People suffering from eczema should be more wary on how they take care of the skin. A simple mistake on soap or moisturiser used on the skin can cause eczema to flare up. Eczema flare ups can be very itchy and evven painful. Knowing which soap and moisturiser to use can bring down inflammation and prevent the skin from experiencing a very bothersome and uncomfortable flare up.
What does leaky skin mean?
Ever heard of the term leaky skin? The term leaky skin is usually associated with people suffering from eczema. This just means that the skn’s barrier function is not working well anymore. This translates to:
- the skin soaking in anything it comes in contact with to its deeper layers. This can activate the immune system and therefore trigger a flare-up.
- the skin losing water and its natural oils that keep it moisturised and elastic therefore the skin is more prone to becoming dry.
- the skin becoming more sensitive with anything that it comes contact with because of these changes.
Is water an enemy or an ally?
Many would think that soaking the skin in water would help keep it moisturised. This does the exact opposite. When water gets in contact with the skin, as it evaporates, it takes with it sebum or the skin’s natural oils with it. This is the reason why your skin tends to dry out the more you soak it in water. But of course, you can’t avoid getting in contact with water. You’ll need to bathe to keep the skin clean and of course wash your hands. To prevent the skin from drying out, you’ll need to make sure that the natural oils taken away by water is replaced. One should not treat water as an enemy. Here are some tips on how you can avoid drying out the skin when water is involved.
- It is best to use tepid water. So if you’re used to taking hot showers or hot baths, you should switch to using tepid or lukewarm water. Hot water will take more of your skin’s natural oils compared to lukewarm water.
- Shorten your baths and showers. Soaking your skin in water for too long will mean your skin being robbed more of its natural oils.
- Avoid any skin product with alcohol content. Alcohol dries the skin out. You might want to look at the products you put on your skin for alcohol content including antibacterial gels or hand sanitisers.
- Remember to pat your skin dry. Do not rub as this can irritate the skin which can lead to a flare up.
- It is wise and highly recommended to apply moisturiser after getting in contact with water.
Moroccan Argan Oil for Eczema
The Moroccan Argan oil is a great moisturiser especially for people suffering from eczema and psoriasis. Packed with Vitamin E, Carotenoids and other antioxidants, the skin gets protected from damaging effects of free radicals. The oil also has amazing moisturising prowess because of its essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and Sterols. Sterols prevent moisture from escaping therefore keeping the skin well hydrated and thus preventing flare ups.