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The 5 most dangerous Eczema myths debunked

Even though eczema is very common, there’s an awful lot of misinformation surrounding it. Which is dangerous, because eczema sufferers need to know exactly what’s what when it comes to this painful and distressing skin condition so they can learn how to keep it under control.

In this post, we debunk 5 common eczema myths for once and for all!

Myth #1 All Eczema is the same

There are many different types of eczema –  it’s an umbrella term for itchy, flaky, inflamed sensitive skin conditions.

The most common type however, is atopic dermatitis. This type is chronic and inherited, mostly occurs in children under the age of 5 and tend to get better with age. In adults, the most common type of eczema is called contact dermatitis, where skin becomes highly sensitised from exposure to harmful detergents, irritants, and other chemicals.

All types of eczema have this one in common: the skin’s protective barrier is compromised and weak. This means that it can’t do it’s job of keeping moisture in and irritants out of the skin which in turn leads to reactive flare-ups  because the skin is dry, cracked, and weak.

Myth #2 Eczema can be cured

Eczema is a chronic condition, which means that it can’t be cured. However, with effective skincare treatments, avoiding triggers, and lifestyle changes many people find they can manage the condition so that it stops having an adverse affect on their quality of life.

Myth #3 It does not need treatment because children grow out of it

It’s a  mistake to assume that children will always grow out of eczema. The fact is, sometimes they will but sometimes they won’t. The key is to ensure the child’s skin is always properly moisturised. Apply moisturising creams at bath time, use products that are free from fragrance and common irritants, and encourage children to drink plenty of water so that their skin barrier is strong enough to ward-off painful flare-ups.

Myth #4 Over the counter products are too weak to treat Eczema

A lot of people believe that prescription creams like topical steroids are the only sure-fire way to treat eczema, but this is simply not true.

Eczema requires a holistic approach to treatment: the right combination of daily skincare, diet, and lifestyle factors is the best possible approach. Topical steroids will not cure the condition, although they do help with painful flare-ups. 

Ideally what you want is a sustainable approach to managing flare-ups and avoiding triggers. Consider curating an effective daily skincare routine using  eczema-specific creams so that trips to the doctor or dermatologist become less frequent.

Myth #5 Your skin will always look awful

Dry, itchy, cracked skin looks awful, we get it. But don’t despair – with the right ingredients  and a consistent daily skincare routine you can restore health and hydration to eczema-damaged skin. The key is patience, consistency, and the right ingredients.

What are some of the myths that you’ve been living with?

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