All You Need To Know About Eczema, The Causes & How To Prevent It
In a world where our skin is constantly exposed to environmental factors and irritants, there is one condition that affects millions, leaving them with more than just physical discomfort. ECZEMA.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that, in addition to being physically discomforting, can be emotionally triggering, greatly affecting our self-esteem and causing an endless search for effective relief.
In this blog post, we would delve into the world of eczema, exploring:
- What eczema really is?
- What causes eczema?
- Symptoms of eczema.
- The proper ways to manage eczema.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a form of Dermatitis (skin infections) known as “Atopic Dermatitis”, characterized by red, itchy and inflamed patches that may appear anywhere on the body. This relentless skin issue knows no boundaries as it affects individuals of all ages.
What Causes Eczema?
One major thing to note about Eczema is that IT IS NOT CONTAGIOUS. Surprised?? Eczema has several proposed triggers, but the exact cause is not fully understood yet. A combination of genetic and environmental factors is believed to play a role.
People with family history of eczema, allergies or asthma are more susceptible to developing the condition.
Some of the triggers which can exacerbate eczema symptoms include:
- Dry skin: A lack of moisture in the skin’s outermost layers can lead to flare ups.
- Irritants: Substances like soaps, detergents, certain fabrics and chemicals can trigger or worsen eczema.
- Allergens: Pollens, pet dander, mold and specific foods may trigger eczema symptoms in some individuals.
- Stress: emotional stress can lead to eczema flare-ups or worsen existing symptoms.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations, particularly in women, can influence eczema severity.
- Climate: Extreme temperatures, humidity levels, and exposure to cold and dry air can impact eczema.
Most people mistake Eczema for “Ringworm” most times, but it’s very important you know what it looks like when you see it, so next…
Symptoms Of Eczema.
The signs and symptoms of eczema can vary greatly, depending on the type and severity, but typically, the following signs indicate the presence of eczema:
- Itchy, red and inflamed skin.
- Dry, scaly or thickened skin.
- Blisters or oozing sores.
- Swollen and sensitive skin.
- Crusting or flaking skin.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is very likely that eczema might be the underlying reason for it, so it’s advisable to take immediate steps to treat it before it worsens and blows out of proportion.
Now you know the symptoms, the proper thing to do is to look at ways to manage it. So let’s move…
How To Properly Manage Eczema.
Eczema management aims to remove symptoms, prevent flare-ups and improve the overall quality of life.
There have been very many proposed means of managing eczema, but the following are the “cream of the crop” (the best of the best) ways that anyone can effectively manage eczema:
- Avoid triggers: Identify and avoid triggers that worsen your eczema. Common triggers include harsh soaps, detergents, certain fabrics like wool, allergens like pollen, pet dander, etc. If you’re unsure about triggers, begin keeping tabs to track flare-ups and identify patterns.
- Choose gentle skincare products: use mild cleansers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin, like the Nashe Beauty Prime the glow Cleanser. Avoid products with artificial fragrances, alcohol and potential irritants.
- Wear comfortable clothing: choose soft, breathable fabrics, like cotton and avoid rough materials like wool, which can trigger irritation. Also, ensure you wash new clothes before wearing them to remove any potential irritants or chemicals.
- Take lukewarm baths: Avoid hot showers or baths, as they can strip your skin of natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.
- Keep your skin moisturized: apply moisturizers regularly to keep your skin hydrated and prevent dryness. Opt for fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizers with ingredients like squalane, prebiotics, olive oil, etc. It is advisable to moisturize immediately after showers to lock in moisture and also to avoid hot showers which can dry out the skin.
Prebiotics and Squalane For Eczema Treatment.
Prebiotics and squalane are two natural substances that have shown promise in helping to improve eczema symptoms and overall skin health. How do they work?
- Prebiotics: Due to the relationship between the gut and the skin through the gut-skin axis, use of prebiotics promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which leads to a more balanced skin microbiome, reducing inflammation and eczema symptoms. Prebiotics also help strengthen the skin barrier by improving the production of ceramides, fatty acids, and other essential components that help maintain skin integrity. They repair the compromised skin barrier in eczema, preventing irritants and allergens from penetrating the skin. This helps the skin to heal faster.
- Squalane: Because squalane is a natural compound found in the skin’s natural oil (sebum), Eczema treatments containing squalane are considered excellent options for eczema management. Squalane helps lock in moisture in the skin, preventing dryness. It helps protect the skin barrier by preventing irritants and allergens from entering the skin. Squalane has antioxidant properties which help soothe inflammation and promote skin healing. MOST IMPORTANTLY, squalane helps in skin cell regeneration and repair which aids the recovery of damaged skin and reduces eczema-related skin lesions.
We understand the intense desire of people battling with eczema to find the proper solution that works and at the same time, doesn’t cause “rebound” eczema infection, or one that doesn’t treat the infection only partially, and that’s why we have carefully curated a formula that works for everyone, regardless of the stage the eczema has advanced to.
Nashé Beauty’s ECZEMA RELIEF MOISTURIZING CREAM WITH PREBIOTICS AND SQUALANE is a light, non-greasy, natural remedy cream that is carefully enriched with three Major Prebiotics (Inulin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide and Xylitol), Squalane, Olive oil, Colloidal Oatmeal and Allantoin.
These ingredients have proven effective in treatment of eczema and skin restoration after treatment.
What these ingredients do for your skin in fighting eczema:
- Olive Oil (2%): Packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, locking in moisture and preventing water loss. The high content of oleic acid in olive oil helps to reduce inflammation and soothe itchiness associated with eczema flare-ups. Its gentle and non-irritating nature makes it suitable for all skin types, even for sensitive and delicate eczema-prone skin. It also calms the redness caused by eczema, acne and dryness.
- Colloidal oatmeal(1%): This is a finely-ground form of oats, rich in beta-glucans that create a protective barrier on the skin, effectively reducing redness, itching and inflammation. Its natural cleansing properties gently wash away impurities, without disrupting the skin’s delicate pH balance. It provides instant relief for eczema-induced discomfort and promotes the healing of damaged skin. It binds to the skin and locks in moisture to hydrate skin. It also softens dry skin and helps relieve itching.
- Allantoin (0.5%): This is a natural compound found in certain plants and has a remarkable ability to stimulate skin cell regeneration and promote wound healing. This makes it an excellent addition to any eczema-fighting regimen. Allantoin gently exfoliates the skin’s outer layer, encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells and promoting a smoother, healthier complexion. Allantoin also has anti-inflammatory properties which further assists in reducing redness and soothing the skin. It relieves irritation to reduce further scratching and protects skin from minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
- Prebiotics: Keeps the microbiome of the skin in good balance and therefore have a positive effect on strengthening the skin barrier and overall skin health.
- Squalane: An antioxidant to help reduce the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles and as a natural component of sebum, it protects the skin’s moisture barrier. It has antibacterial properties and is ideal for eczema prone skin.
Nashé beauty’s ECZEMA RELIEF MOISTURIZING CREAM WITH PREBIOTICS AND SQUALANE is easily absorbed, enriched with extracts and nutrients that restore moisture in the skin to:
- Relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to: Eczema, Rashes, minor cuts, scrapes and burns, poison ivy/oak/sumac, insect bites.
- Reduce scarring due to eczema and scratching.
- Moisturize and hydrate to alleviate dryness.
- Soften skin and promotes elasticity to restore a youthful look.
At Nashé beauty we are very much concerned about catering to the skincare needs of every member of our Tribe in a manner that helps you build confidence in yourself and that’s exactly what this Eczema Relief cream does for people battling eczema.
About The Nashé Beauty Eczema Relief Cream With Prebiotics & Squalane.
Skin type: Eczema, Dry and Sensitive.
Colour: Off white/ Creamy.
Natural scent: Unscented.
Natural, Vegan, Cruelty-free.
Made in Canada.
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