Eczema or dermatitis is one of the most common skin diseases affecting thousands of men and women of all ages. Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. It is widely considered the most common skin disease. The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterised by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin oedema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
If you have eczema, your skin may not produce as many fats and oils as other people, and will be less able to retain water. The protective barrier is therefore not as good as it should be. Gaps open up between the skin cells because they are not sufficiently plumped up with water. Moisture is then lost from the deeper layers of the skin, allowing bacteria or irritants to pass through more easily. Some everyday substances contribute to breaking down the skin.
Bubble bath and washing-up liquid, for example, will remove oil from anyone’s skin, but if you have eczema your skin breaks down more easily, quickly becoming irritated, cracked and inflamed.
According to the UK’s National Eczema Society, a cornerstone of managing and treating eczema is to keep the skin soft and supple. This can be done by using emollients, which keep the skin moist and flexible. Emollients soothe and relieve the itch, producing an oily layer over the skin surface which traps water beneath it. The resulting restoration of the skin’s barrier function by emollients prevents penetration of irritants, allergens and bacteria thereby reducing or preventing the development of eczema.
Reducing stress, nervousness, anxiety, and depression may help prevent flares of eczema. Many people who have eczema have food allergies, so eating a healthy diet may help reduce inflammation and allergic reactions.
Lavinia Botanica Halo Skin Protection is developed to put on the skin to create a layer so the skin doesn’t lose moisture. The product contains oils like;
Shea butter is a fat that is derived from the nut of the shea tree. It is incredibly moisturising and has healing properties, so it helps with the dry skin associated with eczema.
Avocado oil – Packed with vitamin A, B, D, and E. It also contains several amino acids and fatty acids to heal all sorts of skin conditions.
Almond Oil – Sweet almond oil is one of the most used carrier oils as it is quite light and is widely available. This oil is a great emollient and nourishes dry skin. It is beneficial in relieving the itching caused by eczema.
Jojoba Oil – Although jojoba is typically called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax. In fact, its molecular structure is very similar to that of sebum, the natural oil produced by our skin, which means that it absorbs very easily and does not feel greasy. Its therapeutic properties include uses for dry skin and eczema.
Calendula – This oil is obtained by infusing calendula’s orange petals in another vegetable oil in order to extract its properties. This process is known as maceration. Calendula is known for its great skin properties and can be used to treat bruises, cuts and eczema. It is also useful for chapped and dry skin.
Rosehip Oil – In we looked at the skin healing properties of this fantastic oil. Rosehip oil is frequently used in cosmetics and is a fantastic natural source of retinoic acid which works well for scarring, burns and eczema.
Olive oil – Olive oil traps moisture in the skin and contain antioxidants which help neutralize free radicals that can cause skin aging.
Lavender essential oil smells great, but it also has soothing and healing properties for skin.
Frankincense – Has anti-inflammatory properties.
Chamomile is great to reduce inflammation and soothes dry, itchy skin patches.
Tea tree oil helps prevent the infections that often occur from scratching at eczema.
Geranium is one of the best skin care oils, promoting stability and balance. It’s also anti-bacterial and an anti-inflammatory.
Cedarwood is used for centuries to treat skin conditions; it helps with the inflammation, redness, and it also an antiseptic, toner, and astringent.
The information presented in the brochure is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor to replace the advice or care of a qualified health professional.