All you need to know about eczema
Dealing with any kind of skin condition - whether we’re talking about psoriasis, rosacea or acne - can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Skin issues seem to be always present, they exist in the back of your mind and create an exhausting consciousness about your physical appearance and generate discomfort. Having to live with a skin condition like eczema is no different. Treating and caring for your skin becomes confusing, as there is a combination of factors that can cause your skin to flare up. In this article, we want to achieve clarity about what eczema is, what can influence it and how you should be treating your skin and yourself if you’re one of many who has to deal with the consequences of eczema.
What is eczema?
Eczema is an umbrella term for a group of skin conditions that can cause the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. The word eczema is often used when talking about atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. When someone suffers from atopic dermatitis, the skin barrier is impaired which means the skin doesn't hold water in like it's supposed to. This causes the signature flakes and dryness that is associated with eczema.
When someone suffers from atopic dermatitis, the skin barrier is impaired which means the skin doesn't hold water in like it's supposed to.
What can cause eczema?
There is often a genetic component to eczema, but there are a variety of external factors that can cause, worsen or improve it. The environment, certain food allergies, stress and hormones can definitely influence the occurrence and severity of eczema. Investing in a humidifier at home, and testing the effect on your skin when you avoid typical food allergens such as dairy, eggs and nuts is definitely recommended. Wool or synthetic fibers can also worsen eczema and make your skin feel itchy.
Investing in a humidifier at home, and testing the effect on your skin when you avoid typical food allergens such as dairy, eggs and nuts is definitely recommended.
How can you treat eczema?
A humidifier and the avoidance of typical allergens and irritating fabrics is definitely recommended. And then there is skincare of course! With everything that is available on the market, how should you treat your skin when suffering from eczema? The key lies in soothing ingredients, moisturizing, skin barrier-repairing formulas that do not contain harsh ingredients, sulfates, alcohol and fragrances. Exfoliation, synthetic skincare and makeup, micellar water, makeup removing pads are all to be avoided, as they tend to dry out your skin even more.
The ideal skincare routine for eczema-prone skin.
The ideal skincare routine for an eczema-prone skin starts with a nourishing, fragrance-free Oil Cleanser such as MAIWE’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser. Avoid hot water when rinsing your skin, as this also has a tendency to dry out your skin. Depending on the severity of your eczema you might want to follow with the Purifying Cream Cleanser, but if your skin is extremely red and irritated, the Nourishing Cleansing Oil will do just fine.
Next up is hydration. The Balancing Facial Cream is recommended to moisturize the skin deeply through its squalane and hyaluronic acid, and to repair the skin barrier, an important factor for eczema-prone skin. The probiotics in MAIWE’s Facial Cream help the ‘good bacteria’ in your skin barrier to get stronger and more numerous, which will avoid further inflammation and redness. A hydrating, breathable film on your skin’s surface will prevent the skin from losing more moisture
3. Repair and protect
Rosehip is an excellent natural ingredient to treat eczema. The main property we assign to rosehip is its regenerative capacity. Thanks to an elevated number of vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, rosehip contains particular anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that will offer benefits such as healthier, protected, smoother and more elastic skin. It will repair damaged skin tissue and minimize scarring that can appear from persistent scratching. The Rosehip Oil Serum is your greatest skincare ally when suffering from a skin condition such as eczema.
To finish your morning routine, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun with natural, mineral sunscreen.
MAIWE’s skincare line is entirely fragrance-free and free of common irritating ingredients such as alcohol, sulfates, parabenes and synthetic ingredients.
Want to know more?
Read the interview we had with Cate Ravano, the talented vegan chef based in Italy. She has suffered from eczema since childhood and is amazed by the results of our rosehip-based skincare.