Causes of Eczema

Managing eczema without knowing the cause can be really tricky.

Cause of EczemaEczema is a skin condition that can cause skin inflammation. Your skin will be red, dry and very itchy. Sometimes your skin will crack or blister and it will be painful. It commonly affects the face, wrists, hands, back of the knees and feet. According to research, the real cause of eczema is still unknown. However, there are a lot of factors that could trigger eczema.


Causes and Triggers:

1. Irritants

Irritants are substances that can cause irritation. Chemicals and artificial fragrances that are found in skin care products as well as the things that we use everyday like soaps and shampoos, laundry detergent, dish washing liquids and also disinfectants are the most common irritants.

2. Foods

Food allergies can trigger eczema. Normally, the symptoms appear two hours after eating. Research shows that cow’s milk, soya, wheat, eggs, fish and nuts are the most common foods to trigger an allergic reaction thus contributing to skin irritation.

3. Allergens

Allergens are substances that can cause allergic reaction. Aside from food allergies, allergens like pollen, pets (cats and dogs), molds and dust mites are the most common causes that triggers a breakout.

4. Temperature

The sudden change of weather can also be a factor that can trigger eczema. The sudden increase of temperature, change of season as well as the change in humidity can contribute irritation of the skin. Also, during winter or cold weather, your skin will tend to dry and this can trigger breakouts.

5. Microbes

Microbes or microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and other types of fungi can cause skin irritation and inflammation. Staphylococcus aureus is an example of bacteria that can cause skin infection. Herpes simplex is a virus that can severely infect people with eczema. And Malassezia is a type of fungi that cause skin infection as well.

6. Clothing

Rough materials like wool can be really irritating. Wear something comfortable, clothes made of cotton is a great example. You want to wear clothes that are soft to the skin to avoid irritation.

These are the most common causes and triggers of eczema. Knowing which really triggers your skin irritation will definitely help your life become easier.

If you have sensitive skin, you can read more about our article about Soothing Sensitive Skin!


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