What Is Eczema? – Eczema Symptoms and Natural Treatments
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition in which the skin becomes very itchy, red, and dry. Sometimes skin can even become cracked if left untreated. Believe it or not, about 30% of all skin-related doctor visits in Western Europe are due to eczema. Doctors even believe that eczema cases are rising each year, but the cause remains unknown.
Eczema is persistently itchy, and a rash will usually appear after the itching begins. Common areas affected include the face, back of the knees, hands, wrists, and feet. Other areas may also be affected.
Areas of your skin affected by eczema will be dry, scaly, and sometimes thickened. Lighter skinned people will experience a reddish rash, which may turn brown, while darker skinned people may experience a lighter or darker area due to eczema.
If you have been scratching your skin, you may also experience inflamed areas that develop oozing blisters. Those with eczema often experience more itching at night than during the day. You may also experience raised bumps on the skin that have a reddish colour, and itch.
If you notice that your skin is becoming persistently dry, or you are experiencing itching skin at night, please take action immediately. Eczema will only worsen if left untreated. You may want to visit your general practitioner, or a dermatologist to learn more. You can also try natural remedies for eczema such as using natural soaps, lotions, and bath products.
What causes Eczema?
Eczema may be caused by allergies or asthma. It can also be caused by external irritants, which is why it is so important to use natural products, and soaps. Also, your skin’s moisture barrier may be another culprit of eczema. If the natural moisture barrier is damaged, it will allow germs to enter, while moisture escapes. This is yet another reason to use natural products that help your skin to retain its natural moisture.
Eczema Natural Treatment
If you or a loved one suffer from eczema or chronic dry skin, you know how important it is to find a natural remedy. Although prescription medications can offer help, they can also cause unwanted side effects, which often outweigh their benefits. Thankfully, there are many natural remedies for eczema and dry skin, which you can try. Here are a few of the best ideas:
- If you’re a fan of taking hot, steaming showers, this may be stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Opt instead for a quicker, cooler shower, to preserve your skin’s moisture barrier.
- If you’re scrubbing your skin with a scrub in the shower, you’ll want to toss that out, too. Remember, eczema prone skin is very sensitive and dry. Instead, try a gentle, natural soap that helps you to lock in moisture, and soothes your irritated skin.
- Winter weather may also be to blame for your itchy, dry skin. If you love to turn up your heat in the winter, this may also be robbing your skin of its much-needed moisture. Instead, try turning up the humidity by using a humidifier. This can help to seal in your skin’s natural moisture and preserve your sensitive skin.
- Various soaps using natural oils, and herbs are another excellent way to calm your skin and experience fast relief. Natural ingredients like honey, lavender, and olive oil can help to pacify your skin so that you can relax, and enjoy life.
We at Natural French Soap are proud to offer Aleppo soap, Savon de Marseille cubes, and Honey, Olive, and Lavender oval soaps, along with a range of beautiful French milled soaps, which have been proven to help calm the effects of eczema, and chronic dry skin. Try our eczema soaps, or feel free to reach out with any questions or comments you have in the box below. We’d be happy to assist you!
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