Eczema is a word that means irritated skin. Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation. Doctors don’t really know why some people get eczema.
There are a couple of expected causes and factors:
Heredity: If your family have eczema, you might get it too.
Asthma and allergies: If you have asthma or allergies, you’re more likely to get eczema.
Environment/Location: Eczema is more common in cities, polluted areas and in the northern part of the world.
When you have eczema, it means your immune system is working too hard. So that makes your skin overreact to something and get all itchy and full of rashes.
If you have eczema, you might not itch all the time. It’s sort of like eczema goes into remission. Certain things provoke it and make you start itching. These things are called triggers and you should try to avoid them if you can.
More than 30 million Americans have some form of eczema and you can’t catch it, or give it, to someone else. Learning more about what kind of eczema you have and what may have triggered it, is the best starting point to treating and managing it.
There are several different types of eczema that you should know about:
All types of eczema cause itching and redness, but some may also cause your skin to blister and peel.
How To Treat Eczema?
Treating any disorder, including eczema, is best done by taking a holistic approach. This means treating it inside and out.
The correct treatment for any patient depends on age, medical history, how bad symptoms are and other factors. Eczema can be a very frustrating skin condition to remedy.
Eczema treatment has 4 main goals:
Control the itch.
Heal the skin.
You’ll probably need to use a mix of remedies to get the best results. Here a few:
Soak in a warm bath or take a shower and then moisturize immediately afterward (within 3 minutes). You can help calm specific symptoms of eczema by adding bleach, vinegar, salt, oatmeal or baking soda to your bath water.
Corticosteroid creams, solutions, foams, and ointments. These treatments made with hydrocortisone steroids can quickly relieve itching and reduce inflammation. They come in different strengths, from mild over-the-counter (OTC) treatments to stronger prescription medicines. OTC hydrocortisone is often the first thing doctors recommend to treat mild eczema.
NSAID ointment. Now there is a new prescription non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory called Eucrisa used to treat mild to moderate forms of eczema.
Barrier repair moisturizers, like the Avon Derma Soothing Moistury Therapy line. You can get these over the counter and by prescription. They help lock water into your skin, repair damage, and ease dryness, redness and itching.
Home Skin Care. Bathe only in warm water. Apply moisturizers daily. Do it right after you bathe or wash your hands. Choose fragrance-free moisturizers that won’t irritate you. Know your triggers. Ease stress. Avoid getting overheated.
One such home skin care product suitable for eczema prone skin is a product by Avon called Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Wash & Body Lotion. These 2 products work in combination with each other to address the 5 issues of extreme dryness which plague eczema sufferers.
This specially formulated lotion delivers the powerful moisturizing benefits of an ointment in a light cream format. Unique formula, enriched with nourishing skin lipid complex, immediately replenishes skin’s moisture content to help heal extra dry skin and prevent moisture loss.
It is only $12 and received a customer rating of 4.4 out 5 stars.
BENEFITS • Infused with Vitamin E, soothing aloe and chamomile • Suitable for eczema prone skin • Targets 5 concerns of extreme dryness • Clinically shown to help soothe dryness associated with eczema-prone skin • Lightweight, non-sticky and non-greasy • Absorbs quickly, spreads easily and dries quickly • Fragrance free and paraben free • Colorant and dye free • Hypoallergenic • Allergy tested and dermatologist tested
Reviews: Here is what some customers have had to say:
Vickie from Madison, NC wrote: “I have eczema so regular lotion justcwon’t do the job for me. I have very dry hands that get worse and worse, especally in the change of seasons and winter, as well as in increase in hand washing. This product has become one of my “go to’s.” It absorbs fast and last for a long time. It is one of the few products that I can look at my hands 30 minutes later and still see the results-most products just disappear on me in about 15-20 minutes. It is much less greasy feeling than my other options. It does feel slightly grease for a few minutes after I put it one but I just rub my palms with a tissue and I good to go. It also has a more neutral smell so it is not perfumy or mediciny smelling like a lot of products. I love this lotion.”
Rebelsgrl from Mustang, OK writes: “I have bad allergies and eczema. I have super dry skin. There is nothing on the market that helps hydrate my skin like this product. It’s amazing and lasts all day. I use it every day after my shower. I pray Avon never stops making my this.”
CrazyJayne from West Chester, PA shares: ” can’t say enough positive things about this product. I’ve never written a product review, but I feel so strongly about Avon Derma Lotion that I just had to share my experience. It has been my miracle product for eczema. During the cold, dry months, my hands become so dry and cracked that they bleed and scab. I’ve tried numerous over-the-counter products from local drug stores and none of them have worked. Plus, I had to apply these lotions several times a day. Nothing worked without a prescription (expensive if no insurance). I decided to give Derma Lotion a try. After applying Derma Lotion I felt and saw positive results immediately. The itch was reduced significantly and the cracks started to fade. I had to apply frequently throughout the first week; however, as the weeks progressed, the application was less and less. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has been suffering from eczema. As a side note, my teenage son was working as a part-time dishwasher and had similar symptoms as eczema due to the bleaching agents in the cleaning products. I gave him my Derma Lotion and it worked wonders. I’m ordering another tube. I hope Avon will sell larger (.5 or 1 gallon) pump bottles in the future.”