Eczema & dermatitis
The National Eczema Society of Great Britain estimates that today 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults suffer from some form of Eczema. Eczema is a form of dermatitis and eczema itself takes many different forms – atopic or hereditary eczema being common in families. Natural remedies with soothing herbs and oils can be one way to help prevent the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle, which perpetuates eczema symptoms.
We also have more info and advice in our guide 'The Five Step Approach for Allergy-Prone Skin'.
If you suffer with Eczema, your skin may not be producing sufficient fats and oils, so the protective barrier will be weakened. Regular moisturising – little and often is best – is vital to prevent further dryness which in itself can be uncomfortable and itchy. Choose a moisturiser based on soothing plant oils and herbs whose natural molecules are more easily taken up by the skin and offer nutritional value rather than the ‘dead’ petroleum, paraffin or mineral oil formulations.
Eczema is sometimes associated with an unusually high level of certain bacteria on the skin. In particular, the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is found on over 90% of eczematous skin, but only 5% of normal skin. Therefore one key step is to make sure that you keep skin clean. Use gentle cleansers, though, that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils, and avoid artificial fragrances and perfumes which are one of the most common causes of dermatitis.
Other triggers include food allergens like dairy, gluten and nuts (keeping a food diary is a good idea to identify which foods might be causing a problem).
We have always focused on creating skin care for the most sensitive and allergy-prone skin, which is why we do not use common allergen tree nut oils, soy, wheat, dairy or any artificial additives in Odylique products. As an eczema family ourselves, we are aware of the distress eczema can bring.
Many of our customers have found relief for eczema symptoms through Repair Lotion, which is the original cream that Margaret created for her family’s eczema-prone skin. This time-honoured favourite can be used to calm and aid the repair of distressed and itchy skin on your face or body. Ingredients include calming biodynamic chickweed, which helps to ease itching, anti-inflammatory chamomile, and soothing calendula to promote healing. The concentration of the particular chamomile we use has been shown to be as effective as mild hydrocortisone at reducing inflammation.
For more information and advice, please read our skin information leaflet, or get in touch.
A time-honoured favourite, originally created by Margaret for her own and her family’s eczema-prone skin, and now recommended by homeopathic doctors. Use Repair Lotion to calm and aid the repair of distressed and itchy skin on your face or body. 6.8 fl. oz, 2.0 fl. oz$38.00 As low as: $23.00
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