There’s dry, flaky skin, and then there’s eczema—which is ten times worse. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is an allergic disorder usually caused by a combination of environmental factors and genetics. The common symptoms include excessive skin dryness, itchiness, redness, inflammation, irritation, rashes—yes, the whole shebang!
Apart from environmental conditions, stress is a major factor, as the release of cortisol over a long period of time can cause inflammation. Irritants in soaps, detergents and cleaning products can also aggravate the problem. Changes in temperatures such as an increase in humidity, or cold and dry air can also cause dehydration and dryness. Some food items can also make you itch and break out.
How To Manage Eczema:
Here are the ingredients you can add to your skin-care ritual to soothe the annoying flare-ups.
1. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera being a humectant, helps in moisturising. It has soothing properties, and hydrates dry and itchy skin. It is a rich source of vitamins A, C, D and E, amino acids, polysaccharides, and phytosterols, which makes it a great ingredient to calm flare-ups and irritation.
2. Colloidal Oatmeal
Made by grinding oat grain into a fine powder, colloidal oatmeal is an excellent emollient, which means it’s great for softening and smoothing skin. It helps prevent and protect dry skin by locking in moisture. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties work wonders on rashes and redness.
3. Hemp Seed Oil
Apart from adding a nutty flavour to your salad, hemp oil can calm skin inflammation and keep skin nourished and moisturised. It contains omega-6 fatty acids and linolenic acid which helps in skin cell generation.
Dehydrated and dry skin needs a humectant. And honey is the best natural one. It not only soothes eczema flare-ups but also helps with wounds and sunburns. Use it as a mask on the affected area, wash it off after 20-30 minutes
5. Coconut Oil
Rich in vitamin E, this elixir is an amazing natural remedy to manage eczema. It deeply moisturises skin and soothes and softens skin. Apply good quality extra virgin oil on damp skin for best results.