Eczema and its Causes

Dry itchy skin can be really uncomfortable and embarrassing. Some lotions and oils are heavily perfumed or have alcohol in them which can cause the skin to become even more irritated than before. If you find yourself consistently treating dry, red, irritated skin you could have a medical problem called eczema that requires treatment.

The exact causes of eczema haven’t been determined by doctors. However, there are factors that can cause it to flare up. Research has shown that it is a genetic skin disorder that is affected by external factors such as makeup, clothing, soap, laundry detergent, jewelry, stress, and allergens in the air. Doctors are under the assumption that it is an immune deficiency problem that can be controlled with skin care treatment and trying to best controls your external factors. Eczema is most common in children, who often grow out of the problem during adulthood.

There are ways to avoid the causes of a flare up of eczema. Soap and laundry detergents can cause irritated skin, so you should use a mild unscented soap or detergent. A lot of soaps are fragranced with perfume which causes irritation. Take showers instead of bubble baths too. The type of clothes you wear is also a cause factor. Itchy clothing rubs against your skin and can cause a flare up. To avoid this, wear loose clothing and soft materials such as cotton shirts.

Stress is also a factor that causes eczema. It can be hard, if not impossible, to avoid all stressful or uncomfortable situations especially as an adult. Instead of trying to avoid all of life’s situations, you should find a way to manage your stress. For example, if you are at work or school keep a stress ball at your desk. Listening to calm mellow music can also lower stress, so you could find a jazz or classical CD that you like. Practicing yoga helps manage every day stress and is very relaxing. Yoga is great also because you don’t sweat very much. Sweat can increase a flare up and irritate your skin.

It is impossible for us to control allergens in the air which are also a cause. If possible, live in an area with a favorable climate. Living in the right climate won’t cure your eczema, but it will help to control it. If you don’t have the resources to live in better climate, you can take allergy pills to lessen the effects.

Once you have determined what causes you to have flare ups, you can find a treatment that works best for you. Eczema oils and lotions are very soothing and are great way to treat irritated skin.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit


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