What is eczema?
Eczema usually appear on the arms, backs of the knees, hands, feet and face. Itching generally begins before the rash appears and leaves skin looking dry, thickened or scaly. Eczema is quite a common skin type. 6 million people in the U.S. have some form of eczema.
Dermatologists are not yet sure of the exact causes of eczema; it is believed this skin condition is caused by the immune system’s response to external irritants.
Common eczema causes
• Dry Skin
• Harsh Chemicals
• Extreme Climates
TYPES OF ECZEMA
#1 Contact dermatitis
It results when the skin comes in contact with a specific irritant and results in redness, itching and burning. Common causes of contact dermatitis include chemicals, detergents, fumes, cigarette smoke, paints, bleach, wool, skincare products that contain alcohol, soaps, fragrances and allergens such as pollen or animal dander.
#2 Seborrheic dermatitis
It is common in areas with a high concentration of oil glands. Seborrheic dermatitis is the cause of cradle cap in babies and dandruff in adults; symptoms can range from dry flakes to greasy scales and redness.
Eczema skin remedies
- keeping skin moisturized with ointments and creams is key
- soft, natural fabrics such as cotton and silk help minimize the chances of an eczema outbreak
- choose a gentle, non-irritating wash that cleanses, soothes and hydrates the skin