Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions patients complain about, however, I find most cases are either miss diagnosed or have the incorrect treatment plan.
Eczema is a condition whereby patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked and rough. Blisters may also appear in severe cases.
There are 7 types of eczema:
1. CONTACT DERMATITIS, skin becomes red and irritated due to a reaction to substances touched. There are two types, A) allergic contact dermatitis, which is an immune reaction to an irritant like latex.
B) irritant contact dermatitis, when a chemical irritates the skin.
When treating contact dermatitis is is important to understand that anything topically applied, which stimulates the skin, WILL worsen the condition. Patients should take some sort of antihistamine medication. Topical cortisone is also typically recommended.
2. DYSHIDROTIC ECZEMA, when small blisters appear on the hands and feet, common causes are allergies, damp skin and high levels of stress,
3. HAND ECZEMA, flair-ups only occur on the hands, this type of eczema is associated with jobs where hands are exposed constantly to chemicals, like hairdressing.
4. NEURODERMATITIS: an aggressive form of eczema associated with high levels of stress.
5. NUMMULAR ECZEMA: round coin-like spots, common causes are adverse reactions to insect bites or aggressively dry skin. This type is often confused with Impetigo to the untrained eye
6. STASIS DERMATITIS: fluid leaks out of weakens veins into the skin resulting in red, itchy, swollen areas. Most common in areas of bad blood circulation, like lower limbs. Also most common in patients with blood circulatory disorders like varicose veins.
7. ATOPIC DERMATITIS: the most common form of eczema. Most patients will show flair ups before the age of 5. 50% of patients will carry the condition into adulthood, those that don’t generally still have very sensitive skin.
Most forms of eczema are triggered by many things including certain foods, chemicals, and stress levels. Eczema is not curable, treatment generally focuses on controlling the symptoms associated with eczema.
ESSEL has 3 steps to treating eczema… build, treat and moisturize.
*BUILD THE SKIN: DNA epinew stem cell elixir incorporates plant-based stem cells to stimulate cell turnover, thereby improving skin function.
*BUILD THE BARRIER (repair the lipid layer) HumanKind tissue oil cream is composed of 75% essential fatty acids, which builds the lipid layer on the skin. Patients with eczema have a compromised barrier.
*TREAT THE SYMPTOMS: DNA stem cell elixir is a sugar-based serum, which helps hydrate skin, this provides a “comfort” feeling for the dry, cracked symptoms of eczema.
HumanKind tissue oil cream is composed of a few different African oils, including Baobab, which is analgesic, this helps to alleviate the itch associated with eczema.
*MOISTURISE: One of the most common problems that eczema patients deal with is how to moisturize the face without developing irritations caused by the active ingredients in the creams.
• Dermaplex dry sensitive moisturizer is designed as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant while providing sufficient moisture
• DNAEPNIEW wrinkle relaxant mask is ideal for the patient who prefers a richer cream, generally older patients who desire a combination of anti-aging as well as anti-irritant. DNA wrinkle relaxant mask is both, providing wrinkle improvement, skin-plumping while at the same time anti-irritant properties
When recommending in-practice treatments for eczema patients it becomes very tricky, most practitioners prefer to “be safe than sorry”, by not doing any in-practice treatment. This is understandable as most treatments are strictly contraindicated to eczema patients. But this does annoy the patients as they desire the same results that all other “regular” patients achieve.
AESTHET Enzymatic Keratopeel incorporates pure enzymes, is a great safe alternative to chemical peeling.
Virtual mesotherapy like the Meso skin machine supplies a safe alternative to traditional mesotherapy, which tends to aggravate eczema.