable too!” Of course, this is a personal account and results may vary from person to person.
You can get advice on managing eczema by calling the National Eczema Society Helpline on 0800 089 1122 (8am-8pm, Monday-to-Friday) or email your questions to them at email@example.com.
Whatever way you choose to help manage your eczema, it is always worth keeping yourself informed of different approaches so that you can find the very best one for you.
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