Eczema Prone Skin
What is Eczema
Eczema is a skin condition that causes intense dry, red, and itchy skin. The two most common types are atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is flare-ups that occur because of a family history with the condition. Contact dermatitis is flare-ups that are motivated by exposure to allergens or irritants.
Eczema is referred to as "chronic" because there is no cure and symptoms can reappear or "flare-up" at any time. Eczema most often affects the area behind the knees, around the elbows and sometimes on hands, as well as the face. Specific / localized patches of dry, itchy and red skin are consistent with eczema.
Millions of Canadians have eczema, but only 50% have been diagnosed by their health care providers. Eczema usually starts in childhood. Twelve to 25% of all Canadian children get eczema, and while many outgrow the condition, 80% will have dry, irritable skin their whole lives.
Of the three most common symptoms of eczema - red, dry, itchy skin - the primary complaint is itchiness, which often leads to excessive scratching. With eczema, the itchiness regularly causes rashes. Inflamed skin from the rash causes more itchiness, and as the itching persists, the patches often seem to spread and grow larger. Some may even experience a burning sensation at the site as well.
Steps in Managing Eczema Prone skin
Preventing flare-ups is key to managing eczema prone skin.
- Stay clear of known environmental triggers (may include fragrance, dyes, certain foods, stress, sweat)
- People with eczema often have sensitive skin, so look for products suitable for sensitive skin
- Remove dirt and bacteria from the skin on a daily basis by using a gentle cleanser instead of soap
- Apply a moisturizing cream morning and night and immediately after bathing to lock in moisture
- Look for products that do not disrupt the skin’s natural moisture barrier, such as cleanser and moisturizer products that are free of sodium-lauryl sulfate (SLS)
If you experience a flare-up, talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist about medicated options available. Continuing to follow the steps above during a flare-up along with using a medicated product should help to minimize the severity and duration of the flare-up.
3 Simple Steps
A daily skin care routine is important in managing your eczema prone skin. Consistently using the right products and having both a morning and night routine is key to keeping your skin clear and healthy-looking.
Spectro EczemaCare & E-Care
1 CleanseWhether face or body, use a soap-free, irritant-free gentle cleanser. Spectro Derm® Cleanser for Dry Skin or Spectro Kids® Moisturizing Body Wash are good choices for skin that is very dry and sensitive.
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2 MoisturizeImmediately after cleansing or bathing, apply a generous amount of moisturizing cream all over the body, not just on eczema prone areas. Spectro E-Care™ Intense Rehydration Cream and Spectro Kids E-Care™ Intense Moisturizing Cream are irritant-free, non-medicated creams that help restore dry skin and lock in moisture.
Spectro EczemaCare® medicated cream
3 TreatWhen experiencing a flare-up, a medicated cream may be needed to help reduce inflammation and break the itch-scratch cycle. Spectro EczemaCare® Medicated Cream is available behind the counter from your pharmacist. Consult a doctor or pharmacist for other medicated options, or for treating flare-ups on children under the age of 12.