Eczema is a condition where parts of the skin become itchy, inflamed, red, and rough. Affected areas of eczema usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. For fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. While for darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area darker or lighter.
Treatment focuses on healing damaged skin and reducing symptoms. There is not yet a thorough cure for eczema, but symptoms can be controlled.
There is no definite cure for eczema. Treatment for the condition directs to heal the affected skin and prevent flare-ups of symptoms. The treatments may not have the same effects on everyone, though. It happens to try different options to find out which one works best for you.
*Soap and moisturizer. Use a mild soap or soap substitute that won't dry your skin. You’ll also want a good moisturizer in cream, lotion, or ointment form. Apply it on right after a shower or bath. There are dermatologist-approved cleansers that gently remove dirt without irritating sensitive eczema skin.
Unscented body wash or gentle soap-free cleansing ingredients paired with skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal lotion to protect and repair the skin barrier.
Eczema patients usually know to avoid standard bar soaps, which often contain fragrance, but there are beauty bars on the market that won't dry you out.
A cleanser that is mild and non-irritating formulation that soothes the skin as it cleans. Designed specifically to work for all skin types, it is a simple, yet highly effective way to care for your skin.
*Creams for Eczema. Skin experts recommend treating eczema with moisturizers and creams that help protect the skin’s moisture barrier since it’s weakened with eczema.
Creams with sulfur ingredient fight inflammation, redness, dry flaky skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Sulfur has also been used for centuries as a treatment for many skin conditions, such as fungal infections, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM, a sulfur-containing ingredient that strengthens the skin as sulfur is known in forming or stimulating collagen throughout the body. Organic Gotu Kola, also known as Centella asiatica is also an ingredient that works for eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks and accelerates wound healing. This can be found in water-based soothing creams.
Balms with avocado oil are good at hydrating and softening the skin, it is also often recommended as an effective treatment for acne and blackheads, eczema, psoriasis and other forms of skin inflammation.
*Short, warm showers. Very hot or very long showers or baths are not recommended. They can dry out your skin.
*Get an air humidifier. Dry air can be stressful for your skin. It can also help ease the symptoms of dry eyes, eczema, itchy skin, dry nasal passages, cracked lips, and nose bleeds due to dry air, allergies, or asthma.
*Antihistamines. It won't stop a flare-up, but they may be able to relieve itching. Ones you take by mouth are available over-the-counter and may help relieve symptoms. Some of these make you drowsy, but others don’t.
*Corticosteroids. Your doctor may prescribe these if other treatments don’t work. They can be oral or topical. Always follow your doctor's directions when taking steroids by mouth. Corticosteroids are used to treat flare-ups of atopic eczema. They are applied directly to the affected areas of skin (as creams or ointments, for example) to reduce inflammation (pain, heat, redness, and swelling) and itchiness.
Eczema symptoms can be different for everyone. Not everyone will respond to a treatment in the same way, so it’s best to familiarize yourself with all of the options available to know what works for you.
Those fighting with eczema are not fighting alone. There are millions of others who struggle with it the same way you do. Surely you are doing all that you can do to conceal your next flare-up.
As always, cheers to self-love and confidence!