Winter is right around the corner! And not just any winter, either. This year, Australia is predicted to have its coldest winter on record, with temperatures declining lower than usual all over the country.
However, this means the amount eczema sufferers is rapidly growing, with nearly one third of Australians suffering from it at some stage in their lives and the worst time to get it is during the cold and dry winter months.
Craig Jones, CEO and founder of MooGoo - a line of natural skin care products for sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis - says he's seen a dramatic rise in the number of people suffering from skin issues. But in saying that, this debilitating skin condition can be managed.
“We’re selling an eczema cream every two minutes – there are more people with eczema than ever before,” said Mr Jones who created MooGoo after searching for something to treat his mother’s psoriasis – and creating a cream in his kitchen from one that was used on dairy cows.
“Despite eczema becoming more common, there’s still surprisingly little understanding around how to manage it,” he said.
“As there is no proven cure for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, education and keeping the symptoms under control is critical.”
“The skin has a protective barrier, through winter it can get very dry and if it’s broken that means it’s susceptible to infection.”
The Eczema Association of Australia have tips on how to manage eczema, being:
- Keep fingernails short to prevent scratching from breaking the skin and wear cotton mitts or gloves at night
- Wearing 100 per cent cotton or soft fabrics – avoiding rough, scratchy fibres and tight clothing
- Having lukewarm baths and showers
- Using hypoallergenic products and avoiding anything perfumed
- Gently patting, not rubbing, the skin dry with a soft towel
- Applying a moisturiser within three minutes after bathing to “lock in” the moisture
- Avoiding rapid changes of temperature and activities that raise a sweat
- Using sensitive skin washing powders and detergents.
- Reducing daily stress
- Learning your eczema triggers and how to avoid them
- Developing and maintaining a daily skin routine
Mr Jones said it's not clear why eczema rates are increasing over the country.
“One theory is that as we become more sterile and hygienic it deprives the immune system the opportunity to become educated and so we are getting more eczema,” he said.
“The impact of these skin diseases is largely underestimated and suffering from eczema, or having a child in the family with it, takes a huge toll.”
For more info, visit www.moogoo.com.au