Many may have heard the word eczema yet still not fully grasp what this skin condition is. According to the National Eczema Association, 31 million Americans have some form of eczema. Many people deal with this skin condition and its time to continue the conversation and bring forth positive and effective changes.
So, what is Eczema?
Eczema is simply a condition when the immune system overacts thus the skin is dry, itchy, and inflamed. It usually starts at a young age and can be chronic where one can have flare ups throughout their lifetime.
Common characteristics of Eczema:
Cracked skin, rough/thick patches usually in the creases, small bumps on darkskin or red/swollen rash on fair skin.
What are the causes?
The common causes include irritants/allergens like (fragrance(soaps/detergents), food, metals, extreme temps, dust mites etc. So many people have various degrees of severity when it comes to eczema.
How do we treat it?
There are several treatments available, and we will discuss the simple /natural alternatives here.
First identify irritants/allergens and remove them. Second, avoid hot showers & limit frequent bathing as it strips the skin barrier. When skin is damp, apply thick creams/ lotion to the skin (i.e Shea Seasons body creams) to keep skin moisturized.
There are of course other prescription treatment modalities to speak with a dermatologist about.
Altogether, dealing with Eczema can be frustrating and sometimes even debilitating. I know first-hand how it can be overwhelming as my daughter struggled with it early on in her childhood until leaning into power of shea butter and other west African ingredients to with the creation of our Shea Body Cream. Take it one day at a time and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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