WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?
Eczema is a common skin condition that causes red, itchy, and inflamed patches on the skin. The exact cause of eczema is not known, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some common factors that can trigger or worsen eczema symptoms include:
Dry skin: When the skin is dry, it can become itchy, which can lead to scratching and further inflammation.
Irritants: Certain substances such as soaps, detergents, and cleaning products can irritate the skin and trigger eczema.
Allergens: Exposure to allergens such as pet dander, pollen, and dust mites can trigger eczema.
Stress: Daily Stress can weaken the immune system and trigger eczema symptoms.
Heat and sweat: Sweating can lead to itching and inflammation in people with eczema, especially in warm and humid environments. This also means eczema can be seasonal for you and wearing light, breathable clothing can be helpful.
Microbes: Bacteria, viruses, and fungi can infect the skin and trigger or worsen eczema symptoms.
Hormones: Hormonal changes in women, such as during pregnancy or menstruation, can trigger eczema or make symptoms worse. Hormonal imbalance causes by the stress hormone Cortisol also plays a huge role, especially in todays society.
Eczema happens to everyone, from infants to the elderly. It varies by age and geographic region. In developed countries, such as the United States, eczema affects about 10-20% of infants and around 3% of adults. In developing countries, the prevalence of eczema is generally lower.
Eczema is more common in children than adults, with about 60% of cases occurring in children under the age of 5. However, some people develop eczema for the first time as adults.
In terms of gender, eczema affects both men and women equally. People with a family history of eczema, asthma, or hay fever are more likely to develop eczema. This doesn't mean just because your family has it, so will you, you can change your chances with different habits and limiting exposure to triggers as I mentioned before.
Overall, eczema is a common condition that can be managed with proper treatment and good old self-care. If you're experiencing symptoms of eczema, it's important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
It's important to identify and avoid these triggers in order to manage eczema symptoms effectively or even prevent it.
5 NATURAL WAYS TO TREAT ECZEMA
There are several natural ways to treat eczema, including:
Moisturizing: Keeping the skin moisturized is essential in preventing eczema flares. Use a gentle moisturizer like shea butter to keep the skin hydrated and to prevent dryness.
Avoiding triggers: Identifying and avoiding triggers that can cause eczema flares is important. Some common triggers include stress, certain foods, fabrics, and soaps.
Taking an oatmeal bath: Adding colloidal oatmeal to a warm bath can help soothe eczema-prone skin. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and itching.
Using natural oils: Applying natural oils such as coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, or jojoba oil can help soothe eczema-prone skin. These oils have anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that can help reduce itching and dryness.
Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help improve gut health and strengthen the immune system. Studies have shown that taking probiotics may help reduce eczema symptoms in some people. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, and kimchi, or in supplement form.
Here are our Top 3 Products that have proven to help with Eczema
1. Raw Shea Butter: Shea Butter is the most popular base for eczema creams since it mimics the natural oils made by our skin, doesn't clog pores, and has anti-inflammatory benefits due to cinnamic acid.
2. Peace Body Butter with Lavender: Lavender calms irritation and helps you relax. This has a holistic affect on relieving eczema, from the inside out.
3. Silk Body Oil with African Hibiscus & Avocado oils: Hibiscus has natural AHA's (alpha hydroxy amino acids) that gently exfoliate skin, getting rid of unhealthy, dying skin cells seen with eczema and bringing out new bright radiant skin. This could also be helpful for fading the dark marks that come from scratching the itches. Use on moist skin after a shower or misting for best results.
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