Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. It is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms. It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else. Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children. Those who “grow out” of their eczema during early childhood may see it recur again in later life.
In the UK, one in five children and one in twelve adults have eczema while eczema and contact dermatitis account for 84-90% of occupational skin disease.
What causes Ezcema?
Atopic eczema is a genetic condition based on the interaction between a number of genes and environmental factors. In most cases there will be a family history of either eczema or one of the other ‘atopic’ conditions i.e asthma or hay fever.
What are the Symtpoms of Ezcema?
In mild cases of eczema, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection.
Managing Ezcema Symtpoms
- Stay clear of known environmental triggers (may include fragrance, dyes, certain foods, stress, sweat)
- People with eczema often have sensitive skin, so look for products suitable for sensitive skin
- Remove dirt and bacteria from the skin on a daily basis by using a gentle cleanser instead of soap
- Apply a moisturizing cream morning and night and immediately after bathing to lock in moisture
- Look for products that do not disrupt the skin’s natural moisture barrier, such as cleanser and moisturizer products that are free of sodium-lauryl sulfate (SLS)
All products in this section are suitable for Ezcema/Psoriasis Prone Skin