The skin disorder eczema occurs in forms that vary from person to person, but generally eczema is characterized by a skin rash with itching, dryness, and irritation. Eczema can occur in small, confined areas on individual body parts, a few different places on the body, and in severe cases, throughout the entire body.
Eczema occurs as a result of some kind of allergy when the skin's immune system reacts to a particular substance. This substance can be anything from clothing, detergents, soaps, grass, food, or otherwise. What activates / develop eczema is very individual from person to person.
Stressful situations can also trigger, prolong, or aggravate outbreaks of eczema. Some forms of eczema can be hereditary.
Unfortunately, eczema is very difficult to cure. However, there are a variety of guidelines that you can follow and thereby reduce the symptoms so that the eczema almost disappears.
It is important, however, to emphasize that we have to continue treatment in relation to these guidelines, so that the eczema won’t break out again.
Everyone, especially people with eczema, should be careful not to irritate their skin. Always choose soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, and the like without perfumes, dyes, and other irritating ingredients.
Skin-care products and makeup in particular should be free of fragrances, dyes, alcohols, and natural essential oils (menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, citrus, etc.).
These are some of the ingredients that can really irritate the skin and therefore trigger eczema..
If you have eczema, removing additional irritation to the skin will help to stop eczema from spreading and help to reduce symptoms.
Skin-care products that calm and maintain the skin's moisture level can make a big difference to skin with eczema. Always use a moisturizer right after you've washed your hands and face.
All Danish Skin Care products are 100%-free of perfumes, dyes, and skin-irritating ingredients. Likewise, all products are designed to treat all skin as sensitive skin. The products are very mild to the skin, but because they contain large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and active ingredients, they are extremely effective.
Cortisone creams are the most effective and accessible treatment for eczema, and can be purchased in different concentrations from a pharmacist. e If necessary, consult your doctor for a prescription for cortisone cream or for allergy testing.
Cortisone creams should not be used daily for an extended period, as they can make the skin thin and light-sensitive, thus causing premature aging of the skin.
There is a large amount of research indicating that foods can have an impact on, aggravate, and even be the direct cause of eczema. However, there is no rulebook for what can cause and aggravate eczema.
Therefore, it can be a really good idea to try out different foods - in short, do your own research.
This can be quite demanding and requires a systematic approach, but it's all worth it. If you find the food that causes or irritates your eczema, then you've definitely come a long way in reducing your eczema.
Foods like gluten, dairy products, and foods with a high glycemic index (much sugar) may be the first place you should start your testing of food.
Light (UVA and UVB) has been found to be extremely beneficial in combating chronic eczema. It is also why many with eczema find that their eczema is reduced in the summer or after a holiday in the sun. The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays. These rays, however, deplete the skin at the same time and may cause skin cancer, enhance the process of aging of the skin, etc.
Therefore, you should always protect your skin with sunscreen, 365 days a year.
A doctor may expose eczema-affected skin with special UV lamps to improve the eczema, and in really serious cases, UV radiation combined with the medication psoralen, taken in capsules or applied directly to the skin. The combination of UV radiation and psoralen is called PUVA (psoralen + UVA).
Since phototherapy will affect the skin dramatically, causing premature aging and increasing the risk of skin cancer (quite like sunbathing), you should only choose this form of treatment if you suffer from severe eczema and have tried other treatments.