How to Survive This Summer
Eczema tends to start in childhood, has no identifiable cause, and anyone can suffer from its symptoms. There isn’t a cure but the condition does tend to improve naturally with age, albeit with a heightened degree of skin sensitivity and dryness. Intensely dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin is its main characteristic. This is caused by a severely reduced lipid count, and lipids are essential for keeping the skin plumped up and protected during the body’s monthly process of cellular turnover. As the body cannot produce its own healthy supply of lipids, the new cells produced in the lower layers of the skin are dehydrated and do not function as they should, which results in that all-too-familiar dry, scaly and red skin.
As there is no cure for the condition, skincare needs to be carefully managed in order to lessen the severity of the symptoms. Thick, emollient creams are more straightforward and fast-acting way to do this, as the moisturising formulas replace those lost lipids that make skin feel supple and healthy. Many creams now include anti-scratch and soothing ingredients that quickly lessen the irritation of eczema and restore the cutaneous barrier to fight against infections.
Eczema sufferers have to be very careful with the products that they use on their skin to avoid worsening their symptoms. Irritation can occur when affected skin comes into contact with soap, bubble bath, products with proteins in, products with parabens in, and, in some cases, even tap water can cause a reaction. The best choice is to go for products that have been created especially for sensitive or atopic skin, from brands that have a reputation for solid research and quality skincare.
Ben writes for Escentual.com, an online retailer carrying high quality make, fragrance, and skincare products.