The symptoms of eczema can be quite harsh and they can impact the skin health of infants as well as adults. In general, genetics and hereditary factors in general have been shown to have a role in the development of eczema. It is a skin ailment that can create welts, lesions, and raw patches of skin if left untreated for prolonged periods. The severity of each case depends upon a host of factors.
While there are professional dermatology options available to those who suffer from this severe skin condition, many people often go without professional intervention. The full extent of eczema upon your skin and where it appears the most will determine the best course of action for you as an individual.
What about Skin Care?
While chemical sunscreens are very irritating on a sensitive or impaired skin, Physical sunscreens (those containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) are not. This is because chemical sunscreens are typically absorbed by the skin, causing blockages, irritation and aggravating the symptoms of eczema. Physical Sunscreen, however, sits on and binds to the surface of the skin, creating an instant blanket like protection without irritation. Cosmedix Hydrate+ and Cosmedix Reflect work to deflect the heat given off from the sun. The heat and energy from sun exposure is why UV can trigger those suffering with eczema, so it is recommended a Physical SPF be worn to prevent and reduce symptoms.
For those who suffer eczema to the face, makeup can be a vital part of their routine. Just like physical sunscreen, Mineral makeup’s main ingredient base is Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Not only does it have the added benefit of extra sun protection, but mineral makeup also doesn’t penetrate the skin and thus does not cause blockages, congestions or cause irritation. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are also known to help soothe skin irritations. At VC Dermal Clinic, we stock Jane Iredale as they expressly do not contain the top 3 sensitizers; synthetic fragrance, petroleum-based colourants and synthetic preservatives. JI has also been extensively tested specifically for sensitivity and found those with extreme chemical sensitivities were able to wear Jane Iredale successfully with no issue. Jane Iredale comes in a huge array of colours, powders and liquids to suit all skin types and preferences. A colour match session can be performed by your clinician to determine the ideal colour, coverage and consistency for your skin.
Cosmedix Benefit Cleanser
Using cleansers or washes such as soap bars and detergent soaps can strip the skin of vital moisture and severely aggravate an eczema prone skin by stripping the skin’s protective layer or ‘acid mantle’. The acid mantle has a pH of 5.5 and is made up of a mixture of oil, lactic acid, and amino acids. The acid mantle is responsible for fighting infection and environmental stresses to the skin. If your cleanser’s pH level is too alkaline or acidic, the mantle is disturbed, and skin aggravation and flare ups of eczema can result. Cosmedix Benefit Clean is pH balanced and can be used on the face or body. It contains Herbal Amaranth which encourages balanced hydration and prevents moisture loss, Sandalwood to soothe and calm irritation, and does NOT contain any Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which with a pH of 10, can be very drying and irritating.
Furthermore, if you have scarring from scratching at your skin due to years of battling the condition, the course of treatment might vary. At Victorian Cosmetic Dermal Clinics, there are certified consultants who can bring much needed relief from these adverse skin conditions. We have a solution that can make a difference for you.
Select Treatment Options for Eczema
Treatments such as the low-intensity laser therapy (LILT) help to reduce eczema outbreaks. This stage of treatment can be carried out in conjunction with any topical treatment being utilised. The cold laser provides almost immediate relief as it calms the nerves within the skin and soothes that intense itching. Further, this therapy offers an increase in skin cell regeneration, helps bolster the immune system and helps to reduce inflammation and severe discomfort from the irritation of the skin.
All of our treatments nourish the skin and help to minimise symptoms. If you would like to consult with one of our professionals, we encourage you to contact us to find out more.