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What is eczema and how to treat irritated skin

What is eczema and how to treat irritated skin

A common condition for babies, facial eczema (or atopic dermatitis) can also occur on adult skin.
14 Aug 2020

A common condition for babies, facial eczema (or atopic dermatitis) can also occur on adult skin.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a term that refers to a group of conditions that cause skin inflammation and redness, normally resulting in dry, scaly and/or itchy skin with a rash-like appearance.The most common and chronic type of eczema is called Atopic dermatitis, but possible types of eczema also include Contact dermatitis (when your irritated skin is a direct result of the contact with irritants such as detergents or bleach), Dyshidrotic dermatitis (which causes blisters on hands and feet), Stasis dermatitis (which stems from blood flow problems), and others. While there is no permanent cure, there are many skincare products that can cater to eczema-prone skin and target the most common symptoms such as redness and dry patches on skin.

Why do I have eczema on my face?

Eczema-prone skin usually has a weakened skin barrier, which makes it hard to defend itself against irritants and allergens. Beyond factors such as genes and a compromised immune system, it can also be caused by environmental factors such as topical contact with an irritant (for example rough fabrics, soap or perfume), the weather, and even stress.

Where does facial eczema usually show up?

While eczema can occur anywhere, it is common to experience flare-ups on the scalp, the forehead, the eyelids and skin around the eyes (a very sensitive area to treat), and behind the ears. Babies in particular can suffer from eczema on the cheeks. There is also a particular type named Hand Eczema which may lead to red, itchy and/or dry irritated hands with cracks or blisters.

How to treat eczema?

When dealing with the skin on your face, you need to be particularly gentle. To prevent any further irritation, opt for a lipid-enriched anti-irritation face cleanser such as La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Softening Foaming Gel, a facial wash which is soap-, alcohol- colorant- and paraben-free.

What helps eczema on the body?

When it comes to your body moisturiser, the same rules apply: you need a skincare product designed specifically to help look after your skin which may be more prone to sensitivity and of course dryness. The Lipikar Baume AP+ by La Roche-Posay is a soothing body balm for itchy skin and eczema-prone skin that helps replenish the skin’s natural lipids, reduce tightness and soothe itching. Apply morning and evening after using your Lipikar Syndet AP+ gentle body wash for faster and more effective results. Skin feels instantly soothed and comfortable.

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