- Eczema can present with anything from chronically dry skin that’s difficult to keep moisturized, to itchy red rough skin that’s actively inflamed.
- It runs in families, and is associated with abnormalities a filaggrin protein that is integral to the skin’s barrier. It can be inherited with a tendency for food allergies and/or asthma.
It is important to use Skincare products that do not further inflame eczematous skin.
- Dry skin is itchy skin, and eczema is known in classic dermatology textbooks as “the itch that rashes,” so keeping the skin well moisturized is key to symptom management.
- Vegetable oils moisturize better than mineral oil does, and topical ceramides help to reinforce the skin’s barrier that holds water in.
For infants and small children, Dr. Sherber recommends skincare products without synthetic fragrance and with a focus on *natural ingredients*, and minimal use of prescription medications.
- Bleach baths, as outlined by the American Academy of Dermatology, are sometimes beneficial.
- For adults, Dr. Sherber may also explore whether skin allergies or underlying conditions are playing a role.
- Eczema may flare up during pregnancy, during which time treatment regimens must be specially designed to avoid certain medications and ingredients.