Eczéma sur la peau noire: comment atténuer les symptômes

Eczema on black skin: how to alleviate the symptoms

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is one of the most common skin diseases. It most often affects children under 5 years old and is characterized by dry skin and intensely itchy red patches.

Although it affects both white and dark-skinned people, it is not easy to distinguish the red patches on black skin, which can make diagnosis difficult. In addition, eczema on black skin creates a problem of hyperpigmentation due to scratching.

So here's everything you need to know about eczema on black skin as well as tips for taking care of your skin every day and reducing eczema symptoms.

How to recognize eczema on black skin

To date, the causes of eczema are not known. There are also several types. The most common being atopic eczema (also called atopic dermatitis), which appears chronically, and contact eczema, when the skin comes into contact with an allergenic or irritating substance.

It is possible to soothe and space out the appearance of eczema flare-ups over time.

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Symptoms of atopic eczema

Regardless of your skin color, eczema will have the same effects on your body. The difference will mainly be in the appearance of the skin lesions, which differs between light skin and dark skin. Eczema is very easily recognized by the redness of the skin it causes. On more pigmented skin, this redness will not be visible. The diagnosis will be more difficult to establish. However, there are signs common to all skin types that allow you to recognize eczema :

  • The appearance of a change in skin color. On black skin, it can become darker, or on the contrary whiten.
  • Swelling of the skin
  • A thickening and hardening of the skin, also called lichenification
  • Related itching and scratching marks
  • Oozing from the skin

Generally, lichenification and darkening of the skin are caused by scratching of the skin. Inflammation and scratching stimulate pigmentation and explain this phenomenon of darker skin in areas affected by eczema outbreaks. INOYA Anti-Dark Spot Serum helps treat this hyperpigmentation.

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

How to treat eczema

It is recommended to make an appointment with your doctor who will refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Eczema can never be completely cured. But, it disappears or diminishes significantly towards adulthood.

Very often, your doctor will prescribe a cortisone cream to combat inflammation. It offers a soothing effect and thus prevents atopic dermatitis from worsening by scratching.

In addition to this, cortisone limits hyperpigmentation of the skin. However, in the long term, it can lead to thinning and discoloration of the skin, particularly visible on black skin. Discuss this with your doctor.

Keeping your skin well hydrated will also help prevent breakouts. Eczema is more likely to appear on dry, damaged skin. INOYA Moisturizing Body Milk is perfect for obtaining the necessary hydration.

Actions to adopt to help prevent the appearance of eczema

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If your skin is particularly prone to the appearance of eczema, special attention should be paid to your lifestyle and your environment. Certain elements can explain the appearance of eczema. Being aware of this will allow you to take measures to space out flare-ups as much as possible, such as:

Clean and ventilate the house regularly

Pollen, dust mites, pet hair, dust and other molds are allergens. They are likely to irritate your skin. To reduce the risk, ventilate your home daily, vacuum frequently, clean your bedding at least once a week, and brush your hair before bed.

Favor cotton fabrics

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

Avoid stress

You've probably already noticed that stressful situations are generally accompanied by eczema flare-ups. Try as much as possible to avoid this type of situation by finding relaxation methods that work for you.

Pay particular attention to the choice of products

Soaps, dishwashing liquids, perfumes, detergents or fabric softeners can trigger eczema flare-ups. Opt for hypoallergenic products.

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