What is eczema and what causes eczema?
Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. There are several types of eczema: Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis. According to Medical Daily, “Eczema affects three percent of adults worldwide, but is also common among children…”
Eczema can most commonly be found on the hands and feet, inside of elbows, back of knees, and cheeks, and what eczema causes, is leaving the skin scaly, blistered, and easily irritated. Eczema can be caused by environmental factors, bacteria exposure, allergens and genetics and ranges from mild, moderate to severe.
Whether acute or extreme, one thing’s for sure, eczema can be extremely stubborn. If you’re personally struggling with eczema, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Read below for tips and insight on how you can take control of your skin!
What to avoid:
Excessive sweat, stress, alcohol, direct contact with chemicals, spicy foods, synthetic fragrances and harsh fabrics are all factors that can provoke an existing or oncoming flare up.
By being mindful of your environment, lifestyle, diet, and what you put on your skin, (from your clothes to your skincare ritual, to cleansing agents), you can empower your eczema-free skin journey.
A Little Self-Care Goes A Long Way:
Taking appropriate self-care measures will also help to minimize stress while managing some of the environmental and lifestyle eczema causes explored above.
- Defer to a professional Dermatologist if you are concerned you have eczema. Eczema can commonly be confused as psoriasis since they’re alike in symptoms. A trusted Dermatologist can offer an official diagnosis and provide helpful insight and knowledge surrounding your condition.
- Adopt a skincare ritual that keeps your skin restored and hydrated. Bathing for under ten minutes a day and moisturizing almost immediately after, will help lock in moisture while soothing dry, itchy skin. Avoid skincare that is formulated with harsh chemicals that will further aggravate the skin during its most sensitive state. Natural, Certified Organic products can help nourish and soothe your skin with nothing but goodness!
- Lean on local trusted resources such as the NEA (National Eczema Association) or EAA (Eczema Association Australasia), which offers support groups for the eczema community. Combatting eczema can be scary and confusing to navigate. You aren’t in this alone!
- Avoid events and situations that can create stress on the mind and body. Crystals, meditation and clearing tools including Palo Santo and sage are a few of Miranda’s Energy Clearing Ritual, which helps her feel relaxed, present and happy.
What’s Worked for Real Fans:
“As soon as the weather got colder, my toddler began having eczema on his skin. He would be scratching all the time and seemed so uncomfortable. I really didn’t want to start using prescription creams on him. I’ve been using KORA on myself for a few years and I read that @MirandaKerr uses the products on her kids so I thought I would give them a try. I started giving him baths with the Essential Body Wash, then soothing his skin with the Enriched Body Lotion, and finally applying the Noni Glow Body Balm to seal it all in. In just one week there was a significant improvement. Thank you KORA for such amazing products! From a mom who is happy her baby is sleeping more and scratching less.”
“I’ve struggled with eczema since childhood. Every skincare line I have tried prior to KORA Organics aggravated my eczema leaving my skin even more red, blotchy and itchy than before. A friend with eczema recommended KORA Organics to me since the ingredients are natural and fragrance free. The Noni Glow Body Oil, Daily Hand Cream, Noni Glow Body Balm and Enriched Body Lotion worked wonders for my skin and the eczema on my hand disappeared in under a month. Thank you KORA! ”
If you’re struggling with eczema, we hope this blog post helps shed some light on achieving healthy skin with a clean, Certified Organic skincare ritual and a healthy and balanced lifestyle.