Eczema & Dermatitis: The skin as a barrier.

Eczema & dermatitis: The skin as a barrier.

Current management of eczema and atopic dermatitis include

- the application of topical steroids.

- frequently moisturising or using an ointment such as Dermeze or Epaderm to create a barrier over the skin.

- using wet or dry wraps with Tubifast dressing.

- avoiding allergens in the environment which may include food such as egg and nuts and foods that may cause more inflammation such as dairy, wheat, gluten and sugar.

- bleach baths, and/or topical or oral antibiotics to decrease the amount of Staph on the skin.

- bathing with mineral salts.

If we acknowledge that the skin acts as a barrier to keep allergens out, we understand the need to keep the barrier intact and healthy to do it’s job. This includes healing the skin if it’s broken from scratching as the barrier is now compromised.  Open, broken and inflamed skin is also more likely to react to products with irritants in it, like preservatives, acids, and alcohol.  If it stings, use a balm or ointment instead as balms or ointments to not have any water and there is no need to use a preservative.

Healthy skin also has it’s own microbiome, so it’s important not to kill all the good bacteria on the surface, or use products that are too acid or alkaline, as the pH of the skin is neutral and that is the best pH for maintain a healthy skin flora.

After the gut, there are more microorganisms on the skin than anywhere else in the body. Bacterial species are by far the most numerous; however fungi, viruses also live on our skin. Staph. auerus bacteria is most commonly associated with eczema patients. This bacteria releases toxins that cause the immune response to flare up, resulting in a rash. 

 

Our products that contain Manuka oil such as the Manuka Balm, Propolis Balm and Manuka Cream, help to soothe the rash, relieve the inflammation and support the healing of the skin barrier.

Our Liquid Soap with Manuka Oil and Lavender has been formulated to be used a gentle, pH neutral soap-alternative. It can also be used as a shampoo and is useful for those with dermatitis on their scalp.

For an extra boost of hydration and healing, we have the Hemp Seed Oil and Manuka Oil Serum with natural fatty acids such as Omega 3,6 and 9 to calm, hydrate and support skin healing.

For maintenance, the Skin Radiance Lotion is great for keeping the skin hydrated, and the healing properties of Manuka Oil is combined with Evening Primrose Oil and Green Tea Extract to hydrate and nourish the skin.

 

To summarise:

Step 1: Cleanse with a gentle, pH neutral soap alternative Liquid Soap or facial Cream Cleanser.

Step 2: Soothe the flare up with a Propolis or Manuka Oil Balm or Manuka Oil Cream.

Step 3: For an extra boost of healing and hydration, apply a few drops of the Hemp Seed and Manuka Oil Serum.

Step 4: For maintenance, apply the Skin Radiance Lotion or Manuka Oil Cream daily as required.

Below are some supplements and lifestyle modifications commonly adopted to help manage symptoms in individuals suffering from inflamed skin conditions. Always seek advice from a qualified health professional prior to changing treatments. Individual results may vary depending on medical history.

These adjustments may help to support the gut, manage and reduce stress which is one of the triggers and decrease inflammation in the body.

  • Vitamin C, Zinc and Collagen: helps with wound healing and making new skin.
  • Probiotics, S.Boulardii and L-Glutamine: helps with gut healing.
  • Withania, Rhodiola and Magnolia Bark: Adaptogenic herbs to reduce cortisol levels if stress is an issue.
  • L-glutamine and Magnesium: L-glutamine converts to GABA and helps to reduce anxiety. Magnesium also helps with anxiety and stress.
  • Fish Oil, Olive Oil and Sea Buckthorn: natural source of Omega 3, 6 and 9, reduces inflammation.Reduce or eliminate energy and caffeinated drinks as stimulants increase cortisol, a stress hormone.
  • Reducing foods that can cause inflammation such as dairy, gluten, wheat and sugar is also highly beneficial.