Our hands are among the worst body parts to develop dryness. When they have gone past being dry and rough to having tiny painful fissures and cracks (just like an annoying paper cut) it’s then you really notice how much you rely on them to simply function every day. So… we need to take care of them!
The skin on our hands gets a lot of exposure to the elements, especially during winter. Wind is particularly drying – cold wind is even worse, then when we add air con to the mix, we can see how our skin can become dehydrated. For those prone to eczema on your hands, winter can be the most annoying time of the year.
To prevent dry chapped skin:
Here are some tips for managing your child’s eczema while you’re away:
It’s officially winter and you may find some children’s eczema will annoyingly appear again or become more serious, particularly on the hands and behind the knee-caps. Eczema will sometimes occur again on our older children who we thought had ‘outgrown’ their eczema.
No-one really knows the true causes of eczema. In winter it’s possibly aggravated by our exposure to heating - the air tends to be drier, so the skin becomes drier and more sensitive.
Here are some tips to manage eczema in winter:
- First and foremost moisturise, moisturise, moisturise (then moisturise a bit more). Avoid products with fragrances and plant extracts. Try keeping the cream at your child’s bedside table so that you/they remember to put some on in the morning and before they go to sleep. Place a bottle of moisturiser near the basin- it’s not a bad idea to get into the habit of applying some moisturiser after each hand-wash. Remind your child to be extra thorough about drying their hands in the winter, especially between their fingers, as residual water and colder temperatures do not mix well on eczema-affected skin. Keep creams in the car and in their school bag to apply.
- If you have central heating, keep the temperature at about 20°C – overheating your home will make the air drier. You may want to consider buying a humidifier which can help to moisten the air.
- Make sure your child’s shower or bath water is warm but not hot. Did you know, hot water can also have a drying effect upon the skin? It can strip the skin of its natural oils that keep skin healthy. Keep your shower/bath to 10-15 minutes and remember to apply a good quality moisturiser within 3 minutes after bathing or any water-based activities to ‘lock’ moisture in.
- Clothing and Protection. When we rug up for the colder weather, sometimes we forget to protect our hands. It’s a good idea to try to wear a pair of cotton gloves (ensure they are dry) when outdoors. Wearing cotton gloves can also help prevent scratching. Wearing 100 per cent cotton or soft fabrics as underclothing – avoiding rough, scratchy fibres will also help. A couple of thinner layers is often better than one thick layer as you can more easily add or remove clothing to regulate your child’s body temperature – it’s best to try to avoid letting them get too hot.
Raising children is one of the hardest jobs there is and when your child has eczema the effects on the family can be significant.
We’d like to reward two mums with a $100 Visa Card in time for Mothers Day next month! Two mum’s that keep going, and going each day caring for their child with eczema. To be chosen, simply tell us your story, and the tips you’d like to share with other mums on how you help your child manage his/her eczema.
According to the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, allergies including Eczema are the fastest growing chronic diseases in Australia. With the effect of Eczema on quality of life in children being rated as more significant than childhood diabetes.
With this in mind, we will be working alongside the Eczema Association of Australian during May raising the awareness of eczema and discussing the impact eczema has on your family’s life, and the self-confidence issues eczema sufferers may have. We'd like to share your tips with other mums!
*Simply share your story or tips on our facebook page, in the comments below or via private message. Two entries with the most creative tips on how to manage your childs eczema as judged by the Promoter will win Qty 1 $100 prepaid Visa Card. The Promoter's decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. Promotion commences on 14th April and closes 5pm 14th May 2017.
Please contact Kenkay for the full terms and conditions.
Mineral salts have been used for thousands of years to manage and calm inflamed skin conditions. In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra soaked in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, which has the highest salt concentration of any body of water in the world. Bath salts were known to soften and smooth the skin, while acting as a veritable “fountain of youth” by decreasing the appearance of fine lines.
Hippocrates encouraged his followers to use salts for their healing properties, to treat sore muscles and even arthritis. Salt was also used in topical solutions to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
Kenkay’s Dermatological Mineral Concentrate Bathing Therapy is a unique combination of mineral salts, sunflower seed oil as an emollient and glycerol that act to reduce inflammation and assist in protecting and repairing the skin’s barrier function. Bathing Therapy can be very helpful in restoring the skin’s moisture balance and protect it from dryness. With hardly NO effort (just adding concentrate to water), Kenkay’s Mineral Concentrate can moisturise and provide relief to dry, irritated or itchy skin and other symptoms of eczema. It is an excellent alternative to simple bath oils and coal tar solutions. No added fragrance, artificial colours, preservatives and SLS.
Note: Be mindful that oils in the water can make infants slippery to handle. Always read the Label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Please refer to the Directions and Cautions on the Label.
A good skin care routine is to 1. Cleanse the skin, 2. Moisturise via bathing therapy, 3. Apply a good quality moisturiser
Healthy skin contains a balance of natural oils and moisture. When there’s not enough oil, lipids and moisture, skin can be left vulnerable to dryness, cracking, roughness, the loss of suppleness and elasticity.
1. Cleanse. While healthy skin is slightly acidic (5.5 to 6.2 on the pH scale), soap is usually an alkaline with a pH in excess of 7). Many Australians can find soap too harsh as soap dries the skin, stripping it of its essential natural oils (also known as skin lipids). Soap should also be avoided if you suffer from dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, are taking prescription drugs, have any sun damage, use cosmetics or live a stressful life at home or the office. A gentle soap free wash like Kenkay’s Dermatological Body Wash is our recommendation.
2. Bathing Therapy. In addition to cleansing, bathing with a good quality bath oil can be helpful in restoring the skin’s moisture balance and protect it from dryness. Oils will help to soften and nourish the skin and the warm water of the bath opens up the pores to help the skin absorb the oil. In flare up situations Kenkay’s Mineral Concentrate Bathing Therapy has a unique and innovative combination of Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerol, occlusives and mineral salts, to help calm and relieve dry, itchy inflamed skin.
3. Moisturise. Healthy skin is well hydrated skin where the moisture content is between 35% to 45%. While the top most layers of skin are hydrated from deeper in the skin itself (from the dermis to the epidermis), skin also attracts water from the environment that it is in. When the skin is dry the use of a moisturiser will help repair the skin barrier so that the skin can carry out its important barrier function. For dry skin, eczema and psoriasis, Kenkay’s Dermatological Extra Relief Cream is specially formulated to moisturise for over 7 hours. Apply after washing and as often as required.
Getting the support of your teacher in the school or daycare environment is important when your child has eczema. A teacher who is educated about eczema can really help your child cope.
Here are some topics/tips you may like to talk to your child’s teacher about:
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.
In this stressed-out world, nothing beats a neck and shoulder massage. A simple shoulder rub or back massage can be incredibly relaxing.
A favourite lotion used by many massage therapy professionals is Kenkay’s Skin Relief Sorbolene with 10% Vegetable Glycerin. This gentle and non-irritating formula, fragrance and colour free, will provide long lasting moisturisation and relieve dry skin chapped by the environment. It is non-greasy, unlike oils, so you or your masseur won’t feel sticky or need to wipe your skin afterwards.
Just remember to keep in mind the following when giving a massage.
Information courtesy of the National Eczema Association - ECZEMA TOOLS FOR SCHOOL: A PARENT’S GUIDE
Most people with Eczema find that exposure to moderate amounts of sunlight is beneficial, and some will find their eczema may improve. Other people, however, experience a deterioration of their eczema in sunlight. Either way, it’s essential to protect your skin from excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays because of their possible harmful effects including sunburn and drying of your skin that can lead to premature signs of ageing or exacerbate dry skin conditions.
Here are some tips to ensure your eczema prone skin stays moisturised and protected.
Exerts of the above have been obtained from the Eczema Association Australia