3 Eczema Busters
Winter is here and while for most people that means holiday shopping, hot chocolate and walks in the snow, for me, the extreme change in temperature triggers my eczema – which means skin that is red, inflamed, itchy and when I’m really lucky – blisters! Eczema is one of those misunderstood skin conditions – anyone can get it so it’s important to know which type you have:
Atopic eczema is caused by a problem from within the body and you are born with a tendency for your skin to become inflamed – which various parts of your skin do either occasionally or frequently.
Contact eczema also known as contact dermatitis is easier to deal with as it’s caused by something external. This typically causes patches of inflammation on areas of skin which have come into contact with the offending substance. Figure out what’s causing it and avoid it, and the problem goes away.
As I’ve mentioned, extreme changes in temperature are my big trigger so mine is always at it’s worst in the winter and summer but there are other factors that can be a problem for both types including soaps, detergents and cleaning products, perfumes, cosmetics and beauty products (the horror!), food allergies, dust mites (I’d be in trouble if that was an issue for me!) and pets (see ya Fido!)
Believe me, I have tried a lot of products in my quest for the holy grail that would rid me of the pain, itchiness and scaly skin issues and so far, these three have worked the best for me:
A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream combines rhealba oat plantlets extract, filaxerine and Vitamin B5 to soothe skin irritation and restore the skin barrier. It’s replenishing and moisturizing to reduce skin dryness and discomfort with a creamy texture which is great for the face or the body. $27.50 for 200ml
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP contains niacinamide to fight against the causes of irritation and restore the skin barrier, shea butter (20%) and canola oil, rich in Omega 3 and 6 to intensely restore lipids to make the skin supple and soft again. Specially formulated for extremely dry, irritated skin subject to itchiness. $25 for 200ml.
Diane Lai Soothe has organic shea butter and kernel oil, which is rich in natural vitamins A,B,D,E. As well as cold-pressed organic grape seed oil, which is a natural moisturizer that is rich in antioxidants to help comfort skin irritations and contains natural oils and anti-itch remedies to prevent further scratching and inflammation. $34 for 30ml
Try adding a sprinkle of baking soda or uncooked oats to a warm bath for a skin-soothing effect.