Eczema on the Face

One of the worst places for an eczema sufferer to develop eczema is on their face because everybody sees other peoples faces. Having to cope with the dryness, itchiness, redness and inflammation of eczema is difficult enough but having it front and center on your face often causes problems with a person’s self image and level of self confidence which makes it an even more dismal skin disorder.

Eczema that affects the face has similar symptoms to when eczema affects other parts of the body. There is often dryness of the skin, redness, and on occasion if the eczema is severe enough, cracking of the skin, scabbing, scaling and oozing (or weeping) of fluid. Some patients suffer with eczema just on their faces while others experience it on other parts of their bodies as well.

Facial Eczema

UV Phototherapy Treatment for Eczema

Research into UV (ultraviolet radiation) phototherapy has yielded positive results for those who suffer from eczema (in particular atopic dermatitis). Phototherapy has also been used successfully to treat seborrhoeic eczema and psoriasis. An eczema patient is exposed to the UV phototherapy for a predetermined length of time. UV phototherapy is not the treatment option for everyone.

Children are generally not administered it and either are those who have a sun-induced reaction or those whose eczema gets worse when it is exposed to a substantial amount of the sun’s rays. When phototherapy is put into play it is usually only one part of the overall therapy. Other aspects of the therapy include topical medications and lifestyle adjustments (such as diet, exercise, less contact with irritants, etc.).

2 Forms of Phototherapy

Home Remedies for Eczema Itching

No one understands an itch like a person who suffers from eczema. There are many products available from a grocery store or pharmacy that you can purchase to help relieve the stinging itch of eczema. As well there are stronger products that will fight the eczema itch but these cannot be obtained without a doctor’s prescription.

The good news in all of this is that there are many natural remedies that can be made right at home or purchased from an alternative health store that can bring you some relief. Let’s take a closer look at some of these natural alternatives for that awful (ouch!) itch.

Moisturize

First of all remember that eczema is less likely to flare up and be intolerably itchy if you keep it well hydrated. This means moisturize your skin faithfully twice a day, morning and night, and more often if you feel the need is there. The best type of moisturizer for an eczema sufferer is an emollient.

Bacterial Skin Infection and Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that does not have a known cure. Although it can be unpleasant, unsightly and very uncomfortable, eczema is not contagious, nor is it infectious. However sometimes a case of eczema can become so severe that other infections (known as secondary infections) can result.

The greatest enemy of eczema prone skin is dryness which can cause all symptoms to become a great deal worse. When the epidermal layer of the skin loses a tremendous amount of moisture, it allows the skin the susceptibility to be invaded by a number of infections, some of which are viral while other are bacterial.

Secondary Infection Types

Some examples of secondary infections that eczema sufferers can develop include herpes simplex, warts, viral molluscum, as well as staphylococcal and streptococcal bacterial skin infections. Other secondary skin problems that can result from the worsening of eczema include, but are not limited to,

    Papules (or small raised rough bumps on the skin)
    Crusting as well as scaling of the skin
    Cheilitis (also known as inflammation around the lip area)

Eczema and Hormonal Changes

Hormones play a role in a woman’s life and the hormones are working to full capacity when a girl begins menstruating, every time she menstruates, during pregnancy and when a woman is going through menopause. It is unclear while some women report that pregnancy causes their eczema to flare-up worse while other women see a great deal of improvement.

What are Homones?

The endocrine system of the human body consists of both tissues and organs that manufacture hormones. Hormones are “natural chemicals produced in one location, secreted into the bloodstream, then used by certain other target organs and systems.”

It is the hormones that allow the target organs to do their job. Some of the organ systems have hormones as well as their “own internal control systems.” Aging and changes in the body occur in the way the systems are managed. Some tissues have a habit of developing less sensitivity to the individual hormone that controls them.

Changes over Time

Caring for Eczema on Hands

The best advice for those with eczema on their hands is to keep your hands well moisturized and do your best to avoid anything that could irritate your skin. This is not always a simple task but avoiding irritants to the best of your ability will keep keep red, swollen, itchy and cracked skin at bay.

Avoiding Triggers

Many things around your home and workplace could serve to bother the sensitive skin on your hands. Some of these could include, but not be limited to detergents, household cleaners, air fresheners or sprays, soap, cosmetic products, perfume, aftershave lotion, turpentine, gasoline, pain stripper and other solvents and a variety of chemicals.

What is Eczema?

picture of eczema on handEczema (sometimes referred to as dermatitis) is a skin condition that can affect both males and females and sufferers can range from the very young to the elderly. Approximately one fifth of all children suffer from eczema as well as one in every twelve adults.

Eczema can be mild, moderate or severe. In the mildest case the skin is red, warm, dry and itchy. In moderate to severe cases it can be very inflamed, incredibly itchy, cracked, crusty, scaly, raw, bleeding and weeping fluid (known as wet eczema).

Causes of Eczema

Secrets of Sunless Tanning

Sunless tanning is the “in” thing to do these days, thanks to the threat of skin cancer. Getting a little sun is beneficial because your body requires it to produce certain vitamins you need. However, staying in the sun can be hazardous to your health in the long run.

That is why sunscreens are essential when going outside for any length of time. The ultraviolet rays from the sun are so damaging. So what do you do if you want a healthy looking tan but without the risks of prolonged sun exposure? You go the sunless tanning route.

For some reason, a nice tan is considered sexy and healthy looking. However, baking in the sun for that golden brown glow will not only increase your chances of skin cancer, but it will also cause premature wrinkling and age spots. The wrinkle factor alone should drive many tan worshipers to the sunless tanning method. There are several ways to achieve that tanned look without the sun.

Sunless Lotions