Battling with eczema is a struggle that millions of us go through every day. Eczema is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘to boil over’, a name that does justice to just how angry, inflamed and itchy your skin feels during flare-ups. There’s no outright cure for eczema but by putting into place a healthy skincare regime, inevitable flare-ups will be less often and less severe.
Here’s where things can get frustrating, it can be a long process of trial and error before rooting out your eczema triggers. Are you stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Is it humid? Hot? Windy? Cold? Have you got a dog? Seventeen cats? Dust mites? Had any red wine with dinner last night? Tomatoes? Curry? Strawberries? Are you a smoker? Perfume wearer? Have you changed your washing powder or fabric softener? As you can see, working out your triggers is a tough task, but well worth the effort and once pinned down, should be avoided like the plague.
The Itch-Scratch-Itch Cycle
Eczema shows up most commonly in the elbow crease and behind the knees, but angry, rough, bumpy patches can strike anywhere. Flare-ups start off moderately itchy but before long you’re going to town, scratching with determination, soon that moderate itch becomes a full-blown firestorm, angrier and more inflamed than before. Anything you can do to take the intensity out of the itchiness will greatly help with how severe your flare-ups get. We’ll dive into anti-itch skincare down below.
Arguably worse than the maddening itchiness is the blow eczema can cause to your confidence. Just remember that no one else even notices your flare-ups and stressing over how they look can be a vicious circle that makes things worse. Stress and anxiety are not only the most common triggers for eczema, but the hardest to recognise.
Skincare for Your Symptoms
While there is no cure, we can use skincare to help tackle eczema in three key areas:
To help break the itch-scratch-itch cycle with a soothing product
Decrease the vulnerability to flare-ups by boosting the skin’s overall hydration
Target flare-ups directly with an ultra-hydrating serum