Skin is a bit like a barometer-it’s exquisitely responsive to condition in and around you.When you’re too warm,skin flushes.When you’re too cold,it balance,and may even turn blue.
And when something is irritating either inside or out,skin lets you know in no uncertain terms.It can become red and itchy,inflamed and sore.Tiny bumps and blister can pop up.The more sensitive you skin is ,the more dramatic the reaction.Fortunately,there are ways to sooth sensitive skin and help keep its overreaction under control.
Eczema is a general term several types of itchy skin rash.The condition is sometimes called the “itch that rashes” because the itch often precedes any sign of redness. A topic dermatitis is the most common form.It’s due to an over-reactive immune system response(similar to an allergic reaction)to certain foods or something in a person’s environment,resulting in itchy,inflamed,sometimes crusty patches on the skin. A topic dermatitis can run in families,and people who have it often have hay fever or asthma too.
Contact dermatitis is eczema caused by direct contact with irritating substances such as detergents,fragrance or chemicals.Doctors often prescribe steroid creams to treat eczema but natural remedies can help calm and cool its flaming as well.
BE A DETECTIVE:
Eczema flare-ups can triggered by food,pollen,dust mites,animal dander,wool,soap,dyes,fragrance,sudden changes in temperature-the list is almost endless.Keep a record of whatever seems to make your eczema worse.Then try eliminating suspects one by one,from your diet or your environments.
COOL OFF WITH MILK:
Heat tends to make most eczema worse,so cooling the skin may help ease the discomfort.Some people find that cooling skin with cold milk can be more effective than cold water.Pour a cup of milk into a bowel and add few ice cubes.Saturate a washcloth,wring out any excess,and use as a compress on affected area several time daily.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Keep your body out of water whenever possible.Take short,lukewarm showers,don’t over-wash your hands,and skip doing dishes by hand.
If your environments is dry,run a humidifier to help moisten the air.
The temptation to scratch can be overwhelming during an eczema flare-up.Keep your fingernails shorts.If you scratch in your sleep,wear thin cotton gloves to hand.
Rich in oil and vitamins,avocado is an old remedy for soothing skin irritations.Mash a few slices of ripe avocado and apply it directly to affected areas.Leave on for 20 minutes,and then rinse clean.Eating avocado is also a good way to get essential fatty acids into your diet.
REACH FOR CHAMOMILE:
People have used the herb chamomile for many centuries to sooth both internal and external irritations.Brew a cup of strong chamomile tea by pouring just-boiled water over a teaspoon dried chamomile in a cup.Steep five minutes,strain and let cool to room temperature.Saturate a cotton ball and apply liberally to the affected area.Repeat several time a day.
People allergic to ragweed,cheysanthemums and other plants in the Astreceae family may have adverse reaction to chamomile.
TAKE AN OATMEAL BATH:
Finely ground,or colloidal oatmeal has natural skin-soothing properties.Add a packer or two of commercially available colloidal(such as Aveeno)to a tepid bath and submerge your skin for upto 10 minutes.
TEA TREE OIL:
Tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties that help to soothe the itch and heal the skin while preventing further damage, while its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation too. If an infection develops, the oil’s antibacterial compounds can fight off the infection and prevent spreading.
To use it to heal eczema, all you have to do is combine 20 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil with a half-cup of coconut oil. Gently rub the mixture onto affected areas twice each day. If you’re suffering from eczema in various places throughout your body, you may also want to take a tea tree oil bath for relief. Add 15 drops of tea tree oil and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or almond oil to the water and soak for about 20 minutes.
TRY OLIVE OIL:
It creates a seal on skin to prevent moisture loss.Gently massage a little olive oil into affected areas.Sweet almond oil is a good alternative of olive oil seems too greasy.
GO FOR TRULY CLEAN LAUNDRY:
Chemical and fragrances in laundry soaps and softeners may aggravate eczema in some people.Use laundry products that are free of dyes and fragrances or make you own.Run cloth through the rinse cycle several times to eliminate any soap residue.
See your doctor,if eczema become very widespread,if nothing relieves the itching or if any patches begin to show sign of infection.