Hi there! Do you want to know how to finally get rid of your eczema? If you have breakouts on the face, body or hands, then I imagine you probably want to know how to get rid of it fast.
For the longest time I struggled with itchy skin, spots, and redness. At first I didn’t know what it was, then according to a dermatologist, I had eczema on my body!
Once I knew I had this rash, what I wanted the most was for it to be gone, forever and fast.
If you feel the same way, and you’re also looking to get rid of itchy red skin, then you’ve come to the right place. I know it may seem to difficult to deal with at first, but the good news is that by doing the right things you can get rid of it!
Today I’m going to show you what I did to finally get rid of eczema on my skin in a video. It only took 3 simple steps and I’m excited to share them with you!
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Also, for those of you following the blog, I wanted to make an easy guide for you below. Hope you enjoy it!
In this guide we’ll cover:
• What is eczema
• How long does it take to get rid of it?
• Reducing redness on the face
• Tips for improving hand eczema
• Removing dark spots and scars
What is eczema?
Eczema is a general term used to describe an inflammation of the skin. The exact word “eczema” originates from a Greek word which means “to boil over”, this is a good description, as in the medical sense it’s where certain areas of the skin become red, itchy, and inflamed. Dermatologists tend to categorize anything with red itchy skin symptoms as “eczema”. It’s for this reason that atopic dermatitis is very common, affecting over 3 million people per year in the United States.
There are two main types of eczema, the most common types of eczema are known as atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Recently scientists found a third type called irritant dermatitis. (We will look at some of the things that cause these types of eczema in another post.)
Dermatitis ranges from moderate (only on small areas of the skin) to severe (full body eczema). Sometimes patches of skin can become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause weeping, itching and bleeding.
If you have eczema, you might have noticed it on the back of the knees, the front of the legs, elbows, arms, hands, or face. These areas of the skin are considered to be affected if they are rough, itchy, red, and inflamed. People will eczema often go to a dermatologist like The Dermatology and Laser Group for help managing their condition through custom treatments as well as improving the complexion of their skin.
While it’s most commonly seen in young children and babies, it is not only a childhood problem. I was often told that my skin would resolve by itself as I got older, however I experienced red itchy skin past childhood and teenage years.
In short, eczema is a term used to describe a group of inflamed skin conditions. If you have inflamed skin, red skin, or itchy skin, you may have atopic dermatitis.
Now after hearing all this, don’t worry! Eczema is not necessarily such a bad thing — read on to know more about how to resolve it.
How long does it take to get rid it?
The standard treatment for eczema are cortisone creams and you may see results within 5-10 days of using it. However it may take longer for your skin to clear depending on how severe the inflammation on the skin.
Studies suggest that a trigger identification and avoidance strategy can help most people see clear skin in 7-14 days. This involves actively avoiding the thing or trigger that’s causing the breakout. Because you remove what’s causing the red itchy skin, results can last a long time.
The good news about eczema is that it normally doesn’t affect your everyday life, and most people won’t even notice it.
If you have a flareup right now you’re probably wondering how long it takes to get rid of it. The most common treatments (prescribed by most doctors and dermatologists), are cortisone or steroid creams.
However, recent studies suggest that topical steroid creams should only be used occasionally and not as long-term treatment.
Personally I found that while cortisone creams work in a couple of days, the effects don’t last forever as promised. Once you stop using the cream, the eczema may come back. Did this ever happen to you?
Those of us who are looking for a more permanent solution to eczema, may benefit from doing a trigger identification and avoidance strategy. Basically, identifying what the thing is that is making you break-out, and then taking measures to avoid it (like how we do in my program ).
In my video I talk about how I used this strategy!
Reducing redness on the face
To get remove redness on the face, it’s helpful to have a daily skin care routine. Every day, wash your face with a gentle cleanser or water, pat the skin dry on the areas that are inflamed to soothe them, and then use a water-based moisturizer such as a cream or lotion to lock in moisture and reduce redness. This can really help to reduce inflammation fast!
Looking into your facial soaps, cleansers, and make-up products can help to see if there are harsh ingredients such as sulfates, exfoliants, or fragrance that might be causing your skin to break out.
Eczema on the face is typically patches of red and inflamed skin. This makes facial dermatitis especially difficult for children and adults to deal with, as it can be quite obvious and apparent!
Inflammation can also worsen due to outdoor triggers such as poor air quality such as pollution, dust, and dry weather. Because the skin has very little protection, it’s important to remove potential irritants and triggers.
In my video I show you what routine I do these days to keep my face clear and protected.
Easy ways to improve hand breakouts
Covering your hands with gloves before coming into contact with chemicals and irritants can help to get rid of eczema on the hands. You can also try soaking your hands in saline solution to get rid of excess bacteria that may be aggravating the skin.
Additionally, a daily routine using a moisturizer with calming ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal works wonders to soothe any rash on the hands.
Here is the link to a lotion I use when my hands get dry and rough: Skin Fix Hand Repair. It works great!
Hand eczema is usually rough, dry and inflamed. It can also appear as small filled blisters known as dyshidrotic eczema.
What causes eczema on the hands can be things like bacteria, chemicals and/or irritants such as harsh sulfates in hand soap and chemicals in tap water. Studies suggest that hand eczema may be more common with people in specific occupational groups, such as hairdressers, bakers, and nurses. Possibly due to the high exposure of irritants.
If you struggle with breakouts on the hands, it can be very beneficial to do a trigger avoidance strategy as well as a daily skin routine!
Removing dark spots and scars
To get rid of eczema scarring on the skin, you can try using products that help lighten the skin’s appearance. Products that say “lightening” can be applied directly onto the scar to reduce the eczema scar’s appearance.
Eating foods rich in vitamin C and Collagen can also help to brighten the skin’s appearance, and reduce the appearance of dark spots!
Because of eczema’s itching and redness, most of us are left with eczema scarring on the skin.
Personally my skin had so much scarring from eczema. I had dark spots all over my legs and arms. These days I’ve found it really helps to include foods that help boost new skin production and get rid of eczema scarring.
My favorite thing to reduce scars and dark spots is to take a collagen supplement. (I take this one!)
How to get rid of eczema fast!
The steps above can definitely help you to improve your skin and clear up dermatitis. However as you can see, eczema can be caused by many different things, so it’s important to find the root cause of your breakout.
Addressing the root cause is one of the best ways to get rid of eczema fast and forever!
Breakouts on the skin is often a signal that there is something around that may be making us breakout. If you’re looking to get rid of the red itchy skin forever, then it can really help to look at what’s around us.
I hope this guide helped you know more about eczema and find some easy ways to clear your skin. If it helped and inspired you, please let me know in the comments below! I always love hearing from you! 🙂
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