Eczema is a common ailment that impacts a large proportion of the population. The condition plagues 20% of children and 4% of adults, afflicting them with a nasty set of symptoms. The good news is, there are remedies for the discomfort caused by the condition which are all-natural.
But what is eczema?
Eczema is not a disease or a singular condition – it is an umbrella term used to refer to the many issues that affect the skin as a result of different skin diseases. Some of the most common issues that are associated with the term include inflammation, dryness of the skin, peeling, and redness. Eczema only pertains to inflammation of the dermis – the topmost layer of skin on your body. When your skin loses moisture, causing it to peel and appear cracked, an immune response is stimulated, causing sensitivity and irritation.
There are many forms of eczema, all affecting different parts of the body in different ways. The most common ailments include:
- Atopic dermatitis, a condition often related to allergies
- Seborrheic dermatitis, which results in a dry scalp
- Dyshidrotic eczema, which causes fluid filled blisters to form on the skin
- Neurodermitis, which causes long term itchiness due to scratching
- Hand eczema
Eczema can be either acute or chronic and comes with a lot of associated symptoms, depending on the type. Some easily identifiable ones are:
- Inflammation. Your skin will appear red and swollen
- Itchiness, often difficult to abstain from scratching.
- Flaky dry skin
- Highly sensitive skin
- Cracked skin due to dryness
The most common form of dermatitis is hand eczema and it often goes undiagnosed.
Okay, so what can you do about it?
Luckily, eczema is a manageable condition. There are many natural ways to help reduce the impact of eczema on your daily life.
Firstly, be gentle with your skin! If you know your skin is sensitive to highly scented lotions and soaps, avoid them. Use sunscreen to protect your already delicate skin from further damage from the sun. Stick to unscented, dermatologist approved, skin products. Being proactive can go a long way in preventing your eczema from flaring up. A great product for getting your hydration fix is the M&R Essentials Certified Organic Skin Balance Balm, a soothing product with both antibacterial and antifungal properties. As it contains no artificial chemicals and additives, it makes an excellent replacement for store bought moisturisers containing fragrances and other inflammatory substances. It is a great way to get some moisture back into your irritated, dry skin.
Getting your diet in shape is also very useful in dealing with eczema. As it is an inflammatory condition, avoiding inflammatory foods is key. Processed foods with high sugar and fat content get a big “no”. Making sure you’re consuming foods that are high in fibre and boast probiotic benefits can be helpful. Yogurt, fruits, nuts and vegetables are all very good options. If you really want to get the benefits of a wholesome diet full of anti-inflammatory nutrients, you can bolster your health with some supplements. The M&R Essentials Gut Biome 1 Probiotic is a sustainably sourced, additive-free, multi strain probiotic that your immune system will thank you for. Paired with the M&R Essentials Fish Oil Omega-3 Plus, containing the vital Omega-3 fatty acid that is shown to reduce inflammation, you should see a dramatic difference in your eczema.
There are also topical treatment options to deal with eczema, such as healing oils and calming balms. Anti-inflammatory essential oils, such as lavender or tamanu, can soothe the skin, preventing flare ups. M&R Essentials Certified Organic Tamanu Oil is an excellent way to get your skin that essential oil fix it craves. The highly hydrating oil has antibacterial properties that prevent infection of damaged skin.