Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a chronic skin condition mostly affecting babies and young children, although adults also have the disease. With eczema the skin is itchy and inflamed. The skin condition can appear anywhere on the body, but it is usually limited to the arms and behind the knees. The symptoms of eczema include red to brown coloured patches on the skin and small bumps that may leak fluid. When these areas are scratched too roughly, eczema scars may form.
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Things you need
- Vitamin E oil or tea tree oil
- Aloe vera gel or juice
- Calamine lotion
Avoid scratching the areas. Since the skin is itchy it is hard not to scratch. But frequent scratching increases the likelihood of scars. The Mayo Clinic in its article title "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," suggests covering up the itchy areas or apply calamine lotion to alleviate the itching.
Moisturise the affected areas. Keeping the skin moisturised is one way to combat the dryness of eczema, reports the Mayo Clinic. Apply the oil or lotion after a bath or shower when the skin is still damp, suggests the Mayo Clinic. This "seals in the moisture." Oils to use are vitamin E oil, which is very popular for removing scars and repairing skin. In the article called "Scarring" by Dr. Joel Studin on his website Web Plastics, he recommends using vitamin E oil for scars because the substance breaks down the tissues that form the scars. Tea tree oil is recommended in the article titles "Top 10 Natural Scar Treatment Methods" on the Nutralegacy website. Massage the vitamin E oil or the tea tree oil into the skin. These oils are sold online and in health food stores.
Apply Aloe Vera. The Nutralegacy website also suggests using Aloe Vera on scars. This soothing gel is helpful for the irritated areas of the skin. The malic acid in Aloe Vera also helps to fade scars. Malic acid is one of the alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that are popular in treating skin conditions. Buy Aloe Vera gel or juice from a health food store and apply the substance using a cotton ball.
See a doctor. Because eczema is a medical condition, it is a good idea to seek advice from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon about the scars. A doctor can prescribe topical ointment or suggest medical procedures that can reduce or remove eczema scars. The medical procedures available are chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, all discussed as possible options in the article titles "Chemicals, Laser Resurfacing, Dermabrasion" on the Cleveland Clinic website. Only a doctor can suggest the best treatment for your eczema scars.
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