National Eczema Awareness Month
What is eczema?
Eczema is a non-contagious (contrary to popular belief) inflammatory rash identified by itching and redness. There are several different types of eczema but the most common types are:
Atopic Dermatitis: often chronic and associated with a family history.
Contact dermatitis: a result of skin contact with an allergen or irritating substance.
Who is affected by eczema?Eczema can affect anyone at any age, although it is often seen in infants and young children.
What causes eczema?No true cause of eczema has been determined but there are varying theories as to why it occurs. Atopic dermatitis can be the result of food sensitivities or intolerance's to things like gluten, dairy, eggs and soy. Eczema can also occur because of certain deficiencies to nutrients like zinc, selenium, and essential fatty acids. There is also evidence that stress can aggravate eczema symptoms.
How to ease symptoms of eczema?
- Moisturize the skin with coconut oil, calendula or essential fatty acids after a bath or shower.
- Test for food sensitivities and intolerance through a qualified professional.
- Consume 6-8 glasses of water each day to support skin and overall health.
- Avoid pro-inflammatory foods like refined sugar, fried foods and red meat.
- Increase your intake of leafy green vegetables.
- Applying Aloe Vera topically may sooth inching and inflamed skin.
- Avoid harsh chemical-based soaps.
- Find ways to manage or decrease stress.
- We are big fans of Glacier Mountain soap and lotion for easing eczema symptoms.
What supplements can help?
- Probiotics will help to support gut and immune function.
- Zinc helps to balance copper, which many eczema suffers are often too high in.
- Essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory.
- Digestive enzymes may help to alleviate digestive issue caused by the consumption of allergens.