Eczema is more than the itchy and dry condition that skin gets into because its cold out or because youve been out in the sun too long. Eczema is a disease where inflammation of the skin can lead to redness, itching, the outbreak of lesions and discharge of pus. Many today are affected by the condition and there is no known cure to date. So treatment of eczema has mainly been leveled at relief so the affected person can live a normal life despite the condition, or until it goes away of its own accord.
The main purpose of the bodys skin is to prevent loss of water from the body and to act as a barrier against toxins, viruses and bacteria. Eczema attacks the skin, so that if scratching occurs it breaks open the skin and causes gaps in the protective barrier. This makes the person more prone to infection. And the skin does not store hydration as it should resulting in greater evaporation of skin humidity, which results in, you guessed it, more itching and dryness.
Eczema relief then becomes important, because if you can stop the scratching of dry itchy skin then the worst of the disease can be fought. And natural skin moisture can actually be restored. The most popular form of eczema relief is the application of a soothing eczema cream or skin balm. Eczema cream keeps the skin hydrated with a combination of oil and water-based elements. Eczema creams vary product to product, and its important to know the differences. The wrong cream not only wont help, but can make the situation worse.
Stopping scratching is the primary target of eczema relief and treatment. Eczema brings on itchiness, which prompts scratching, leading to rashes. Scratching must be stopped because the scratching runs the risk of permanently scarring the skin and can definitely lead to infections.
It is important to consult a dermatologist at the first sign of eczema. Seeking consultation before the cycle starts can mean a manageable and easy treatment. Eczema cream stands at the forefront of these remedies. There are hundreds of eczema creams, and each is suffused with differing ingredients. They could contain steroids or other medications, perfumes and fragrances, or contain all-natural substances. Different medications and ingredients in different solutions have varying results, because of the different ways they get delivered to the skin.
There are some cases where the dry skin treatment needs to be absorbed into the skin slowly. In this case a petroleum ointment is best. Or if the solution needs to be absorbed into the skin very quickly then a normal eczema cream is best. Always consult with a dermatologist as a first action to determine which is needed.
Natural skin care is best; the more natural ingredients the better. The top performing lotions for dry skin use ingredients like Vitamin A, D & E, lanolin and aloe vera which are very effective at soothing the skin and keeping it healthy.
Avoid any eczema creams with fragrances, perfumes or a lot of extra ingredients. These can make the eczema worse. For example, a solution with ingredients like glycerin or rose water, common as these are, can actually increase dryness in areas of skin affected by eczema. Again, in consultation with a dermatologist you can determine which ingredients (or lack thereof) will work best for each individual case of eczema. Youre looking for an dry skin care cream that works for you, and serves to sooth and moisturize the skin by penetrating deep down to stop inflammation and itching.
Cortisone is an ingredient to watch for in an eczema cream. It can serve as a good short-term application to remedy scratching, but cortisone can result over time in skin thinning, stretch marks and even depigmentation. Additionally, studies have shown that when cortisone enters the blood it has a suppressive impact on the adrenals in the bloodstream.
If you follow the above and the advices of your dermatologist, then a workable treatment can be undertaken to bring the eczema to a manageable level. A better quality of life can be achieved, not plagued by the irritation and constant reminder of the condition. For instance, reducing the temptation can be all the difference needed between having uninterrupted focus on a work project and the nagging irritation that robs ones concentration. Or being able to get an uninterrupted, comfortable, full nights sleep!