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Mild eczema: the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle

Mild eczema is a term commonly used to describe a number of different skin conditions, including mild dermatitis. Mild eczema is an allergic and inflammatory condition of the skin characterised by itching, swelling, redness and inflamed skin that follows a pattern of exacerbations and remissions. Prolonged itching and scratching leads to skin damage and increased risk of infection. Enter the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle.

The ‘itch-scratch’ cycle explained
The ‘itch-scratch’ cycle is a vicious cycle that can lead to skin damage. Itching is triggered when the immune system comes into contact with an allergen, where it quickly produces large quantities of defence molecules including histamine and other inflammatory mediators such as immunoglobulin E (IgE). Itching and scratching irritates the skin, which in turn, increases the level of inflammation and worsens the symptoms. Prolonged scratching compromises the skin’s barrier function and leads to skin damage where the skin may become thick and lichenified.

Relieving mild eczema
Firstly, it’s important to identify which allergens trigger your mild eczema so that you can take preventative action. 

  • Burdock
    Traditionally used in Western herbal medicine (WHM) to relieve symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis, and to relieve minor skin eruptions including acne and boils. Burdock is traditionally used in WHM as a blood purifier to support waste elimination via the skin and to support skin health.

  • Yellow Dock
    Like Burdock, Yellow dock is traditionally used in WHM to support skin health and to relieve symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis. Yellow dock is traditionally used in WHM as a blood cleanser to support waste elimination via the skin. 

  • Echinacea
    Traditionally used in WHM as a vulnerary for wound healing.

  • Vitamin A
    Supports immune system health and function and plays an important role in supporting collagen formation and skin health. Vitamin A provides antioxidant activity to reduce free radicals formed in the body.

  • Zinc
    An important trace mineral required to support wound healing and connective tissue production, and connective tissue health. Zinc also supports immune system health and provides antioxidant activity to reduce free radicals formed in the body.  

If you need support for mild eczema and/or dermatitis, look at our Clear Skin product. See here.

 

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