Are you noticing patches of dry skin over your body? With dry skin being a common symptom of eczema, you may be wondering if you have a bigger skin condition or just a bout of dryness.
In this blog post, we’ll explore dry skin vs eczema. We’ll also provide natural remedies that can moisturize dry skin and ease itchy symptoms. Read on!
Is it Eczema or Dry Skin?
It’s important to understand the difference between eczema and dry skin. Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that’s characterized by a red rash, itchiness, inflammation, and yes, dry skin. It’s caused by a damaged skin barrier that has trouble retaining moisture. That’s what leads to chronic dry skin.
Researchers believe that eczema is caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. For example, you may experience an eczema flare up if your body comes into contact with a trigger such as pet fur, dust mites, certain foods, fabrics like latex or nylon, and even sweat.
Dry skin is usually just a temporary problem. Some people are born with naturally dry skin while others may notice that their skin feels drier (and itchier) in cold temperatures or when going or when going through bodily changes such as pregnancy.
You may also notice that your skin feels drier as you age. That’s because your body naturally produces less oil the older you get.
Can Dry Skin Turn into Eczema?
To keep eczema flare ups at bay, it’s important to manage your eczema triggers. If you don’t know what your triggers are, you should definitely try to find out. Understanding your body is imperative to managing your condition.
Of course, eczema affects everyone differently and what triggers a flare up in someone else may not necessarily cause the same reaction in you.
That being said, a common eczema trigger is dry skin. When your skin lacks moisture, it can easily become brittle, rough, or tight which can lead to a flare up. This is why moisturizing your skin often is such an important part of anyone’s skincare routine, especially those with dry skin.
Natural Remedies for Dry Skin
To give your dry skin a boost of moisture, it’s important to use clean beauty products that won’t further aggravate your skin. Look for natural products that are free from harsh chemicals or substances. We always recommend you do a small patch test first whenever you try out a new product.
If you’re looking to replenish hydration, we recommend this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Made with just 6 ingredients, it’s sure to hydrate even the driest of skin without any burning or stinging. Even little ones can benefit from the moisturizing effects of this oil-based balm. Feel free to use it anywhere on your body, including the face.
When washing your skin, check out this Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar. The combination of shea butter, coconut oil, and sunflower oil make it an ultra-hydrating solution. Gentle and nourishing, you can use it all over your body or as a hand soap throughout the day. Your sensitive and dry skin will simply love the 100% natural ingredients.
If you want the best of both worlds, you can take advantage of our Body Care Essentials Bundle.
Try Wet Wrap Therapy
Whether you suffer from dry skin or eczema, wet wrap therapy is an excellent way to give your skin a quick boost of hydration. It’s an effective at-home ready that’s easy to do.
Start by layering the affected area of your skin with a natural cream such as the Manuka cream mentioned earlier. Then add a wet layer overtop, followed by a dry layer.
This helps the emollient better permeate the skin. Leave the wet wrap on overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours.
Our Remedywear™ clothing line is a great choice to use as the wet or dry layer as the TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibers have healing properties. Some of our favourites include these hypoallergenic sleeves, Remedwear Long Shirt for Kids, Remedywear™ Baby Coverall, or these Remedywear Pants for Adults.