Eczema is often simply referred to as dermatitis and can be caused by an allergic reaction to a substance. Or it may be irritant contact dermatitis caused by substances in your make up, skincare, or in detergents. Look at the labels on your skincare products and makeup; quite often you will find the contain petroleums, mineral oils and synthetic solvents. Is it any wonder they cause sensitisation and irritation?
Facial eczema can also be caused by something that you touch or apply to your hands, then transfer to your face and particularly the eye area. A common cause is allergy to nail varnish or varnish remover. Hair dyes may also cause eyelid problems, particularly if you use them to tint your lashes, or brows. Some products marketed to help eye-lashes grow contain compounds that actually increase skin sensitivity.
If you think your facial skin care products or make up are having a negative effect on your skin, stop using them for a few days to see if that helps. If there is an improvement, reintroduce products one by one to identify if there is a culprit. Or switch to a brand of natural skincare products designed to make your skin healthy and glowing! CameLife’s skincare range are all based on camel milk, a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient which contains complex protective proteins than can calm both allergic reactions and contact sensitivity.
To treat eczema, many experts recommend using emollient “moisturisers”. These are occlusive; that is to say they seal moisture in the skin. But skin suffering from eczema is often dry anyway; it doesn’t have enough moisture. Surely you want to use products that actually hydrate affected skin, not seal it?
Occlusive products like petroleum gel and beeswax creams don’t moisturise at all. So if those emollient products aren't working, why not try something that contain humectants, which actually draw moisture into your skin? Natural humectants include aloe vera, vegetable glycerin and lactic acid.
Most dermatologists recommend that eczema sufferers keep facial skincare simple, avoiding washing with soap or using alcohol based cleansers. So how do you cleanse? CameLife’s Facial Cleansing Bar contains camel milk (which contains natural lactic acid), coconut glycerin and avocado oil. All three are excellent humectants, so not only do you cleanse away make up and dirt, but you also gently peel away dead skin cells and draw moisture into your skin.
If you use a cleansing brush to lather the bar, the resulting lather can be used as a shampoo, particularly around the hairline where eczema can flare. We’re working on a shampoo; watch out for news!
Eczema may well flare up around the eyes, particularly on the eyelids. Many adults who suffer from eczema elsewhere on their face find it breaking out on their eyelids. If you are suffering from eczema around your eyes, your doctor may prescribe mild topical steroids. Although they will provide short term relief, long term, these can further weaken the already delicate skin around your eyes. Surely there's a better way? The skin around your eyes is thin and fragile and it is tends to be very sensitive; why use products that weaken it further?
Creams that contain Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) can be very beneficial. Sweet almond oil consists mainly of oleic and linoleic triglycerides, which are known to help cell renewal and regeneration, regulate the amount of skin lipids, and strengthen your skin. CameLife’s Restorative Eye Cream blends Sweet Almond Oil with camel milk to make a soothing eye cream that can really help with eczema around your eyes without irritating the eyes themselves. As an added bonus, it will firm up any puffiness, smooth laughter lines away and help reduce black lines. What could be better than getting great looking eyes whilst getting rid of eczema around them!
Patches of eczema elsewhere on the face respond well to the Magic of Camel Milk too. The Original Camel Balm is great on small patches of irritation. The special protective proteins in the milk can rapidly moderate inflammation, whether caused by immune reactions or sensitivity. Keep it in your bag and apply whenever necessary; you'll quickly notice those little patches of eczema disappearing.
Camel Balm can be used on any areas of irritation, not just eczema. It's great on sunburn, burns, redness, rosacea and more.
So Christmas is over, 2019 is here and we’re in the middle of the summer holiday season. Will your skin escape unscathed or will it need restorative treatment?
Here CameLife founder Dr Jane Rose provides some tips on how to look protect and restore your skin this summer.