Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis, and is most common in infants and early childhood years.
The condition itself ranges in severity, and can leave the skin feeling red, dry, itchy, scaly, and raw. In severe cases, it may cause the skin to weep, bleed, and crust over. The exposed skin then becomes vulnerable to bacterial infections.
Although eczema is not life threatening, eczema can certainly still have a debilitating effect on a sufferer and their families.
Night time itching can often cause sleepless nights and ‘flare ups’ can often lead to time out of normal everyday activities.
For some severe sufferers, it can also mean hospitalisations and many dollars spent on costly treatments.
While we think of eczema as a condition that generally affects children and infants, it can still occur in adults and the elderly.
Although eczema can be treated, unfortunately there is no cure.
The power of honey
When we think of honey, we generally think of the sticky golden condiment that we use to sweeten cups of tea, breakfasts, and baked goods. What many may not realise is that natural honey, whether consumed or applied topically, has many unexpected health benefits. But before you go and pull out the honey from your pantry and start slathering on your skin, keep reading to find out some of the health benefits of honey, specifically, Manuka honey.
Medical grade Manuka honey is used in hospitals all around the world, as it has been clinically proven to support wound healing, combat and reduce the risk of infection, and help to retain moisture in the skin while also soothing. The Comvita Medihoney Natural Eczema Cream contains Manuka Honey to help relieve eczema and dermatitis symptoms such as dry, itchy, flaky and weeping skin.
In fact, numerous studies are now pointing to medical-grade manuka honey as a moisturising treatment for eczema. Research suggests the higher the Manuka factor, the better the quality and antimicrobial effect.
Medical-grade manuka honey holistically helps sufferers manage the different stages of eczema.
Research shows that medical grade honey can help relieve itching and scaling within one week for people with chronic seborrheic dermatitis of scalp, face and chest.[i] In other studies, honey helped in managing minor wounds and skin healing.
Michelle’s Tips for Treating Eczema
Along with Manuka honey, there are other simple lifestyle habits that you can adopt into your daily routine quite easily. Michelle shares her top tips below.
- Avoid added fragrances
These can be in anything from shampoo and soap to moisturiser. While these fragrances may smell lovely, they will often lead to stinging and dry skin if they’re in products that are applied topically. Instead, opt for natural products that are fragrance free and are specifically made for sensitive skin.
- Keep your nails short
Eczema can sometimes feel like hundreds of mosquito bites concentrated in one area. Despite knowing better, it’s hard for even the strongest willed people to completely avoid scratching. Keep your nails as short as possible to help avoid doing more damage to your skin if you do give in and scratch the affected area.
- Wear breathable fabrics
Try to wear more natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester lead to more heat and sweating, which will most likely irritate any problem areas even more or even trigger a new flare up.
- Pat yourself dry
Many people get out of the bath or shower, grab the towel then rub their skin dry. This rubbing action can dry out the skin, and will irritate the top layer of already dry skin. Instead, try to gently pat yourself dry after showers and every time you wash your hands. On the topic of showers, try to lower the temperature as much as you can. The hotter the shower, the drier your skin will be once you get out.