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Eczema

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Eczema Is a non-contagious skin condition that causes dry and itchy patches of skin. This weakens your skin’s barrier functions, which is responsible for helping your skin retain moisture and protect your body from outside elements. Eczema is a type of dermatitis, which is a group of conditions that cause skin inflammation.

Symptoms

Eczema can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms usually appear during childhood and last into adulthood. Your eczema can flare if in contact with an irritant or an allergen and are more likely if you or a relative have one of the following :

  • Dermatitis
  • Allergies
  • Hay Fever
  • Asthma

The first signs of Eczema are itchiness, dry skin, and a rash. This usually indicates you came in contact with a trigger in your environment that started a flare-up. If you can learn to identify your triggers it can reduce the risk of an eczema flare-up in the future. Some symptoms of eczema can include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rash
  • Bumps on your skin
  • Thick, leathery patches of skin
  • Flaky, scaly or crusty skin
  • Swelling

Eczema can look different on each person diagnosed, ranging from the rash colors of purple, brown, gray, pink or red.

The most common places diagnosed with Eczema are on your Hands, Neck, Elbows, Ankles, Knees, Feet, Face (especially cheeks), in and around the Ears, and Lips. But Eczema can show up anywhere on your skin.

What Causes Eczema?

There are several different reasons you could be experiencing Eczema, the most common causes are:

Immune system

Your immune system will overreact to small irritants or allergens in your environment. Your immune system assumes that these irritants are invaders, like bacteria or viruses, that can harm your body. As a result, the triggers activate your body’s natural defense system. Your immune system’s defense is to create inflammation, which causes the symptoms of eczema on your skin.

Genetics

If you have a history of eczema or dermatitis in your family you are most likely to have it as well. You are also at a higher risk if there’s a history of asthma, hay fever, and/or allergies. 

Your Environment

There are many environmental factors that can irritate your skin: smoke, harsh soaps, air pollutants, fabrics, and some skin care products. Low humidity (dry air) can cause your skin to become dry and itchy. Heat and high humidity can cause sweating which can make itchiness or symptoms worse.

Emotional Triggers

Mental health can affect the health of your skin, which can cause flare-up symptoms. If you have a high level of stress, anxiety, or depression you could experience more flare-ups.

Prevention + Triggers

Here is some advice that can help alleviate and prevent further eczema flare-ups/outbreaks:

  • Moisturize your skin regularly or when your skin becomes dry. Seal in moisture after a bath or shower by immediately applying moisturizer to your skin.
  • Take baths or showers with warm, not hot, water.
  • Stay hydrated and drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, which helps your skin stay hydrated
  • Wear loose clothing made of cotton and other natural materials. 
  • Make sure to wash new clothing before wearing it, avoiding wool or synthetic fibers.
  • Managing your stress and emotional triggers, your mental/emotional state can play a toll on your body.
  • Use a humidifier if dry air makes your skin dry
  • Avoid irritants and allergens (if you know them) 

Certain climates can make eczema worse as the colder dry weather dries out your skin, making sure you are moisturizing more often than someone in a more humid climate. Hot climates that are also high humidity can make you sweat, irritating your eczema causing you to become more itchy.

Everyone with eczema experiences different triggers to cause their flare-ups. Common triggers that people may have are:

  • Dry weather (low humidity)
  • Fabrics or certain clothing material
  • Makeup or skin care products
  • Smoke and pollutants 
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Stress or your emotional health 
  • Allergies

Some foods have become triggers as well for some people diagnosed with eczema, the connection between food allergies and eczema can worsen symptoms.  These foods can include:

  • Peanuts
  • Dairy 
  • Eggs

How We Treat Eczema at Luminate Derm Spa

Every treatment generally begins with a skin consultation, we will discuss your symptoms, health history, and determine the appropriate treatment options from there.

  • Use gentle or sensitive skin moisturizers throughout the day when you have dry skin. Apply moisture also when your skin is damp after a bath or shower.
  • Apply topical medications or products to your skin as advised by your skin care professional
  • Taking oral medication like anti-inflammatories can reduce itchiness and swelling
  • Light Therapy to improve the appearance of your skin and remove blemishes
  • Facials recommended for your skin by your skin care provider can give visible and soothing relief to your symptoms.
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