December 17, 2015
Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of eczema. While the word ‘dermatitis’ means inflammation of the skin, ‘atopic’ refers to an allergic tendency, which is often inherited. Those with atopic eczema have a higher risk of developing other allergic conditions (such as asthma or hayfever). Typically, eczema causes skin to become itchy, red and dry – even cracked and leathery. Eczema most frequently appears on the face and extremities, but it can show up in other areas too. Eczema is a chronic problem for many people. It is most common among infants and children, many of whom outgrow it before school age.
Eczema can also be aggravated by dry skin. Since eczema may in part be an internal response to stress, any emotionally charged event – from a move to a new job – may trigger a flare-up.
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If your skin has always behaved itself no matter what you subjected it to – harsh climates, ingredients in skin products, smoking, tanning, etc – then suddenly now your skin isn’t quite as it was. Chances are, at some point you may have suffered from redness, itching, flaking and stinging. It can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Sensitive skin can affect 56% of us and increases with age. It has been found that skin becomes, on average, 10% drier each decade after the age of 20.
And dryness and sensitivity are often intimately linked. The cells that form your skin’s outermost layer work as a two-way barrier, keeping moisture in and the outside world out. The less moisture your skin retains, the weaker the cellular barrier and the more irritants can be absorbed into the skin. It doesn’t help that, as we get older, we tend to add more – and more powerful – ingredients into our skin care routine. Any one of these products and it’s ingredients may cause irritation – but when used in conjunction they are more likely to cause a skin reaction. However simple and effective changes can be made to your skin care routine to overcome many dry skin problems by introducing little tips and losing old habits can greatly help improve the skin.
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