How To Deal With Eczema
Written by James Kicinski-McCoy
Photography by Image via Good Fon
Between 10-15% of children suffer from eczema. From the outside, eczema can look like irritated skin, a small rash, or a sunburn, but for the person who’s dealing with it, it can be extremely frustrating, painful, and embarrassing. Eczema is a skin condition that causes intensely dry, sensitive, itchy skin. Breakouts come and go, but eczema oftentimes lasts for years, into adolescence and adulthood. It’s important to identify it early on, so you can start treatment right away.
There is currently no cure for eczema, but it can be properly managed with the help of medicinal or natural remedies, creams, balms, and lotions. Here are some that we have tried with our children and love: Mustela Stelatopia Lipid-Replenishing Balm, for its ability to soothe and relieve dryness and itching. Nature’s Gate Colloidal Oatmeal Body Lotion is not specifically formulated for eczema, but works wonders for many skin problems. Its gentle formula leaves skin soft and keeps itching at bay. If you’re looking for more than just lotions, try Natralia Eczema and Psoriasis Wash. It’s a simple body wash full of eczema-fighting ingredients that are calming and hydrating to the skin. Follow it up with Natralia Eczema and Psoriasis Cream to provide extra relief, or double coverage from future rashes. You might already know and love Weleda Skin Food for its ability to smooth skin and treat dryness, but did you know that you can use it to calm skin irritations? Its ultra-rich formula can work wonders on inflamed or flakey skin. Honest Company Organic Healing Balm may be known for fighting diaper rashes, but it can also help provide relief for eczema sufferers with it’s thick, hypoallergenic formula.
Here are a few tips that will hopefully help your little one (or yourself) back to feeling healthy and happy:
-Always shower and take baths with lukewarm water—never hot, as it can cause your breakout to worsen or spread!
-Know your triggers. Test for allergies and avoid those things. Eczema is usually caused by an allergic reaction of some sort.
-Eat a lot of healthy, raw foods. Try limiting intake of gluten and dairy products, as they are known to cause allergic reactions.
-Only use products that are formulated for sensitive skin. Go for all-natural products that are fragrance free.
-Dress in soft, loose clothing to prevent itching or chafing.
-Use a humidifier during the winter months to keep skin soft and moisturize daily.
-Try a good ol’ fashioned oatmeal bath. It’s known to calm skin and stop itching.
-Drink lots of water!
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