Believe it or not, the vast majority of eczema sufferers are children. According to Web MD, eczema affects 10-20% of children and only 3% of adults, however, most children outgrow this disorder by the age of 10. Many doctors treat eczema with topical steroids and/or cortisone creams that can be extremely effective, however, many of them have not been studied and tested for use in children for more than 28 days.
Doctors are not certain on what causes eczema, but believe it is due to either an allergic reaction to an irritant; there also seems to be a correlation between asthma and allergies and eczema. Eczema starts as itchy patches of skin that eventually turn red, and in darker skinned people, the patches can even be black or brown, and are often on the face, but can be all over the body. If you look deeper at this skin condition, especially in children, oftentimes the patches can make them self conscious and possibly even cause social anxiety. Also, when you’re itchy, it is very difficult to think about anything else; the lack of focus and concentration could begin to affect school and work life. Although eczema isn’t life threatening, it can disrupt a child or adult’s life.
Getting Rid of Eczema
In this guide we will give you step by step instructions on how to go stage left and exit from eczema!!
- Take cooler showers or baths. Warmer water can dry out the skin, however, water in general is a nice hydrator for your skin.
- Be sure to use very mild soaps and shampoos that are not drying to the skin. Also, products that do not contain a ton of dyes, fragrance, or harsh chemicals that can cause an eczema flare up.
- While your skin is still damp you want to use a very emollient cream that will work to seal in the moisture. We recommend SONIA Signature Shea Butter which is rich in vitamin E. The fatty acids provide a high moisture content and also has anti-bacterial properties that could help with itchiness.
- If you’re currently in a flare up, you want to make sure to give the affected area extra attention. Moisturize with the Shea butter at least 2-3 times a day.
- If you have darker skin and eczema is affecting your pigmentation, our signature blend can also help in that area because it’s working to restore your collagen.
- Try to avoid wool fibers or any itchy material, which could possibly cause a flare up or make a flare up worse.
Following these simple steps could help you to reduce flare ups, and get through them more quickly.