Eczema is a chronic problem for 35 million Americans, and at least 17.8 million of those with moderate to severe eczema or atopic dermatitis. The prevalence of childhood eczema / atopic dermatitis in the US is 10.7% overall and as high as 18.1% in individual states and 21% across various countries. Approximately one out of every three children with eczema / atopic dermatitis has moderate to severe disease, and about 60% of infants who have eczema continue to have one or more symptoms in adulthood.
Eczema is a general term for any superficial inflammatory process involving the epidermis primarily, marked early by redness, itching, minute papules and vesicles, weeping, oozing and crusting, and later by scaling, lichenification and often pigmentation. The word eczema comes from the Greek word “ekzein” meaning to effervesce, or bubble, or boil over. It is a form of dermatitis and can be used widely to describe any rash-like skin conditions. It is usually used specifically to refer to the most common type of these skin conditions: atopic dermatitis.
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that commonly starts during infancy and continues through into childhood. Some people outgrow the condition while some people will continue to have it into adulthood.
Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema may be different for each person. It may even look different or affect different parts of the body from time to time. The rash can be mild, moderate, or severe. Generally, people with eczema suffer from dry, sensitive skin. Eczema is also known for its intense itch. The itch may be so bad that a person will scratch their skin until it bleeds, which can make the rash even worse, leading to even more inflammation and itching. This is called the itch-scratch cycle.
Factors Influencing Eczema
The specific cause of eczema remains unknown, but it is believed to develop due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors that are known to bring out the symptoms of eczema. The most common contributors are:
- Irritants: soaps, detergents, shampoos, disinfectants, juices from fresh fruits, meats or vegetables
- Allergens: dust mites, pets, pollens, mold, dandruff
- Microbes: bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, viruses, certain fungi
- Hot and cold temperatures: hot weather, high and low humidity, perspiration from exercise
- Foods: dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, soy products, wheat
- Stress: it is not a cause of eczema but can make symptoms worse
- Hormones: women can experience worsening of eczema symptoms at times when their hormone levels are changing, for example during pregnancy and at certain points in their menstrual cycle
Be aware of and eliminate the factors that make you more sensitive to eczema.
The NeoGenesis Solution
NeoGenesis products contain the S²RM® molecules that naturally heal the skin, delivering nutrient rich molecules to the areas of inflammation. By providing the best climate for healing, calming and hydrating the skin, areas of inflammation are reduced, allowing symptoms to subside.
The topical application of our advanced product Recovery, abundant in S²RM® molecules, will help with the rash, inflammation, and itching, and help to break the itch-scratch cycle. Follow Recovery with our Intensive Moisturizer and apply as often as needed to calm the skin. Use Recovery, on cleansed skin twice daily, until the skin is healed. Recovery is safe for use on all areas of the body, including around the eyes. When combined with the important management of environmental factors, NeoGenesis can aid in healing the skin and reducing or eliminating the redness, swelling, itching and general discomfort from eczema.
For ongoing comfort and to reduce the chances of the eczema reappearing, the patient may transition over to the use of our NeoGenesis Skin Serum once or twice daily, followed by the application of our Intensive Moisturizer. Our S²RM® technology found in Skin Serum and the Intensive Moisturizer will continue to naturally feed nutrients into the skin. This creates healthy layers within the skin and a stronger, improved skin barrier. The healthier and stronger the skin is, the less chance of inflammation recurring from eczema.