Eczema-prone skin is a common skin condition that can involve itch-prone, dry, flaky or inflamed skin as well as other signs and symptoms. This uncomfortable condition is linked to overactivity in the immune system, although the causes are not yet fully understood.
For those experiencing skin prone to allergy, you may be questioning if you have eczema or another skin condition.
Read on to learn the key eczema signs and symptoms, as well as the first signs of eczema to look out for. We’ll also cover flare up causes and how to care for mild eczema-prone skin, including minimalist formula skincare recommendations from our Toleriane range.
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is a common chronic skin condition often seen from infancy or childhood. However, it can also show up for the first time in teens or even adults. Eczema-prone skin is not contagious, although there is a much higher risk of developing eczema if you have a family history of the condition on one or both sides.
Although this condition is usually persistent, the symptoms tend to come and go in a pattern of ‘flare ups’. This cycle may be linked to a particular trigger, or seemingly random. Eczema-prone skin can continue throughout the lifespan, but this condition is known to sometimes become less severe with age.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema-prone skin, however there are also other types including nummular dermatitis and dyshidrotic dermatitis. As with any skin condition, you should consult with a medical professional or dermatologist if you’re unsure about your symptoms or how to manage them.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA-PRONE SKIN?
Symptoms of eczema-prone skin can be mild or less mild, depending on the person. Your eczema may look quite different to someone else’s or may vary on different parts of your body. So, what does eczema look like in a general sense?
This condition usually develops gradually, so it’s useful to know some of the early signs eczema presents. Dry, scaly and itch-prone patches on the skin are often the first signs of eczema. These are most commonly seen in areas where the skin creases like the elbows and knees. Eczema patches can also be seen on the faces of babies.
Once fully developed, there are some additional signs and symptoms. Skin can become itch-prone or sensitive. Eczema can also be characterised by very dry, flaky skin that can become scaly with a visible darkened appearance. It’s also common for affected areas to swell in some cases.
It’s worth noting that not all eczema-prone skin will have these symptoms and the way this condition presents may vary over time. We recommend consulting a medical professional or dermatologist for a diagnosis if you think you may be experiencing such skin condition.
WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?
Eczema causes and symptoms are both equally important to understand. A family history is not the only factor that increases your chances of developing eczema. People with hay fever, asthma or allergies can also have a higher risk of developing eczema at some point during their lives.
Once you’ve developed eczema-prone skin, there are also causal factors for your flare ups which are known as ‘triggers’. Common internal triggers include stress, food allergies and respiratory infections. Triggers can also be external, such as cleaners and detergents, significant weather changes, scratchy or synthetic fabrics and sweating.
HOW TO CARE FOR ECZEMA-PRONE SKIN
There are many management options available for eczema-prone skin through consultation with a dermatologist or medical professional, including creams, lifestyle changes and medications.
If you have mild eczema-prone skin on the face, symptoms can be especially uncomfortable. Your diagnosing dermatologist may recommend implementing a minimalist skincare routine if you have signs of eczema on the face. This is because common skincare ingredients such as fragrance, preservatives and essential oils can exacerbate existing symptoms for skin prone to irritation.
In contrast, our Toleriane range is designed for sensitive skin with simple yet effective formulas without an unnecessarily long ingredients list. Read on for our recommendations for products suitable for mild eczema-prone skin.
TOLERIANE DERMO CLEANSER
Begin your mild eczema-prone skin routine with a minimalist cleanser. Our Toleriane Dermo Cleanser serves dual functions as a gentle cleanser that can also remove makeup. No rubbing is necessary with this effective formula, which means you can minimise friction on skin prone to irritation. This formula is suitable for twice daily use, as it won’t dry out your skin.
TOLERIANE ULTRA-SENSITIVE MOISTURISER
Choosing a moisturiser that only includes the essentials is key when you have sensitive skin prone to mild eczema. Our Toleriane Ultra Sensitive Moisturiser is formulated with nourishing and hydrating shea butter and glycerin, combined with Neurosensine to help visibly comfort skin.
TOLERIANE ULTRA EYE CONTOUR SENSITIVE CREAM
Mild eczema-prone skin can occur anywhere on the body, including around the eyes where it can be particularly concerning. We recommend making sure you’re using an eye cream that’s fragrance-free and alcohol-free, like our Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour Sensitive Cream. This cream is formulated with sensitive skin in mind, providing hydration and protection without unnecessary ingredients.
Now that you’ve learned the signs of eczema-pone skin and how to choose skincare products suitable for sensitive skin, it’s time to continue learning. Eczema-prone skin can sometimes present similarly to other conditions, so we recommend reading our guide What is Contact Dermatitis to learn the differences.
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