RealTalk with Norwex – Eczema

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There are more people out there than you know, that are tired of battling the discomfort of eczema. Do you ever wonder if your daily household cleaning products could be making things worse? It’s time to take a closer look at the chemicals in your cleaning arsenal and how environmental stressors can exacerbate skin irritation. Additionally, we’ll explore how allergens in your environment can lead to contact dermatitis, further aggravating eczema.

Eczema Unveiled: A Common Skin Condition

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Characterised by red, itchy, and inflamed skin, eczema can be both physically and emotionally distressing. While its exact cause is not fully understood, a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors is believed to contribute to its development.

Remember, eczema management is a multifaceted approach. By minimising your exposure to harsh chemicals and environmental stressors, you can reduce the risk of flare-ups and enjoy healthier, happier skin. If you’re unsure about which products are safe for your skin or need guidance on eczema management, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional for personalised advice. Your skin deserves the best care, so take action today to protect it from potential irritants and allergens in your environment.

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Laundry Chemicals: Hidden Skin Irritants

Your home may seem like a safe haven, but hidden dangers could be lurking in your cleaning products. Many common household cleaners contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin, exacerbating eczema symptoms. Here’s how these chemicals can harm your skin:

  • Detergents and Surfactants: Cleaning products often contain detergents and surfactants that can strip your skin’s natural oils, leaving it dry and more susceptible to eczema flare-ups.
  • Fragrances: Artificial fragrances can contain allergens and irritants that trigger eczema symptoms. Opt for fragrance-free or hypoallergenic cleaning products when possible.
  • Harsh Chemicals: Bleach, ammonia, and other harsh chemicals found in cleaning products can cause chemical burns on the skin, leading to irritation and potential eczema outbreaks.

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Environmental Stressors: A Double Whammy

Eczema doesn’t exist in a vacuum – environmental stressors play a crucial role in its development and exacerbation. Here’s how external factors can impact your skin:

  • Climate and Weather: Dry, cold weather can sap your skin of moisture, making eczema symptoms worse. Hot and humid conditions can also trigger sweating and irritation.
  • Allergens: Pollen, dust mites, and pet dander are common allergens that can worsen eczema symptoms when they come into contact with your skin or are inhaled.
  • Stress: Emotional stress can weaken your immune system, making your skin more susceptible to eczema flare-ups. It can also lead to scratching and further skin damage.

Contact Dermatitis: The Allergen Connection

In addition to household cleaning products, contact dermatitis can be caused by allergens in your environment. Contact dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition resulting from direct skin contact with allergens or irritants.

Common allergens include:

  • Nickel: Found in jewellery, zippers, and belt buckles, nickel can lead to itchy rashes and worsen eczema symptoms.
  • Latex: Latex gloves, elastic bands, and balloons can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
  • Cosmetics: Certain makeup products and skincare items may contain allergens or irritating ingredients that exacerbate eczema.

Protect Your Skin: Tips for Eczema Management

  • Choose gentle, fragrance-free cleaning products and laundry detergents.
  • Moisturise your skin regularly to maintain its natural barrier with a natural moisturiser that does not contain any nasties such as the newly launched Norwex Skin Care range.
  • Wear protective clothing and gloves when cleaning or handling potential irritants.
  • Maintain a comfortable indoor humidity level to prevent dry skin.
  • Identify and avoid allergens that trigger your eczema.
  • Avoid coming into contact with harsh cleaning products that may be an irritant to your skin.
  • Manage stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.

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