Finally…an answer for eczema
FINALLY…AN ANSWER FOR ECZEMA
Skin problems affect our health, confidence and wellbeing, and until now eczema sufferers have lived in hope of a breakthrough …this could be the best skin care discovery yet.
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is described as an inflammatory skin condition, characterised most dry, inflamed and itchy patches of red skin1, it’s extremely common, can develop anywhere on the body, and is notorious for being tricky to treat, the main reason being, until now scientist haven’t really understood what was happening to our skin to cause it to react this way.
COULD THIS BE THE ANSWER FOR ECZEMA?
For the past decade, scientists have been aware that eczema is associated with a genetic lack of filaggrin, a vital protein that binds keratin fibres in epithelial cells. By creating a living skin equivalent, the groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Newcastle shows for the first time that the loss of this protein alone is enough to alter key proteins and pathways involved in our skin’s barrier function that triggers eczema2.
Now scientist know the cause, they can get to work developing treatments that get to the actual root of the problem instead of just managing the symptoms…so watch this space.
TAKING CARE OF ECZEMA-PRONE SKIN
With winter fast approaching – the prime time for eczema breakouts – take care of eczema-prone skin by following these tips and strategies to minimise the effects.
Although a hot shower in winter is super appealing, if you have eczema prone skin, very hot water does not do your skin any favours. Our outermost skin cells help our skin retain moisture by producing a very thin layer of oil, but super-hot water breaks that natural moisture barrier. Stick to short, warm showers only.
Making a kind and caring skin care choice is important for eczema-prone skin. Skin cleansers that contain soap and other artificial chemicals can be extremely dehydrating - if your skin feels tight and taught after cleansing - your skin care is having a drying effect. Eczema-prone skin needs to retain as much moisture as possible. Santé by ENJO skin care range uses fine fibres that cleanse and exfoliate your skin harnessing nothing but the skin-loving properties of water, for hydrated and comfortable skin.
The barrier function of eczema-prone skin is compromised, and extra moisture is essential to sooth and nourish. Choose natural, organic and fragrance-free options, apply directly to cleansed skin while it’s still a little damp to lock in extra moisture, and reapply as required throughout the day to keep your skin satisfied.
Avoid artificial fragrances where possible; from hand wash, washing-up liquid, laundry detergent, moisturisers and makeup – choose natural and fragrance-free to avoid aggravating already sensitive skin or prompting a flare-up.
CHEMICAL-FREE GENTLE EXFOLIATION
Eczema and exfoliating pose a skin care problem; you don’t want to aggravate the affected area, but you also want to slough away the dry and flaky skin. The best way to approach exfoliation is opting for a kind and chemical-free choice, minimising exfoliation to once a week maximum, and being extremely gentle. Follow with a soothing moisturiser and reduce the frequency of exfoliating if you experience a flare-up.
IDENTIFY AND AVOID TRIGGERS
Eczema flare-ups often appear to be random, but usually, there’s an underlying trigger for your skin to behave this way. Try keeping track of products you’ve used, fabrics you’ve been wearing, foods you’ve eaten or even if you’ve been exposed to sudden changes in temperature; these are all triggers known to increase symptoms such as itching, inflammation and dryness.
Although the reason is unknown, emotional stress is known to be associated with eczema. Practising morning and evening meditation sessions for a few minutes every day is shown to help relax the body and mind which in turn, could help reduce eczema symptoms related to stress.