What Is Eczema & How Should You Treat It?

October is eczema awareness month, but how much do know about what eczema is and how to treat it? According to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from eczema. Perhaps you or someone you know are one of them that hasn't yet been exposed to the treatment options out there! 

I turned to ARCONA Spa Manager Allison Marks to get the scoop on this common but upsetting skin condition and how to deal with it. To start off, she explained, "Eczema can mean a family of skin conditions that cause skin to become swollen, irritated, and itchy." If this sounds like you, consider reaching out to your doctor. 

Additionally, there are things only people with eczema will understand, and having to always scan beauty product labels is one of them. I asked Marks specifically what ingredients should be avoided to prevent flare ups, She advises readers to keep an eye out for "artificial fragrance, artificial colors such as (D&C dyes), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Propylene Glycol, Pthlates." Tedious to read, but well worth the effort! 

Since winter cold can be harsh on skin, I wanted to make sure and ask Marks how to prevent flare ups in the winter. She recommends avoiding "low humidity, stress, excessive heat and sweating, [and] over-cleansing skin." As for things to do, reach for "professional products and soothing treatment masks that help to reinforce the skins barrier function." Marks mentioned a few of her favorite products below. Good luck and I hope they bring you some relief this winter! 

1. Wine Hydrating Mask

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(Wine Hydrating Mask, $42, ARCONA)

This mask contains Borage Seed extract to help soothe and repair skin quickly after flare ups.

2. Chamomile Balm

(Chamomile Balm, $32, ARCONA)

This balm contains licorice extract to combat inflammation and sooth any intense flare ups.  

Image Credit: zstupar/Pixabay; Marek Isalski/Flickr

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