Introduction: What is Eczema?
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition. It can present itself as itchy, dry, sore skin that can often crack and weep. People can experience eczema at different times throughout their life whether it is an infant through to adulthood, an infant with it clearing as they mature or triggered in adulthood. It is usually a long-term condition that has bouts of appearing ‘well managed’ and ‘flare ups’. A flare up can be out lined as experiencing one or more symptoms at one given time and last between days, weeks and months.
Indicators of Eczema
- Small – Large patches of dry skin
- Itchy Skin
- Dry Skin
- Cracked and Sore
- Red and Inflamed Skin
- Commonly found in the creases of the skin e.g., elbows, knees.
Causes of Eczema
The exact cause of eczema is unknown; however, it is usually a result of an overactive immune system. Common triggers can include environmental, tropical and dietary allergies. It can also be hereditary and develop alongside other conditions like asthma and hay fever.
Different types of Eczema
There are six types of eczema that each present differently.
- Atopic Eczema - Traditional eczema
- Discoid Eczema - Occurs in circular or oval patches.
- Contact Dermatitis - Type of eczema that occurs when the body comes into contact with a substance it is sensitive to
- Varicose Eczema - Most often affects the lower legs and is caused by problems with blood flow through the veins.
- Seborrheic Eczema - Most often determined by red scaly patches that develop on the sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears and scalp.
- Dyshidrotic Eczema (Pompholyx) - Causes tiny blisters to form and erupt across the palms of the hands and/or feet.
How can we treat Eczema?
In some cases, healthcare providers may offer emollients, antihistamines and in worse cases topical steroid creams. But how can we as individuals help to take care of our skin at home? Here at IS Clinical we believe good skin can be achieved in four simple steps; cleanse, treat, hydrate and protect.
Below are some of our star products that can help restore and protect you skin:
This is a light weight and gentle cleanser that combines bio-nutrients, antioxidants and restorative ingredients. This cleanser contains safflower seed oil that helps to soften, smooth, nourish and restructure the skins natural barrier as well as 5% Glycerine to support proper barrier function. It also contains coconut oil for its antibacterial, antifungal and healing properties whilst working as a humectant.
Pro-Heal Serum Advance + features our scientifically advances L-ascorbic acid combined with a superior form of Olive Leaf Extract and vitamins A & E. This combination significantly increased antioxidant protection and improves the appearance of compromised skin.
This is designed to rejuvenate, hydrate and visibly sooth the skin. It is refreshing and powerful due to its superior antioxidants, essential botanicals and bio-nutrients. With 25% Hyaluronic Acid this ensures to lock in moisture while Centella Asiatica, an efficacious antioxidant stimulates collagen synthesis and microcirculation.
This is a moisture rich formula dramatically replenishes hydration to dry, sensitive or compromised skin. This fortifying remedy works overtime to soothe the skin function while curative botanicals relieve discomfort. It includes key ingredients such as Oat Kernal Extract and Corn Kernal Extract for their soothing and barrier boosting functions, Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate, Glycerine to support healing and production of normal skin cells.
Providing extraordinary protection by defending the skin from UVA/ UVB rays. Not only does this protect from harmful rays but it also protects our skins DNA like bubble wrap through the use of our Extremozyme Technology combined with Vitamin E and Olive Leaf Oil for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
An intensely hydrating formulation delivering essential vitamins (A Ester, E & B5), calming botanicals and powerful antioxidants to the skin. It encourages mild exfoliation through the use of fruit acid extracts and willow bark (a source of salicylic acid) which encourages natural desquamation and cell turn over. The addition of Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, hyaluronic acid and Centella Asiatica promote wound healing, hydration and collagen stimulation.
These are a few key steps from our IS Clinical range that can really boost your skins health whilst supporting its DNA and structure. However, to really tailor each step to your skin specifically, search through our website for your local practitioners or sign up online for your virtual skin consultation.