Alongside Adele and Kate Middleton, are you one of the 4 million adults in the UK suffering from eczema?
Constantly have the urge to scratch? Is it while you’re on a beach holiday, or a first date, when your eczema decides to flare up? You’re not the only one – even celebrities such as Kate Middleton, Adele and Brad Pitt struggle with this skin complaint!
Over 4 million adults in the UK suffer from eczema, so could be facing the same irritating and distressing symptoms associated with this condition. We sought help from the professionals to provide these 7 tips to ease the symptoms of adult eczema
1. Keep moisturised
“Eczema causes you to break out in itchy dry scaly patches of redness. This not only can be painful but can also make people very insecure in their own skin. Eczema can appear anywhere on the body but is very likely to crop up in the creases of the body including the arms and legs. To ease eczema, be sure to regularly use a moisturising cream which is specifically good for eczema prone skin, to hydrate any dryness and areas of sensitivity,” says Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
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2. Avoid clingy clothes
“Unfortunately, eczema has no sympathy for your style, so there are some materials that may upset patches of eczema more than others. This includes clingy fabrics such as lycra or polyester. Try to wear loose cotton fabrics to reduce irritation,’ says Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfood.co.uk, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing.
3. Get good gut health
We all need healthy bacteria to support gut function, to help break down food, absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. “The skin is closely connected to the gut and supporting gut function can help to reduce breakouts. There are a number of studies linking the use of probiotics to positive outcomes for eczema, acne, rosacea and anti-aging. To support your skin, include fermented foods in your diet, such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso soup. You can also take a supplement”, says Cassandra.
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4. Say no to sugar
It’s important to watch out for hidden sugars in our food. Always check the sugar content in sauces, bread, cereals, soups, yoghurts, dressings and most importantly ‘low fat’ foods. Lily Soutter, Nutritionist at www.lilysoutternutrition.com explains why, “Sugar not only contributes to hormonal imbalances, which can lead to spotty and greasy skin but it can also play a role in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.”
5. Avoid perfumed body care
“You may find that if you suffer from eczema, your skin may be sensitive and easily irritated by fragrances and harsh chemicals used in shower gels, scrubs and soaps. It is best advised to use perfume-free and parabens free body care products to avoid irritation,” says Shona.
6. Boost your omega 3 levels
“Eczema sufferers have a higher need for essential fatty acids. Fish such as wild salmon, sardines, herring and anchovies are all omega-3 rich. But if you’re not a fan of fish, or are concerned you’re not getting enough omega 3 from your diet then I would suggest taking a supplement.” Says Cassandra.
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7. Make sure you have a cool bedroom
“Heat can be a huge agitator when bringing on your eczema rashes and this can be a nightmare during long hot nights, where you are more tempted to scratch. To avoid this try refrigerating your pillow and quilt (if you have enough room) to make sure you are sleeping in cool sheets. If you are not lucky enough to have air conditioning, invest in a fan to keep the air circulating,” explains Shona.