Friday, December 7, 2012
My sister and my nephew both have eczema. To be honest, I didn’t know much about it other than that it was a skin condition. Here are a few things that I’ve recently learned about eczema. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form. When healthy, the external layer of your skin act as a protective barrier but for people with eczema, the skin has a deficiency in the external layer that allows the moisture to escape and causes chronic dryness. When skin is dry an unprotected, irritants can reach the sensitive layers below and cause uncomfortable itch flare-ups. People with eczema are more susceptible to irritants or allergens, which trigger inflammation-producing cells that result in itching and redness. WOW, having eczema really stinks!
While I don’t have eczema, I have seen my sister struggle with having it. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from eczema. 70% of eczema cases start in children under 5 years of age.
Now there is a product to help treat eczema! NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ is the #1 doctor recommended brand for an over-the-counter ointment to help with eczema. There is a daily moisturizing cream, daily body wash, and anti-itch cream. Each product has a unique Relipid™ formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain moisture that is essential for healthy looking skin.
The worst time for eczema is fall and winter. During the fall, try to keep stress low. Make sure to focus on a regular skin care routine. During the winter, try to keep skin warm and protected when outside. A thick, protective moisturizer helps with windburn. A humidifier in your bedroom and help to add moisture to the dry air and of course continue with a regular skin routine.