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What is eczema and how do I treat it?

Baby eczema

It’s not uncommon for red, dry or itchy skin patches to develop on a baby’s face, behind their ears and/or within the folds that are on their neck, knees and elbows. (5)

Baby eczema

Eczema in children

Almost three in four children who experience eczema will find that it clears up by the time they’re seven-years-old.

Eczema in children

Adult eczema

Adults also tend to develop atopic dermatitis on different parts of their bodies to children.

These areas include the backs of their knees, back of their neck and around their eyes. The skin around the eyes can also become extremely itchy.

Adult eczema

1. Moisturise your skin with emollients

Moisturise your skin with emollients – these contain a mixture of fat and water.

 

 

1. Moisturise your skin with emollients

2. Keep a diary to work out triggers

It's important to know what can set off your eczema, so noting down what you were doing before a flare-up can be helpful.

2. Keep a diary to work out triggers

3. Eat oily fish

A 2016 review in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual found that taking omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish such as mackerel, tuna, herring and salmon) improved eczema symptoms overall,

3. Eat oily fish

4. Consider using plant oils

A 2018 Taiwanese review found that jojoba oil, rosehip oil and oat oil (found in colloidal oatmeal) all have anti-inflammatory effects on eczema.

4. Consider using plant oils

Author: Bhupesh Panchal

Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Toxicology, BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a clinical toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products. After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

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Author: Bhupesh Panchal