Eczema Myths vs. Facts: What You Need to Know!

Eczema, a complex skin condition, is often surrounded by a myriad of myths that can mislead and confuse those trying to manage it effectively. This blog aims to debunk some common myths about eczema and provide evidence-based information to help you make informed decisions about skin health.

Myth 1: Steroids are the Only Effective Treatment for Eczema

Fact: While steroids can reduce inflammation and are commonly prescribed for eczema, they don't promote healing of the underlying skin barrier. Overuse can lead to side effects, such as thinning skin and withdrawal symptoms. It's important to consider steroid-free alternatives that focus on repairing and strengthening the skin barrier for long-term management (Source: DermNet NZ).

Myth 2: Keeping My Skin Moisturized is Enough

Fact: Not all moisturisers are created equal, especially for eczema-prone skin. Eczema compromises the skin’s ability to retain water, so merely applying more moisturiser isn't always effective. (Source: Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research). Look for products that support the skin's barrier function and prevent moisture loss, rather than just providing temporary relief. For instance, Curezma Intensive Ointment is clinically proven to reduce transepidermal water loss and retains moisture for 100 hour

Myth 3: Eczema is Always Hereditary

Fact: While genetics can play a significant role in the development of eczema, it's not exclusively passed down from parents to children. Environmental factors, allergens, and lifestyle choices also significantly influence the occurrence and severity of eczema (Source: Nature Genetics).

Myth 4: Swimming Pools are Off-Limits for People with Eczema

Fact: Contrary to the belief that chlorine worsens eczema, swimming in chlorinated pools can be beneficial, similar to bleach baths, as it helps manage bacteria on the skin (Source: National Eczema Association). We recommend a shower immediately and applying the Curezma regime after swimming to protect the skin. For any flare ups, we recommend keeping a bottle of Curezma Anti-Flare Oil handy.

Myth 5: Eczema Can Be Cured by Diet Alone

Fact: While diet can impact eczema, it's not a cure-all. Certain foods may trigger flare-ups in some individuals, but eliminating eczema requires a comprehensive approach that includes but is not limited to repairing the skin barrier, managing environmental factors (Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology).

Eczema management requires understanding and addressing both myths and facts. Empowering yourself with accurate information and supportive care, including exploring advanced, scientifically backed solutions like those offered by Curezma, can significantly improve quality of life.

Sources Cited:
  1. DermNet NZ - Topical Steroid:  

  2. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2018 May - Significance of Skin Barrier Dysfunction in Atopic Dermatitis 

  3. Nature Genetics - Genetic Factors in Eczema: 

  4. National Eczema Association - Eczema and Bathing. 

  5. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology - Eczema and Diet.