Atopic eczema is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting about 30% of Australian children who likely carry this onto adulthood. As a chronic inflammatory skin condition, patients experience itchy and dry skin because of defects in their skin barrier activity.
Although eczema is incurable, there are certain ways to improve the skin. Avoiding factors that trigger eczema will reduce discomfort, inflammation, and rashes.
Eczema mainly appears on the driest areas of the body such as the face, hands and lower legs. Having dry skin will cause more itchiness and damage the skin barrier function. To avoid this do not use regular soaps and shampoos that dry out the skin. Instead opt for bath oils and gentle soaps for sensitive skin and regularly moisturise.
Patients should avoid overheating because it will provoke itchiness, even during winter season where heaters and thick clothing are used. Overheating can be prevented by wearing lightweight clothing suitable for weather conditions, showering in warm water instead of hot, and using cotton blankets in summer.
Some of the environmental allergies patients should look out for are house dust mites, grass, and pet danders (tiny flecks of shedded skin). Eczema increases the skin’s sensitivity to the environment, which can cause flaring and itchiness particularly around the eyes.
Only a small percentage of patients experience food-related eczema flaring. However, some foods that may trigger a reaction are tomatoes, strawberries, citrus fruits, and artificial colours and preservatives. Patients can consider cutting down on consuming these foods if they notice an eczema reaction.
Certain types of physical and chemical irritants can cause eczema flare ups on sensitive areas. Physical irritants include carpet, sand, and harsh fabrics. Also avoid chemical irritants like harsh chlorine, shampoo, detergents, and skincare products.
Opt for gentle facial cleansers and skincare products that use predominantly natural ingredients. TheSuperfoodTan by Bahama Brown is a tanning lotion infused with 26 superfoods that are healing for the skin.
Customers report skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea improving after consistent use. The Bahama Brown formula uses Multi-pathway Skin Activation Technology that is suitable for sensitive skin. People with eczema should avoid irritants and incorporate more natural products to their daily routine.
* References to resources will be provided upon request. This article does not give medical advice.