Advice on dealing with eczema
During National Eczema Week 2018 (15-23 September), the National Eczema Society has issues guidance on managing the condition. The advice is as follows:
1. Keep your home cool to ease itching – around 18°C is ideal.
2. Go fragrance-free. Anything with a strong scent, from soap to air freshener, may be irritating to your skin.
3. Mind the gap! Leave at least 10 minutes – or ideally longer – between applying an emollient and a topical steroid. This stops the steroid spreading to areas of skin unaffected by eczema or being diluted. It doesn’t matter which is applied first.
4. Pinch itchy skin rather than scratching it, to avoid damaging the skin’s barrier.
5. Use your emollients at least twice a day to prevent dryness, and at other times whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.
6. Go back to basics on skincare. Check with a healthcare professional for advice to make sure you’re applying your creams properly and managing your eczema triggers as best you can.
7. Don’t cut foods out of your diet without medical advice unless you or your child have been diagnosed with a food allergy. If you cut foods without support, you/they may miss out on important nutrients.
Part of the advice is to avoid scented products. Fragrance is one of the most common causes of skin irritation. Many modern cleaning and laundry products are heavily scented so it's very difficult for sufferers to find products WITHOUT perfume; it's also why many organisations advise the use of traditional cleaning products that contain no added fragrances, or preservatives or enzymes, some other common triggers.
Many people have contacted us to say that not only do they use our Liquid Soap for cleaning their clothes, they use it as hand wash, shower gel and shampoo. They even use it on dogs and horses. It's because Liquid Soap is derived from merely water and vegetable oils. We have therefore submitted the product for regulatory testing so that we can market it for personal care use, as well as cleaning and laundry. We will be changing the packaging in late 2018.