Separating Eczema from Fiction
All patients with eczema-prone skin experience the same level of severity.
Fact: Eczema may be an umbrella term for skin that is dry, irritated, itchy and sometimes red. However, patients with eczema-prone skin can experience flare-ups of different severity levels.
Eczema is caused by poor hygiene.
Eczema does not reflect skin cleanliness, and it is not caused by a lack of hygiene. On the contrary, washing your skin too much or too frequently may trigger flare-ups or exacerbate the condition.
Your lifestyle will always be restricted when you have eczema.
If you’re living with eczema-prone skin, it does not have to limit the way you live and the things you can do. While it’s true that certain activities (that cause excessive sweating, for example) may trigger flare-ups, it does not mean that you must completely avoid these activities. The key to manage eczema is to moisturise regularly and to adhere to any medication regimen prescribed by your healthcare professional.
Eczema is contagious
Eczema is not a condition that can be spread, and physical contact between people with eczema-prone skin and those without eczema-prone skin is completely safe.
Eczema will leave permanent and severe scars.
When managed well, eczema does not generally leave permanent scars. In many cases, discolouration and skin thinning may occur in the long run due to scratching but proper care will prevent permanent scarring.
Eczema does not have to be treated because children will grow out of it.
Some children may grow out of eczema. However, it is still essential to manage eczema properly in order to have a good quality of life and to maximise a child’s growing years. Constant itching and scratching may deprive children of sleep, which is important for their development.
Treatment of eczema is limited to medication.
Medication can help, especially with flare-ups, but for long-term and effective control, use a dermatologically recommended wash and moisturizer , such as Cetaphil PRO AD Derma Skin Restoring Body Wash and Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer to manage eczema-prone skin. Making small but significant lifestyle changes can help too; such as identifying and avoiding your triggers (e.g. dust mites, detergents, temperature changes and dietary items).
To ensure you provide your skin with the best care, check that the information you receive is from a credible source. If you’re ever in doubt, consult a healthcare professional.