A group of related skin disorders is collectively called Eczema. These disorders can cause symptoms like dryness, inflammation, scaling and redness.
It is very rare in adults, because only around 2-4% of them develop eczema, it is more common in small children and babies. When the skin’s barrier becomes damaged and dry, it will be followed by sensitivity and irritation.
Symptoms of eczema can be chronic or acute
- Peeling, flaking skin
- Inflamed skin
- The severe dryness leads to cracks and cuts on the skin
- Exposed raw skin, or a burning sensation because of the irritation
- Changes in the texture of the skin and the skin color
Eczema and its root causes
Despite of the fact that there are a number of causes, eczema is treated in the same way, with creams or ointments. You can gain control over this condition if you discover the source of the problem, instead of treating the symptoms.
- Genetic factors
Genetic factors and predispositions can play a large role in the development of this condition. Mutated gene can reduce the production of a protein called filaggrin, which is responsible for the maintenance of the corneal layer of the skin.
- Reduced serum production
Your skin can be very dry if your body is not producing enough oil. The reduced production of serum can be due to changes in the immune system or because of genetics.
- Low immune function
This can lead to inflammation because of the bacteria and yeasts that live on the skin. It can be caused by autoimmune disorders, poor gut health, nutrient deficiencies, medications or untreated infections.
Allergies can come from contact with harsh substances or toxins, like soaps or perfumes, they can also come from chemical exposure and from certain foods. They cause a harmful immune response and a release of antibodies.
People who are living in colder climates or in some more developed countries, are more prone to developing eczema. It is because of the cold and dry climate. Poor diet and pollution can also be factors.
Being exposed to high amounts of pollution and a long term smoking, can cause the toxins to build up inside of your body, and after some point they will manifest themselves on your skin. Antibiotics and their long term usage, can also affect the immune system.
There are some scientists that are conducting researches and studies, to determine if vaccines are related to this condition. With the increase of vaccines and their usage, the eczema has become more and more common. There is no real evidence however, that the two are connected.
According to the researches, breastfed babies have more protection against allergies, that can affect the immune system in a bad way. Children who are formula-fed on the other hand, are proven to have higher risk of developing eczema at some point.
What to do if you have eczema?
- Do not peel or scratch your dry skin, because you if you do that, you can open wounds that will allow the bacteria to get in.
- Mind the food that you are eating, and the skin care products that you are using. You can be allergic to some of them.
- Eat healthy food that can boost your immune system
In addition, we will post a video, that will help you make your own eczema cream to help soothe your skin.