Article written in collaboration with Aveeno
Eczema is a skin condition that affects between 15% and 20% of Canadians. Although eczema is a lifelong condition, it is possible to prevent it and relieve its symptoms to improve the quality of life of those affected.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis in its most common form, is characterized by redness, itching and inflammation of the skin. There are several factors in eczema: genetics, a person’s skin barrier, and the environment.
Eczema can affect any part of the body, regardless of skin colour. In adults, eczema is most common on the neck, upper arms, back, tops of hands, feet, fingers, toes, elbow and knee creases, and around the eyes and eyelids.
Eczema generally appears in childhood; however, it can occur at any stage of life and have a major impact on it.
Most people with eczema experience symptoms daily. These are not necessarily the same for every person, but generally, they are similar:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Rough, thick, scaly patches
- Oozing cracks
Note that it is possible for one or more symptoms to appear at the same time. However, these symptoms are not always present since eczema flare-ups can appear suddenly. Consulting a healthcare professional is the surest way to obtain a proper diagnosis.
Certain factors can trigger eczema flare-ups. By being able to identify these triggers, it is possible to better control them.
Certains produits du quotidien sont irritants pour la peau. Parmi ceux-ci, il y a les savons, les détergents, les feuilles pour la sécheuse, les bains moussants, les shampoings, les désinfectants, les parfums et les colorants. Le fait d’en prendre conscience permet d’éliminer ces produits de la maison ou de les remplacer par d’autres, plus doux pour la peau.
Allergic reactions are characterized by itching and inflammation of the skin. Whenever possible, people with allergies must take steps to protect themselves from the specific allergens that affect them, such as dust mites, pets, pollen and mold, so as not to aggravate their eczema.
Extreme temperatures and the environment are factors that can trigger an eczema attack in some people. Environmental triggers include hot or cold temperatures, humidity, tobacco smoke, pollution and hard water. By counteracting these factors, certain eczema flare-ups can be curbed.
Certain foods can cause allergies, thereby exacerbating eczema symptoms. Dairy products, eggs, wheat, nuts and seeds are just a few examples. If you're in any doubt about a food that could amplify eczema, discuss it with your doctor.
Without causing it, stress sometimes aggravates eczema symptoms. Certain habits, such as scratching, increase inflammation and lead to further itching. Even if it's not always easy, don’t scratch any area that is afflicted with eczema.
Relieving eczema symptoms
Regarding eczema, taking good care of your skin is important. Treatment consists mainly of relieving itching and keeping the skin well-hydrated to rebuild the skin's moisture barrier. Frequent and generous use of suitable moisturizing products is highly recommended. Even without symptoms, avoid triggers and moisturize your skin regularly.
Aveeno® Eczema Care
Moisturizers are the first line of care for eczema.
The Aveeno® Eczema Care product range, which includes a body cleanser, moisturizing cream and anti-itch balm, is unique thanks to its formulation containing colloidal oatmeal, proteins, vitamins B and E, and nourishing lipids. Colloidal oatmeal reinforces the skin's moisture barrier to relieve dry skin while protecting the cutaneous microbiome (bacteria on the skin's surface).
Several studies show that AVEENO® Eczema Daily Moisturizing Cream relieves eczema symptoms (itching, dryness, redness and irritation), helps improve the skin's moisture barrier, and promotes a better quality of life for people with eczema.1
Aveeno® Eczema Care Itch Relief Balm plays a significant role in effectively relieving dry, itchy skin.
Please consult your healthcare professional for more information about eczema or Aveeno® products.