Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ditch The Ttch

Published in The Express Tribune
By Gohar Warraich

Does your skin, every once in a while, become intensely red and patchy, and make you itch yourself uncontrollably? If yes, then it probably means that you have a skin condition called atopy.
The skin dries out and thus appears parched. Itchy and scaly rashes develop at the elbows, wrists, knees, back and so on.  Causes by causal factors, including pollen, perfumes, cosmetics, woolen clothing, certain foods, soaps and detergents etc., it is nearly impossible to completely avoid all of them, especially during winter. However, you can take certain precautions to mitigate the condition.

Here how to definitely improve the condition:

  1. Refrain from taking hot showers, use milder, unscented soaps and put on gloves before washing utensils.
  2. Refrain from applying perfumes, colognes and aftershaves directly on to the skin.
  3. Downsize your wardrobe to hold cotton clothing and make sure that the cosmetics used are strictly ‘noncomedogenic’.
  4. Moisturize frequently with good old petroleum jelly.
  5. Alter your diet to reduce dairy products, coffee, soybean products, eggs, nuts, wheat and maize which can potentially trigger allergic reactions.
  6. Drink more water to keep the skin hydrated.
  7. Most importantly, visit the dermatologist if your condition worsens.
 Here another helpful tips to improve the condition by Keri Frazie.

I’ve found that using all-natural, chemical free products provide the best relief. I use pure kukui oil and it alleviates the redness, itchiness, and flakiness of my eczema. It’s incredibly moisturizing, non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic and of course side-effect free which means I can use it daily without concern.
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