Caring for Eczema Prone Skin
Friday, 22 September 2017
This week is National Eczema Week, an important awareness campaign around a skin condition which affects one in five children and one in twelve adults, and can range from irritating at its most mild, to extremely painful and debilitating at its worst. The campaign to raise awareness about the condition is one close to our hearts at BRYT, as creating skincare products which care for sensitive skins is at the forefront of all of our product development.
Eczema is caused by the lessened ability of the skin to retain water and to produce fats and oils. This means that the skin's protective barrier isn't as good as it should be, and gaps open up between the cells because they aren't as sufficiently plumped up with water as they should be. The deeper layers of the skin then lose moisture, so bacteria and irritants pass through more easily. This means that everyday substances which come into contact with the skin - bubble bath, washing up liquid, etc. - strip the oil and break down eczema-prone skin more quickly than they would normal skin, causing irritation, inflammation and cracking.
As we transition from summer to autumn, this is a critical time for many eczema sufferers because the temperature fluctuation can have adverse effects on the skin. There are various measures which can be taken to soothe the effects of eczema and prevent flare ups from happening, from adapting your diet to taking a gentler approach to skincare, so we thought it would be useful to share some of our top tips for dealing with this aggravating condition:
1. Try not to have your central heating on too high or for too long. Excessively overheating removes moisture from the air and makes skin dry and itchy. Keeping your living quarters dust free and having decent ventilation will also help.
2. Sweat can to cause eczema to flare up, so avoid wearing heavy, thick sweaters when you don't need to during winter (for example if you get hot whilst walking), invest in some hi-tech sports clothing which will allow skin to breathe, and always try to shower straight after exercise.
3. Eat a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. Eating fatty fish containing Omega-3 fatty acids, (salmon, herring, mackerel) may help to reduce your symptoms. Probiotic foods are also known to help calm down flare-ups and support a strong immune system - yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso soup, sourdough bread.
4. Try to limit your intake of cow's dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, and shellfish. Many eczema sufferers are also diagnosed with allergies to these foods, and while they aren't the cause of eczema, these foods can cause flare-ups in sufferers.
5. Avoid sugar. This is one that we'd generally advise avoiding anyway, sugar spikes your insulin levels resulting in inflammation, which is bad news for eczema sufferers.
6. Moisturise. Replenishing your skin with the moisture it's lost is key to keeping eczema under control. BRYT Skincare's Night Moisturiser and Nourish Serum are wonderfully nourishing and contain ingredients specifically targeting eczema-prone skin. BRYT Nourish Serum contains African Baobab Oil, Jojoba Oil and essential oils including Rosemary, Lavender and Jasmine which penetrate down to cell level, rebalancing the skin and helping it discover its natural equilibrium. BRYT Night Moisturiser is a cocooning night cream that nurtures skin whilst you are sleeping, and with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and African Marula Oil providing remarkable healing and moisturising properties much-needed for eczema sufferers.