Intense itching, flaking skin, redness, dryness, and blistering: eczema can make life really hard! It can be treated and soothed easily, but will always end up coming back unless you resolve the triggers. You have to work out the cause before you can completely get rid of it.
Why do I have eczema?
First of all, allergies can cause eczema. Allergens like pollen, mould, cleaning products, or aggressive beauty products can all be the cause of eczema! It’s important to get to know your allergies in order to be able to avoid its appearance and rid yourself of the intense discomfort. To do this, we recommend you contact an allergy specialist.
Eczema can also be triggered by psychological factors like stress, grief, anxiety, and emotional shock… Try to relax as much as possible, we really recommend mindfulness practices, yoga, practicing breathing, and exercising.
Skin that tends to be dry and sensitive can cause eczema. Dry skin is often caused by cold, wind, chlorine, or using aggressive products containing sulfates, for example. When you are cleaning, wear gloves and avoid aggressive cleaning products. If you are going out into the sun, opt for a suncream with an SPF of 50 to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays.
When it’s too hot or if you’re exercising, sweat can aggravate your eczema or even cause eczema to appear. Go for showers over baths, ideally no hotter than 36°C. You should also ban products that contain sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate in particular) and use a gentle gel cleanser or a fragrance-free, superfatted soap. When you get out of the shower, dry your skin well, not forgetting any folds, and apply a fragrance-free hydrating balm. Try to wear clothes made of cotton or linen rather than synthetic fabrics that aren’t breathable and can irritate the skin.
During the winter months, using heaters and being in cold temperatures can cause the air to be very dry and the lack of humidity can cause itching. During this time of year, the skin tends to be dryer and sometimes scaly. A little tip: avoid overheating your living space, and leave a glass of water in each room to increase humidity.
Finally, our genetics can be a major cause of eczema, and it often runs in the family. This form of eczema is more difficult to treat, you can try the following tips to treat this kind of eczema…
Looking after your skin naturally:
Use argan oil, shea butter, or coconut oil on the affected area. Choose products that are 100% pure, organic, and cold-pressed in order to keep in all of their benefits. You can also use a balm that is rich in organic plant oils and butters.
Thanks to its hydrating and anti-microbial properties, aloe vera will help you to balance out the skin’s pH and soothe the itching sensation and irritation. Apply fresh aloe vera gel several times a day for a few months.
Floral waters, applied with a reusable cotton pad, will get rid of the hard water left on the skin after washing that dries out the skin. It can also be used to clean areas of eczema so as to not aggravate the skin.
Finally, you can apply thin layers of clay mixed with a few drops of olive oil onto the affected zone to help soothe it.
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