Hello Gorgeous Ladies,
I bet you didn’t know this but October is not only Breast cancer awareness month, but Eczema awareness month as well. To commerorate this, we decided to dedicate a post to understanding and dealing with Eczema.
So, What is Eczema?
According to the PubMed Health website, Eczema is an Atopic Dermatitis, a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes.
What causes and triggers Eczema flare ups?
Eczema is mostly caused by an allergy in the skin that leads to redness, inflammation and long term swelling. Even though it is more common in children, specifically infants 2-6 months, some people still struggle with it even to adulthood. According to http://www.skincarephysicians.com/eczemanet/whatis.html type of eczema, irritant contact dermatitis, develops after frequent exposure to a mild irritant such as a detergent or brief exposure to a strong irritant such as battery acid. Another type, allergic contact dermatitis develops when an allergen (substance to which a person is allergic) touches the skin. Common allergens include poison ivy and nickel. A nickel allergy is actually one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis. Many everyday objects contain nickel, including coins, buttons, jewelry, and eyeglass
frames. Researchers believe that atopic dermatitis develops when many factors combine. These factors include inheriting certain genes, having an overactive immune system, and having something that dermatologists call a
“barrier defect.” A barrier defect is a term that means “gaps in the skin.” These gaps allow the skin to lose water too quickly. The gaps also allow germs and other things too small to see with the naked eye to enter the body.
Seborrheic dermatitis is another type of eczema that seems to develop when a number of factors interact. These factors include the person’s genes, yeast that live on human skin, stress, climate, and overall general health.
Research shows that seborrheic dermatitis tends to be severe in people who have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This indicates that the person’s immune system plays a role”. (SOURCE:http://www.skincarephysicians.com/eczemanet/whatis.html )
Eczema is a sign of sensitive skin, and should be treated as such especially when picking skin care products. Below are some triggers that can make the symptoms of eczema worse:
- Allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals
- Cold and dry air in the winter
- Colds or the flu
- Contact with irritants and chemicals
- Contact with rough materials, such as wool
- Dry skin
- Emotions and stress
- Exposure to too much water, such as taking too many baths or showers and swimming too often
- Feeling too hot or too cold, as well as sudden temperature changes
- Fragrances or dyes added to skin lotions or soaps