Eczema Awareness Week

This week from the 13th to the 19th of May it is Eczema Awareness Week.

Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, cracked skin. It can be caused by lifestyle, hygiene, climate and genetics.

Australia has one of the highest eczema rates in the world, with 10-15% of the population suffering from the skin condition. 1 in 4 Australian children suffer from eczema. Eczema flares ups can be easily worsened and become infected. This is because the skin becomes more vulnerable to bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and viruses like the cold sore virus.

Eczema isn’t contagious but frustratingly there’s no single factor that causes eczema. However eczema can be managed by following the following tips:

  1. Watch your diet- avoid/reduce sugar and yeast. Eat food high in vitamin A and E as well as omega-3.
  2. Try supplements- skin strengthening supplements may help as well as increasing your levels of omega-3, fatty oils, fish oils and hemp oil.
  3. Avoid irritants- try to avoid harsh soap, foaming agents, fragrances and preservatives in skincare and washing detergents.
  4. Turn the heat down – hot showers dry out the skin and irritates it more, so turn your shower temperatures down a little bit.
  5. Keep skin moist – moisturize your skin after showering with fragrance free moisturizes.
  6. Look at your gut health – often issues in the gut reflect on the skin. Increase your gut friendly foods.
  7. Seek medical help if necessary – consult with you GP or dermatologist if issues persist. They could prescribe you with medication or a cream to clear the eczema up.