Treating Eczema Scars

Eczema is a fairly common skin condition, one which on occasion leaves eczema scars in its wake. There are any number of things which can cause eczema, which is an inflammation of the upper layer of the skin. Eczema, rather than being a specific disease or disorder, is in reality a family of disorders. Three of the more common types of eczema are atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis.

Symptoms of eczema include cracking and bleeding of the skin, blistering, redness, and occasionally swelling. The cracking and blistering, if not treated or allowed to persist can eventually lead to eczema scarring, a condition fortunately quite often treatable. It is not always the cracking and blistering which leads to eczema scarring although this can happen, but more likely the problem has its roots in scratching or picking at the skin, habits that are sometimes difficult to break.

Prevention - Eczema scarring can sometimes be prevented from ever happening if one knows the cause of the eczema, which is usually an allergy of one type or another. The skin coming into contact with certain medications, soaps, or creams can cause an outbreak of eczema should an allergen be present. A food allergy can also cause an outbreak. Even the clothes we wear can at times cause problems. Cotton appears to be the safest of all clothing material that would come into contact with the skin. Dry air can also create eczema problems at times, as can sunbathing. It may not possible to totally prevent an outbreak of eczema, especially if one has a number of allergies, or there are allergens which simply can't be avoided. The fact is however, if eczema can be avoided, eczema scars will be avoided as well.

Treatment - What to do if you do have eczema scarring? Taking fish oil on a regular basis can be helpful, 1,000 milligrams a day is a recommended dosage. Topical remedies include applying vitamin E oil, or aloe gel, to the more severely affected areas. This both softens the tissue in places where there is already scarring, and tends to prevent scarring in places it has not yet occurred. In fact, applying any cream or lotion that moisturizes the skin, but doesn't contain any allergen or ingredient apt to irritate the skin, will work towards removing scar tissue, or at the very least allowing the scars to blend in more closely with surrounding skin, making the skin appear much smoother. There are also over the counter topical medications, specifically designed to deal with scarring resulting from eczema or other skin conditions.

Laser Abrasion - Another approach, and an attractive one if the scarring is very deep or severe, is laser abrasion. Here, the top layer of skin is literally burned away by the laser beam. Only the top layer of the skin is affected, and the procedure is not nearly as painful as it may sound. By burning the top layer of skin, scar tissue will be broken up, and eventually disappear as the top layer of skin heals. More than one session may be needed in some instances, but laser treatments are generally considered to be very effective.

Microdermabrasion - Still another treatment involves what is called microdermabrasion. Instead of the top layer of skin being burned away, it is abraded, or "sanded or buffed” away if you will. As is the case with the laser treatment, more than one session may be necessary.

Microdermabrasion and laser abrasion will provide, as expected, quicker results than does the application of topical creams or ointments, or adding fish oil to one's diet, but on the other hand, are more expensive.




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