Eczema and Exfoliating
So I'm 12 years old going through puberty one summer and BAM! Out of no where I started developing these horrific patchy white scaly circles on my face and chest. Immediately I thought I had vitiligo and began to panic. Junior High is tough and I didn't need a reason for kids to bully me about a skin disease. I later discovered that I had a form of eczema called pityriasis alba. My dermatologist prescribed me a steroid cream which helped to slowly diminish the spots. The condition is exacerbated by the sun and I still get breakouts few and far in between...hardly. However, not everyone is so fortunate.
Pityriasis Alba on darker skin tones. The condition is prevalent in children and young adults and is primarily seen on the face and chest
Although there is no cure for eczema, it can be treated. For persons with other forms of eczema such as dry scaly patches, exfoliating can be beneficial. Exfoliating eczema patches can be really tricky. It's always best to consult with your dermatologist before hand as eczema shows up different on different people.
First things first
As stated before consult with a dermatologist, especially if you have severe eczema. If your physician gives you the green light, it's super important to exfoliate LIGHTLY. Even for people without eczema, it isn't necessary to exfoliate vigorously. Use light pressure when exfoliating, you do not want to further scratch your skin. Exfoliating can remove dry flaky patches of skin.
Exfoliation can help your moisturizers and treatment absorb better. Take it from me, after exfoliation, MOISTURIZING your skin is super important especially for people with eczema. If your skin is constantly dry and flaking there's no way it can absorb moisture to its optimal level. Exfoliating can remove the dead skin cells and allow for increased moisture.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, DO NOT OVER EXFOLIATE!
Exfoliating is great but must be done in moderation. For individuals with eczema, twice per week is sufficient. There's no need to exfoliate everyday or more than three times a week.
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