" People who suffer from eczema have an over-reactive immune system that responds to the external or internal triggers by producing inflammation."
Dealing with an eczema flare-up can be very frustrating, especially when it is on the face. About 6 million people in the UK and 18 million people in the US suffer from eczema. It can affect everyone from babies to elderly people.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition with symptoms including dry, scaly, itching skin and redness. This chronic condition makes skin more vulnerable to various infections, such as cold sores, warts and pus-filled bumps.
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What causes Eczema?
There is no definite answer for the causes of eczema. Scientists believe that it is caused by the combination of genes and other contributing factors. People who suffer from eczema have an over-reactive immune system that responds to the external and or internal triggers by producing inflammation. This inflammation causes the skin to become painful, itchy and red. When you have eczema, your skin's barrier function is weakened, hence, your skin is more prone to dryness, irritation and pathogenic infection.
The Commonly Known Triggers of Eczema
The best way to reduce the frequency and severity of eczema flare-ups is by avoiding the known triggers. These triggers can be different from one person to another. In general, there are 2 types of contributing factors to eczema flare-ups:
1. External Factors
Avoid anything that can dry out or irritate your skin. Dry skin conditions can trigger eczema flare-ups. There are some chemicals used in the household and personal care products that make your skin dry, itchy and red. Some years ago, out of sudden, I suffered from eczema on the skin just below my ears. At that time, I was experimenting with Phenoxyethanol and Octyl Methoxycinnamate for product research and development. Fortunately, I haven't had any flare-up since I stopped experimenting with these ingredients. Please be well informed that for many other people, these chemicals will not usually cause any problem when they are used according to the regulation in the UK (EU) or US.The other external factors that can trigger eczema flare-ups include pollution, cigarette smoke, extreme temperatures and harsh weather conditions. People who suffer from eczema find that their skin condition is often worse during the winter.
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2. Internal Factors
Beside genetic predisposition; stress, fatigue/exhaustion and some foods can trigger eczema flare-ups. Some people may find that eating nuts, wheat or drinking milk can trigger the eczema flare-ups.
How to Cope with Eczema on Your Face
Suffering from eczema on the face can affect our self confidence. To help reduce the severity and frequency of eczema flare-ups, do these following things:
1. Keep your skin well hydrated at all times
It is particularly important for people who suffer from eczema to keep their skin well-hydrated at all times. If your skin is prone to dryness and irritation, gently massage 4 to 6 drops of Chamomile & Cacay Oil into clean face and neck. Formulated with blue chamomile, rice bran and cacay oil to lock in moisture and strengthen skin's natural defense. This extra nourishing yet quick-absorbing face oil helps protect your skin from the harsh elements.
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2. Eat healthily
Having a balanced diet helps strengthen our skin's barrier function. Foods that are rich in healthy fats such as avocado and fatty fish, help nourish and strengthen your skin internally. Eating these kind of foods is greatly beneficial for people who suffer from eczema.
Cutting down on sugar consumption will also help reduce the severity and frequency of eczema flare-ups. Sugar is known to cause inflammation in the body. High intake of sugar has been associated with various chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and eczema.
3. Be Gentle With Your Skin
Those who are affected by eczema tend to have sensitive skin. Be gentle with your skin, avoid scratching even when it is itching. Scratching may further damage your skin and makes it even more vulnerable to infection.
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4. Seek a proper medical help
It is very important to seek a medical help when the symptoms are getting worse. Avoid any skin infection at all cost. Last but not least, there is no cure yet for eczema, however, some treatments may help reduce the symptoms.
Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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