Eczema, as with many other skin conditions, is a chronic and recurring disease often referred to as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. It is often characterized by dry flaky patches of skin and is considered by many to be “the itch that rashes” since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of a rash. Eczema affects approximately 10 to 20 percent of the world’s population and usually presents itself within the first six months of life. Fortunately, nearly half of infants and children affected will find that the disease clears and disappears between the ages of 5 to 15. Others will have some form of eczema throughout their entire life.
Eczema can occur on any part of the body and is usually triggered by external factors. Every persons “trigger” may be different. Flare ups are caused by scratchy material, overheating, stress; even some types of food may lead to an adverse reaction in the skin. There is no cure, however, in many cases eczema can be managed with treatments and by avoiding the “triggers”.
Eczema is not a contagious disease and is thought to be the result of the body’s abnormal response from the immune system. Some dermatologists have also speculated that the skin’s barrier function is compromised by this disease meaning the skin cannot keep in vital moisture and natural oils that are responsible for making it soft and supple. The skin becomes dry quickly therefore it is important to make sure whatever products are being put onto the skin are emollient rich and non-irritating.
ABI Dermaceuticals is free of harmful skin irritants such as artificial colors, perfumes or artificial fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfates. Even our Exfoliating Enzyme Wash is gentle enough to be used daily as it contains hydrating and emollient rich ingredients to help maintain and repair the skin’s natural barrier system. We also recommend the following products, especially the Moisturizing Antioxidant which contains Ceramide-3, a vital skin lipid that is a major structural component of the skins barrier system, due to their gentle and hydrating effect on the skin