All About Eczema

Eczema (Dermatitis): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Eczema is an inflammation on the upper layers of the skin and it is a type of dermatitis. However, numerous skin conditions in which the skin turns red and results in fluid-filled bumps that ooze and irritate are also termed as eczema. The most common form of eczema is called as infantile eczema and it frequently occurs in older children and infants. Though, the cause of eczema may differ from person to person, it is mainly differentiated by red, dry and awfully inflamed patches on the skin.

atopic eczema allergy

Systemic corticosteroid is an internally administered steroid. In severe cases, systemic corticosteroids are administered as liquid, injector or pills. However, the treatment is avoided in the case of babies and children. Due to its high potential of side effects, they are used only for a short time. To solve the problems of initial stage of usage, topical treatments are used to treat the remaining illness as well as relief from associated itching and eczema.

Using corticosteroid without proper prescription or instruction should be generally avoided when two or more persons report the problem of eczema or serious itching. For example, if both child and parent have eczema, the doctor may be consulted for instruction on medication. Breastfeeding women should also avoid systemic corticosteroid. The medicine also affects growing fetus, hampering the development abilities and growth of baby or fetus.


The best way to apply corticosteroid is to apply on a damp body which is soaked. With this kind of practice it is expected to get symptoms and signs of relief.

Cataract and Glaucoma result from application of corticosteroid near the eyes in the facial areas. It is better to avoid putting medicines near or in the eyes. Some of the known side effects of corticosteroid are stretch marks, skin thinning, loss of effectiveness, loss of effectiveness and dilated blood vessels.

As Herbal Sources were commonly used treatments before the advent of corticosteroids, there is not much clinical information in this subject studied by medical and pharmaceutical profession. Doctors avoid discussing about herbal sources, since their license does not encourage such practice.

Dead Sea salt natural mineral formation at the Dead Sea

The bath salts can be used daily or regularly to keep the skin healthy, free from eczema and itching. The skin is conditioned by bath salts with correct pH and essential minerals. Wild oregano oil, which burns the sensitive skin, is also used to control itching. To take the sting out, the olive oil can be diluted. For immediate and better benefits, pure and virgin coconut oil can be mixed with bath water to stop itching.

Antihistamines and corticosteroid are some of the commonly used anti itch drugs for Eczema. Itching associated with severe eczema is treated with antihistamines. It is believed that sedating form of antihistamine is good to stop itching or symptoms of eczema and also results in peaceful sleep. As itching brings problems of loss of sleep, antihistamines work on them, and bring sleep to the sufferer. The body makes skin repairs during sleep, having effect on future itch.

The strength and type of antihistamines that are to be used depends upon severity of the problem. Antihistamines are safe to use under proper instructions without significant side effects. It is better to avoid using antihistamines without the instruction, especially for children, which may prove dangerous.

Corticosteroids

Topical Corticosteroids are used since 1950’s to treat eczema to relieve inflammation and reduce itching. Most of the dermatologists prescribe topical forms of medication for treating eczema. Corticosteroid reduces symptoms and signs of itching and eczema. The medication is also called as steroids or glucocorticoids. Prescription is generally made after considering all the factors such as severity, location on the body and medical history of the person.

Hydrocortisone Cream

Hyper pigmentation can also be relieved by skin peels. Skin peels of Glycolic, alpha, beta hydroxy acid can be applied to break and remove the outer surface of skin resulting in a softer and toned under skin. In cases of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, peeling methods are commonly used. Topical treatment products are also used to speed up the process of skin lightening. Peels and light are used in tandem. Doctors also prescribe such home treatments. To get best results and for efficient treatment there should be 4 to 6 peels, by observing 3 to 4 weeks’ time lapse between peels. Based on the severity of hyper pigmentation, light laser treatments can also be used. Skin peels and light treatments are used to control skin wrinkles enhances skin clarity and to uncover smooth and soft new skin.


Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is also successfully treated by microdermabrasion, a dermatological cosmetic procedure. Microdermabrasion also, just like peels, exfoliates upper part of skin and dark areas in it. Microdermabrasion treatment is chosen to continue post inflammatory hyper pigmentation for persons with sensitive skin to avoid reactions of other treatments. The half an hour process is performed by a machine which sprays fine crystals on surface of skin, to remove exterior layers of skin with gentle sanding process. After the crystals are sprayed, they are vacuumed away with exfoliated skin.

Woman having microdermabrasion

The body should have sufficient quantity of Vitamin E, which treats the skin by reducing the intensity and frequency of scratch. The vitamin E, after absorption makes a great difference. However, synthetic form should be avoided as body can not use such forms. Vitamin E oil can be applied to skin directly to stop itching. To stop itching, tomato juice can also be used to calm the skin. However, in some eczema cases, itching is caused.

Vitamin E

As a part of home remedies, peppermint bath relieves itching. A cup of white vinegar can also soaked with bath water to tame the itch. To get better relief from itching, the itchy parts can be washed with a solution of 2/3 parts water with 1/3 apple cider vinegar. Alternatively a paste of coconut oil and lime juice can be applied to get rid of the itch. To effectively stop skin inflammation and itching, dead tea salts can also used. The dead tea salts mixed with the bath water acts as disinfectant and treats infected and oozing eczema skin.  Herbal product to confront itch contain gum weed, chickweed, comfree, plantains and calendula.

The paste of Cinnamon powder and honey can be made applied to stop itching. To reduce severe occasion of itch, Vicks Vapor Rub can also be applied directly from its container. Colloidal oatmeal or the ground oatmeal made of edible oats stops the urge to itch. The skin gets irritated sensation and itching due to elevated pH. Colloidal oatmeal reduces pH levels and protects the skin from scratch.

 

Chickweed plant which grows in the winter months is known as a cooling weed due to its ability to calm hot rashes. Being rich in iron, potassium and calcium, they can be taken as a tea or a poultice. It can be used in bath for better relief of itch. As Chick weed has not been reported toxic, it is safe to use.

Gum weed extract is used as an antiseptic, purgative and disinfectant. The weed grows at dried water basins and roadsides in dry summer time. The boiled leaves and flowers of Gum weed are used for the treatment of broken and raw skin symptoms.

Marigold or Calendula should be taken by mouth to reduce skin inflammation and provides relief to various ailments. The herb was recognized as far back as 1300 AD. The oil extracted from the flower of Marigold is very useful for sensitive and oily skin types.

Marigold or Calendula

Topical application of Witchazel on skin is useful to treat itching. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of Witchazel are used to treat broken skin and to control infections. The rare but inexpensive Witchazel is a very old method of treatment, providing miracle cure, without any side effects. As a herbal remedy, the leaves plantains are crushed and the residue is applied on the affected skin parts as a herbal remedy.

witch hazel for eczema

The above ingredients can also be boiled in tea. They can later be frozen in paper cups and used as ice poultice on skin to control and stop itching. As a first step to treatment, you should identify the cause of itch. If you are not able to find out the cause, you can use succus juice and calendula as a first aid to stop itching and then look for precise treatment when you find out the source.


You have to discover the silent inflammation happening in our body by identifying symptoms such as coughs, back aches and headaches. When the inflammation is explicit and surfaces on the skin, it has also built inside the body and beneath the surface.

There are various courses to treat inflammation and eczema. The problem gets reduced when the activities are organized to handle and control inflammations. The pain of inflammation alerts the body that something is wrong with the skin. The swelling is only an attempt by the body to avoid the affected area and make it immobile. The immune system also works to solve the problem through its signs of redness, itching and heat. Ignoring the building up of inflammation will only cause further damage and cause chronic problems like eczema. Inflammation and eczema and be naturally treated by making adjustments with environment and lifestyle.

Environmental pollution is a prime factor affecting inflammation. Free radical activity of oxygen molecules also causes inflammation. The highly reactive oxygen molecules create inflammatory responses. The inflammation is produced in any part of the body whereas eczema affects the skin. Air pollution, environmental pollution also cause free radical activity as it exposes ultra-violet light and hand smoke from sun.

High Angle View Of Garbage At Dumping Ground

Cold or ice can be applied in the affected area. The ice pack or refrigerated soda can also be used to treat itching. Otherwise, some water also can be kept in a plastic bag under deep freeze to control the itch. The ice will provide a numbing sensation to the itch, check the skin swelling and reduce interference during treatment.

Heat can also be used to treat the itch. By applying hot water bottle in the areas, the itch gets good relief. Unlike other heating devices, hot water bottle does not sweating.


best creams for eczema

Hydrocortinose crèmes (1%) is also available over the counter to stop itching. The crème has to be applied many times in a day to prevent inflammation and stop itching. Hydrocortinose in low dosage contains steroids in small concentrations. As the steroid concentration in hydrocortinose is very low, it does not cause any significant side effects like oral or prescribed steroids. However, in some cases of itching, due to low concentration, the drug is not strong enough to treat the itch.

Benadryl can be used to treat the itching, followed by relaxation, as the drug makes the user disoriented and/or sleepy. Benadryl relieves the itching symptoms and also induces sleep.

GLA, a fatty acid in evening primrose oil, a good nutritional supplement is also used to remove itching and inflammation.

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Skin inflammation is associated with pain, swelling, redness and heat. Inflammation begins the healing process of the body by getting rid of the disturbance. The body is affected by inflammation and the immune system repairs damaged tissues and fights off germs. Due to such disturbance, irritation, damaged cell, infection or other types of assault are caused.

While infection is caused by the external pathogen, inflammation is a response of the organism or the body to the pathogen. As the immune system, antibodies and blood become active in repairing the damage, they result in pain, warmth and redness. Though inflammation helps in the healing process of wounds, they result in diseases like eczema, when they are spread too far. An inflamed skin is the main culprit which hosts eczema.

Inflammation makes the skin to age prematurely and then gets it damaged. Persons affected by skin inflammation look older than they actually are.

Though skin inflammation is generally noticeable by its symptoms such as swelling, bloat and puffiness, some times, inflammation is also formed silently which is more dangerous to the body. The inflammation gets translated and much developed to illness before the actual treatment begins. The prolonged inflammation is known as chronic inflammation. Due to the change of cells in affected area, there is a recurring cycle of good and poor health in the area. In a chronic inflammation, the cycle of injury and healing keeps revolving again and again. In the case of an acute inflammation, the inflammation goes off with the removal of offending pathogen.

Dietary factors are also responsible for inflammation. Highly refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats like polyunsaturated vegetable oils, trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils promotes inflammation to a great extent.

Stress is another key factor producing inflammation. More and more cortisol hormone is produced when the internal chemistry of the body is disturbed due to lack of sleep and stress. The resulting inflammation damages the body system.

 

Chronic inflammation is often caused due to family history of related diseases. More time is required to decrease or getting rid of the inflammation.

To counteract the inflammation, many varieties of vegetables, fruits and seeds with anti-inflammatory qualities can be used. Berries and green leafy vegetables naturally contain phytochemicals and antioxidants can be used to defend the production of inflammation. Yellow, red, purple and orange fruits and vegetables help in balanced intake of the minerals and vitamins and development of better skin health. However, eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes which are from nightshade family can be avoided. They contain solanine, an alkaloid chemical activates pain and inflammation symptoms in some cases.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. The fatty acids help in reducing and stopping the inflammation in a powerful way. Cold water fish, salmon, tuna, sardines and halibut are some of the species containing fatty acids, which can be added in the food.

Eczema, also called as dermatitis, is an irritating dry skin disorder associated with an itch. Millions of people which include both adults and children in all cultures, ethnic groups and races are suffering from this problem. Eczema develops in an itchy and dry skin. Though there are many lotions and creams available in the market, they only aggravate the condition rather than curing them. Herbal treatments are proving better in the treatment of eczema.

Perioral dermatitis girl

In the past, all the cultures have used various herbs to treat eczema in a sophisticated manner. The billion dollar herbal industry has flooded the market with lotions and creams which are prepared with utmost safety of the users in mind and are formulated with actual herbal ingredients.

In eczema the skin fells prickly and becomes extremely dry. Any lotion or oil can be applied to keep the dry skin in moist condition all the day. In case of children, baby oil can be applied for the treatment. As the herbal creams are made from fruits and plants containing natural oils, they are very safe to use. Nano Lipobelle H-EQ10, is the best herbal lotion containing Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10, in short), a natural vitamin like substance.

As a powerful anti oxidant used for generating energy in the body, Coenzyme Q10 naturally occurs in environment and body.  CoQ10 can be applied on skin to moisturize and nourish the deeper layers. The lotion prevents UV rays from being absorbed and helps in the removal of dead skin, thus resulting in a fresh, smoother looking and fresh skin. Even a short-term use Nano-Lipbelle makes eczema to disappear and provides the lost youthful look back to the skin. Nano-Lipobelle is found suitable for every type of skin and can be applied freely on all body parts. The Nano-Lipobelle herbal treatment can be used to keep the skin wrinkle free and look younger.

Apart from herbal skin creams, cold compress with wet cloth can be applied for a hot, itchy and dry skin to relieve the itch and soothe the skin. In some cases, eczema is intensely associated with itch. An acute itchy episode can be relieved within a few hours by using the Nano Lipobelle cream, in combination with hydrocortisone cream which is available over the counter in the market. Many corticosteroid creams with low potency are also available over the counter without prescription.

Cold compress can also be employed to suppress the itching. Instead of scratching the skin, ice can be applied in the area. The cold reduces further desire for scratching and relieves the inflammation connected with the itch. Unlike the scratching which makes the skin to split open, the cold compress protects the skin in a better manner.

Stress is an important factor in eczema episodes. Though stress does not directly cause eczema, it acts like a trigger for eczema. Normally, eczema flare ups come down on patients, after occurrence of a stressful event. To cure the eczema caused by stress, one has to first get freed of stress by organizing the lifestyle with pre-planning and schedules without leaving any room for distressing shocks.

The bath salt option is commonly used to prevent eczema flare up. During the stress, adrenaline is burned and levels of magnesium are reduced. By bathing in Epsom salts and Dead Sea Salts which contain magnesium, the skin is quickly allowed to absorb magnesium so that adrenaline can be replaced with the intake of magnesium resources.

Even teens and children are affected by eczema problem due to stress. as their peers may have a little understanding and teased them about some problem. The thinking should not affect the health. One has to become strong enough emotionally to face other people.

Gamma Linolenic acid (or GLA, in short) is a fatty acid which is very useful in the treatment of eczema. They are usually found in black currant oil, borage oil and primrose oil in large concentrations. It benefits hair, skin, melanin or nails. The positive effects of GLA are felt on eczema only after a period of 40 to 60 days when the GLA operates in the body.


Eczema is a most common disease affecting a large number of babies throughout the world. The problem beings when the baby becomes two months old. Baby eczema is categorized as an atopic disease, along with hay fever and asthma. In atopic conditions babies are affected by abnormal immune system responses.

baby girl with an allergic rash

In most cases eczema is also inherited by the offspring babies from either one or both of their parents. In some cases, eczema problem is also based on allergies. The problem begins with an itch turning into rash when being scratched. Hence a range of skin ailments continuously occur in a particular manner. Itch, being the important feature of eczema, has to be treated first. When itching is not interrupted in any manner, the itch will vanish automatically. However, persons who affected with eczema always tend to scratch them until they start bleeding.

scalp dermatitis baby

Some of the prime characteristics and symptoms of eczema are dry, reddened scaly skin patches, fluid filled bumps, crack, swell or bleed. The eczema problem is not contagious in nature. They are normally found on sensitive and soft skin on skin folds and joints including elbows, back of knees and inside of wrists. Besides these, eczema also affects places such as forehead, legs and arms and scalp. Unfortunately, eczema has no complete medical cures, treatments or medicines to permanently stop the further recurrence of eczema symptoms. However, by making effective changes in lifestyle habits or patterns and pursuing them will control and check the eczema from flaring up or becoming active.

One has to aim at two goals to accomplish the prevention of eczema. They are prevention of inflammation and itching. There are a large number of practices to attain both these goals. In case of atopic dermatitis, to reduce the flare ups, one has to moisturize and avoid them.

It is necessary to keep the properly hydrated and moist at all the times. Dryness and itchiness are the two prime factors of Eczema. Dryness is the source of irritation which contributes to itch. When the dryness is taken way, it becomes hard for a flare up to again get started.


By keeping constant moisture in the skin, the intensity and frequency of the eczema flare ups can be considerably reduced to a large extent. The itching begins only with a dry skin. A moist skin will not allow the itching to get ready and start. By externally moisturizing the skin, the original moisture of the skin is locked, resulting in prevention of skin cracking and dryness.

A combination of proper moisturizing and bathing is very important for the skin health. The eczema patients should avoid hot water, since the hotness dries the skin and releases histamines, which play an important role in itching. The bath should be short enough and should not last more than five minutes. However, when a treatment is given in the bath, the bath may last up to 20 minutes. In both cases, the bath should be in lukewarm water and not in hot water.

The clothing should not be skin irritant, since scratchy materials like wool can irritate the skin and cause itching sensation. The scratch-itch cycle can be repaired only when the nuisance caused by clothing is tried and fixed.

Some common allergens play a key role in eczema flare ups. Allergens can cause rashes and can intensify the rashes. Only by knowing and avoiding the allergens, the risk of eczema condition can be lowered. Among common allergens, some of the food offenders are eggs, milk, wheat, soy products and peanuts and also include dust mite droppings and animal dander etc.

In case of eczema or atopic dermatitis, a dermatologist can be consulted to find about the contribution of specific allergens since all the eczema cases are not affected by same allergens and differs from person to person. Among all eczema triggers, it is very difficult to identify the allergens which are the main source of the problem. A dermatologist, by carrying out some procedures, will be able to test the reactions of skin with various allergens to avoid the offensive ones.


To avoid allergen based eczema, HEPA filtered air purifier can be used, which trap the minute particles like airborne allergens, dander, dust mite droppings, etc. HEPA filters were exclusively designed in 1940’s by the military of United States to clean up the environment in case of a nuclear explosion. To avoid the allergens from invading the house, memory foam mattresses and hypoallergenic bedding can be used, which avoid inhabitation of dust mites.

Eczema flare ups are also caused due to overheating of the body, sweating during exercise sessions, humidity changes and sudden temperature. Fluctuations in weather causes eczema flare up. Sweating and overheating problem is created with the sudden rise in temperature which can be effectively tackled by dressing with layered clothing. In a warm situation, body can be cooled down by removing some layers of clothing. Dry air causes itchy skin and further results in itch-scratch cycle. Increase in humidity causes sweat in skin and makes it sticky and clammy.

To control the surroundings from humidity causing eczema, indoor humidifier can be kept in the indoor environment at a safe and comfortable level for the skin. Sweating and overheating is the prime cause for eczema flare ups which occur in summer temperatures. It is very important to keep the skin completely moisturized. The clothing should include cotton or cotton blends with best materials comfortable to the skin.

The texture and clothing materials should not irritate the skin and make it sweat too much. Cotton is the best clothing for eczema since it is absorbent and porous. Porous clothing allows the skin to breath freely and absorbent nature pulls the moisture out from skin. As synthetic fabrics, wool feels rough they irritate the skin much and causes eczema flare ups.

Laundry detergents, dryer sheets and fabric softeners also cause eczema flare ups.  Hence it is very important to extensively rinse the bedding and clothing material to remove the traces of detergents from them. At least two or three rinse cycles can be run in a washing machine to do the job. Only detergents that are sensitive and comfortable to skin conditions should be used.  The detergents should contain neutral pH and should be free of fragrances. The tags which promote itching in new clothes should be removed and the clothes should be rinsed thoroughly before they are worn, to remove the traces of some dyes and industrial chemicals in them which are skin irritants.

Last but not the least, quantum changes in life style can effectively check the eczema problems. It is necessary to deal with the stress by controlling emotions, thoughts, environment, dealings, and schedules. A well balanced life will give enough time for work and home, time for proper relaxation and a state of peaceful mind. High expectations of tomorrow should not burn the today. This is the key to prevent stress and avoid any health problem including eczema.

Eczema Skin Care Tips

After receiving numerous queries regarding eczema, I am now dedicating a page to Eczema. Please take the following notes as in the spirit it is intended. I am not a Qualified Dermatologist or Doctor. I can only speak from my own personal Eczema experience. If you have not yet consulted with your own Doctor about a skin condition that is currently affecting you, I would strongly advise that you seek his or her advice before trying other avenues.

For example, your skin condition/eczema may be a symptom of some other underlying condition. Over the years my tolerance to my skin sensitivities has decreased considerably, which in turn has led to extreme aggressive bouts of eczema. But, within the last year I have found that by being disciplined and following the below steps has helped me to cope with my very dry skin/Eczema condition.

Some helpful tips for Eczema:

1. If you are currently experiencing infected eczema, treat your eczema with the steroid treatment prescribed to you by your Doctor. Desperation usually gets the better of us in the end (it did with me). I tried many alternative remedies, but the only sure way forward was medical intervention. But saying that, its one thing getting rid of eczema temporarily, but being rid of it for good was another matter entirely. Hence, my aim was to use the steroid treatment cream for the last and final time! When your skin is inflamed, itching and bleeding, steroids seem to be the only hope and relief on offer for eczema these days.

2. Once the infection has cleared up (bleeding/weeping and general rawness) heavily moisturise your skin with natural skincare (after cleansing your skin). Keep moisturising even if large clumps of skin fall off. Constantly reapply creams/butters as eczema areas begin to dry. It is best to use products containing plenty of Essential Fatty Acids, for example body butters etc.

Note: If you use any new products on your skin whilst it is in an inflamed or in an infectious state, it may create new sensitivities for you, regardless of whether the products are natural or otherwise (more specifically products containing more essential oils and herbal extracts – it is best to opt for a more basic ingredient cream/butter).

Whilst constantly applying heavy thick butters to your skin, you may want to wear some old clothes for a while; the aim here is to keep your skin at optimum moisture levels. Your good clothes will become spoilt. This part of the process took me about half a week to complete.

I was at the time signed off sick from work, so, back then I could take every day as it came. This is an important fact to mention, if you have worries about your work, book a couple of weeks off, so that you can focus on healing your eczema. Perhaps you have a hectic family life; maybe some kind caring individual could baby-sit for a while? There is nothing worse than worries flying around your mind. Worrying, just made my eczema states more aggressive.

 

3. Are you still having trouble in trying to stop the itch? This is why eczema keeps coming back/becomes re-infected, its that unbearable urge to rip your skin off, that unbearable burning itch that you just can’t leave alone. Whilst at the stage of heavily moisturising your flaky skin, try hay fever tablets (please check with your Doctor first).

When the skin starts to peel in clumps it can feel like a heavy sticky clay cracking facemask, and that can keep the itch going. The hay fever tablets were excellent for ridding the horrible urge to scratch. They worked (for me), because after the initial 7/8 hours were complete the urge to scratch came back. I must say that the only hay fever tablets that stopped the itching was Benedryl Plus. I tried the normal Benedryl, but experienced no itch relief. But please do check with your Doctor before taking hay fever tablets as they may affect whatever condition may be underlying the Eczema (if there is one).

Even though the eczema itch may have stopped, keep topping up your moisture levels, this is vital. Only stop moisturising when you have stopped the hay fever medication course and your skin no longer itches without the aid of hay fever medication. However, do keep your former eczema skin well moisturised. The paranoia of eczema returning does get better, eventually, and the day that you can leave your skin free of any lotions and potions is very liberating indeed!

4. A little sunlight was very beneficial for eczema. After heavily moisturising the very dry and flaky skin (with no infection) I sat in the garden for about 10 minutes, after 3:45pm, to avoid burning. Of course, if weather permitting. Sunlight is needed for our skin to formulate Vitamin D.


5. Have you heard of Essential Fatty Acids? These are thought to be precursors for the hormones that look after your skin and reproductive systems. They can also assist in regulating hormone fluctuations. Unfortunately, by the time youve noticed that you do lack EFAs, it can take up to 6 months to get your levels back to normal. Hair and skin are always the first to be compromised when your system is running below normal.

Oil For Eczema

Whilst trying to increase your EFAs by eating the correct foods (avocados, nuts & seeds – Hemp being the best source) it might also be a good idea to take supplements for increased effectiveness? Such as Vitamin C (Ester C), Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B Complex. I found that these were excellent for trying to assist skin disorders.

PLEASE NOTE: Essential Fatty Acid Oils should be COLD PRESSED only. Do not purchase anything but. I personally switched brand earlier this year and bought by mistake an Oil that was NOT COLD-PRESSED. The quality is inferior as all the goodness and nutrition has been killed off by excess heat!!!! My skin started to become more sensitised and reacted. I switched back to COLD-PRESSED and noticed almost an immediate difference with my skin health).

6. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED! Well, at least until you have the Eczema under control. I personally found that when I drank alcohol, this made the itching burn so much worse. This is due to the alcohol leaching precious nutrients from your body.

7. Eat plenty of rainbow food, these are vegetables and fruits of all colours, this will ensure that you ingest all the beneficial enzymes available for your bodily functions, best to make them Organic too.

Antioxidants

8. Ensure that you receive plenty of rest, sleep is a wonderful rejuvenator; perhaps skip those nights out until you have the Eczema fully under control?

9. SOAP only use soap that is handmade with plenty of natural vegetable glycerine, a good oily/fatted soap is best. Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulphates at all costs. This is a known skin sensitiser/irritant which is found in most, if not all commercial mainstream products. When using SLS on your skin (and backed up through my own personal experience) the natural acid mantle can be seriously disrupted. Of course it does depend on how much SLS is in a product, avoid commercial bubble baths, they WILL strip your natural oils, as they do tend to contain more SLS than say for example, a shampoo. Skin needs to retain a nice natural water resistant base to defend itself from invading microbes, etc.


The sebum and sweat combine nicely to form this healthy acid mantle (which is also a mild anti-bactericide too). Hence, more sensitive skins will be prone to the chance of experiencing skin disorders/problems when using SLS products, such as eczema. Unfortunately, for some, the need to remove all trace of natural oil from the skin whilst showering and bathing is the only way one feels clean. Over washing can seriously damage your skin. Since using less harsh detergents my skin’s ability to heal itself has become far more efficient. Also avoiding products with petro-chemical derived emollients has also resulted in far fewer rashes & spots. Using harsh detergents means that the skin has to over compensate from an offensive attack.

The skin starts to produce more and more oil (sebum) as a form of protection. Pores can become clogged and infected, resulting in spots for some. For me, the balance was constantly being tipped up until I stopped stripping my skin’s natural defence and plastering it with cling-film type petrochemical skincare. Of course, when choosing natural skincare, you still need to be aware that all base oils have differing characteristics; some are more suited to mature/dry skins whereas other base oils are more suited to more sensitive/combination type skins.

But saying that, all the products on this site specify the skin type it was created for. If your skin suffers with excess oil (and is not sensitive) this skincare might help? But, do watch your skin in this respect, as oily over-production is a sure sign of an imbalance, which could lead to sensitivities for the future.

10. After moisturising your skin heavily, whether with natural or otherwise, your skin can become clogged, especially after using so many body butters, etc. Your skin needs to breathe. Too much on your skin can also lead to that hot burning eczema itch. You now need to achieve a nice balance between using moisturisers/creams/oils/butters and a very mild and gentle soap at bath/shower time.

When the eczema is at its most intense, a bath is the last thing you want. Perhaps showering might be a good option? Dont soak the affected skin for longer than is necessary. Simply Soaps Calendula & Lavender is an excellent bar of soap, it can help to achieve this balance. Very mild and effective for clearing the excess oily build-up whilst respecting my natural pH balance/acid mantle. But since my own Eczema experience, we have introduced many more wonderful/skin nourishing soaps.

 

11. There is nothing better when you have been suffering eczema for long periods of time, to finally have a wonderful exfoliating session when your eczema is finally under control! I can now exfoliate my skin on a regular basis, about once a week is right for me. I would only suggest trying to exfoliate once your skin has gone back to normal ensuring that about a month has passed with a good track record of healthy skin even before attempting to exfoliate. Once you have finished exfoliating, ensure that you seal the fresh bare layers of skin with a natural good moisturising lotion/cream/oil containing plenty of Essential Fatty Acids, to ensure you nourish and protect your skin.

12. Exercise on a regular basis and keep drinking plenty of water. The constant flow of fresh new liquid releases toxins from your system, sluggish lymph is able to move along far more efficiently when you exercise. Both will enable you to experience far more balance within your system.

13. Look into the type of detergent you use to wash your clothes, washing powders/liquids are usually the main source of skin discomfort/increase of eczema episodes.

14. I know it’s easier said than done, but do try and take some time to relax. I found that yoga & meditating was an excellent aid in helping me keep calm in times of stress.

My main eczema skin allergy triggers are Petroleum & SLS based products. These ingredients can be found in perfume/fragrances, and in most, if not all mainstream skincare and hair care products. The affects of petro-chemical derived ingredients suffocate the sensitive skins ability to breathe; the petro-chemical based skincare acts like a cling-film wrap, this is the best way to describe the skins inability to breathe. Hence, the skin becomes hot and itchy, and can then lead to eczema.

Of course, everyones triggers are most certainly different. Some triggers are from natural products, such as Vitamin E and essential oils.

I wish you luck in trying to overcome your skin condition.

Stages of Atopic Dermatitis

When atopic dermatitis occurs during infancy and childhood, it affects each child differently in terms of both onset and severity of symptoms. In infants, atopic dermatitis typically begins around 6 to 12 weeks of age. It may first appear around the cheeks and chin as a patchy facial rash, which can progress to red, scaling, oozing skin. The skin may become infected. Once the infant becomes more mobile and begins crawling, exposed areas, such as the inner and outer parts of the arms and legs, may also be affected. An infant with atopic dermatitis may be restless and irritable because of the itching and discomfort of the disease. The skin may improve by 18 months of age, although the infant has a greater than normal risk of developing dry skin or hand eczema later in life.

baby toddler eczema

In childhood, the rash tends to occur behind the knees and inside the elbows; on the sides of the neck; around the mouth; and on the wrists, ankles, and hands. Often, the rash begins with papules that become hard and scaly when scratched. The skin around the lips may be inflamed, and constant licking of the area may lead to small, painful cracks in the skin around the mouth.

child with a skin disease

In some children, the disease goes into remission for a long time, only to come back at the onset of puberty when hormones, stress, and the use of irritating skin care products or cosmetics may cause the disease to flare.It is also possible for the disease to show up first in adulthood.

atopic dermatitis information

Although a number of people who developed atopic dermatitis as children also experience symptoms as adults, it is also possible for the disease to show up first in adulthood. The pattern in adults is similar to that seen in children; that is, the disease may be widespread or limited to only a few parts of the body. For example, only the hands or feet may be affected and become dry, itchy, red, and cracked. Sleep patterns and work performance may be affected, and long-term use of medications to treat the atopic dermatitis may cause complications.

Adults with atopic dermatitis also have a predisposition toward irritant contact dermatitis, where the skin becomes red and inflamed from contact with detergents, wool, friction from clothing, or other potential irritants. It is more likely to occur in occupations involving frequent hand washing or exposure to chemicals. Some people develop a rash around their nipples. These localized symptoms are difficult to treat. Because adults may also develop cataracts, the doctor may recommend regular eye exams.

Get To Know Eczema

Eczema refers to conditions that make the skin burn and make it look red. It is a common condition with a fifth of the world population being affected by it at some point in their lives. In layman’s terms, it is a rash that keeps coming and going. Children who get it usually see it disappear as they grow older. Among all the forms of Eczema, the most seen of them is atopic dermatitis. This is usually caused due to factors not of the body. The reason known for it so far that it occurs because of the unusual response of the body to external factors. With the other kinds of Eczema, the skin becomes red when it reacts to things that irritate it and it makes on want to scratch and itch where it does. The condition cannot be cured but rather it can only be managed with treatment when it happens and by staying away from the things that cause Eczema.

Get To Know Eczema

Eczema, in all its different forms of occurrences, it manifests itself in red patches that itch and that are very dry. When scratched and aggravated, a rash appears at the spot of Eczema. It happens on all parts of the body. More often than not, it occurs on the neck, knees, elbows, ankles and face. Sometimes it looks extremely dry and very red and sometimes it becomes lumps and even starts to ooze at times. If scratched too much, the skin can very easily become as thick as leather –something that is medically called lichenification.

Since the source of Eczema are the things that set it off, let us see what we should stay away from if we have Eczema. These substances differ from person to person. For some people, its food, some sweat, some soap…certain chemicals, dust, fruit etc. Stress and respiratory health problems also can be easy triggers for Eczema.

Eczema is largely found among children but chronic cases are usually in adults and children. The ones with chronic cases in later stages in life usually have it because it is a genetic problem. It will have been passed down from the parents. Asthma and allergic rhinitis are also conditions that go hand in hand with Eczema. If a child is born with excema and it does not go by the time he or she is 15 years age, it remains to stay in some form of the other.

 

Since it is a incurable disease, it can best be managed and controlled. To do that, there are a few things that you can do. Moisturize your skin well. Avoid the substances that trigger your eczema. Avoid situations that cause you to be stressful. Any substance that is rough and harsh like certain clothing material. Things in nature (environmental triggers of exema) like dust, pollutants etc – keep away from them when you can. Try not to sweat when you can. In case there are not avoidable, have medication at hand.

Where Does Eczema Come From?

There is no real proved reason for the occurrence of eczema. There is research certainly showing that it is lack of an immune system driven and that it is distinctly related to allergies. The same research shows us that it is not the same thing as an allergy. The similarity comes because of the immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies presence. The research done has showed that people who suffer with eczema have the IgE antibodies which are produced as a result of allergies. So far the known reason for Eczema is Allergen.

immunoglobulin E

Commonly named the trigger, eczema is largely caused by the allergen. Regardless of how long the allergen has been in touch with the body, eczema starts reacting to it on first contact and even faster on constant contact with the skin. This allergen largely includes jewelry, gloves, creams, variant weather, dust, stress (mental or emotional), rubbing, scratching, touching certain kinds of food and detergents are from among the common some that make the list. Some of these allergens are very uncontrollable like the weather, dust, pollutants etc.

Skin Contact Dermatitis

It could also come from diseases that are known to precede like an allergy, hay fever or asthma. It coiuld also very well come from the genetically inherited diseases. Sometimes, it suddenly flares up because of ill health, excess stress (both physical and mental) and contact with allergens.

 

Regardless of where this comes from, we must be aware of all these factors so that we can understand why we get these reactions. Staying away from any situation that causes eczema to occur will help bring the occurrences down. That is very difficult especially if the allergen is something that we like. In cases when the allergen is uncontrollable, it is suggested to carry medication for the eczema so that if it and when it flares up, it does not affect you.

An eczema occurrence can make one feel very uncomfortable especially when it happens in the most uncomfortable of situations. And it can also be very awkward too. Sometimes if you know that you have the chance of having to undergo an eczema occurrence because of having to be out all day surrounded by polluted air or even out in the sun which will make you sweat. Sometimes if the eczema seems to persist, then you must consult a physician on the matter and see to it that things don’t get out of hand. There is emergency medication in the form of injections that take care of your eczema outburst that your medicines prescribed can’t take care of. Another suggestion is to consult a doctor for medication that can be taken every day preferably when you start your day regardless of whether you will be exposing yourself to allergen or not. It avoids sudden outbursts and makes life a whole lot easier. It is one of the best ways to avoid an out of the blue eczema attack. Either way, you must have your emergency medication with you.

Treating Eczema Can Actually Do You Harm

Like many other diseases and conditions, one would think that eczema is a condition you can go to the doctor for and get yourself healed after taking the prescribed medicine but research shows that it is not so. Prescription only digs the hole deeper. The regular prescription creams don’t really take the problem away. Soon enough the itching comes back and the medicines suddenly start to stop working. The more the itching, the more the more the medicines, the more they fail and we are stuck still scratching away.

immune system full diagram

The reason these treatments don’t work is because they don’t address the real problem of the issue which is the fact that the immunity of the body is so low. In such a case, the things that cause eczema will continue to come back and itch and make you scratch. Also, it is mostly genetic. More importantly, the causers are a whole lot of things like weather, detergents, food and such.

The issues with the present mainstream medicine methods used is manifold. The antibiotics kill the flora, which are in the intestines. Corticosteroids drastically pull down the body’s ability to fight off infection and to make it worse they even make it very hard for the body to heal if it has an infection. Antihistamines work for the first time and then onwards they direct the body to stop responding to it. Then on, administering them is a waste. The UV Light Therapy used in extreme cases of eczema only causes skin cancer and sun damage. Tar treatments almost have the same effects directly increasing skin irritation.

Treating Eczema Can Actually Do You Harm

The only true long term solution is that which complements these treatments with natural solutions. The natural methods while they increase the immunity of your body, they naturally also decrease the amount of irritation your body feels when in contact with environmental factors. This also done as a regular treatment can reduce symptoms.

To naturally increase your immunity, there are absolutely simple things that you can do:

1) You must drink lots of water

2) Do not stress yourself (physically, mentally and emotionally)

3) Make changes such that you keep your skin more moist. Use a moisturizer or even shower more than once a day so that your skin stays moist for longer.


4) Remove all chemical influences that make your skin react unfavourably.

5) Use only hypoallergenic substances on your skin that are non toxic

6) Make sure you eat only food that has been cut up and cooked at home. Processed food poses a danger to your immunity.

7) There are a whole load of home remedies that can easily help you do a lot better with your eczema.

8) Any day, herbal treatments are preferred because they have no side effects and they do a better over all good to your body and its system.
So, it works two ways. When Eczema takes its toll, you need treatment to kill it but you also need to strengthen your immunity so that it does not happen again.

Treatment for Perioral Dermatitis

There is a perioral dermatitis treatment! The good news is that treatments can take time to work, and you may have to use a variety of treatments.  But if you ignore this, without treatment if could take months to years to clear up.

It is important that the use of any and all suspected products be discontinued immediately. This could include creams, ointments, or cosmetics. If a topical steroid was previously used, any rash may get worse before it gets better. Washing your face with water only is the best choice, going forward. It might be a good idea to stop using any toothpastes containing fluoride.

perioral dermatitis on woman mouth

Prescription medication is sometimes provided by physicians. An antibiotic round of 6 to 12 weeks is typical. Be sure to follow instructions as directed by your physician, and to complete the prescribed medication fully even if your condition appears to be fully healed. Some medications used to treat perioral dermatitis should not be used by women who are pregnant, or who intend to get pregnant soon. Be sure to notify your physician if this applies to you.

Once your face is clear of perioral dermatitis, be sure to re-evaluate your choice of product that comes in contact with your face. Creams, ointments, cosmetics, soaps. perioral dermatitis can return if problem products are used again.

Stop Touching Your Face

Stop using all face creams, sunscreens or any other facial cosmetics

Some cases have shown perioral dermatitis starting from the use of face creams.  Check the labels on your creams, as ingredients in products change often.  Switch to a liquid or gel-based cream.

Important Note
Do NOT use a topical steroid cream!

A steroid cream can cause the inflammation to spread.

Wash your face !

Wash your face with cold water and a liquid cleanser. Suggested face cleanser include Cetaphil and Spectro Jel.  Refrain from using soap on your face.

aveeno and cetaphil

Fluoride and SLS products

As described as one of the known causes for perioral dermatitis, stop using products which contain fluoride and SLS.  Fluoride and SLS are known as skin irritants. Chose a fluoride-free toothpaste or neem toothpaste.

Antibiotics & Creams

In milder-severe cases, an oral antibiotic is prescribed for 6-12 weeks. Most often Doxycycline or tetracycline is prescribed. It may take a while to notice any improvement, but stay the course.

A topical solution can include metronidazole gel, pimecrolimus cream and azelaic acid preparations.

Pimecrolimus cream works to reduce perioral dermatitis that has resulted of putting topical steroid creams on your face.

Oral isotretinoin may be used in cases that don’t respond to other treatments. Isotretinoin should not taken by women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant.

Seborrheic Eczema:Eczema On Face And Natural Remedies To Treat Eczema

Eczema On Face And Natural Remedies To Treat Eczema

The sense of the word “eczema” can reason confusion. Many people use this word to refer to an ordinary skin situation called atopic dermatitis. When this is the sense, the words “eczema/atopic dermatitis” may be worn.

The word “eczema” also has a more universal meaning. Eczema can denote a family of skin situation that causes the skin to turn out to be swollen, irritated, and prickly.

Many skin situation are measured a type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is one kind. Additional types comprise hand dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff is a gentle type of seborrheic dermatitis.

Causes of Eczema

The major reason of Eczema is:

  • Cruel soaps and detergents
  • Solvents
  •  Low dampness
  • Lotions
  • Uneven wool clothing
  • Be anxious
  • Occlusive rubber or plastic handbag
  • Rasping
  • Staphylococcal bacteria

Symptoms of Eczema

  • Frequently, the first symptom of eczema is strong itching.
  • The hives appears later and is red and uneven.
  • The pimple itches or burns.
  • If it is smashed, it may ooze and turn out to be crispy.
  • In adults, chronic resistance produce thickened plaque of skin.
  • Some people expand red bumps or clear fluid-filled bumps that look “bubbly” and, when smashed, add dampness to the overall exterior.
  • Sore cracks can expand over time.

seborrheic dermatitis perioral

Diet to Avoid Eczema

  • Fruits, ‘raw ‘or steamed vegetables with no salt, serve with whole meal bread may be in use after the juice fast. It is sensible to use coconut oil in its place of additional not poisonous oils.
  • After little days, curd and milk may be additional to the diet.
  • After a few days, curd and milk may be extra to the diet. Carrot and musk melon are chiefly helpful.

Risk Factor by Eczema

  • Skin irritants, counting wool or synthetic clothing, soaps or detergents, cosmetics or perfumes, dust/smooth, chemical solvents, chlorine
  • limits in moderate or climate
  • not have of moisturizing after bathing
  • Eczema can happen at any age, but the danger is greatest for infant and children. It is predictable that of people who finally develop eczema, 65% of patients expand symptoms in the first year of life, and 90% expand symptoms before age 5.



Seborrheic dermatitis on face

Home Remedies to Get Rid from Eczema

  • Raw vegetable juices, mainly carrot juice in mixture with spinach juice, have proved highly helpful in the treatment of eczema.
  • Coconut oil may be practical to the portion with eczema. It will support the skin to keep on spongy. Walking or jogging should be resorted to in order to make active the bowels.
  • Sunbathe is also helpful as it kills the hurtful bacteria and should be resorted to early on in the morning, in the first light of dawn.
  • A light mudpack applied over the sites of the eczema is also useful. The bunch should be applied for an hour at a occasion. It can be frequent twice or thrice a day.
  • Eczema as a consequence of dyspepsia, gout or diabetes can be treating merely after these diseases have been effectively treated.
  • Children suffering from eczema due to dirty bottle feeds can get release if reserved on fruit juices or water with a teaspoon of honey extra.

Perioral Dermatitis Causes

What Causes Perioral Dermatitis ?

In short, the cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown. What is proven is that most of those afflicted with perioral dermatitis have an increased skin sensitization to certain medicines (ie. corticosteroid creams).

The most common product that can cause it is prolonged, or overuse, of topical steroid creams. In some cases, a rash may be caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Excessive use of cosmetic products
  • Sensitive skin
  • Fluoride, most commonly found in toothpaste and denture related products
  • Hormonal imbalance related to gynecological disorders
  • A change in environmental conditions
  • Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation
  • Elevated sensitivity to bacterial or fungal allergens
  • Gastrointestinal tract issues
  • Yeast (Candida) overgrowth
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Nervous system, Endocrine system disfunctions
  • Certain infections in the body

Perioral Dermatitis Causes

Cosmetics

What Cosmetics Cause Perioral Dermatitis?

If cosmetics are part of the cause, then you should look at the ingredients and discontinue use of any creams or lotions that include any of the following:

  • Paraffin
  • Cinnamon Flavorings
  • Isopropyl Myristat
  • Vaseline

Fluoride is a common trigger often found in toothpaste or hair products. Fluoride is known as a skin irritant, and when fluoride comes in contact with the mouth it can produce a reaction resulting in a breakout of tiny red bumps. Many suffers notice a reduction in their condition when they switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is also a known as a skin irritant. SLS is a cleaning agent, and often found in shampoos, toothpastes, soaps, body wash and laundry detergents. SLS can also be found in skin care and cosmetic products.

Although there is no clear reason on what causes perioral dermatitis, there are solutions to clear the inflammation and heal your skin naturally.

It is encouraged, when you experience a mild-severe breakout to visit your doctor. Quite often, perioral dermatitis is mistaken for acne, and treated the wrong way. Everyone is different, and responds differently to prescribed medication and natural remedies.

Perioral Dermatitis Natural Cure

Medications speed up the healing process, but there are natural remedies to help clear up perioral dermatitis.  Below is a list of tried and tested solutions, with these options working for some but not others.  It is encouraged that you try these alternatives, one at a time but to remain patient.  In today’s environment where looks and beauty are constant pressures on women, it will take patience and commitment to find a solution that works for you.

woman's face with perioral dermatitis

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil continues to be a common choice amongst adults as a choice for removing dirt and makeup from the skin. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help to heal the skin. Coconut Oil can also be added to bath water for further cleansing. Coconut Oil acts as a natural moisturizer. So, applying it to dry or scaly skin is a good idea.

Coconut Oil

In addition to its healing components, Unrefined Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil has fatty acids that have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. Some find coconut oil too greasy, but it is a recommend natural solution to reduce dryness, itchiness and peeling.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory ingredients. In doing so, it can relieve the sensitivities of rashes. It acts as an antibacterial, eliminating toxins on the skin. It also works to revitalize and heal the affected skin.

Dilute ACV (1 teaspoon ACV:2-3 teaspoons water) before applying on your face. There will be a mild burning sensation after dabbing this diluted mixture. Some have reported their perioral dermatitis has cleared up from drinking ACV.

Aloe Vera

Not the store bought gels, but the aloe vera juice from the plant. This has assisted with relieving the burning and itching feeling. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory ointment. It works to cool the skin and relieve the face from the burning and itch that accompanies the rash. It can also prevent redness from returning.

is aloe vera good for eczema

Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

Perioral dermatitis can be triggered by a reaction to toothpastes containing fluoride.

Natural Shampoo

Check your labels, does your shampoo contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). You might be having a reaction from the shampoo, and your hair touching your face.

Calendula Cream/Oil

Mainly used to treat eczema, dry skin or diaper rash, this has worked for some in reducing the inflammation.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract is similar to Apple Cider Vinegar in that it contains antibacterial properties, and is effective at clearing the skin of toxins, infections, and bacteria.


Green Tea

Taking a used Green Tea bag and laying it on the affected areas of the skin can accelerate the healing process. This is most commonly used when eyelids are affected.

Personally, I have tried all of the suggestions above in hopes to find a perioral dermatitis natural cure. However, for me it was prescribed medication that helped me clear up my perioral dermatitis, but I continue using these natural products to keep my skin smooth and healthy.

A change in diet has also helped reduce the inflammation for months now, as well as a host of other benefits (ie. improvement in fatigue, weight loss, etc).

If you are suffering from PD, I would love to hear your comments about what you have tried and what has worked, and what hasn’t!