Does your Eczema itch frustrate you?
Eczema is itchy, red, uncomfortable, painful and at times embarrassing. There are so many Eczema creams on the market, your cupboards are probably full of different creams.
With this in mind we share our most helpful alternatives, to give you some alternative options for managing your Eczema.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO SCRATCHING ECZEMA
You know you shouldn't scratch your Eczema, but is an automatic reaction to an itch... it's like asking you not to blink. Scientific studies say wanting to scratch Eczema is a trigger reaction. Normally scratching an itch is fine, but Eczema often means weak skin, so after a few scratches, your skin breaks and this can result in a wound.
The more you scratch the more you damage the upper layers of skin, this then results in an increase in itchy skin. This is what we call an itch-scratch-itch cycle.
Here are our top alternatives to scratching.
Have a moisturiser on hand and instead of scratching, gently massage or press the cream into the itchy area. This will help rehydrate the area which helps prevent dry Eczema patches.
2. Cold Aloe Vera
Cold "anesthetizes" itching. So why not put an Aloe Vera in the refrigerator and apply as required. The Aloe Vera will also help to rehydrate your skin
3. Cold Gel Packs
You could also use cold gel packs to numb an itchy area. Make sure the pack is covered to avoid direct contact with the skin.
4. Gentle Pats or Taps
Try breaking the itching habit by swapping it for gentle pats or taps. Doing this can also signal your white blood cells to heal the area if there is damage to the skin.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO ECZEMA STEROID CREAMS
While steroid creams do have a place in treating Eczema, they also have side effects.
If you’re looking to treat your Eczema long-term, then it's all about managing your symptoms. Instead of stripping damaged skin, why not pump it full of good natural ingredients that both relieve your symptoms and do some good for your skin?
Here are the key natural ingredients to look for when buying your Eczema Cream.
Allantoin comes from Comfrey Root Extract. It's properties include: healing and soothing, anti-inflammatory, removes dead skin cells, stimulates new cell growth, preserves water retention and is an anti-irritant.
Aloe Vera contains over 100 natural amino acids, vitamins, essential minerals, polysaccharides and enzymes. It is anti-inflammatory, preserves moisture, hydrates, stimulates cell production, removes dead skin cells, balances pH and relieves itching.
Contains unique essential fatty acids which are readily and easily absorbed into the skin, softening and soothing skin. It also provides intense hydration.
Chamomile is a natural skin healer. Research has shown that this herb has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralise skin irritants through soothing and calming skin. In one trial chamomile was found to have an effect that was 60% as active as 0.25% hydrocortisone when applied topically.
Rosehip Oil penetrates into the deep layers of skin. The vitamins in Rosehip Oil stimulate skin cell production, improve the skin’s moisture levels, hydrates the skin and reduces scar tissue.
Do Some Good For Your Skin
Using a non-steroid or natural cream can definitely help your Eczema, but it isn’t magic.
Proper nutrition is also important. If your diet is full of inflammatory Eczema triggers and toxins, your Eczema will always flare up — regardless of the cream you use.
Natural creams can help you manage the Eczema Flare-ups, but finding your Eczema triggers, and taking steps to heal your gut and immune system, will help maintain your skin.
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ALTERNATIVE ECZEMA MANAGEMENT
I'm sure you know that Eczema is a chronic condition, for which there is no cure. Therefore it's just as important to understand how to manage the condition.
The goal of Eczema management is to reduce the inflammation during acute flares. During periods of clear skin, the goal is to maintain that skin through moisturisation. Some Eczema triggers may be avoidable (harsh soaps) but some triggers may be unavoidable (sweating).
Look around you and write down all of the possible things around you that could be contributing to your flare-ups. For example, do you experience a flare-up or worsening of your Eczema when you wear a certain sweater? Is your Eczema worse in the winter? Do you itch on the days when you clean your house? Does perfume irritate your skin? You may want to write an Eczema trigger diary for a few weeks to monitor what triggers your flare ups. Taking note of the date, symptoms and pain level as well as the potential trigger.
What Triggers Your Eczema?
Dust mites, soaps/detergents/fabric softener, lotions/creams, pet dander, change in seasons, deodorants, perfumes, cosmetics, shampoo/hair products, bubble bath/bath products, fabrics, latex/rubber/plastic, water (hot baths, chlorinated), tobacco smoke, plants, cleaning products, foods (eggs,milk, wheat,citrus foods, soy, seafood, etc.) sweating, change in weather.
Do Soaps Trigger Your Eczema?
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Skincare Products Can Help Eczema Prone Skin
Paediatric dermatology expert, Associate Professor Dr Gayle Fischer says that bath oils, soap substitutes and moisturisers are all essential for the treatment of eczema. For best results, the expert recommends “simple, unperfumed products”. When it comes to moisturiser, she suggests finding a formula that is “thick enough to make your skin feel smooth and a little bit tacky, but not sticky”. This will help to reduce dryness and “restore the faulty skin barrier that eczema patients suffer from,” says Dr Fischer.
Here is our 2 step skin care routine that make a difference to your Eczema:
Step One: Gentle Cleanse
Avoid triggering your flare-ups by using a pH balanced soap that doesn't strip your skin.
"I am a 59 year old male and have had eczema most of my life. 12 months ago I was given a sample of NS Sensitive Skin Cleanser, and the difference it made to my skin is nothing short of amazing! Dry scaly skin no more - I use it as a soap substitute, shampoo and moisturiser. I will no longer use anything else."
Step Two: Quality Moisturiser
Moisturise with quality moisturiser 2-5 times a day to maintain a healthy moisture balance in your skin. Topping up your skin with nutrient rich moisturiser can build up the protective barrier of your skin which means less flare-ups and healthier skin.
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