Essay 105: Living With Ezcema

Identifying Ezcema

Eczema is a type of inflammatory skin condition. Treatment options include moisturisers, oral antihistamines, corticosteroids, dietary adjustments, evening primrose oil, coal tar, ultraviolet radiation therapy (phototherapy) and cyclosporin oral medication. There is no cure for eczema but it can be managed.

Emollient creams add moisture to the skin. Apply moisturisers each day to clean, dry skin. It is especially important to moisturise after showering and bathing, and when living or working in an air-conditioned or heated environment. Creams that are rich in gamma linolenic acid, which is thought to play an important role in maintaining healthy skin are the best products for managing Ezcema.

Ingredients that contain Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) are:

– Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Black Currant Oil

The Science behind GLA and Ezcema

Gamma linolenic acid is normally used by the body to make prostaglandins (hormone-like substances). Prostaglandins are believed to be involved in many processes in the body, including regulation of the immune system.

Most GLA in the human body is taken in as linoleic acid and then metabolized to GLA. Most people get plenty of linoleic acid in their diets and can convert it to GLA. Some researchers have suggested that some people (such as those with diabetes or skin allergies) do not make enough GLA from linoleic acid and may therefore benefit from taking GLA supplements.

It has been proposed that GLA supplements may stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. GLA and GLA-rich supplements have also been promoted to help people with breast pain, skin allergies, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, premenstrual syndrome, multiple sclerosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and neurological problems related to diabetes.

Occasionally a person’s symptoms are aggravated by eating certain foods, such as dairy products. Seek professional advice from your doctor or dietitian and have proper allergy tests.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation can help reduce the symptoms of chronic eczema on direct naked skin.

Premae’s solution

We have developed 4 Bath & Body ranges which contain Ginger and Rose, both antiseptic oils. The ranges are excellent for people with Ezcema, for topical everyday use and for UV protection from direct sun. Used in conjunction with your desired SPF, our Anatomy Body Care ranges are this summer must have products, home and abroad.

Premae’s Award Winning Pharma100 Range (used by Ezcema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis sufferers) to contain GLA ingredients and adding new Ezcema specialist products by July 2014.

Living with Eczema can be a daily discomfort, but by managing the symptoms with good allergy focused skincare, dietary analysis and instruction from a practitioner (GP, Nutritionist, Herbalist), controlling it can be a more delightful, stress free experience.

Clare Eluka,

Owner & Creator of Premae Skincare, Award nominated educator of the year, Allergy Expert

Changing the world, one face at a time

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