Eczema scars are the silent legacy of a bad eczema flare-up and can be very frustrating to treat. In this blog article, we will go over some of the most effective preventive measures and treatments for eczema scars that are currently available.
You can’t have eczema scars without experiencing eczema. Eczema is an uncomfortable skin condition that can cause scarring. Symptoms include dry, itchy, scaly patches of skin, in addition to rashes and in some cases blisters or skin infections. The main symptom is itchy skin. There are various types of eczema. These can include, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis. Finally, there’s stasis dermatitis.
Scars start to form when the skin is damaged and the cells that make up the skin (called keratinocytes) die. The body’s natural healing process begins and starts to produce new cells to replace those that died. This can take time, and during this process, scar tissue forms in the damaged areas.
When does eczema leave scars?
Eczema scars are common in people with eczema. Eczema causes the skin to become dry and cracked, which may lead to bleeding or even an infection of the skin. Scars are more likely to form if eczema has been present for more than six months and is difficult to keep hydrated.
There are a number of factors that play into how much someone may scar as a result of eczema. These factors include age, skin type, and severity of eczema. For example, children who develop eczema may not scar as severely as adults with the condition.
The more severe the eczema is, the more likely there will be a scar after it has healed. It is important to try to keep eczema hydrated, soothed, and away from any irritants. Knowing what triggers your eczema flare-ups and what prevents or soothes your eczema is vital to avoiding long-lasting scars.
Eczema on the face is especially prone to cause scars because the skin on our face is delicate and moves often. Most people who experience facial eczema feel insecure about how it loos and try to cover their eczema with makeup.
Makeup can be very drying on the skin and can irritate facial eczema and cause it to become more inflamed. We recommend wearing as little makeup as possible and applying an eczema-safe primer, like the Multi-Purpose Ointment, to act as a hydrating protective barrier between your skin and the makeup.
Can eczema scars be prevented?
The most effective way to avoid eczema flares that lead to scarring is to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized by using a gentle, fragrance-free, soap-free moisturizer like Waxelene’s Multi-Purpose Ointment on affected areas. This will prevent your skin from becoming cracked and potentially infected.
If you already have a scar from your eczema then there are things you can do to help fade it – these include using a gentle soap instead of regular soap, wearing loose clothing rather than tight clothing, and applying a hydrating moisturizer regularly.
An eczema scar is less likely to occur if eczema is treated in its early stages – with topical creams and lotions. We recommend moisturizing whenever your skin feels dry throughout the day and lathering on a thicker layer of moisturizer after a shower or bath, your skin will absorb more of the hydrating benefits of the moisturizer.
Should certain scarring be seen by a doctor?
It is not necessary to see a doctor for most types of scarring, including eczema scars. However, if the scarring causes any uncomfortable or strange symptoms such as persistent itchiness, pain, bleeding, bumps, or changes in skin pigmentation then you should either see a doctor or visit an emergency room.
Doctors and dermatologists can diagnose the type of eczema and recommend treatment options such as medication or topical treatments such as corticosteroids creams or ointments. Once you have more information on the type of eczema you have the better you are at recognizing triggers and irritants.
How do you heal eczema scars?
Treating scars from eczema can be done in a number of ways, from using natural products or even skin laser treatments. It is best to consult with a dermatologist to find out which technique would work best for you, your skin type, and your eczema.
The most important thing about treating scars from eczema is that it should be done as soon as possible in order to prevent the formation of more scar tissue and make sure the process goes smoothly. The more scar tissue that has formed the harder it will be to treat.
Natural treatment – These include vitamin supplements, moisturizers, and other topical products that can be applied to the skin. These products can help hydrate your skin and reduce scarring during treatment for eczema.
Chemical treatment – When necessary, the doctor would prescribe a topical steroid cream that would need to be applied at least twice a day for at least three months in order for the skin to heal deeply enough so it would not scar as much.
Surgical treatment – This may be used in cases where there are large areas of skin affected by eczema and scar tissue, or if the patient cannot comply with the instructions for using topical steroids and opts for surgical treatment instead.
Laser treatment – As an alternative, laser treatment may also be used as a form of surgery that targets and removes scar tissue from the affected area. It is much less invasive than other forms of surgery and usually requires less recovery time, making it a popular treatment for removing scarring.
Are there natural remedies that exist?
Skincare products, like Waxelene’s Multi-Purpose Ointment, containing ingredients from organic sources have been found to be more effective in the treatment of eczema scars because they have a lower chance of irritating or sensitizing the skin.
Organic moisturizers usually contain natural oils, such as Vitamin E oil and rosemary oil, which are also recommended for their anti-inflammatory properties. These organic oils are absorbed by the skin and can help to soothe and hydrate eczema.
There are a number of treatments for eczema scars on the market. Some people find success with organic products while others find that using a combination of methods works best for them. It is important to experiment with different methods to see which one works best for your skin type and scarring needs.
How does your diet impact your eczema?
You may not understand what an important role your gut health plays in the health of your skin. When your skin is inflamed or irritated it can be your body’s way of communicating what your gut needs. Looking after your gut health is an important part of managing your eczema.
Eczema flare-ups can be triggered by your diet. Common dietary triggers include dairy products, saturated fats, refined sugars, and any foods that disrupt your body’s natural hormonal balance. If you are experiencing eczema for the first time, we recommend eliminating all potential triggers from your diet for two weeks and then slowly reintroducing them to record how your body reacts.
Drinking enough water is an important part of maintaining your overall health, so it is probably no surprise that drinking enough water is vital for your gut health and your skin health too. The exact right amount of water can differ from person to person, but drinking at least 8 oz glasses of water is a good rule of thumb.
Treating your eczema correctly is the best way to prevent eczema scars. Apply moisturizer often on the affected areas of the skin, opt for skincare products that are free of fragrances and chemicals, pay attention to the food you are consuming and avoid food that is known to worsen the symptoms of your eczema.
Just remember that eczema scars are not something to be ashamed of. They can be left untreated and not bother you at all. Feeling confident and loving yourself is what real beauty looks and feels like!