This condition of inflammation of the skin due to contact of a foreign substance is known as contact dermatitis. People with food allergies can find it to be very frustrating trying to figure out what is causing the eczema. People with eczema may be more prone to contact dermatitis, so knowing what to use is crucial to the healing process.
Most likely, if you are reading this, you know all too well the frustration of trying to find bath products and lotions that don’t irritate the skin further. Unfortunately, most store brands are filled with chemicals and fillers; as consumers, we must know what the irritants are before we get to the store.
Silicones cause sensitivities in many people; its derivatives can be found in shampoos, conditioners, most styling products, most lotions and many cosmetics. Derivatives of silicone such as silicaand dimethiconecoat the skin or hair shaft to make it feel very soft and smooth.
Vitamin E can cause mild to severe reactions in those allergic to soy or even nuts. Unless the source is stated on the package, you may have to call the company to be sure it is not derived from one of the top eight food allergens.
Salicylic acid is used in many acne and dandruff products because it helps slough away dead skin and is therefore known as a beta-hydroxy acid; can be a very itchy substance to some.
Lanolin is another ingredient to lookout for, especially if your lips are itchy; it is found in the most popular lip balms and is also in some emollients for sensitive skin!
Peanut oils or other nut oils that many are sensitive to. Soy oils and derivatives
The frustration of all this can lead someone back to basics, which is really the best route to take if your reaction is severe and causes you to go to a doctor.
There are a few brands on the market that are worry-free and have sensitive skin in mind:
California Baby, created by a mother who was shocked by all the chemicals in her baby’s shampoo and decided to do something about it. It can be found in Whole Foods or even Target. Depending on your skin’s dryness, their sensitive-skin fragrance-free lotion may be thickened using a bit of petroleum jelly or light olive oil, but only if you know neither of these ingredients irritate your skin!
Aubrey Organics is another line worth looking into; although a lot of their cosmetics contain soy, many of their cleansers are safe. Always read ingredients of anything you buy and be sure to check with your doctor before using.
There is no cure for eczema but many ways to treat it. Through education of what derivatives to avoid and eliminating the chemicals and additives, you will be well on the road to healing your skin.