Take Charge Of Your Eczema
Calm Your Itchy, Painful Eczema with Soothing Dead Sea Salt Scrubs!
Dry skin is something most people have struggled with at some point or another, but fortunately, a little lotion usually takes care of the problem. However, for a significant portion of the population, dry skin means eczema, a painful skin condition that has a profoundly negative impact on their lives. Dry, red, thick, scaly patches are the hallmarks of eczema, along with incessant itching and embarrassment for sufferers. But, there is a ray of light that shines in the form of Dead Sea Salt and it’s multiple healing properties!
What Exactly is Eczema?
Eczema appears as thick patches of flaky, red, inflamed skin that often splits and bleeds. It can affect any part of the body from the scalp, face, limbs, trunk and even the soles of the feet. For some lucky people, it only appears occasionally as a random itchy patch, and then disappears as quickly as it came. Others, are not so fortunate, and suffer constantly from the painful patches that often cover large portions of their body.
Eczema is one of a host of skin conditions that can be genetically inherited, begin in early childhood, and last through adulthood. Genetic mutations within the body’s immune system can cause an over-reaction to certain internal or external triggers, producing excessive cellular growth. These triggers are still being researched, but often point to a combination of genetics and outside influences such as:
* Food sensitivities
* Tobacco smoke
* Chemical exposure from household products
* Metals (particularly nickel)
* Fabric irritants
* Over the counter products (ex., creams, ointments, soaps)
* Dry air
* Skin infections
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it can be an excellent starting point for at-home testing. Using the process of elimination, identifying certain triggers can begin to provide some measure of relief for eczema patients. If nothing else, they may be able to reduce the number and severity of flareups.
Types of Eczema
There are several types of eczema, with each having its own biological profile. While they all fall under the eczema grouping, each can have its own triggers and symptoms.
Atopic Dermatitis – The most common form of eczema, Atopic Dermatitis can become quite severe for some. Triggers are vague and can last for weeks and even months. Besides painful itchy skin, other symptoms can include excessively dry skin, skin infections and dermatitis that affects the eyes.
Statis Dermatitis – This skin condition is a result of poor circulation and tends to occur on the lower legs. Symptoms include itchy patches, extreme dryness, aching, swelling, redness, and swollen veins.
Nummular Eczema – Characterized by circular, coin sized spots, this skin condition causes itchy, flaky areas that can become crusted over and ooze fluid.
Seborrheic Dermatitis – This type of eczema occurs where the sebaceous glands produce oil, particularly in places like the scalp, back and nose. Triggers can range from stress, to medications, and particularly affect people who suffer from immune and nervous system diseases.
Contact Dermatitis – A typical allergic reaction to external irritants, Contact Dermatitis can occur quickly and with little warning. Skin sensitivities are the main culprit and can break out from touching irritants such as makeup, nickel jewelry, latex, poison ivy, laundry detergents, and soaps. Once you have isolated the irritant, it is easy to avoid it in the future.
Dyshidrotic Eczema – Small, painful blisters characterize this type of skin condition, with most appearing on fingers, palms, toes and the soles of the feet. Dyshidrotic Eczema tends to flare due to several possible factors including: stress, damp hands or feet, and higher temperatures.
The Emotional Impact of Eczema
Eczema affects more than just the ‘physical body’ of victims; it also has a profound emotional impact. Stress from the persistence of the condition can actually increase the severity of a flare-up. Dealing with constant itching, painful patches and the appearance of eczema causes emotional strain and can prove mentally exhausting. Unfortunately, this can contribute to low self-esteem which can snowball into other issues such as sleep problems and depression.
For example, most people find warm weather is a time to shed the heavy winter clothes and jump into shorts and short sleeve shirts. But for eczema patients, the exposure of more skin can cause an increase in anxiety as well as an avoidance of social situations. They typically wear long pants or long sleeves to cover their condition.
Controlling eczema requires constant care involving moisturizing and treatments, with these efforts often proving futile. While there are conventional treatments for eczema such as immunosuppressants, OTC medications and phototherapy, many people who live with the condition have yet to find a consistent, inexpensive way to ease their symptoms.
The Healing Properties of Dead Sea Salts
And now the good news! There is hope for this debilitating skin condition and it comes in the form of minerals from the Dead Sea. Sandwiched between Israel and Jordan, this amazing body of water lies at the lowest point on earth (1412 below sea level) and has quite the historical resume. Down through the ages, many religious figures have taken refuge around its salty banks, including King David and Jesus of Nazareth. It was also the site of the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The water of the Dead Sea contains a vast concentration of restorative minerals, said to be the highest concentration in the world, and it’s salt content allows swimmers to virtually float on the surface without sinking. With the warm climate, and healing properties of the water, thousands upon thousands of visitors flock to this buoyant magical elixir.
How do Dead Sea Salts Heal the Skin?
The Dead Sea is known for it’s medicinal waters, and one of its most important minerals is magnesium. The sea salts produced from this rich mineral are known for having positive effects on inflammatory diseases, in particular, skin inflammation. It has the ability to bind water and influence epidermal proliferation and differentiation, in other words it allows moisture to seal itself within dry patches on the skin. At a cellular level, magnesium assists in controlling the inflammatory properties of keratinocytes.
The Dead Sea water also has a high concentration of 20 additional, valuable minerals and ions including:
These nutrients easily penetrate the skin to add to their healing capabilities, as well as inhibiting fibroblast growth. The salts themselves have an antiseptic quality that rids the skin of the viral and bacterium properties that contribute to skin irritation. They also assist with ‘over drying’ of the skin, by acting as a natural moisturizer, as well as preserving skin pH balance.
What does this mean for eczema sufferers?
Relief – from red, bleeding, painfully itchy, patches of skin.
Relief – from wearing long sleeves during the summer and stressing over flare-ups.
Relief – from spending large amounts of money on ineffective remedies.
And more importantly, peace of mind in knowing there is hope for eczema and other related skin conditions – courtesy of the healing properties of the Dead Sea.
At the top of this line of skin defense is Salt Soothers collection of Dead Sea Salt products. Their natural scrubs and oils contain precious, therapeutic nutrients from the Dead Sea combined with soothing natural oils.
~ Salts designed to exfoliate your skin, infuse moisture and heal dry painful patches.
~ Oils formulated to hydrate skin and soothe inflammation
Unlike medication designed to control eczema, Salt Soothers healing line of products possess sweet fragrances that will leave you feeling calm and content. For those who don’t wish for an aroma in their salts and oils, there is also the option of Fragrance Free products. If you are ready to get control of your eczema, take a stroll through our line of Dead Sea Salt Scrubs and Oils and discover what relief really feels like!
~ Testimonial ~
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