3 Tips for Getting Rid of Dry Skin Due to Eczema
First of all we will start with facts of eczema, so what actually is eczema?
Atopic Eczema is the most common form of eczema which affects children but can also carry on into adulthood. It can also run in families and also occurs along side other atopic conditions such as hay fever and asthma.
Seborrhoeic dermatits usually occurs where the skin is oily or greasy, it is more known as cradle cap which affects the scalp of babies and can sometimes be itchy.
Atopic eczema can be triggered by lots of things these may be common household products such as soaps, detergents, fragrences but it can also be triggered by temperature changes, sweating, animal fur, clothing materials. Less known factors that can also trigger it are:
- Lack of sleep
- family stress
- Changes in humidity
So you may be wondering “why is my childs skin dry?” well this may explain it..
In healthy skin the barrier is smooth, supple and strong it prevents water being lost and makes it harder for irritants such as soaps and allergens from from getting through the skin. But a child with eczema has less natural moisturising factors meaning skin cells are less good at holding water and the fats surrounding the skin cells break down. This means that trigger factors (irritants such as soaps and allergens) can easily penetrate the skin (oh no!)
There are ways to control the flares using emolients and topical sterioids.
It is important to remember that emollients form the basis of eczema management, but when your childs eczema is flaring, treatments, such as topical steroids, are stepped up and down depending on how bad the eczema is.
Topical steroids come in different strengths, your GP or pharmacist will prescribe the correct strength to treat the eczema. The item proscribed will depend on your childs age, the area affected and how bad the condition is.
Remember, that it is better to treat your childs eczema with the correct strength for a short time, rather than use a steroid that is too weak for a prolonged amount of time that may not be treating the condition.
Daily Skin care routine
Emollients (medical moisturisers) must be used several times a day, even when your childs skin is clear. They help to :
- restore the skin barrier
- reduce the number of flares
- stop irritants that can trigger
Unlike emollients (mainly rehydrate the skin) or steroids creams (mainly tackle the inflammation), Dermalex activates the skin’s own repair mechanism:
- It restores the skin barrier, treating all eczema symptoms.
- It fortifies the skin barrier, protecting from new flare ups.
Avoid using soaps and bubble baths as they can dry out the skin, instead use a soap substitute and a bath/shower emollient.
Adding bath oil to a warm bath can also help, after the bath apply moisturisers and lotions but also apply after nappy changes too!
So when your childs Eczema flares up or becomes dry and itchy, dont panic! cream them up , bath them in oil and use topical creams.