When it comes to eczema, do you what to look for and how to treat it?


Eczema is the term given to a group of skin concerns causing an inflammatory reaction within the skin, the skin responds by becoming swollen and itchy. Eczema can affect people of all ages and usually starts from as early as infancy.


There are a few different forms of eczema, with the most common being atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. This causes the skin to flare up, becoming red, dry and itchy. Flare up frequency varies from person to person, and in some cases it can last weeks.


As eczema occurs as an auto-immune response, there is no eczema cure; however the symptoms accompanying eczema can be minimized significantly by doing the following:


Avoiding eczema triggers and irritants:


Certain irritants to the skin can act as triggers which cause eczema flare ups. Possible food allergies may cause eczema and it is worthwhile investigating this if you are prone to eczema flare-ups. It is also advisable to avoid using soaps and bubble baths which dry out the skin and cause irritation. Biological washing detergents are also a factor, as well as certain fabrics such as wool. It has also been found that it is possible for eczema to be triggered by house dust mites. As eczema is often caused by allergies, the elimination of these allergy stimulators may be of benefit to the eczema-prone. Seek medical assistance in the case of severe allergies.


Try not to scratch your eczema-inflamed areas:


Although the urge to scratch itchy, inflamed areas can be tempting, it is important to try and avoid this as scratching will only make your eczema worse. Scratching exacerbates the inflammatory response and may lead to possible scarring and hyperpigmentation.


Use moisturizers and emollients:


When one has atopic eczema, skin usually becomes very dry and therefore needs constant moisturisation. Emollients offer protection against irritants and reduce the severity of the eczema flare up. Doing this also helps prevent further itching. Eczema sufferers often use a variety of emollients in the form of creams and barrier-protective ointments. Opt for products that are fragrance and colourant free, so as to not further aggravate the eczema condition. These products should be used as often as possible.


Products within the DermaFix and MD Prescriptives by DermaFix range assisting with the management and healing of eczema:


Intensive Scar Repair from the MD Prescriptives range by DermaFix is a superior emollient combining the healing power of CopperPeptide along with a series of clinically proven active dermaceutical ingredients assisting with the natural production of both collagen and elastin. Boosts skin healing with anti-inflammatory properties for all skin types in need of repair.


DermaFix’s Skin ResQ offers rich hydrating blend of natural waxes and glycerol which reveal smooth and hydrated skin. Skin ResQ may be used sparingly as a long-lasting skin moisturiser, keeping the skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. The occlusive ingredients have been shown to reduce water loss by 98% thus offering effective barrier restorative capabilities.


Eczema can be an annoyance to sufferers, but by using the correct products and by looking after your health, it can be managed effectively.