ECZEMA flare-ups tend to be more common during winter with changing temperatures and dry air. It’s estimated 15 million Britons suffer from the condition. So what’s the best way to treat the condition? Chemist Bruce Green offers his top tips.
Eczema and dermatitis tends to get bad on parts of the skin exposed to the elements in winter – usually the hands and face. Typical symptoms of the condition include severe itching, especially at night, dry, scaly patches that are red to brownish-grey on the skin, and small, raised bumps that could leak fluid and scab over if scratched.
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Eczema flares up because the skin can’t stay moist on it’s own, and can be caused by wearing too many layers of clothing, taking hot baths, or using too many bed coverings, and worsened by skin irritants, infections, stress and exposure to allergens such as dust or pet hair.
While there’s no cure for eczema, the main treatments are emollients (moisturisers).
And chartered scientists, chartered chemist and fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry Bruce Green has created a cream to offer rapid relief – SOS SERUM.
He said: “Children through to pensioners, all, at some time, will suffer from skin itching and irritation such as eczema.
Eczema treatment: Expert’s top tips for preventing a flare-up during winter
Eczema treatment: How can you prevent flare-ups during the winter months?
“We have the urge to scratch – which only makes matters worse. So I have used my extensive experience to develop SOS SERUM. Although I say it myself…it is a brilliant product.”
The soothing effect of wasabi and burdock leaf extracts combined with the cooling sensation from the refined extract of peppermint, deliver comfort, moisturisation and protection, he added.
Green also offers other tips for preventing eczema during winter.
Timing is everything
“Try to treat your dry or itchy skin early, as it can make your treatment that much more effective. Apply a topical product like SOS Serum at the first signs of itchiness or skin tightness. Ensure you are moisturising twice a day to keep the skin moist,” Green advised.
Common triggers could be soap, laundry products, house dust mites, animal fur, pollens, moulds, temperature and climate, food/diet, alcohol and stress. So keep a record of how your eczema responds to cutting out certain foods such as dairy. Green said: “Learn to identify why you get a flare up and find ways to avoid situations where you tend to scratch.”