Singapore scores high in many areas, especially in Asia, where it has one of the highest numbers of population with Eczema. This chronic skin disorder causes the skin to become inflamed, irritated, dry, and red and have intense itch. As the skin is the largest organ in the body, it adversely affects one’s quality of life. While the severity of it will determine if there is a need for a dermatologist’s expert care, it is never too little nor late to know more about what are the causes and the treatment that science and nature can offer and to help alleviate the problem yourself.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition associated with a defective skin barrier therefore making it more susceptible to the loss of moisture and the penetration of irritants and allergens. While most patients will outgrow their eczema, there is no one treatment that can ‘cure’ eczema.
Though genetics has a hand in determining whether a person is born with good skin, many environmental causes and lifestyle habits play a good part in the development of eczema.
Keeping the living environment free of the common allergen, the house dust mite, is a good start to prevent flare ups. Environmental triggers also include heat, humidity and sweat, therefore, wearing loose organic cotton clothing and not staying out in the sun or soaking in hot bathtubs or sauna too long would certainly help. Some eczema sufferers may think that they need to stay clean and overdo washing with prolonged contact with harsh soaps, detergents and water which then dries the skin and aggravates the condition further.
Having a stressful lifestyle, the lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance, having a fever are also trigger points.
Diet also helps in the management of Eczema. It would be best to cut down or avoid food that is found to trigger allergies and cause skin flare-ups. Foods that contribute to inflammation include milk, nuts and wheat.
Conversely, eating more of the food that can fight inflammation in the body could help to reduce eczema flare-ups. These include omega-3 rich fish like salmon, herring, albacore tuna, sardines and mackerel.
Probiotics containing good bacteria like yogurt with active or live cultures or other fermented food & drinks are found to promote good gut health. Likewise, colourful fruits and vegetables, such as apples, broccoli, cherries, spinach, and kale are rich in inflammation fighting flavonoids should be included in the daily diet.
So knowing about the causes and making a concerted effort to prevent the right conditions that lead to eczema should pave the way for better management of the condition.
The main objective is to mitigate the discomforts associated with Eczema with a 100% Organic and Natural skincare routine which include the below pointers:
- Take Tender Loving Care of your skin by using 100% natural and Organic skin care Products in Singapore.
- Avoid long and hot showers. Instead, have a quick 10 mins lukewarm water shower
- Dabdry, not rub dry the skin.
- With the moisture still on the skin, apply after every shower, 100% natural and organic moisturizers
- Clean with natural and mild cleansers and avoid products containing chemicals and fragrances
- Wear 100% organic and cotton or loose clothing to prevent unnecessary friction on the skin.
- Wear a positive outlook of life, go for nature walks and enjoy the great outdoors.
- Consult a Doctor for gentle medication for skin that is open, inflamed or infected.