Eczema Skin Care Tips From Anna Baker & Other Skin Care Experts.
As with many skin conditions, eczema can be really difficult to live with and it’s not always just a physical condition. The physical symptoms can often also affect your mental health and wellbeing. In fact, it has been found that 50% of all adults with eczema experience anxiety or depression (1). This statistic really hit home with us, and we want to do all that we can to help raise awareness and to give our followers and community as much advice as we can.
We reached out to award-winning Aesthetic Nurse, Anna Baker and other skin care experts who all gave excellent advice and tips which we will share within this article.
Anna Baker’s Eczema Tips: How To Alleviate Eczema Symptoms
1) Moisturise Eczema Prone Skin Areas
“It is very important to regularly apply moisturiser (also known as an emollient) to the affected skin, and to also wash with a moisturiser (soap substitute). Moisturisers can be applied frequently throughout the day to help the most outer layers of skin to function more effectively as a barrier to the environment. Essentially, the dryer the skin, the more frequently a moisturiser should be applied.”
2) Don’t Scratch
“Resisting the temptation to scratch can definitely be challenging! Instead try applying moisturiser into itchy skin.”
3) Get Help From a Health Care Specialist
“Topical steroid creams and emollients will help to alleviate the redness and itching of active eczema. These are available in different strengths and a healthcare specialist will advise appropriately which may be the best formulation to use, and for how long.”
4) Wear Comfortable Clothing
“It is additionally very important to ensure use of comfortable clothing, like cotton or silk, and to avoid wearing wool next to skin. Resisting the temptation to scratch can be challenging! Instead try applying moisturiser into itchy skin. Try to keep cool as much as possible as overheating can make eczema worse. Ensure you are washing clothes in a non-biological washing detergent, and use a double rinse cycle to remove any potential detergent residues.”
5) Watch Out For & Monitor Triggers
“It is crucial for eczema sufferers to identify individual triggers as far as possible to ensure these can be prevented. Eczema triggers can vary from person to person.”
Common eczema triggers include:
- Irritants such as soaps and detergents
- Environmental triggers such as cold and dry weather, pollens, dust, etc
- Food allergies
- Hormonal changes - women may find their symptoms worsen in the days before their period, or during pregnancy
A GP or skin care specialist can work with you to help identify your triggers.
“It is also important to monitor for signs of skin infection, such as pus-filled bumps, pain, redness or heat.”
More Eczema Advice From Anna Baker
Can Eczema Be Treated By An Aesthetician?
“This will depend on the type and severity of the presentation, as well as the age of the individual. Eczema is often a chronic condition, which can be disabling for many individuals who often require management with a number of treatments. This can range from emollients, to topical steroids, as well as UV therapy.
Medical cosmetic procedures such botulinum toxin should be avoided in sites of active eczema.”
Which Facial Treatment Is Good For Eczema?
“In clinic treatments for eczema should focus on calming and restorative benefits. They should also be aimed at hydrating and calming the barrier of the skin, as well as reducing inflammation. Red light, specifically at 633 nm from Dermalux Tri-Wave, can significantly improve redness and inflammation after a single treatment, but is recommended as a course.”
Anna Baker’s Go To Products For Alleviating Symptoms of Eczema
“My personal go-to products for eczema prone skin are Restore Bionic Lotion from Neostrata and Clinisoothe’s Skin Purifier. Neostrata’s Restore Bionic Lotion is a high strength 15% PHA formulation, designed to soothe dry & reactive skin on the face, as well as the body. This product has excellent humectant properties, as well as restorative antioxidant benefits for added protection. For an individual requiring greater emollient benefits, the Neostrata Restore Bionic Face cream has rich, soothing benefits, and may also suit exceptionally dry and compromised skins. Clinisoothe’s Skin Purifier Spray has excellent calming properties to help to further reduce redness, with antimicrobial protection for additional skin health benefits.”
Eczema Skin Care Tips From Other Skin Experts
“Clinisoothe+ is fabulous at soothing irritated skin. We have successfully helped patients with chronic eczema and acute flare ups with Clinisoothe+. We advise applying the treatment 3x a day using a clean cotton ball or cotton pad to the affected area. It can also be used on gauze and wrapped over the skin.”
“Clinisoothe+ is my natural ‘go to’ for anyone suffering with any inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. Clinisoothe is immediately soothing and calming as it is applied via a gentle spray. This spray doesn’t just treat at the time of application, it really helps to heal too. It will also keep any broken skin, perhaps caused by scratching, sanitised and it will help to heal the affected area gently but effectively. I love how Clinisoothe+ can be popped into a handbag and applied on the go. It can even be spritzed on top of make up without moving it.’
Clinisoothe+ & Eczema
Many people find it hard to manage their eczema and that's where we'd love to help.
As the experts mentioned above, Clinisoothe+ is perfect for eczema prone skin as it helps to soothe and calm the skin. It also helps the skin to purify and recover. Simply spritz Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier onto eczema prone skin to soothe redness and recover.
Try Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, a gentle product to add to your skincare routine. Simply spritz your skin after cleansing and allow the product to soothe redness or irritation.
Anna Baker is an award-winning Aesthetic Nurse, Trainer & Qualified Educator with over 12 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine. Anna was awarded ‘Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of The Year’ at the Aesthetic Awards 2017. Anna is part of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing and is the Aesthetic Nursing Section Editor for The PMFA Journal.
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