How To Treat Eczema

People who suffer from eczema, literally suffer. They itch like mad, suffer from dry skin and have to put up with extreme psychological stress. This means that proper care is invaluable for soothing stressed or irritated skin.

Eczema is a chronic, non-contagious skin disease that occurs in batches. Unfortunately, it cannot be cured, but it is treatable. This disease requires a lot of initiative. A consistent skin care routine and avoiding anything that unnecessarily irritates the skin are two practices that are a good start to preventing outbreaks. In addition, psychological stress should be avoided or quickly worked through. The psyche has a strong influence on the skin's condition.

In atopic dermatitis or eczema, the skin's natural barrier is extremely damaged. Important natural lipids in the skin are missing and therefore, the skin cannot store moisture. The skin thus loses its ability to prevent the penetration of viruses, fungi, and chemical substances from entering the body.

Thus, gentle care is required to keep from exposing the skin to irritating or harmful substances. The following points should be considered when choosing the right products:

  • Taking a shower is better than taking a bath since the contact is in contact with the skin for a shorter period of time.
  • Generally, shorter and cooler showers are recommended.
  • Use pH-neutral cleansers instead of soap (high pH values) or aggressive formulas, such as shampoos or shower gels.
  • Do not use any sponges or facecloths since they cause irritations.
  • Minimise irritations by not rubbing a towel on the skin when drying it. It is recommended to gently pat the skin dry instead.
  • After contact with water or cleansing the skin, moisturise it with an appropriate skincare product. If the skin is still slightly damp, the product can be absorbed particularly well.
  • Choose products without synthetic fragrances, colours or preservatives because they have lower allergenic potential.
  • The same is true of parabens and mineral oils. These substances should be avoided in order not to unnecessarily irritate your skin.
  • Less is more. It is better to use fewer products than more products and make sure they are the right ones.
  • Hygiene is important. Cosmetic products should be resealed immediately after use. In addition, products should always be used only with clean hands.
  • The selection of soaps, gels and shampoos should also be noted- do not use aggressive products.
  • The same applies to your laundry soap, as residue stays on your clothes. Choose laundry soap that is fragrance-free or made for sensitive skin.
  • Finally, choosing the right clothes or the right clothing material also plays a role.

Tip: Depending on the weather, it pays off to use different toiletries. In warm weather, use products with a high water content. These products are quickly absorbed, cooling the skin simultaneously. In cold weather, perhaps in conjunction with drier air (due to heating), the skin needs care products with a higher fat content. Creams with a high lipid content help to bring the lipid-hydration of the skin back into balance.