What Doesn’t Work?
Here are some common ingredients that you can find in skin care products, even products that are meant to cure eczema. Look out for them, as they are harmful for all skin types, but especially eczema-prone skin.
1. Fragrance Mix 1: Fragrance mix 1 is a combination of eight different chemicals including; cinnamic alcohol, cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol, isoeugenol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, oak moss absolute, and amylcinnamaldehyde. These chemicals are found in countless personal care products and are often listed as “fragrance” on the ingredient list. They are also found in essential oils, soaps, detergent, cosmetics and more.
2. Disperse Dyes: These are dyes used to color the following fabrics; polyester, nylon, acrylic and rayon. In children who had atopic dermatitis and who were allergic to disperse dyes, their eczema was usually worse on the face and folds of the arms and legs. In children who did not have atopic dermatitis but who were allergic to disperse dyes, their eczema was usually worse on the feet, armpits, and groin.
3. Dipotasium Chromate: This has many different names and may be listed as bichromate, dipotassiumdichromate, chrome, chromium, chromate salts and more. It is found in dental crowns made with certain alloys, in makeup including eyeliner, foundation, eye shadow, powders, in wet cement, in many foods, in metal jewelry, in many metal products around the home such as door handles, tools and silverware. Chromates are used to finish leather products and will be found in leather shoes, belts etc. This chemical is also found in concrete, in epoxy hardeners and, clay, loam and ash. Eczema from chromates is often exacerbated on the face and in areas that may come in contact with any of the above chromate-containing items.
4. Lanolin: Lanolin is from sheep’s wool. The allergenic component of lanolin is the wool wax alcohols. Lanolin is found in Aquaphor®, in topical prescription drugs, in many personal care products such as condoms, lipsticks and lip balms, diaper rash products, and in nursing products. Allergy to lanolin may manifest anywhere the product that contains it is applied.
5. Tixocortol-21 Pivalate: This is the chemical that dermatologists use to patch test with to determine if you are allergic to hydrocortisone. If you are allergic to hydrocortisone, you may find that your eczema will respond to treatment with hydrocortisone, but may recur quickly thereafter and may be even worse.
6. Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives: Formaldehyde releasers are chemicals that are used as preservatives in baby products, in cosmetics, hair care products and in many personal care products. These chemicals can also be used to finish fabrics. These chemicals actually release formaldehyde as a degradation product and may be carcinogenic.
7. Cocamindopropyl Betaine: Found in soaps, shampoos, conditioners, baby products and many personal care products. Can manifest as worsening of your eczema anywhere on the body, and can be seen as a rash around the hairline, on the upper posterior neck and behind the ears
8. Myroxylon Pereriea: This substance is used as a fragrance, a bactericide, a flavorant. The chemicals eugenol, cinnamates, vanillin and benzoic acid are found in Balsam of Peru and will cross react with it. This means that if you are allergic to one of them, you will likely be allergic to the others as well. These chemicals are also found in essential oils.
Learning what causes your skin to itch and what causes your immune system to trigger inflammation will give you the upper hand in helping to control your eczema. You can take preventive measures to avoid contact with certain substances and thus reduce the number of flare-ups.
What Does Work?
TrueLipids Products: You’ll find the TrueLipids formulas to be free of over 88 harmful toxins and allergens. They are 100% hypoallergenic, making them perfect for every skin type. These products has been formulated with the healing properties of ceramides, very long chain fatty acids, phytosphingosine, niacinamide, glycyrrhetinic acid and gluconolactone all in one formulation. TrueLipids patent pending blend of essential skin lipids replenishes your skin barrier to help it to stay and become youthful, smooth, and soft.
Below are some results from using TrueLipids Ultimate Eczema Kit, which includes products that address eczema and its variety of problems.
Please be sure to talk to your physician or health care professional about your condition and how best to manage your symptoms. Keeping a personal journal will help you to identify your eczema triggers, so that you can avoid them in the future and manage your eczema more sufficiently.