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What is eczema

What is eczema?

Eczema is a very common skin condition and whilst frustrating and uncomfortable, can be prevented before the symptoms occur.

What is Eczema?
Eczema is a very common skin condition, which can affect all ages but is most often seen in children. Whilst frustrating and uncomfortable, the trick is to treat eczema-prone skin before the symptoms occur. 

Eczma occurs when our skin is less able to retain water due to producing less fats and oils that, in healthy skin, sit beneath the thin outer layer of skin. This scarcity of fats and oils means that skin cells are less tightly knitted together, retain less water and are less plump as a result. It can occur in a number of different severities, the most common form being Atopic eczema which is sometimes referred to as ‘childhood eczema’ or ‘atopic dermatitis’, believed to be hereditary although the cause is not fully understood.

Triggers
Eczema is often triggered or exacerbated by environmental factors or products such as pollen, animal dander, soaps, fragrance or detergents, but why the flare-up? Well, the reaction of dry, inflamed and/or itchy skin is the response of our body’s immune system overworking to protect itself against factors that normally would not be harmful. The growth of non-atopic eczema is a really prevalent issue for many adults, as its cause cannot be pinpointed as easily as it can for atopic eczema. Eczema can affect any area of skin, including the face but is most frequently found in the bends of the elbows or knees as well as sporadic dry patches that can appear red and dry. Scratching the inflamed skin may lead to an infection so it is really important to calm and soothe the skin to avoid a severe and uncomfortable ‘flare up’.

Those affected by eczema will find it clears by puberty although for some, it could return in later life due to stress, temperature change and being unwell, or result in the person affected experiencing ‘sensitive’ skin later in life. Here at Balance Me, we have a range of products specifically designed to calm inflamed skin. Our co-founders have even used the products recommended here on their youngest of children to soothe any areas of irritation because they are just that gentle! 

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