Many of us suffer from skin rashes, bumps, redness, and itching. Each can appear as an intermittent skin symptom, or can point to a chronic issue that might be due to any number of factors, like diet, allergies, genetics, or environmental pollution. Sometimes, persistence of these sorts of irritated skin symptoms point to the presence of an underlying chronic condition: Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, or Dermatitis. But what are the differences between these skin issues, and how do you come up with a treatment plan that works for you?Eczema
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that you can ‘grow out of,’ ‘grow into,’ or simply experience via intermittent flare ups throughout your life. It’s an allergic reaction that produces extremely red, dry patches on different areas of your body. Other symptoms include cracking and flaking, extreme discoloration, scaling, and risk for infection. Eczema can be an extremely uncomfortable condition to deal with: it causes a great deal of itching, and subsequent skin damage that requires after-treatments. It’s usually triggered by exposure to allergens (chemicals in cosmetics, soaps and detergents are a common culprit), environmental factors like extreme temperature changes or low humidity, and even hormonal changes. For some, animal dander can be a trigger, so often pets will be a no-go for those suffering from eczema.
How can you ease its symptoms?
When it comes to soothing ingredients, try applying jojoba! Jojoba oil benefits range from itch relief to skin protection. With a chemical structure similar to that of your skin’s natural lipid barrier, jojoba oil is an incredible tonic that won’t disrupt the PH or lipid balance of those suffering from inflammatory conditions–and because of that its a favorite among those suffering from eczema. Finely ground organic oats is another popular natural vegan treatment for Eczema. Finely grinding oats in a food processor and adding them to a warm bath can help soften and calm inflamed skin. Post-bath, make sure you apply a heavy oil-based moisturizer like jojoba, coconut oil, or shea butter.
It’s recommend that you avoid taking ultra hot showers and to steer clear of any conventional cosmetics containing foaming detergents, any lab derived glycolic or salicylic acids, preservatives like methylparaben or butylparaben, and artificial fragrances.