Eczema has many types, but everyone with the condition can understand the itching and the redness it causes. We get it too. It’s estimated that around 15 million of us in the UK1 suffer from eczema, so while you’re not alone, it’s not always easy. Let's take a look at the causes, what you can do and answer some FAQs.What is eczema?
Eczema is the name given to a group of skin conditions that causes itchiness, dryness, inflammation, redness, or a rash-like appearance2. It’s most common in children, but can appear in adults also.
There are different types of the condition, and symptoms vary person to person. What most people can relate to is the itching. It can look like:
Eczema is not contagious; you can’t pass the condition to someone else, even if you have an active rash8.
Part of what makes eczema tricky is that there’s no one cause, and different types have different symptoms. What causes it in someone else might not apply to you.
However, some common triggers include:
Sometimes, it can also be caused by certain foods, such as dairy products.
Wondering how to cure eczema permanently? We have good news and bad news. The bad news is there’s currently no cure, however, the good news is there are plenty of treatments for the condition and ways to prevent flare ups. Eczema isn’t always a lifelong condition, it can go away over time2.
It’s completely normal to want to get rid of the condition forever, as it can be challenging and difficult to live with. It’s not just the physical effects like itching and redness, but also psychological ones, as it causes many people to feel self-conscious and embarrassed.
If that sounds like you, we know how you feel, and you’re not alone. Let’s take a look at what you can do.
Sometimes, lifestyle changes or altering your habits is a good idea. Some things to try include:
Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms and doctors often use clinical tools to assess the severity and extent of eczema.
Mild to moderate eczema is usually treated by moisturising the skin with emollients, which cover the skin with a protective film that traps in moisture.
These moisturisers are steroid free and are available as creams, ointments and lotions. They can be applied generously & regularly in between flare ups to keep the skin moist and soft and prevent it from cracking. There are also emollient substitutes for soap, bath oil and shower gel (products that dry out the skin and can be irritating for people with eczema).
Emollients work on the surface of the skin and don’t tackle the inflammation.
When the flare-ups become inflamed, sore and very itchy, products containing topical steroids are often prescribed. Topical means that the product is applied to the skin. Steroids are hormones, effective in reducing the inflammation with various potencies, but they don’t hydrate the skin or maintain the skin’s protective barrier. For instance, hydrocortisone is considered a mild steroid, while Clobetasol is very potent.
Over-the-counter topical steroids should generally be used in the short-term to control flare-ups. Your doctor will provide the best advice when it comes to how long you should use them.
Dermalex Eczema Treatment and Dermalex Hand Irritation Cream are clinically proven to treat mild to moderate Atopic Eczema symptoms while moisturising the dry skin. This unique dual action makes Dermalex Eczema cream effective in the treatment of eczema10. It stimulates the skin’s own repair mechanism, prevents further moisture loss and protects from irritants and allergens. It can be used long-term.
There are also ways to prevent flare ups and make them less likely to occur at all. This includes:
Consider having yourself tested for the specific substances that trigger your allergic reactions and contribute to your eczema.
Maintaining good personal health
Maintaining good personal health and hygiene is especially important if you’re prone to eczema. Keep your skin clean by showering regularly and use emollient cleansers, gels and specialised shampoos.
Eczema can also be triggered by temperature changes and sweating4, so try keeping cool or taking a lukewarm shower after exercising. Avoid sweaty fabrics also.
Change lifestyle habits
Some top tips include:
Look after your skin
Moisturise often and avoid scratchy fabrics like wool. You should also avoid sudden temperature and humidity changes too; using a dehumidifier in your room at night can help. Keep it fresh and cool as much as possible.
Take care to use milder soaps rather than heavily perfumed or harsh ones.
The Dermalex range of creams has been specially formulated to moisturise and protect your skin, keeping your natural barrier strong and healthy. Each product in the range has been developed with a thorough understanding of the factors that lead to common skin conditions and clinically-proven to treat and relieve the symptoms that make problem skin so uncomfortable.
That’s why they’re non-greasy, contain no artificial colourings, parabens or perfumes. You don’t have to suffer in silence – we’ve got a solution that’s scientifically proven to relieve the symptoms of flare ups. Start taking care of your skin today.