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How Dropping Temps Effect Eczema

Woman with skin issues

Late comedienne Gilda Radner was once quoted as saying, “I base my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.” What may appear as a beautiful wool sweater to some, may take on a very different connotation when seem through the eyes of an eczema sufferer. With the cooler weather approaching, the potential for eczema flare-ups increases, and the wearing of warmer clothes in greater amounts is only part of the problem. Change in humidity, temperature, dry air, and central heating are other eczema symptoms can cause this season to turn into a eczema sufferer’s nightmare.

Margaret Cox, CEO of the National Eczema Society says, ” Eczema is individual and we all have different triggers and a change of temperature up and down is very common. Most of us find summer rather than winter worse, but there are others who are completely the opposite.”

What is Eczema?
Eczema is a condition affecting the barrier of the skin and causing abnormalities in the skin’s usual allergy and inflammatory responses. Itchiness is the main symptom, along with dry, itchy, red skin that tends to ooze or become crusty, thick and scaly. Because the skin of eczema patients produces fewer oils and fats, it can’t provide effective protection from irritants and bacteria, which makes everyday substances like detergents and soaps potential triggers for breakouts.

HOW TO PREVENT FLARE UPS 

Stay Cool
Dr. Cox says, “With eczema, the skin barrier isn’t working as it should. As well as protecting from allergens and irritations, the skin barrier is an important part of controlling the body temperature. People with eczema suffer from being too hot and when you get too hot, you itch and you scratch.” The best advice? Comfy clothes made of gentle fabric like cotton.

Keep Temperatures Constant
When the cooler weather comes, we face constant temperature change as we move from warm houses to the cold outdoors. “As the temperature drops, so does the humidity and, obviously for those of us with eczema, our skin is already lacking in natural moisturizing factors, so you’ve got a double whammy there.” Cox advises avoiding the “double whammy” by wearing layers that can be removed or added to keep your temperature level.

Woman holding moisturizer

Moisturize
Dr. Cox advises reevaluating your moisturizing routine. She says, “Consider how you’re using your medical moisturizers and emollients. It may be that during the winter months if your skin is drying more you need to use something heavy duty or moisturize more frequently. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) suggest washing with moisturizer instead of soap and avoiding bubble baths, detergents and shower gels. The association recommends moisturizing three times daily applying a non-perfumed greasy moisturizer. To prevent contamination, you should not place your finger back in the jar of moisturizer after smoothing it on. Rather, remove the amount you will need with a spoon and set it aside.

Avoid Germs
The British Association of Dermatologists also warns that illness, viral, and bacterial infections are common eczema symptoms as well. Try to avoid coming into contact with germs or people who are infected.

Humidify
Central air systems can dry out the air in your home. Humidifiers can help compensate by bringing lost moisture back in the air. Keep the humidity level in your home to between 45 and 55 % to prevent skin from drying out. Clean the humidifier regularly to stop the grower of mold. Humidity above 55% may cause dust mites to grow.

If you are suffering from eczema, we hope this helps. Let us know how you handle your eczema when the temperature drops.

Healing Your Skin With Soybean Oil

soybeans with a bottle of soybean oil

With all the strange chemicals that can be found in skin care products, it’s nice to know that there are some natural components that can also be beneficial. Within the past 10 years, soybean oil has become more and more popular in its use in skin care products and its abilities to keep skin looking beautiful. Find out how to use soybean oil to your advantage and see what it can do for your skin.

Soybean oil is made up of small molecular structures that allow it to penetrate the top most layer of skin, the epidermis. From there, it nestles into your skin’s cellular structure, stimulating the synthesis of elastin, collagen and other proteins. This is key in cell growth, regeneration and the reversal of abnormal cell functions.

Soy is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, lecithin and antioxidants all of which can nourish your skin when applied topically.

  • Through its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E promotes regeneration and healing. It is useful for moisturizing skin, keeping it smooth and healthy.
  • Essential fatty acids help moisturize the collagen below the skin surface while lecithin maintains the elasticity of the skin, smoothing fine lines and preventing premature aging.
  • Soybean oil has an overall effect of correcting pigmentation brought about by hormonal changes and the damage caused by sun exposure. It can be effective at removing skin blemishes caused by acne.
  • The antioxidant properties in soy oil are great for improving skin as they protect skin cells from free radical damage, reducing aging effects and wrinkling.

Studies have proven the effectiveness of soybean oil on skin. A placebo controlled trial studied 65 women with moderate facial photodamage. At the end of a 12 week period, the results showed these women to have reduced blotchiness, dullness, and fine lines, and an improvement in overall skin tone, texture and appearance.

The oral administration of soybean oil may also be beneficial to the skin. A study was conducted involving 80 postmenopausal women who were given a placebo or two tablets containing soy extract as well as other beneficial extracts including those from grape seed, tomato, white tea, vitamins C and E, chamomile and zinc. The active group had significantly greater facial improvement, including a reduction of wrinkles, sagging, under eye circles, and mottled pigmentation, after a 3 and 6 months of treatment. Of course, the setback here is the inability to be able to single out soy as the specific contributor to these benefits as opposed to the other extracts.

The overall conclusion of the studies is that use of soy and soy extracts when applied topically seem to have scientific support. Preliminary studies on the impact of dietary soy and skin health show that there is justification for continued research in this area.

Soy should be used as a facial moisturizer only in its pure or organic form. It is mild and does not cause skin irritations. Although it contains estrogens, these are not the type that will go into your blood stream, it will simply help cells rejuvenate.

Have you used soybean oil for skin health? Are you happy with the results you’re getting? Please let us know in the comments section below.