How To Get The Best Eczema Treatment In Darwin, For Damaged Skin
Eczema can be an excruciating disorder. In most cases your naturopath can help you find relief fairly quickly. Sometimes however, finding the trigger and turning off the inflammation can be a little bit tricky. A successful eczema treatment for damaged skin definitely requires a multi-faceted approach.
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To understand what I mean by a multifaceted approach you need to understand that the outside of your body is not the soul problem. A good eczema treatment for any part of the body, requires 2 things:
A treatment for the inside 2. A treatment for the outside.
Today we are going to look at the topical part of your treatment for eczema or atopic dermatitis
On the skin surface a person with eczema has numerous problems going on including:
A loss of moisture
Damage to the skin barrier
Staphylococcus aereus infestation
A loss of moisture to the skin is known as Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL). It is important that moisturizing creams hydrate down to the stratum corneum layer. Many creams fail to do this.
Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMFs) have the ability to improve the moisture of the skin. NMF’s are naturally occurring in the skin but are easily leached from the skin andsubsequently need to be replaced. One of the best NMFs, believe it or not, is petrolatum. Petrolatum has an immediate barrier repairing effect upon the stratum corneum which has a loss of its natural lipids (fats). Many people shy away from products containing petrolatum however, because they associate it with toxicity and petroleum fuels. For this reason, the creams made by Vivienne Savill, do not contain petrolatum, but other ingredients also prized for their ability to moisturize.
Glycerin is also highly beneficial. Glycerin improves hydration of the stratum corneum, improves epidermal function and decreases signs of inflammation. A 2008 study (Breternitz, M, et al.) found that glycerin based emollients have a positive influence on the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis but found that urea had the opposite effect. Another study (Loden, M 2002) of 197 patients with atopic dermatitis did not find this to be the case. Loden’s study found that urea with sodium chloride was just as effective as glycerine in reducing dryness however glycerine was found to cause less “smarting”.
Skin creams contain substances known as excipients – for example emulsifiers, antioxidants and preservatives. Excipients were once thought to be inactive in eczema treatment for damaged skin, but recently it has been found that they are more active than previously thought. It is now believed that some excipients can deteriorate the condition of the skin whilst others can improve the TEWL, the clinical appearance and skin barrier function. Moisturizers containing vegetable triglyceride oils as their excipients may work the best. This includes oils such as olive oil, coconut or almond.
Inflammation causes redness, heat and itching:
Inflammation indicates that the immune response has been triggered. Research indicates that when eczema is present, various markers of inflammation such as Interleukin 4, 5,6, and 13, eosinophils and macrophages are elevated. Although you can’t see these inflammatory markers, you sure can feel the result of this inflammation. It is therefore really important to suppress the inflammation to make someone with eczema feel more comfortable.
The flavones that are found in numerous herbs have been beneficial in decreasing these inflammatory markers and thus suppressing the signs of inflammation. Commonly used herbs with anti-inflammatory effects include turmeric, oatmeal, feverfew, licorice, aloe vera and chamomile. Lesser known herbs are also proving incredibly useful in the treatment of skin associated inflammation.
For many people, the pruritis (itching) associated with eczema can be more bothersome than the physical appearance. Vitamins such as vitamin D and B12 have been found to have a positive effect upon itch reduction. B12 is a scavenger of a free radical known as Nitric Oxide. Research by Stucker has found that a topical cream containing Vitamin B12 is effective in reducing the extent and severity of atopic dermatitis.
As anyone who has taken a corticosteroid cream will tell you, as soon as you stop using it the problem returns. Steroid creams basically works on the localized immune response but as you have now learnt a good topical treatment for eczema must do far more than suppress the localized histamines and immune response. It must also moisturize and repair the damaged stratum corneum.
In my next article on eczema of atopic dermatitis, we will dig a little deeper and consider how to turn off the itch by working on the internal imbalances and triggers. By working in this manner the eczema treatment for all ages and types of eczema, is more effective. Without this part of the treatment, recovery is unlikely to be successful, especially long term.