The skin is our body’s first line of defence. Take that away and (let’s pretend we won’t just fall apart) we’re exposed to all sorts of nasty pathogens that would certainly make us very sick.
If you have eczema, your skin is most likely producing less fats and oils than it should be, and its ability to retain water is diminished. The space between your skin-cells widen since they aren’t plump with moisture. Your skin then begins to lose water from the dermis layer so irritants and bacteria can enter easier.
Soap and detergents can worsen eczema, as they strip away the lipids that skin tries to produce in order for it to be healthy, becoming dry, inflamed, and sometimes cracked or blistered.
Symptoms of eczema include:
• Small fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) on the fingers, hands, and feet
• Scaly, cracked skin
• Dryness, to the point of peeling and flaking
• Cracks in the skin
• Wet, open sores
Key Ingredients: Eczema Treatment Cream
Organic Plum Kernel Extract (prunus domestica)
Plum Kernel oil is a good source of Vitamin E and packed with multiple fatty acids, such as Palmitic, Stearic, Oleic and linoleic acid. It provides many skin care benefits including helping to moisturise damaged skin and to treat skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema. Plum Kernel oil is a key ingredient for healing the skin, soothing redness and calming irritation.
Bacuri Butter (platonia insignis, clusiaceae)
From the Brazilian Rainforest, Bacuri butter has firming, moisturising, astringent and cell renewal properties, it is known to lift the skin, deeply hydrating and removing dead cells while other herbal ingredients deliver age-defying benefits, soothing and calming sensitive skin to reveal a firmer and healthier skin. It gives an amazing gold tone and velvet feeling to the skin and is perfect to treat skin anomalies, tissue damage and scars.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia sinensis)
Its molecular structure is very similar to that of sebum, the natural oil produced by our skin, which means that it absorbs very easily and does not feel greasy. Its therapeutic properties include uses for dry skin and eczema.
Borage seed oil (borago officinalis)
Contains gamma-linolenic acids as well, which can help reduce inflammation and eczema flare-ups.
Evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis)
A rich source of gamma linolenic acid, which can help skin retain moisture and may protect it from environmental oxidative damage.
Chamomile (anthemis nobilis flower) oil
Reduces itching and irritation. Chamomile is a calming herb, and also provides moisturizing properties.
Safflower (carthamus tinctorius) oil
The Safflower looks a lot like a thistle and its seeds produce an oil that resembles sunflower oil in its makeup. Safflower oil is used in skin-softening cosmetics and is helpful against eczema and rough skin.
Tamanu (calophyllum inophyllum) oil
A beautiful healing oil, Tamanu has been used widely over the world to cure and heal skin conditions.The Tamanu tree is native to East Africa but grows all over the southern hemisphere. The oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat various hair, scalp and skin problems, including eczema.
Aqua, emulsifying wax NF (cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60), palm free vegetable glycerin, organic olive oil (olea europaea), organic avocado oil (persea gratissima), organic coconut oil (cocos nucifera), organic shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), bacuri butter (platonia insignis, clusiaceae), organic macadamia oil (macadamia ternifolia), palm stearic acid, xanthan gum, organic plum kernel extract (prunus domestica), jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) oil, borage seed oil (borago officinalis), evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis), chamomile (anthemis nobilis flower) oil, safflower (carthamus tinctorius) oil, tamanu (calophyllum inophyllum) oil, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin.
Pure Natural Organic, PARABEN AND SULPHATE FREE | NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS | VEGETARIAN | CHEMICAL FREE | FRAGRANCE FREE
Apply to affected areas as needed as part of a treatment or topical soothing application.
Frequently Asked Questions: Eczema Treatment Cream
What is Eczema?
Eczema (also known as Atopic Eczema) is an inflammatory condition of the skin. Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.
It is used to describe changes in the upper layer of the skin that include redness, blistering, oozing, crusting, scaling, thickening and sometimes pigmentation (although not all these changes will necessarily occur together).
Source: British Skin Foundation & NHS.uk
What does Eczema look like?
Atopic eczema can affect any part of the skin, including the face, but the areas most commonly affected are the bends of the elbows and knees, and around the wrists and neck (a flexural pattern). Other common appearances of atopic eczema include discrete coin-sized areas of inflammation (a discoid pattern), and numerous small bumps that coincide with the hair follicles (a follicular pattern).
If you have eczema, it is likely your skin will be red and dry, and scratch marks (and bleeding) are common. When the eczema is very active (during a ‘flare-up’) you may develop small water blisters on the hands and feet, or the affected areas of your skin may become moist and weepy.
Source: British Skin Foundation
What is the cause of Eczema?
Doctors don’t know exactly what causes atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema. Your genes, environment, and other things likely all play a role. An immune system problem could create inflammation in the skin. Irritants can cause inflammation and itching, bringing on a bout of eczema.
Touching harsh chemicals can cause a rash in anyone, but people with eczema may be sensitive to mild irritants, such as wool, detergents, astringents, or fragrances. Emotional disorders aren’t a cause, but stress can make symptoms worse.
What can I do to prevent Eczema?
When you suffer with Eczema, it is best to avoid irritants such as soaps or bubble baths. Eczema may persist in adults (75% of sufferers clear by their teens), but it should be controllable with the right treatment. Atopic Eczema may be troublesome for people in certain jobs that bring them into contact with irritant materials, such as catering, hairdressing or nursing; avoiding irritants will help.
Source: British Skin Foundation
How common is it to suffer with Eczema?
Eczema affects both sexes equally and usually starts in the first weeks or months of life. It is most common in children, affecting at least 10% of infants at some stage. It usually disappears during childhood, although it can carry on into adult life or come back in the teenage or early adult years. It may occasionally develop for the first time in adulthood.
Sources. British Skin Foundation