How to Alleviate Dry Skin, Eczema and Dermatitis by:Judy Aulin
It can be caused by the environment, eczema, or dermatitis, and it's really annoying. It's dry skin, and it affects millions of people. How to alleviate it is a big question, and it required knowledge of why the dry skin is happening in the first place. All of this information is here in this article, read on to find out why you have dry skin and how to alleviate your dry skin.
Normal healthy skin has a thin layer that protects it, which is basically a thin layer of fat called lipids. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple. Usually, something in the environment, or something you're doing to your skin, is stripping away these fatty oils, leaving your skin unprotected. Less often, the cause is internal; a health condition or genetic predisposition is making your skin dry out.
Eczema is term for a group of skin conditions that cause it to become inflamed or irritated. It can be the result of allergies, asthma, or hay fever. Symptoms include extreme itchiness, dryness and redness. Eczema is often treated with ointments, steroids and antihistamines, depending on the severity of the symptoms. It tends to run in families and is a chronic condition. The area often becomes infected due to scratching, and the eczema can crack, causing oozing and weeping of the area.
Factors that can lead to eczema include foods that the person may be unknowingly allergic to, like sugar and coffee. Also, deficiency of specific vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids can cause it. Vitamins A, C, E, B are especially important for preventing eczema.
Dermatitis is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin, accompanied by redness and itchiness. The differences between dermatitis & eczema are not always easy to spot since the conditions are very similar. Dermatitis is an allergic reaction to a substance, such as a chemical in soaps or makeup, that comes in contact with the skin. Eczema, on the other hand, is often the result of allergies, asthma or hay fever.
Contact dermatitis results from direct contact with one of many irritants or allergens. Common irritants include laundry soap, skin soaps or detergents, and cleaning products. Possible allergens include rubber; metals, such as nickel; jewelry; perfume; cosmetics; weeds, such as poison ivy; and neomycin, a common ingredient in topical antibiotic creams.
How To Alleviate Dry Skin
Now we understand what we are dealing with! A big help for all three issues is to apply moisturizing cream right after a shower. This will seal in the moisture from the bath. For dry skin in general, one tip is to apply natural skin care balms (http://biobeautybalm.com/) to your skin as soon as you get out of the shower to trap the water moisture that is already there.
Also, don't take long showers. Long showers will steal the lipid layer from your skin, causing dry skin. Just how hot is the water when you shower, because this also affects your skin. When you shower with extremely hot water, the lipid layer that keeps in moisture on the skin is depleted. So, less time in the shower, and less hot water. These two factors dry out the natural lipid layer from your skin, causing dryness.
Two more factors to consider are the clothing you wear, and the amount of moisture in your home. Do you wear a lot of wool? This dries out your skin. And is there a dryness in the air of your home? This will aggravate your dry skin. A humidifier helps this second issue out, as it replaces the dry air with water vapor, soothing your skin in turn.
Don't scratch at the eczema! This will cause more oozing and more dryness later. As for dermatitis, the allergen has to be found. Try not wearing jewelry for a few days, and try taking a shower with a new soap free of perfumes and other allergens.
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