Eczema is a skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. Moisturizers are an essential component of managing eczema, although most new research is suggesting that eczema is manifested by an autoimmune disorder that is impacted by gut health. *
Here are a few ways natural moisturizers can help create a better quality of life for people with eczema.
- Restore the skin barrier: The skin acts as a barrier, protecting the body from external irritants. In people with eczema, this barrier is compromised, leading to dry and irritated skin. Moisturizers help to restore this barrier, keeping the skin hydrated and protected.
- Hydrate the skin: Eczema-prone skin is often dehydrated, leading to further dryness, itching, and inflammation. Moisturizers help to hydrate the skin by locking in moisture and preventing evaporation.
- Reduce itching: Itching is a common symptom of eczema, and scratching can further damage the skin and increase inflammation. Moisturizers can help to soothe the skin, reducing itching and preventing the need to scratch.
- Reduce inflammation: Inflammation is a key component of eczema. Moisturizers can help to reduce inflammation by soothing the skin and reducing the release of inflammatory chemicals that exacerbate the problem.
- Prevent infection: People with eczema are more susceptible to skin infections due to the broken skin barrier. Moisturizers can help to prevent infections by maintaining the skin's natural barrier and reducing the risk of cracks and fissures.
It's important to choose the right moisturizer for eczema-prone skin. Look for products that are labeled as “natural” or "gentle" or "non-irritating" and avoid fake fragrances, fake dyes, and alcohol, which can be irritants. It's also recommended to apply moisturizer immediately after bathing to lock in moisture. Check out MAGIC LOTION (oil base) or ALIVE BODY BUTTER (whipped butter with botanical extracts).
WHAT IS ECZEMA SCIENTIFICALLY
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. It is a type of inflammatory skin disorder that results in red, scaly, and itchy patches on the skin.
Past science has classified eczema to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with eczema have a genetic predisposition to having a defective skin barrier, which allows moisture to escape and irritants to penetrate the skin. This leads to an overactive immune response, causing inflammation and itching.
The exact cause of eczema is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to an overactive immune response to environmental irritants, such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and inflammatory dietary choices that affect gut health. In addition, stress and hormonal changes can trigger or worsen eczema symptoms.
Eczema is diagnosed based on a combination of physical examination, patient history, and laboratory tests, if necessary. Treatment for eczema includes the use of moisturizers, topical corticosteroids, and antihistamines to reduce itching and inflammation, as well as phototherapy, immunomodulators, and systemic medications in more severe cases.
A great first step to reducing eczema is by eliminating inflammation in the body. This is a unique endeavor for each person and a perfect place to start is with personalized environmental and food allergy tests.