Better Eczema Care with These Skin Care Tips

Skin Care Tips for Better Eczema care

Help reduce eczema outbreaks with these skin care tips for eczema sufferers.

Many Eczema sufferers are unaware that sometimes good skin care regimens are all that stands between endless suffering and an improved quality of life. The simplest of changes and techniques can make all the difference, so I have put together a few tips to hopefully help you out.

Improve Your Diet

There’s a whole lot more to skincare than just fancy creams and lotions. Real skin care starts on the inside- if you give your body the tools it needs to fix the Eczema damaged skin; you will have a definite advantage. Continuing to eat the wrong foods while trying to clear up your Eczema is like trying to run your car without gasoline! It just can’t get going! Scientists have found that foods with high acidity are linked to increased Eczema symptoms. For some reason high acid content makes the skin more prone to irritation, which of course brings on the Eczema. You can avoid this by obviously steering clear of acidic foods, which is easier than it sounds. A dietician should be able to steer you the right way though. Fear not though, there is a much simpler way to improve this too- kelp supplements. Kelp is very high in alkali, which will neutralize the acid it finds in your system, so you may find relief there.

Moisturize Regularly

You need to get into a habit of moisturizing your skin at least twice a day, preferably after taking a bath or shower. This is great for your skin because the more moisture there is inside it, the suppler it will be, and obviously soft supple skin is far less likely to crack and itch than dry flaky skin. The reason you need to apply the moisturizer after bathing or showering is because this will help lock in the moisture from the bath. You should pat yourself almost dry with a very soft towel, and then apply the moisturizer to damp skin. It’s a little harder to rub in, but it’s worth it in the long run!

Protect Yourself

Be aware of all the things than can trigger your Eczema, and do your best to avoid them. As a general rule, avoid wearing any kind of perfume or scent, as well as all scented soaps or toiletries. You will also probably find a little relief if you can get rid of all the perfumed detergents in your home. If you can wash your clothing in unscented natural detergents you will probably find that your clothing is suddenly not so itchy!

You don’t have to go to huge lengths to get some control in the battle against your eczema. In most cases all you need is common sense and consistency. I hope these tips bring you some relief, but remember to be consistent!

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Seborrheic Eczema

Example of Seborrheic Eczema

Seborrheic Eczema (aka Dandruff)

Seborrheic Eczema is also called seborrheic dermatitis and is sometimes more commonly called dandruff and cradle cap (for babies 6 months and younger). It usually begins as oily, waxy patches on the scalp but can spread to the face and neck (and beyond!). As with most forms of eczema, Seborrheic Eczema is most prevalent in cold, dry climates. Men get it slightly more often than women do and suffer from the most severe outbreaks. Usually the earlest appearances of Seborrheic Eczema are during the first six months, but those cases typically clear by the time the child is a year old. From then until puberty the condition is quite rare. It again becomes prevalent between 40 and 70 years old. It also seems to appear more often in people suffering from Parkinsons and HIV as well as while recovering from a heart attack or stroke. Stress, fatigue and obesity are also high risk factors. If you have oily skin or hair and/or a family history of eczema, it would be wise to check regularly for outbreaks. Also if you have problems with acne, rosacea or psoriasis, these increase your chances of having Seborrheic Eczema.

 

Signs of Seborrheic Eczema

Note: the symtoms of Seborrheic Eczema often vary from day to day (isn’t that nice!) and may include:

  • Skin that appears waxy and/or oily
  • reddish patches that may seem swollen, similar to Atopic eczema or psoriasis
  • patches occur most frequently at the sebaceous glands which are found:
    • on the scalp
    • at the hairline, upper lip, under the eyebrows, lip creases and around the nose
    • on the eyelids and inside of and behind the ears
    • in the armpits, groin, the underside of the breast and the navel
  • very itchy skin, usually the result of a skin infection
  • in severe cases the patches can be wide spread

Seborrheic Eczema is typically a chronic condition. Flare-ups can occur without warning.

Preventing Seborrheic Eczema

Many of the prevention tips in Atopic Eczema and Nummular Eczema apply to Seborrheic Eczema as well. Try to eliminate or at least reduce your stress will help in reducing outbreaks. If you can, avoid cold and/or dry climates or conditions. Avoid using any lotions, creams or other topicals that contain alcohol. Sometimes shampooing more often or leaving the lather on the scalp longer well help too. Some of the medicated dandruff shampoos will provide relief even when used on areas outside of the scalp.

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Nummular Eczema

Nummular Eczema is an offshoot of regular eczema, it starts with very itchy patches or rashes on the skin, which develop into circular shaped patches of dermatitis. It typically appears following a skin injury like a burn or an insect bite. As it progresses the unique coin shaped (nummular) lesions appear, the may be one or several oval patches that can last for anywhere from several weeks to months. Men suffer from nummular eczema more often than women. In men it is not unusual for the first outbreak to occur between the ages of 55 and 65. Women seem to be most suseptable between 15 and 25 years old. For many eczema sufferers this is a chronic condition.

Signs of Nummular Eczema

Nummular Eczema may appear as a single patch or as several patches. These patches may have the following tendencies:

  • Initially, a group of blisters or small reddish spots appears, then grows into the hallmark reddened coin  shaped patch that may be the size of a dime or as much as 4 inches across.
  • At first the patch or patches may seep fluid, later they form a crusty surface. Older patches will be scaly.  If the crust is yellowish, it is usually a sign of a staph infection.
  • The patch or patches will be well defined and red, brown or pink in color.
  • They usually appear on the legs, but may show up on the arms, hands, feet or torso.
  • Sometimes the center of the lesion is clear with a “ring” around the clear skin (looks similar to a ringworm infection). The area of clear skin can be quite dry and easy to irritate.
  • Patches are known to itch or burn and the intensity can range from extreme to almost unnoticable. It is  common for this itching to be more intense at night.

Once Nummular eczema clears it can leave the affected area darker or lighter that the surrounding unaffected skin. When these lesions occur in the lower leg (below the kneecap) the discoloration may be permanent.

Nummular eczema is also known as Discoid eczema, Nummular dermatitis and Nummular eczmeatous dermatitis.

Fortunately, Nummular eczema is not hereditary and is not caused by food allergies. Best of all it is very rarely seen in children under 15.

Here are some tips I’ve put together to help you prevent another outbreak yourself!

  • Clothing:
    One basic way to help prevent nummular eczema (and regular atopic eczema too) is to be very particular about what type of clothing you have next to your skin. The wrong clothing, like wool and other scratchy fabrics can irritate your skin which can really make your eczema flare up. If possible always wear clothing that is very soft and 100% cotton, avoid anything else that is even slightly itchy. Pay close attention to the fit of your clothing too. If it is too tight or clingy, it can be just as bad as wearing wool or other scratchy kinds of fabrics.
  • Detergents:
    Perfumes, scent agents and even the detergent itself can all have some pretty nasty effects on regular skin, so Eczema sufferers have to be extra aware regarding the products used on their skin and clothes. Sometimes a certain piece of clothing will just start driving you crazy with the itching and soreness one day, seemingly out of the blue. More often than not the real culprit is a new detergent or fabric softener ingredient in the “new and improved formula” of your favorite product. This happened to me so many times I’ve switched all natural cleaning products that don’t have any fragrance added. I do this with all my clothing and also for my toiletries and pretty much everything which might get on my skin.
  • Bathing:
    Some people think that by increasing the number of baths or showers they take they can prevent Nummular Eczema or maybe even send it into regression. This is sort of a two edged sword. While bathing more often can sometimes reduce symptoms, since it will help remove bacteria and microbes on your skin that can eventually cause the discomfort and itching that leads to you an outbreak… BUT bathing more often can also dry out your skin, which will certainly make your eczema worse. As a compromise I suggest you moisturize…
  • Moisturizing:
    Sure, it can be helpful to bathe twice a day, but the only way to ensure it helps and doesn’t make things worse is to moisturize IMMEDIATELY after your bath. Pat yourself lightly with a very soft 100% cotton towel, leaving your skin slightly damp. Then apply moisturizer to your still damp skin. Hopefully, this will help you lock more moisture inside your skin.
  • Diet:
    Scientists have found definite links between a highly acidic diet and bad Eczema, so it may be worth the effort of reducing the acidic content in your meals and snacks. If you aren’t a dietician and you don’t want (or can’t afford) to visit a dietician for advice this could be a bit of a problem. Fortunately, there is another solution… take kelp supplements! Kelp is alkaline in nature and if you remember high school chemistry, the alkali in the kelp will help neutralize the acid in the food you eat.

All if the various forms of Eczema can make your life miserable. Nummular eczema is one of the most severe and hardest to treat forms of Eczema. Hopefully these tips will help you find some relief.

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