Health & Fitness

Eczema uncovered

Eczema is a notoriously tricky condition to treat, partly because it is difficult to establish which stressors are triggering the reaction. Here are a few hints and tips from our Experts that could help to combat the uncomfortable symptoms of eczema.

Treat eczema from within

Shona Wilkinson, Head Nutritonist at nutricentre.com

Watch what you eat – It has been suggested that wheat, dairy, sugar and soya can trigger eczema. If symptoms are getting you down, try cutting back on these areas to see, if you notice any improvements.aW1hZ2VzLmpwZw==

Boost your omega-3 levels. The symptoms of eczema could be lessened by increasing your intake of healthy fatty acids.Try cooking with fresh unprocessed oils such as virgin olive oil and eating avocado, vegetables, seeds, nuts and steamed fresh fish.

Boost your vitamin and mineral intake. Choosing organic and fresh food and quality nutritional supplements can help beat the sore, itchy symptoms of eczema. Try chickweed, a traditional herbal remedy for skin irritation.

Reduce your stress levels. Stress is known to impact on the health of the skin and it can reduce immune defence mechanisms. Take five minutes to de-stress at the end of the day by deep breathing or yoga.

Treat eczema topically

Sonja Dymalovski, Skincare Expert at whatskinneeds.co.uk

Try using a moisturiser everyday to stop the skin becoming too dry. Look for products that contain Shea Butter, which improves the appearance of your skin, whilst also repairing it.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance which is found naturally in our body, so look for products that also contain hyaluronic acid, as this help reduce flaky skin, while giving your skin an extra boost of moisture.

If you suffer from red patches, try a serum or cream that contains niacinamide, which is also known as vitamin B3. This wonder ingredient works to reduce redness by strengthening the skin’s barrier.

Tea Tree Oil is a concentrated plant oil from the leaves of a Melaeuca altemifolia tree from Australia. Tea Tree Oil can help soothe sores, blisters and rashes because of its antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties, so look for gels and balms that contain Tea Tree Oil.

Lemon Essential Oil is another ingredient to look out for. It is low in pH balance, which makes it an antibacterial oil and antiseptic oil. Filled with Vitamin C it is also known to help create scar tissue and ligaments, and it also helps your skin repair itself too.

You should also avoid certain ingredients to ease your symptoms, like Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid and Retinol, which can severely dry out the skin or irritate it.

Preservatives like methylparaben or butylparaben can also lead to inflammation, so this is another ingredient to avoid, instead try using products with natural preservatives like neem oil or grapefruit seed extract.

No matter how soft and subtle a scent may be, ingredients that give fragrance to make-up of lotions can trigger eczema flare-ups! Pick make-up and skincare products that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin and look for products that don’t contain fragrances.

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