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Atopic Dermatitis Prevalent Among U.S. Adults 0

A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology revealed a high incidence of atopic dermatitis among U.S. adults, with an estimated 16.5 million individuals living with the condition. The prevalence of atopic dermatitis is 7.3% among adults, results revealed.

How Stress Affects Atopic Dermatitis 0

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a bothersome condition because of several triggers that can cause an outbreak of red, itchy rashes. According to experts, one of these triggers is stress. But how is stress linked to eczema?

 

Changing Your Diet Can Help Cure Eczema 0

 

A woman who’s been battling a skin allergy called eczema may have found a cure to her debilitating condition. Claire Sampson, 32, has been suffering from inflamed eczema, which leaves her skin itchy and red and sometimes it peels off, which has been a source of embarrassment for her.

Summer Skin Problems You Can Prevent 0

Summer is here and that means it’s time to don that swimsuit once more and head out to the beach for some fun under the sun! But before you head out to the nearest beach party it’s important that you be aware of the possible skin problems you might experience during this season of fun.

How to Solve Skin Allergy Problems 2

Skin conditions like bumps, itchiness, rashes, and redness are very common and they may be symptoms of allergy. With the help of allergy tests, your doctor can identify if such reactions are indeed caused by allergens.

Eczema and hives are two of the most common skin rashes.

Atopic dermatitis (Eczema) is the most common skin condition, especially in children. Atopic dermatitis exhibits dry, red, irritated, and itchy skin.

Hives (urticaria), on the other hand, are red bumps or welts caused by inflammation of the skin. Hives are acute if it lasts for less than six weeks, and chronic if beyond.

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes in contact directly with an irritant or allergen. Symptoms can include rashes, blisters, itching, and burning.

Latex allergy is from repeated exposure to latex products such as medical gloves, elastics, or balloons. Latex allergy exhibits symptoms such as hives, itchiness, and runny nose.

However, these skin allergy symptoms can be solved and managed with the help of your allergist.

Here are some ways to solve and manage skin allergy problems:

  • Avoid contact with what’s triggering your symptoms.
  • Use moisturizers and topical corticosteroids creams or ointments to reduce inflammation
  • Use antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor for bacterial skin infections
  • Take oral antihistamines to relieve itchiness
  • A cold compress or a cool shower can mitigate rashes. Moisturize afterwards for better relief.
  • Applying Colloidal oatmeal can calm inflamed skin. However, some people may have sensitivities to oatmeal so it is best to consult your doctor before doing this.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing. It is also highly recommended to wear hypoallergenic apparel for better comfort. In some severe cases, damp dressing may also be employed.
  • Avoid clothing and accessories with latex component. 
  • For severe cases, Phototherapy may be a treatment option.

 

Help! My eyelids are dry, swollen and itchy! 0

This might be caused by allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the eyelids is the allergic inflammation from contact with allergens. The eyelid is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and is particularly thin as compared to facial skin thus making it more susceptible to allergens.

The common causes of eyelid allergic reactions are preservatives in eye products and makeup, contact lens solutions, airborne allergens and other substances (such as nail polish) that our eye gets exposed to from rubbing it with our hands.

Symptoms of eyelid allergic contact dermatitis include dry, inflamed, wrinkled and swollen eyelids, redness, blister development, itchiness and burning sensation.

 

 

How to treat eyelid dermatitis:

Identify the cause and avoid the allergens. This is the foremost step as prevention is always better than cure. With the help of your doctor, identify what causes your allergic reactions and try your best  to avoid it.

Keep your hands clean at all times and it is highly recommended to use non-irritating cleansers on the face and never forget to remove ones make-up before heading to bed; and opt for hypoallergenic face products as much as possible.

If itchiness persists, your doctor may prescribe a cortisone ointment to alleviate the itch. The use of hypoallergenic eye mask during sleep to avoid you from scratching it is highly recommended. Cottonique’s newest truly hypoallergenic 100% Cotton eye mask is perfect for the job and it will ensure a great night’s sleep and completely itch-free!

 

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What to Wear For Those With Eczema-Sensitive Skin? 2

Eczema is a skin condition that affects both adult and children. It is very important to pick comfortable and suitable clothing that will not trigger or worsen the itching that comes with Eczema. Loose-fitting clothes made from natural cotton with flexible seams and labels purposefully placed at non-sensitive areas are highly recommended. Picking the right clothes will not only avoid the symptoms of eczema, particularly the itching, but will also provide the wearer utmost comfort so they can fully carry out their tasks and enjoy their everyday activities.

 

 

What are the things to consider in picking up clothes for those with sensitive skin?

  • Go for 100% Natural Cotton Material. Fabric choice can greatly make the difference in choosing the right clothes to wear – 100% natural cotton is the best option as it breathe-easy and will not irritate the skin. Natural cotton is both latex-free and spandex-free so it is perfect to use for those with sensitive skin. Woollen fabrics are to be avoided as its stiff fibres are irritable to the skin; same goes for fabrics made of stretchy material as they may contain spandex which can be an irritant.
  • Look for Irritation-Free Labels. Typical labels stitched on the seams are irritable even for those unaffected by Eczema. Look for garments with irritation-free labels either sewn inside or into side seams; those with labelling information printed directly on the fabric is also recommended.
  • Pick Clothes with Soft Seams. Stiff or uncovered seams can easily cause irritation to an eczema-prone skin. Pick clothes that have soft and flexible seams for maximum comfort.

 

These three are the top factors in choosing the suitable clothes for your everyday comfort. Other tips include: Choose clothes with very minimal embellishments as mesh fabric, adhesives and patches can also trigger itchiness; ensure necklines have generous openings easy movement and comfort, and be careful with garments with elastics which is the stretchy material mostly found on armbands, waistbands and cuffs of products, ensure that they are of hypoallergenic material or wound up in a natural cotton lining.

Here at Cottonique, we highly value comfort and we have taken these factors with great consideration so we can provide allergy-free garments to benefit our customers that have dermatological concerns like Eczema and various skin sensitivities.

So what are you waiting for? Take better care of your skin and grab a Cottonique wear today!

 

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How to Manage “The Itch” from Topical Steroid Withdrawal 0

Topical steroids are prescribed medication for a wide range of skin condition. They simulate natural hormones in the body and provide “anti-inflammatory” action, mainly to reduce redness, swelling and irritation. These symptoms are very common to eczema and to keep it at bay, doctors are lead to increase the use of topical steroids and of higher potency. Higher dosage and usage will cause Topical Steroid Addiction and the way to recover from it is to undergo withdrawal.

 

Just like any other withdrawal treatments, there are symptoms experienced such as:  red, burning skin, rashes, swelling, flaking, oozing blisters, enlarged lymph nodes, sleep difficulty and systemic itchiness to name a few. These symptoms fall under what they call the “Red Skin Syndrome (RSS)”.

 

 

So how do people deal with “The Itch”? Here are some tips on managing it:

  1. Maintain Control: Take note of your allergens and irritants, and try to eliminate all possible causes that can trigger the itch. Keep in mind that the more you scratch, the itchiniess is not actually alleviated but rather causes the release of histamine which makes you want to scratch more.
  2. Practice Mindful Scratching: Have the mindset to avoid scratching a habit. This might be difficult at first especially when the itch is persistent, but building a habit is a gradual process. Have a friend that will constantly remind you on this and to watch out for you whenever you are instinctively scratching more than you should.
  3. Distract Yourself: Avert your thoughts from the discomfort and itchiness and do something that keeps your hand busy to stop yourself from scratching.
  4. Apply Temperature: Temperature changes can facilitate comfort. Put an ice pack, rinse in cold water or take a cold bath can lessen the itch on the spot. Others can find warm temperature comforting as well but be careful not to apply it too hot.
  5. Wear Itch-free Garments: Your daily wear plays a great role in managing itchiness from Topical Steroid Withdrawal, hence why Cottonique was made. Clothing yourself in an all-natural, chemical-free, 100% cotton material will greatly improve RSS symptoms and aid in reducing itchiness. Use materials that are hypoallergenic and both latex- and spandex-free.

 

These are all helpful tips in managing the symptoms of Topical Steroid Withdrawal, however, always keep in mind to consult your doctor before starting your topical steroid withdrawal and work together on your journey of being itch-free!

 

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Does Skin Actually “Breathe”? 0

Here at Cottonique, we make a big deal about letting skin breathe, especially if you want to avoid the symptoms of atopic dermatitis showing up. That’s why we make sure that our 100% organic cotton apparel is not only soft, but breathable as well. But what exactly does “breathable” mean? And why is this so good for the skin?

Skin doesn’t breathe in the traditional sense, that is, inhaling and exhaling air. It does, however, need to maintain healthy levels of heat and moisture, and that’s where breathable clothing comes into the picture. If you’ve ever been inside a stuffy room, you know what it feels like – it’s hot, humid, and a little harder to breathe in that sort of environment. That’s because all the heat and moisture generated by whatever’s inside, including yourself, isn’t exiting the room fast enough.

It’s the same situation with your skin and clothes that aren’t breathable, like apparel made of synthetic fibers. These garments tend to keep the heat from your skin inside, rather than let it leave. At the same time, they also can’t draw excess moisture away from your skin fast enough, and suddenly it feels like your outfit is a miniature sauna.

Put the excess heat and moisture retention together, and you’ve got the recipe for a heat rash. The humidity underneath your clothing can make your atopic dermatitis symptoms flare up, and that’s certainly no fun.

We at Cottonique strive to develop clothes that not only help your skin stay cool by letting heat flow freely outwards, but also maintain a decent amount of moisture through our fabric’s moisture-wicking properties. Even better, our all-natural cotton is extremely soft to the touch and, coupled with our advanced stitching techniques, is very non-abrasive.

Give your skin a breather today!

 

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