Eczema, a form of dermatitis, is one of the most common and most frustrating skin allergies.
Not only is there no known cause or cure, but there are so many possible triggers that identifying and eliminating them can seem like an impossible task.
While atopic eczema is diagnosed in every fifth child, almost half of them grow out of it as a teenager. Eczema that lasts into adulthood is therefore likely to be a permanent problem, but it can be managed through a more skin-friendly lifestyle.
The majority of eczema sufferers report a worsening of their condition in the winter months. Reasons for this can be:
– Cold winter weather . When the temperature drops, the moisture content in the air also drops, causing the skin to become dry and dehydrated. Drier skin is more prone to itching and cracks, making eczema worse.
– Central heating . Prolonged exposure to central heating can worsen eczema if the skin is stripped. Avoid overheating your home, especially when you are asleep, and moisturize regularly with a cream that is rich in Omega 3-6 oils, such as Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream.
– Scarce sunlight. For us British, winter means a gray sky and far less sunlight, which in turn means a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D is not only an important antioxidant and a well-known healer for dry skin diseases such as psoriasis, but also of crucial importance for our immune system. Since eczema can worsen when we are sick or run down, it is important to keep our D dose high!
– Lovely clothing. Rough and itchy fibers such as wool are known to aggravate eczema. Therefore, if possible, try to wear cotton with warmer clothing on your skin.
However, the type of eczema differs from person to person, and some actually suffer more from moisture or the skin's reaction to sweat in summer.