Eczema on black skin: How to reduce symptoms

eczema on black skin

Eczema on black skin: How to reduce symptoms

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is one of the most common skin diseases. It most commonly affects children under the age of 5 and is characterised by dry skin and intensely itchy red patches. Although it affects both white and dark-skinned people, it is not easy to distinguish red patches on black skin, which can make diagnosis difficult. In addition, eczema on black skin can lead to hyperpigmentation due to scratching.

Here is everything you need to know about eczema on black skin and tips to care for your skin daily and reduce eczema symptoms.

How to recognize eczema on black skin

To date, the causes of eczema are unknown. There are several types; the most common is atopic eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), which occurs regularly, and contact eczema, when the skin comes into contact with an allergenic or irritating substance. 

It is impossible to cure atopic eczema and prevent flare-ups from occurring. The good news is that it is possible to soothe and space out the flare-ups over time. 

Symptoms of atopic eczema

Whatever your skin colour, eczema will have the same effect on your body. The difference will be mainly in the appearance of the skin lesions, which differ between light and dark skin. Eczema is easily recognised by the redness of the skin it causes. On the most pigmented skin, this redness will not be visible. The diagnosis will be more difficult to make. However, there are signs common to all skin types that enable eczema to be identified

● The appearance of a change in skin colour. On black skin, the skin may become darker, or on the contrary, whiten.

● Swelling of the skin 

● Thickening and hardening of the skin also called lichenisation

● Itching and related scratch marks

● Peeling of the skin

Generally, lichenisation and darkening of the skin are caused by scratching the skin. The inflammation and scratching stimulate pigmentation and explain the darker skin in the areas affected by the eczema outbreak. Inoya Anti-Spot Serum helps to treat this hyperpigmentation.

If possible, avoid scratching your skin. You can also wear gloves to minimise the impact of scratching on the skin.

How to treat eczema

It is recommended that you make an appointment with your doctor who will refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. As mentioned earlier, eczema can never be completely cured. However, it disappears or is greatly reduced in adulthood.

Usually, your doctor will prescribe a cortisone cream to combat the inflammation. It has a soothing effect and thus prevents the worsening of atopic dermatitis by scratching. In addition, cortisone limits the hyperpigmentation of the skin. However, in the long run, it can lead to thinning and discolouration of the skin, which is particularly noticeable on black skin. Discuss this with your doctor.

Moisturising your skin will also help prevent flare-ups. Eczema is more likely to occur on dry, damaged skin. By properly moisturising your skin, you will be able to reduce the likelihood of it appearing. INOYA Moisturising Body Lotion is perfect for getting the moisture you need.

Steps you can take to prevent the appearance of eczema

If your skin is particularly prone to eczema, special attention should be paid to your lifestyle and environment. There are a number of things that can cause eczema to develop. Being aware of these factors can help you take steps to reduce the number of flare-ups:

Clean and air the house regularly 

Pollen, dust mites, pet dander, dust and other moulds are all allergens. They can irritate your skin. To reduce the risk, air out your home daily, vacuum frequently, clean your bedding at least once a week and brush your hair before bed. 

Choose cotton fabrics

Synthetic fabrics can irritate the skin and cause eczema flare-ups. Opt for cotton fabrics. 

Avoid stress

As you’ve probably already noticed, stressful situations are usually accompanied by eczema flare-ups. Try to avoid these situations as much as possible by finding relaxation methods that work for you.

Pay special attention to products selection

Soaps, washing-up liquids, perfumes, laundry detergents or fabric softeners can trigger eczema flare-ups. Choose hypoallergenic products. 

By following these rules and your doctor’s advice, you can limit the discomfort of eczema and space out your flare-ups.

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