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Whether your eczema is severe or just moderate and irritating, there is still much you can do to address this condition and have beautiful skin. While eczema is a medical condition that may at times require medication intervention, you should make sure you're doing everything you can to avoid and treat the condition on your own.

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5 quick tips for beautiful.

  2. 2. 2 Whether your eczema is severe or just moderate and irritating, there is still much you can do to address this condition and have beautiful skin. While eczema is a medical condition that may at times require medication intervention, you should make sure you're doing everything you can to avoid and treat the condition on your own. Strengthening your skin and giving it the nourishment and care it needs to be as healthy as possible is also imperative whether you have eczema or not, and no matter how severe your case may be. There are many things you can do on your own to keep your skin healthy and radiant and avoid common blemishes and irritations. Think of nourishing your skin as being like strengthening your muscles - when they're at their peak strength, they can handle more stresses and strains put upon them. So when you care for your skin and nourish it properly, it can be better able to fight off allergens and other elements. It will also be more ready to replenish its own cells and natural oils which in turn can help with the redness and irritation of eczema. Let's sum up all the things you can and should be doing to keep your skin in its best shape possible. 1. MIND YOUR ENVIRONMENT. Many cases of eczema are caused by irritants in the environment around the sufferer. Often a person will ignore or dismiss this as they may notice that no one around them seems to suffer the same skin distresses.
  3. 3. 3 However, as we've said before everyone's skin is different and everyone has different sensitivities. There is no doubt something in your body's chemistry and your skin's composition that makes it more sensitive than the skin of the person working in the next cubicle or even of those in your family. Some things to consider, not just for cases of eczema but for keeping your skin healthy, include:  Dust, sawdust, dirt, and residue from machinery. These things, because they fill the air so easily, rest on the skin and get inside the pores which in turn causes irritation. Many people who work in very dirty environments or who live in highly polluted environments notice the film of dirt on their skin and how their cleansing cloths are black with dirt at night.  Extremely dry environments. When you live or work in a very dry area, the oils that keep your skin healthy and that also help to wash away irritants will dry up and be compromised. Cold weather contributes to a dry environment so there is need for caution during winter months as well.  Cold wind and weather can chafe skin just as much as irritating clothes and rough surfaces. Anyone that has suffered windburn can attest to this! It's imperative to bundle up when going out in cold months and especially if you're physically active such as for skiing, ice skating. or snowboarding.  Chemicals such as those in cleaning products, hair styling products, and things like these can be very irritating to the skin when you're constantly exposed to them. This includes the vapors of such products as well. If you work with cleaning fluids and products or with any types of chemicals, it's good to keep your skin covered as much as possible. Remember that your skin is exposed to the environment all the time and irritants and pollutants in the atmosphere around you are going to come into contact with your skin as well. If you're prone to clogged pores you may notice that dirt and dust tend to cause you to break out in acne and that your skin is overly dry. Be mindful of your environment and do everything you can to protect yourself or adjust it as much as possible. Cleaning your skin is part of minding your environment. If you live or work in a very dirty Wear protective gloves when exposed to elements such as cleaning fluids and other chemicals.
  4. 4. 4 and dusty area, you need to clean your face every night and shower to get the dust and dirt off the rest of you as well. It's important to use gentle products so that you're not stripping those natural oils; look for products meant for sensitive skin. Your cleanser might also be an area where you splurge a little bit, especially if you get eczema or acne or other breakouts in any of the areas around your face. Some of the better cleansers contain many helpful moisturizers which replenish that lost moisture as you cleanse. It's also good to add moisture back in as well, and yes, this means you men as well! A gentle moisturizers for the face and lotion for the arms and legs can help keep the skin healthy and soft. These things are very important for those who live or work in an environment that's harsh on the skin. You might also consider using moisturizers in the morning as well. These can provide an additional protective barrier against dirt, dust, and other irritants. Women can consider using cosmetics, even if it's just a small amount. Makeup can actually protect the pores from these allergens and irritants by providing that barrier between the skin and the environment. 2. STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. Quite a bit of your immune system's health will depend upon genetics and just your own body's chemistry. You may know someone that never seems to get sick or know someone else that is always sick. Genetics play a large role in a person's abilities to fight off everyday illnesses and to remain healthy and strong. But this doesn't mean that your immune system is out of your reach or that you're powerless when it comes to strengthening it. There may also be things you're doing to weaken it, whether you realize it or not! Here are some things to consider:  You need your sleep, every single night. This is when the body and the mind can rest and repair itself. A lack of sleep takes a toll on the immune system because the body is working around the clock and never gets a chance to repair damaged cells, nourish the muscles and organs, and send white blood cells to attack harmful organisms.  Consider some supplements such as vitamins, Echinacea, or garlic. These things help to bolster the immune system and gives the body the nourishment it needs to keep itself strong and healthy. A daily supplement is usually very affordable.  Make sure you eat right so the body has the nourishment it needs to make those necessary repairs and to feed the muscles and organs. If you fill up on junk food, you're probably not getting your needed vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. You're also weighing your body down with heavy oils and
  5. 5. 5 spiking your blood sugar as well. These things make your body more vulnerable to sicknesses as well as buildup of bacteria and harmful products.  Exercise increases your blood circulation which means you're getting nourished more often and your blood is picking up and flushing out impurities. You also strengthen your heart and lungs which are important parts of your immune system. More blood is actually being produced which means more white blood cells, those protective elements that attack and rid the body of harmful agents.  Bundle up when it's cold outside and keep yourself warm enough. When the body is warm, blood flows more freely which means white blood cells work better. When the body is cold, it's more susceptible to germs, bacteria, and viruses. While cold weather itself doesn't necessarily cause you to get sick, it does make the body weaker and therefore more prone to sicknesses. These things won't keep you from ever getting sick but they will help your body fight off bacteria, germs, and other harmful elements and to be healthier overall. This will also help you to keep free from problems like eczema and other skin disorders caused by a breakdown in the immune system! 3. DRINK WATER. There's no underestimating how important water is to your health and especially to your skin's health. The body is made up mostly of water and needs a fresh supply every single day. Water is used in digestion to break down food particles and to help them to get absorbed into the bloodstream, to produce new blood, to keep muscles and organs supple and healthy, and to keep the body's temperature at an even level. It is needed for all those things that keep certain parts of the body moisturized, such as tears for the eyes and mucus in the sinuses. However, humans lose water constantly through sweat and urination. When that water is not replaced every muscle and organ is affected, as is the blood supply and the skin. Blood itself can thicken and muscles are not repaired from their everyday tears which they experience just through use. Water helps to keep the skin healthy but smooth and supple as well. Because the body will take water from unnecessary areas in order to feed the vital organs and muscles, this means that the skin is probably going to suffer the most when you don't drink enough water. While this dryness doesn't necessarily cause eczema, it can contribute to it and make it that much more difficult for the skin to heal. Those with eczema know how itchy and uncomfortable their skin can be, and water can help with this which in turn might mean scratching it much less. When you scratch a place with eczema the skin is more likely to break and bleed. Hydration can also mean keeping the skin soft and free of wrinkles for as long as possible. When the skin is moist and it gets pulled or folded, it's much more likely to
  6. 6. 6 spring back into place without leaving those creases and lines we call wrinkles. Water itself won't cure wrinkles or keep a person from ever getting lines on their face and elsewhere, but dry skin is more likely to wrinkle than moist skin. Remember that caffeine is a diuretic which makes you lose moisture, so be mindful of what you drink if you're not drinking water. Avoid coffee and tea and caffeinated sodas. Have fresh fruit more often as it too contains lots of moisture. Dehydration is dangerous. If you're not convinced of the health concerns associated with drinking water, note some potential problems that come with dehydration:  You are probably aware of heatstroke, which happens when its hot outside and the body overheats. However you can also suffer similar heat injuries when you are vigorously active but don't hydrate yourself as well. The muscles get very warm when they're used this way and need moisture to keep them cool, but if you're dehydrated the body cannot provide this necessary moisture. You can actually get heatstroke just from being too active without drinking enough water as well!  When you lose fluid, you also lose sodium. The brain responds to this by pulling more water into the cells which can cause them to swell and even rupture. A person can actually suffer from swelling of the brain and resultant severe brain damage when they're very dehydrated.  When there is not adequate hydration in the body, electrical impulses become interrupted which can lead to seizures. This can include involuntary muscle contractions and even loss of consciousness - all from being overly dehydrated!  The kidneys need water and moisture to flush out fluids and waste from the body. Severe dehydration can lead to kidney failure. There are many reasons to consider the amount of hydration you get every single day, and your skin's health and appearance are just a few of them! 4. EXERCISE! Exercise has so many benefits that it's difficult to list them all completely. People often associate exercise just with keeping one's weight under control, and of course this is very important for one's health as well as one's appearance. Excess body weight puts undue stress on all the joints and body fat surrounding the vital organs can literally choke them and keep them from functioning properly. Being overweight can mean problems like sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, increased blood pressure, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, increased risk of birth defects, increased risk of
  7. 7. 7 certain types of cancer, impaired healing after surgery or wounds, and many other health risks. But more than keeping your weight under control, regular exercise increases your blood circulation which means your body's cells are being nourished that much more regularly. Blood also flushes away toxins and things like dead cells from the body. Exercise also strengthens the heart and lungs and all the muscles and bones of the body as well. It's also very good for one's skin tone! Exercise is very good for the skin because when you're physically active, this pushes the blood closer to the surface so that those outer layers of the epidermis can be nourished. You may notice a nice "glow" when you exercise or notice those that are physically active seem to have nicer skin than those that are very sedentary. Not just blood but oxygen is also being delivered to these outer layers of skin and oxygen is a healing agent for the epidermis. Persons who have suffered skin injuries such as burns are often put in an oxygen tent since it speeds healing of the skin so well. Physical activity doesn't necessarily need to be strenuous but it should be sufficient to get your heart pumping and blood flowing. And it needs to be done on a consistent basis! Walking, jogging, playing a favorite sport, dancing, and activities such as this can actually be beneficial not just for your heart and lungs but for your skin as well. 5. GET TO BED! Sleep is absolutely critical to one's overall health, and yet so many people ignore the need for solid, continuous, regular sleep on a consistent basis. Because lives become so busy and because everyone is trying to fit as many activities into their everyday routine, and because there's just so much television to watch, it's no wonder that sleep becomes a negotiable commodity to many. But sleep is when the body repairs and renews itself and when the immune system is strengthened, and skin is repaired and renewed as well. If you don't get enough sleep, this can cause a host of health concerns and problems. Want good skin? Exercise!
  8. 8. 8 When muscles are at rest during sleep this means the body can repair torn areas and take away dead cells. Without sleep the body does not have that uninterrupted time it needs to make repairs. Compare this to a car that is constantly idling or running versus one that is shut off. Obviously a mechanic would want to shut off that car before he or she ever put themselves under the hood! A car that runs 24 hours a day is putting all sorts of wear and tear on all its parts, and the body is the same. Even though we don't shut down completely when we're asleep - the major systems are still working and the muscles still move us around - this time period is when the body works to repair itself. Sleep is important for good skin because without it, impaired cells can build up and there is less nourishment and moisture being delivered. If you're concerned about your skin and your overall health, get yourself to bed at a decent hour every night and make sure you get plenty of sleep every single night. BONUS POINT: SEE YOUR DOCTOR. There are many things you can do to treat your eczema at home, to strengthen your immune system and to take care of your skin overall. But in the end, if your condition is so severe that it interferes with your daily life in any way, it's time to see a doctor. Some people avoid doing this because they're afraid of the cost, think that their condition isn't severe enough to warrant a doctor's visit, or assume there's nothing a doctor can do. But consider the following reasons you may want to think about a doctor's visit for your eczema:  If left untreated, eczema can and often does result in cuts and scrapes along the skin's surface. This can mean that harmful bacteria and other microbes get into the body through the skin and this can cause infections and other illnesses. Part of the function of the skin is to keep out harmful elements but obviously it can't do this if there are cuts and scrapes along its surface!  The pain of eczema can be unbearable. This isn't just a matter of some discoloring of the skin but means severe dryness and itchiness. It's very difficult to function on a daily basis when you're in any type of pain, and the pain from eczema is no different!  Doctors have many treatment options that are not available at your local pharmacy. These include oral medications that treat allergies and sensitivities, and topical creams that do much better than other creams at treating the rash, swelling, redness, and pain. Don't assume that there's nothing your doctor can do if you've tried all your home remedies without much success. There's no guaranteeing that you'll have perfect skin no matter what you do and of course blemishes and medical problems are a part of life, but if you follow these simple
  9. 9. 9 tips you'll no doubt have better results. You may see fewer blemishes and notice less dry skin. You may also notice a nice "glow" to your skin that you never noticed before. And for your eczema, you may see fewer breakouts and experience less pain and dryness when you do have flare-ups. So don't give up in your fight against eczema; you can have glowing, radiant, healthy skin that is finally blemish free!