If you suffer from eczema, you know all too well how aggravating it can be. You’re burdened by this constant need to itch, yet by scratching your irritated skin, you only make it worse. With the increasingly cold winter temperatures and exposure to central heating, this time of year can be a nightmare for anyone who lives with eczema.
But, you are not alone. Around 1.6 million people live with eczema in the UK. And of those, 88% say that their eczema has an impact on their daily lives, according to a recent survey by Allergy UK .
If you suffer from Eczema, looking after your skin is an important measure in managing this condition. Whilst changes in lifestyle can play a big part in combating eczema, it’s vital to always seek the advice of your GP or Dermatologist before seeking other available options. With guidance, however, it is possible to ease the symptoms of eczema.
There are many types of hydrators available to help soothe the skin, dependant on the phase/type of eczema you have. When it comes to inflamed skin, you want to avoid irritating it as much as possible. Even when your skin starts to show signs of improvement, it is important to maintain a skin care routine that helps to cleanse, correct, restore and protect the condition of your skin.
The exact cause of eczema is still a bit of an enigma, however research suggests that eczema is a result of both environmental and genetic factors.
Genetically, eczema sufferers tend to have an immune system which overly responds when triggered by irritants, attacking the body rather than protecting it. As a result, inflammation occurs which leads to the skin becoming red and itchy.
Environmental triggers tend to vary from person to person, and therefore identifying these triggers plays an important role in your ability to manage the symptoms. Everything from body wash and shampoo to more natural products including fruits, vegetables and meats can irritate your sensitive skin.
Other environmental factors include;
Specific fabrics including wool and polyester
Surface cleaners and disinfectant
Antibacterial ointment like neomycin and bacitracin
Metals, specifically nickel
1. Epionce Cleanse & Prepare - Milky Lotion Cleanser or Lytic Gel Cleanser (dependant on the condition of the skin)
This product effectively removes dead skin cells and other environmental impurities without causing any irritation to the skin. Overall it leaves your skin feeling comfortable and clean without stripping away essential oils.
Best to use: Cleanse 2x daily AM & PM
2. Epionce Correct & Boost - Epionce Lytic Tx
This treatment is ideal for treating skin imperfections and improving the skin’s appearance by reversing noticeable signs of redness, scaling and irritation. The main ingredients have been formulated to leave the skin looking and feeling smoother.
Best to use: Apply 2-4 times, daily prior to the Medical Barrier Cream by Epionce
3. Epionce Medical Barrier Cream – Renew and Fortify
Your skin is most fragile when it is healing. The smooth and nourishing formula of the Medical Barrier Cream helps to repair the barrier of the skin and preventing it from becoming dry, irritated and itchy. The calming formula heals skin irritation by rehydrating and restoring the skins character.
Best to use: Apply 2-4 times, daily
4. Protect & Prevent- Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 30+ or Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50
Daily use provides protection of the skin from excessive and harmful UVA and UVB exposure. Epionce sun protectors are formulated to provide high coverage from the damaging effects it can cause.
Best to use: AM only
To discuss your skin care needs in more detail, book a free consultation with one of our advisors.
Blog by Mamuna Arshad - Non Surgical Aesthetic Lead York Street Clinic