Eczema & Dermatitis Survival Guide

Anyone who has suffered from eczema or dermatitis knows how frustrating they can be. Both conditions affect our largest organ, the skin, and neither can be totally cured, which unfortunately means that people are prone to flare ups. But before you get too upset about it, we are here to help you. Here are our top tips for controlling eczema and dermatitis.

What is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes thick, itchy, dry, red patches on the skin. It is a genetic disorder, and can be triggered by things like stress, allergies, changes in temperature, or even excessive sweating. People with eczema often have a family history of asthma or allergies.

Dermatitis is a broader term used to describe skin irritations or an inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis can be caused by coming into contact with an irritant or allergen, or it can be present from childhood (like in most cases of eczema), it can also flare up in times of stress or ill health.

One of the most common types of dermatitis is Seborrheic Dermatitis. This type of dermatitis is characterized by itchy, red, scaly patches often found on the scalp, face or skin folds. The exact cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis is not known, but it tends to occur in areas of excess oil production, which lends to the shiny appearance sometimes found on the patches. Like eczema, this type of dermatitis can hereditary and it can also flare up from time to time.

Now that you know what the symptoms for these skin irritations are, let’s talk about treating them. While these conditions aren’t curable, there’s no need to worry as it is quite easy to control them with the right products.

How to treat them:

While neither condition can be completely cured, they can absolutely be controlled. Avoiding hot water or perfumed body products and keeping stress levels as low as possible can help. In the meantime, here are our favorite products to take sooth your skin.

Hamilton Sunscreen’s Eczema Cream was specially developed to help soothe the skin and relieve the symptoms of eczema. It is lanolin-free and is so gentle that it can be used every day, even on the most sensitive skins.

If your eczema is showing up on your face, try Murad’s Sensitive Skin Smoothing Serum. It contains grape seed and cucumber extract to calm your skin down and increase hydration levels. Plus, the light serum texture won’t feel heavy on your skin.

Seborrhoe Control Solution by Cellucur is an anti-bacterial gel that is specially formulated to treat the oily skin that often accompanies seborrheic dermatitis.  It contains AHAs to gently purify the skin and restore normal oil production.

If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis on your scalp, try Philip B’s Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo. It contains sage and aloe vera to soothe your scalp and reduce itching, as well as coal tar and tea tree oil to clear out flakes and normalize cell production.

 

Aseya Atiq

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