Did you know that nearly one in five Singaporeans suffer from eczema? Eczema is a fairly common skin condition that can be quite uncomfortable and painful but just because you battle with dry skin, does that mean you suffer from eczema?
Read on to learn more about eczema and what you can to keep it under control.
Eczema is a rash-like skin condition characterized by rough and inflamed patches that are prone to itchiness and bleeding. There are several different types of eczema but atopic eczema is the most common and can occur at any age.
If you are unsure if you are suffering from eczema, it’s best to consult a dermatologist if you are experiencing symptoms of dry or scaly skin that can cause extreme itchiness, fluid-filled blisters and a red rash. To confirm if it is eczema and also to eliminate other possible skin conditions, you will have to undergo a patch test or skin prick test.
Though the specific cause of eczema is unknown, environmental factors such as allergens, irritants, hormones, stress, hot or cold temperatures and food can aggravate eczema.
Dermatologists and doctors may prescribe you with steroids to manage the condition. On top of having several side effects, many eczema sufferers find that the steroids become ineffective over time, making it feel really frustrating!
Many therefore turn to alternative therapies that work to some extent. Here are several measures some Eczema suffers find useful to avoid flare-ups!
To better manage your eczema, you first have to understand what triggers it. Though the specific cause of eczema is unknown, environmental factors such as irritants, allergens, microbes, foods, stress, hormones and temperatures can aggravate the symptoms of eczema. Keeping a diary of what you eat and when your eczema flares up will help you recognize what your triggers are.
It goes without saying that one of the best ways to treat dry skin is to keep it moisturized. Since eczema sufferers are susceptible to extreme temperatures, it’s wise to carry a moisturizer with you wherever you go. This way, your eczema won’t flare up when you are in an air-conditioned room as cold weather strips the skin of moisture, which results in the skin becoming drier.
Besides using moisturizers, look out for bath soaps and facial washes that boasts of moisturizing qualities as well. We hear that Physiogel has been effective in helping to manage the symptoms of eczema.
When you live in a hot country like Singapore, it can be hard to keep sweating to a minimum. Though you can’t control the weather, you can prevent the sweat from further worsening your eczema by taking frequent showers whenever you can. Moisture enters the skin when you bathe and applying moisturizer to the skin when it’s still damp will help seal moisture in the skin.
We know eczema can be extremely uncomfortable and itchy but scratching the itch is only going to make your condition worse. Furthermore, it can cause bleeding and infection. When you find yourself unable to resist the urge to itch, moisturize or use cold compressors to soothe the skin. You might also want to consider consulting your doctor to prescribe medications that will ease your symptoms.
Eczema often makes your face really sensitive and red. The right facial can help to improve your skin condition by calming the skin and making it less sensitive!
Shizuka from Organics Beauty has created a specialized facial using only the most gentle organic ingredients such as organic argan oil and other essential oils to calm the skin and encourage self-repair. The special eczema facial also shys away from any potentially irritating ingredient to prevent any flare-up.
Read more about Agent E's experience at Organics Beauty to find out more!
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