Atopic eczema causes unusually large amounts of moisture and fat to evaporate from the skin, leading to dryness, flaking, redness, itchiness, and even cracking. Genetic predisposition and stress can cause the onset of atopy, with symptoms often exacerbated by cold and dry air. The warmth and humidity of the summer months can, one the other hand, make the eczema go away entirely.

A dairy and wheat free diet can help those suffering from atopic eczema. Staying away from harsh cleansers is also helpful where skin care is concerned; choose a cleansing milk, oil or rich creamy cleanser and a toner that does not abrade the hydrolipidic film protecting your skin. If your skin is itchy and prone to cracking, try to avoid using water when washing your face, and choose instead a cleanser that can be left on or wiped off with a muslin cloth or konjac-sponge.

Your moisturizer should be rich and hydrating, with a high fat content. For very dry and cracked skin I recommend a greasy water-in-oil emulsion. Using a moisturizing toner and serum in the morning and evening after cleansing is important, as it helps your skin to absorb the oil.

Doctors will often tell atopy sufferers to use fragrance free pharmaceutical cleansers and creams. Many of those cleansers contain harsh sulphates, however, which may exacerbate dryness, irritation, and itchiness. Mineral oil based creams, on the other hand, do not actually nourish the skin, though they feel like they do. Medicinal creams can often make the skin thinner.

Atopy may come with allergies and heightened sensitivity. Natural cosmetics offer gentle and fragrance free alternatives that are suited for people with allergies. Natural cosmetic creams have helped many atopy sufferers to break their medicinal cream dependency, and in some cases the eczema has disappeared entirely.

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