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Eczema, Dermatitis and Skin Conditions

What is Eczema?

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema. According to the NHS the causes of eczema is unknown, eczema often occurs in people who get allergies. It can run in families and often develops alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. The symptoms often have certain triggers, such as soaps, detergents, stress and the weather.

Contact dermatitis is a reaction to allergens leading to dry sensitive skin.

Symptoms of eczema and dermatitis: The skin may become itchy, dry, cracked, inflamed, sore and red. Eczema can affect any part of the body, most often the hands, insides of elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in children.

See NHS page on Eczema for more information.

Impact of skin conditions on daily life

As well as affecting you physically, eczema and dermatitis may also affect you mentally. Sleep-related problems are common among people with eczema and dermatitis. Skin conditions can affect self-confidence leading to poor self-image.

Treatment for eczema and dermatitis

According to the NHS there's currently no cure for eczema. Many different treatments can be used to control symptoms such as avoiding triggers, scratching, moisturising and prescription drugs and creams.

The most important step in treating contact dermatitis is identifying and avoiding the allergens or irritants that affect you. If you can successfully avoid or reduce your exposure to the cause, you can lessen the symptoms.

Moisturisers for eczema

Not all moisturizers are the same; moisturisers are classified based on the amount of oil and water they contain. The more oil in a moisturiser, the better it is at treating eczema.

  • Ointments contain the most oil and are generally water free, therefore preservative free. Ointments are most suitable for areas of dry skin that aren't inflamed.

  • Creams, and lotions have water content, they can hydrate skin and help keep rashes under control. Creams and lotions tend to be more suitable for red, inflamed, swollen areas of skin.

Ointments are usually the first choice for eczema treatment. They have the highest oil so they don’t generally burn when applied to sensitive skin and are very good at sealing in moisture. Generally, preservative free, which is beneficial for sensitive skin.

Beeswax products and balms can be beneficial because beeswax creates a protective barrier on the skin without blocking pores. The natural inbuilt antiseptic and medicinal properties of beeswax can decrease skin irritation while actively working to eliminate it. Beeswax contains anti-inflammatory, germicidal, antibacterial, and anti-allergenic properties that bring lasting healing to many skin disorders. Click here to read more on beeswax.

Beeswax and propolis products are not a cure for eczema and dermatitis but can help soothe the symptoms of irritation, dryness, itchiness and inflammation. Bee Cosmetics Propolis ointment contains beeswax, sunflower oil and propolis, completely natural and preservative free.

What our customers say about beeswax and propolis

Katherine My son’s psoriasis has completely disappeared, fantastic.

James I have severe eczema all over my body. I have been using propolis ointment for 3 weeks with great improvements. I ran out for a few days and noticed the difference. It definitely helps my skin condition.

Beck Many thanks for the lovely products; I’m so pleased with the propolis ointment as it seems to have cleared up a stubborn patch of what I think was eczema on my face! Great stuff!!!

Anita I bought Gardeners Hand Balm; product is excellent, clearing up psoriasis and takes the pain out when I get cuts over my knuckles. Thank you (and thank you to the clever little bees).

Propolis Ointment - £6.00

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