Eczema Kids

Living With Eczema

Eczema Kids

Whether it’s you or your child that has it

Dry, uncomfortable skin can be a constant annoyance. For others, dry, red, irritated skin can be so severe that it’s hard to function. Welcome to the world of eczema.

What Is Eczema?

Healthy skin contain substances that help keep in moisture. In some people, those substances are lacking, or just found in lower amounts. This means your skin barrier is impaired, meaning things can more easily irritate the skin. Skin may become dry and patchy, and red in color as a result.

In worse cases, eczema can become infected, making it more difficult to treat. Bacteria, fungus and virus can cause infection in eczema. Staphylococcus aureus, which thrives on the type of skin eczema produces, is very common in eczema. If you or your child’s eczema suddenly becomes much worse, with redness and itchiness, contact us. Other signs of infection include weepy skin, with clear or yellow fluid. You may also experience flu-like symptoms.

How Can I Reduce Severity of Eczema?

Simple measures can reduce the severity and frequency of eczema flare-ups.

Bathing Tips

  • Use warm, not hot, water
  • Don’t bathe or shower as long. In and out.
  • For kids: avoid bubble bath

Drying Tips

  • Pat dry, don’t rub
  • Apply moisturizer or medicine when your skin is nearly dry, right after bathing, to trap moisture in.

Moisturizer

  • Apply moisturizer at least twice a day
  • Ask Dr. Myers about wet wrap therapy

Washing Clothes

Be careful with how much detergent you use
Make sure you use enough water to rinse out the detergent completely

Extra Tips For Kids

Eczema is common among children. In fact, if a person has eczema, it usually starts showing up in the first year of a person’s life. All of the above tips apply for children as well as adults. But for you parents out there, here are some other things to consider.

Fingernails: Eczema can be itchy. Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth so he or she doesn’t accidentally scratch the skin.

Watch For Triggers: With eczema, a child’s skin is very sensitive, and susceptible to allergic reaction, and reaction to exposure to things in the environments. Common triggers for eczema flare ups include dry air (especially during change in seasons), and genetics, meaning your family’s and child’s personal history of eczema. Sweat and stress can be triggers as well. Beware, these triggers can actually change over time for children.

Watch for Related Issues: Eczema increases the risk of developing other health conditions like asthma and hay fever. Watch for signs of these other issues, and get the right medical help if needed.

Want to learn more about eczema in children? Here is a good resource:
https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/eczema-resource-center

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Is Acne Surgery A Good Option For Teens?

Teens prone to get acne can find the stress of going back to school triggers breakouts. Acne can be rooted in several issues, stress being one of them. Hormones and age itself can also be at play. Other teens simply have acne all the time, and are embarrassed to be among all their peers.

Acne treatment takes several different forms. Helping people feel comfortable in their own skin is our goal. Acne can be very embarrassing, and can make us self-conscious. Fortunately, there are a few acne treatments that work well at reducing the prevalence of acne. Medications, cleansers, and good hygiene habits can go a long way (we like Ellie Acne Wash). But when acne is severe and persistent, there are additional options to consider.

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Acne “Surgery” (comedone extraction)

When other medical therapies for acne don’t seem to be working, acne surgery can be a good option. This procedure involves removing debris from the pores. The treatment can also remove milia, or small keratinous cysts. Using sterile tools, our aestheticians will gently remove debris from clogged pores.

There are two types of acne lesions (comedones):

  • Open (blackheads)
  • Closed (whiteheads)

Acne surgery involves removing the contents of the follicles where comedones have formed. When dealing with active acne, acne surgery is meant to clean the pores and help the skin heal naturally, helping to prevent future breakouts.

We might also use a mild chemical peel to help rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels exfoliate the skin, removing the affected skin tissues.

After the procedure, patients should use a mild face wash and apply moisturizer twice per day. We may ask that you use sunscreen to protect the skin, as it can be sensitive after a chemical peel. Avoid prolonged sun exposure regardless.

Acne scar surgery is more extensive and may also be recommended to treat acne scarring, including depressed or ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars.

Why Treat It? Won’t It Go Away Eventually?

While it’s true that acne can fade with age, when severe acne is left untreated, scarring can occur, and that might stay with you forever. The better choice is to take steps to curb acne and prevent scarring. Go back to school with brighter, clearer skin. Come in and talk to Dr. Myers or another acne specialist about the best options for you.

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Should I Take a Collagen Supplement For My Skin?

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Fewer wrinkles and smoother skin sounds pretty great, but will collagen supplements actually provide that?

More and more products are popping up with collagen as an ingredient, like in powders for shakes, health bars, and more. Collagen is a protein that helps give the skin structure and fullness. It has other purposes too; it makes up about 30 percent of all proteins in the body. When it comes to skin, collagen is always a big topic, because collagen is depleted with age, leaving our skin looking less youthful, and saggy.

Various treatments work to rejuvenate collagen and restore the fullness it provides. Various filler injections, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and some topical options can be effective. But will eating collagen do something for you?

How The Body Uses Collagen When You Eat It

The truth is, when you eat collagen, the body doesn’t actually absorb the protein whole. It gets broken down into its different amino acids, and then the body uses those important acids for whatever is important. In other words, eating collagen doesn’t magically send more collagen to the skin to give it more volume.

“There isn’t evidence to show this helps thicken collagen in the skin despite the buzz,” Dr. Myers says.

So why are people eating it? Some research suggests that eating collagen might help the bones and joints. It may also have benefits for the hair. However, research on its effects for skin are very sparse.

Furthermore, remember that you’re already eating a lot of collagen, just with your regular diet! Jell-O, chicken, beef, bone broth, pork, eggs and many other foods contain collagen naturally. In fact, the supplements out there with collagen are likely using bovine collagen (cow), chicken collagen, or fish collagen. Collagen supplements are pretty expensive, and given what we know, there isn’t much justification for spending the money.