What are some quick tips for managing baby eczema?
One of the most important things is to be consistent. Moisturize with the same products consistently, bathe with the same temperature water consistently, and use the same skin care practices consistently. It is easier said than done but I think it’s so important!
How often should you moisturize babies with eczema?
Babies with eczema should be moisturized twice a day. Make sure that one of the times is after bathing. I also advise parents that if skin looks dry in the interim, then it is dry. If it looks dry, then you should go ahead and moisturize!
How much of an impact do genetics play on the development of eczema?
Genetics do play an important role. Parents often say that they had eczema as kids and I see siblings that have similar skin findings.
If your baby is at risk for developing eczema due to genetics, at what age should you start moisturizing?
I think moisturizing is important from early on in life. That does not mean you have to use layers and layers. But once the initial infantile vernix has shed (once the infant is past the first few weeks of life), moisturizing should begin. I think that baseline moisturizing, especially post bathing is important to help protect the skin. I do recommend consulting with a board certified dermatologist and a pediatrician to discuss an infant and child’s skin care.
Is there a correlation between food allergies and eczema?
I have seen a correlation between children with food allergies and their eczema. In particular, if the child is genetically predisposed to developing an atopic condition such as atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and asthma. In fact, I had a child with a wheat allergy whose skin findings and lung issues seem to be highly correlated to wheat exposure. Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD
Dr. Seemal Desai is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Board Certified Dermatologist. He has been active on a local, state, and national level with numerous medical organizations. His major accomplishments have been with the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association where he has held more than 6 elected positions. He is also actively involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. He serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Desai is the author of numerous publications and has been invited to present at numerous international Dermatology events. These include the World Congress of Dermatology, the French Society of Dermatology, and most recently the International Congress of Dermatology. His clinical interests include the treatment of vitiligo and other disorders of pigmentation, psoriasis, acne, skin cancers, inflammatory skin rashes, and phototherapy. Dr. Desai is the current president of the Skin of Color Society and President-elect of the Texas Dermatological Society. In addition, he is a Past President of the Dallas/Fort Worth Dermatological Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SkinPAC, the Congressional Policy Committee, and as Chair of the AAD Leadership Development Steering Committee. Most recently, Dr. Desai was elected to the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors and will represent the interests of over 18,000 dermatologists worldwide. He also serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology and Pigment International.
October is Eczema Awareness Month. There are over 36 million people in North America living with this itchy, red and uncomfortable skin condition.
Six years ago, Amy Regan was actively looking for a steroid free option to use on her daughter’s eczema. She truly believed that there was a better way to heal her daughter’s skin that didn’t include irritating ingredients like steroids, sulfates, parabens or phthalates. When she heard that a local pharmacy in her hometown was compounding a healing balm which worked wonders on dry, red, itchy skin – she was intrigued. With her 20+ years experience in the beauty industry, the balm fascinated her with its unique combination of natural medicinal ingredients. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the formula and the results! She purchased Skinfix and created the Eczema Collection so that the balm could be shared with the world.
Imagine being physically uncomfortable in your skin. Not being able to sleep at night because you can’t relieve your itch or hiding your eczema flare-up with a long-sleeved shirt. Eczema treatments are as unique as the individuals who are living with this condition. What works for one person might not for someone else. At Skinfix we believe in strengthening the skin barrier and healing eczema flare-ups naturally. Below is some more information about the condition and tips for treating eczema.
Meet 10-year old Jack. He’s had eczema his whole life. His family tried everything to heal his skin; from using creams that didn’t work, to wrapping his hands in cellophane, to changing his diet to only chicken and rice. Nothing worked. Jack’s itchy, cracked and bleeding skin were affecting all aspects of his life.
By Dr. Angela Donald, Naturopathic Doctor and Director of Medical Affairs
Millions of people suffer from eczema, yet a surprising number of people have a phobia of the most commonly recommended treatment for eczema flare ups: steroids. In fact, research reveals that over 70% of patients have steroid phobia! Patients are concerned by the potential side effects of steroids which can include skin thinning, acne, and adrenal suppression. Fears about these side effects can lead patients to not fully comply with their prescribed treatment, which can impact the success of treatment or may cause the condition to worsen.
Many people suffering from eczema are searching for natural alternatives to either use instead of steroid therapies, or to be used as a ‘steroid holiday’ to give a break between steroid treatments. Customers have shared their stories with Skinfix relating how happy they were to find an alternative that worked. In fact, our Eczema Balm has been an identified eczema treatment for over a century! However, at Skinfix we respect science as much as we believe in mother nature and we wanted to test our theory that a natural eczema therapy can work as well as a drug.
This past year we partnered with Stephens and Associates Research facility in Colorado Springs and worked with Dr. Michael Babcock, MD, FAAD and Dr. Deborah Henderson, MD, FAAD to recruit people with dermatitis and/or eczema on the body. We then launched a 4-week double-blind, randomized controlled clinical study to prove that Skinfix Eczema Balm was equally effective to 1% hydrocortisone cream. Proving equivalence would be very exciting because it would mean that Skinfix Eczema Balm presented a natural alternative to a commonly recommended over the counter (OTC) eczema treatment.
A total of 37 men and women who had clinically determined mild to moderate eczema were selected to participate in this trial. A baseline was conducted and then each participant was given their assigned treatment, either Eczema Balm or Hydrocortisone cream, and applied it on their eczema flare-ups 2 times per day. Participants were assessed at 2 and 4 weeks and efficacy of the treatments were measured by various tools: SCORAD (an established, well recognized clinical tool used to assess the extent and severity of eczema, Investigator’s Global Improvement Assessment (the dermatologists’ snapshot of overall disease severity, Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) (a validated 10-question questionnaire that assesses the impact of skin conditions on quality of life), and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) (a well-accepted indication of skin barrier health).
The results confirmed that Skinfix Eczema Balm is as safe and effective as 1% hydrocortisone cream for the treatment of eczema. In addition, it helps strengthen the skin barrier with continued use. This means that people living with eczema have another, natural and steroid free treatment option. Our Eczema Balm is formulated with natural active medicinal ingredients approved by the FDA and Health Canada for treating eczema including; Colloidal Oatmeal, Sweet Almond Oil, Zinc Oxide and Allantoin. Skinfix Eczema Balm is a clinically proven alternative to steroid treatment, or you can consider using it in conjunction with prescription therapies. Everyone’s treatment is different – but we believe in the power of choice and healing your skin on your terms.
What do you give to the woman who deserves it all? How do you find the perfect gift for the women whose always been there? This Mother’s Day give the mother figure in your life a few of our favorites.
Brightening Eye Cream– Diminish puffiness and dark under eye circles with Skinfix Brightening Eye Cream ( sleepless nights moms, we know. No explanation needed.) Link to CVS.com
12 Hour Miracle Ointment– Every mom’s miracle cure for minor cuts, scrapes and burns. And while you’re at it mom, take a minute for yourself and add a little love to those cuticles ( we know they take a backseat some days.) Link to CVS.com
Best Mom Ever” Mug– We’re all the best mothers we can be so let’s celebrate our achievements over a cup of joe in this ultra cool mug.
Women’s Gray Lizard Clutch Handbag– Faux snakeskin ( We’re all about cruelty free around here) in a light heather grey is just the thing for Spring. It’s always the right time to purchase a new handbag, why not buy one for the women you love.
Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser– Give your mom the gift of healthy skin. Our Foaming Oil Cleanser is 98% natural and sulfate free too ( harsh chemicals be gone!) to gently remove dirt and make up. We have your back mom!