What Is Eczema and How Can I Treat It?
May 13, 2020
Have you ever looked at your skin and seen areas that are red, patchy, or dry? Maybe even you’ve noticed some place that’s itchy, or it’s irritated. Well, it’s possible that you may actually have eczema! Eczema is a skin condition that can make your skin red, itchy, and inflamed that needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. But don’t worry – you’re not alone! You may be surprised to learn that over 30% of people are diagnosed with some sort of eczema. That’s over 30 million Americans! And luckily, there are a ton of ways to treat it too, so you’re in luck.
What is eczema and what are its symptoms?
As we said, eczema is a skin condition that can result in dry, scaly skin, redness, and itching that can get pretty bad. There are actually a couple types of it too. Atopic dermatitis is something that children suffer from that gets better as they grow up. Most of the time, you’re going to see it in the creases of your elbows and knees, and in babies, it can be on the scalp or cheeks. Similar to atopic is neurodermatitis, which can create scaly patches on your arms, neck, or hands. It can get super itchy, especially at night or when you’re trying to sleep. Contact dermatitis is eczema that occurs as a result of touching something and having an allergic reaction to it. With contact dermatitis, your skin may itch, turn red, and even sting. Over time, it’ll likely dry out, and may even look scaly.
Dyshidrotic eczema is actually a little bit more serious. It’s characterized by things like blisters that can hurt or itch, which are usually on your fingers, toes, and soles of your feet. Hand eczema is exactly what it sounds like – your hands will usually get itchy, red, and dry, and may even form cracks and blisters, and can come from chemicals that irritate your skin. Nummular eczema is different from all the others, in that it looks like round, coin shaped red spots on your skin that get super itchy.
Essentially, most types of eczema will make your skin look itchy, red, and inflamed. Causes of eczema depend on the type, but most of the time, irritated skin like this could come from your genes, some sort of environmental trigger – such as bleach, poison ivy, or makeup – allergies, stress and more. Talking to a doctor about your eczema will help you figure out where your eczema has come from, and how you can best treat it!
How do I treat it?
The best type of treatment for your eczema will depend on the type of eczema you have. As a result, it’s vital that if you think you may have eczema, you should go see a doctor or a dermatologist for your diagnosis. That way, they’ll help you figure out if you need medications, or you just need to avoid certain products. And, while there’s no cure for eczema, your doctor or dermatologist can get your symptoms under control and have your skin looking and feeling normal again!
Depending on how bad your eczema is and where it’s coming from, your doctor may prescribe you things like ointments, steroids, antibiotics, or special moisturizers. They may also suggest taking things like antihistamines, such as Benadryl, which can help with itchiness. Many of these will be prescriptions, so there’s no way to get these types of medications without seeing a doctor. So make sure you get in today!
Additionally, there are things you can do yourself to get some relief. Moisturizing every day can keep your skin from getting too dry and itchy. Avoiding products with harsh chemicals can keep your skin from getting irritated. Taking lukewarm baths can make sure your skin doesn’t get too hot and red, which will keep your skin healthy and your eczema in control. If you’re worried about itching too much, keeping your nails short can keep you from cutting your skin when you itch it. While these remedies won’t fully solve your problems or cure your eczema, they can often help you get some relief from the itchiness, redness, and irritation!
While eczema isn’t entirely curable (unless it results from exposing yourself to specific chemicals that you can avoid), it’s extremely manageable. Because so many people have it, you’re almost assuredly going to find some sort of remedy that works best for you. Make sure you set up an appointment with your doctor or your dermatologist, so that you can figure out what type of eczema you have, and more importantly, start feeling better right away. Using things like over the counter remedies, prescription medications, immunosuppressants, and natural treatments, you can make sure your skin feels and looks healthy and gorgeous – just like you!
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
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To our cherie fam who has inspired us deeply over the last year and a half: thank you. We are so grateful to have been a part of your beauty journeys and the community you created with us was nothing short of amazing. It's with sadness that we announce that cherie will be closing our doors on April 8, 2021, and your posts will no longer be available. While our platform will no longer be available, we encourage our community members to continue finding ways to create and allow their authentic voices to be heard.
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
Stay Young Forever? ✨
That’d be great right? Well in taking those steps, I definitely recommend these amazing serums. I was gifted the: Intoxicated Cosmetics: Snake Serum Bee Serum Snail Serum I started using the Snail Serum last night first and wow did I notice a difference. The Snail Serum mainly targets dryness. I used this in place of my usual night time serum and boy did I notice a difference. I N G R E D I E N T S : All Serums contain: ✨Niacinamide Bee Serum: Bee Venom Plant Based Stem Cells Royal Epigen Snake Serum Snake Venom Green & White Tea Extract Peptides Snail Serum Snail Peptide Hyadisine Echinacea Moronga Oil Extract I definitely will try the other serums in my routine as I get used to the Snail Serum but so far my skin is definitely happy. What serum would you like to try?
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
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