What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that can present itself in a variety of ways. It can occur all over the body but particularly in areas such as inner elbow, knees, wrists and ankles. It is generally linked to people with dry, sensitive skin.

Symptoms of eczema can vary between individuals but typically present as a mild to severe itchy red rash. It may also cause the skin to become dry and scaly and even cause small fluid filled bumps that can ooze; scratching the Eczema tends to exacerbate the inflammation and itching.

Eczema usually starts in babies or the very young – many people will outgrow it but it may continue into adulthood. With appropriate treatment, Eczema can be controlled but you should take to your doctor or dermatologist to make an proper diagnosis.

Who can get Eczema?

Most Eczema starts with babies and young children and most often occurs on their facial area, particularly cheeks, chin, scalp and chest

Children and adults tend to present with Eczema on their neck, wrists and ankles, inner elbow and knees but it can occur almost anywhere in the body.

Families with a history of asthma or allergies tend to be prone to Eczema, but it is good to remember that is not contagious and cannot be spread by skin contact with other people.

What causes Eczema?

The exact cause of Eczema is unknown; research suggests that is may be largely genetic or linked to families with a history of allergies. However there are many factors that may trigger or exacerbate the problem. Certain foods, allergens and even stress can cause an Eczema attack and individuals should work with their doctor to establish their specific trigger when it comes to these factors.

Irritants and perfumes found in certain soaps, shampoos, bath products and household cleaners are also likely to irritate and inflame Eczema prone skin. In addition sudden changes in weather, excessively hot or cold temperatures and high humidity are also thought to trigger and worsen Eczema.

How to treat Eczema?

There is no cure for Eczema but a dedicated and proper skin care regimen can go a long way towards relieving symptoms and controlling the condition. Most people with Eczema have dry and sensitive skin so the key to alleviating Eczema is moisturisation.

Dry skin is not caused by a lack of oils in your skin but by the inability of your skin to retain moisture properly. Therefore, it is critical to use a skin care range that locks in moisture and improves skin hydration.

That is why Epizone has developed several products to help mitigate and relieve the symptoms of Eczema, including rich moisturizing creams that are free of irritating perfumes or colourants. Our Epizone A range soothes and cools the skin, while Epizone LPC cream with tar therapy has anti-inflammatory and anti-scaling properties.

A good skin care and moisturizing regimen is one of the most important factors when coping with Eczema; however, it is always recommended to speak to your doctor or dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.