Our skin provides us with a virtually impenetrable barrier to the physical and chemical elements around us. The skin protects us from infection and dehydration. Thanks to the circulatory system running through it, the deepest layers of our skin bring moisture to the skin’s surface based on the quality of water, the food we digest, and additional food supplements we take.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic-relapsing inflammatory skin condition. It is a cutaneous immune defect that disrupts the skin barrier, thereby increasing an individual’s susceptibility to infection with bacteria, fungi and viruses. While there is no cure, eczema can be managed with medical treatment, by avoiding irritants and moisturising the skin. Managing the triggers is important and this includes the right gentle chemical-free daily skincare.
Keeping itching under control is a top priority of any eczema treatment. The first symptom of an eczema outbreak is normally an itch, which results in scratching. The scratching stimulates nerve endings in the skin and causes inflammation in the area, which turns into a visible rash and triggers further itching. Controlling the itch is a key to controlling eczema outbreaks.
An important reason to keep the itching under control is that subsequent scratching can cause excessive damage and to prevent eczema rashes from becoming infected is a real challenge. Bacteria can enter the skin through scratches and other open areas.
One of the frustrations about eczema (and adult eczema in particular) is that it’s usually on the face and neck. The skin on the face is thinner than elsewhere on the body, so it’s more sensitive. Facial eczema can be triggered by using cosmetics or skin care products containing irritating ingredients and it’s frequently found on the eyelids, where it can cause red, flaky, swollen upper and even lower eyelids. It can also develop around the mouth.
However, the face is not the only area that can be affected. Eczema patches on the body can become thick and discoloured, especially after weeks to months of scratching, and they can develop scabs. And, because eczema makes your skin more fragile, you might be more vulnerable to other types of dermatitis. Hands are particularly at risk for eczema because they are exposed to many allergic and irritant triggers; the more hand-washing you do, the weaker your protective skin barrier can become.
The answer is to find the right gentle chemical-free daily skincare suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Less is more and the goal is to prevent itching, inflammation and infection.
Tribe skincare products are based on crocodile oil which is obtained from the fat of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) native to Africa. Combining the healing benefits of pure Nile Crocodile Oil with other high-performing natural ingredients, Tribe versatile skincare product range offers authentic solutions to various skin issues and conditions, including dermatitis (eczema), acne, razor burn and bumps, bed sores, discoloration and pigmentation of the skin (brown spots, freckles and menopausal darkening), burns, dryness and flakiness of the skin, paronychia (bar rot), nappy rash, abrasions, scrapes and fungal infections (e.g. athlete’s foot), itchy scalp, psoriasis, sunburn, allergic skin symptoms, blisters, insect bites, thrush, warts and ulcers.
Nile Crocodiles are monogastric animals and therefore their diet strongly influences the fatty acid composition of the fat, mainly saturated and unsaturated fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9, omega 7, palmitic, myristic and stearic acids) that individually shown to possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that crocodile oil has the same composition as human skin oil and therefore crocodile oil will rarely be allergenic when applied to human skin. Tribe skincare products are 100% free from sulphates, silicon, parabens, synthetic fragrances and artificial colorants.
Even after landing on the right treatment, flare ups can still occur, so it’s important to manage triggers. If you’re intrigued with Tribe skincare products, but wonder if your skin will love it, please feel free to order 10ml sample of Tribe Crocodile Oil Balm High Concentrate (postage fee applies) to do a topical patch-test on your inner arm.