If you suffer from irritation or redness brought on by eczema, we’ve got just the fix. BAO understands the need for products that cater to ultra-sensitive skin types and those who suffer from disorders like atopic or contact dermatitis — aka eczema.
It’s for this reason that we bring you a product that helps fight the uncomfortable itchiness and irritation that’s synonymous with the common condition.
“Fragrance-free” and “fast-absorbing” are words you should be looking out for when your skin is irritated.
Suitable for all ages, this thick body butter is proven to moisturize and soothe the skin from day one while protecting it from dryness. It targets the symptoms of eczema and aid in both taming flare-ups, as well as keeping the above-mentioned issues at bay.
A variety of “trigger factors” may worsen eczema . These include irritants (e.g. soap, harsh chemicals, wool, heat and humidity, stress and anxiety), and allergens (e.g. foods, house dust mites, moulds).
In children, a number of external factors may precipitate or aggravate the eczema, such as food allergens, house dust mites etc., whereas in adults, the cause is often not found.
In babies, eczema may present soon after birth – usually as a result of allergens being transferred through the mother’s milk. Sometimes it is due to skin lotions containing allergens or chemicals. Food is one of the most common aggravating factors in children with eczema, compared to adults where food is hardly ever related to their eczema.
Food allergy does not cause eczema, but may worsen the condition. A baby with eczema is more likely to be allergic to food than other children. There is up to a 35% chance that food allergies may be triggers in a child with eczema. Common foods mostly responsible for these reactions are egg, peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, fish, nuts and shellfish, but any food may be the culprit. A baby’s eczema may improve if the breast-feeding mother avoids these types of foods.
The skin of the majority of children with food allergy will become intensely itchy with large hives. Depending on the cause of the hives, this could occur within an hour or less of eating. Sometimes babies will have more subtle symptoms such as irritability or a slightly worse rash after a feed.
Food additives can also aggravate eczema in older children. Certain foods may aggravate eczema, even if the person is not food allergic.
Common triggers include spicy foods, curries, alcohol (especially red wine), citrus fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, pineapple and the food colouring tartrazine.
Other aggravating factors
These include the following
- House dust mites are one of the most common aggravating factors of eczema. Appropriate measures should be taken to minimise the exposure to house dust mites.
- Other common aggravators are smoking, pet hair, pollens and moulds.
- Stress and anxiety also play a big role in the aggravating of eczema, and in some children this may be due to the introduction of a food-elimination diet, so caution and balance is required before excluding foods from a diet.
- Household items which may aggravate eczema include enzyme-enriched washing powders, fabric softeners, dishwashing liquid, bleach, soaps containing perfumes or alcohol, harsh chemicals and perfumes.
- Swimming pool chlorine may also irritate and dry out the skin.
- Local household skin irritants include wool, mohair, nylon and feathers.
- Remember that parents who work with chemicals or foods as an occupation or hobby can indirectly cause these substances to come into contact with their children, usually via their clothes.
- Environmental factors that affect eczema are hot, humid and cold, dry weather, as well as excessive sweating. Do not overdress your child.
Some recommendations to manage eczema
The more severe the eczema, the more stringently you should take the following management strategies:
Sit in a lukewarm bath for 20 minutes at least once a day in order to hydrate the skin.
- Use 100% cotton soft towels and never rub the skin, rather pat it dry.
- If non-perfumed soaps such as pure
Washing of clothes
- Use non-biological washing powders such as Sunlight
- Cover as much skin as possible with non-allergenic lightweight cotton clothing, taking care not to overdress or become
- neatly clipped finger nails will reduce scratching.
- Cotton underwear, cl
othing and bed linen are recommended.
- Wash all new clothes and bed sheets before using them to remove the chemicals introduced in the manufacturing process.
Remember that consistency is key to any skin regime