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Eczema is found to be an immune-driven disease.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, discovered atopic dermatitis (eczema) to be an immune-driven disease at the molecular level. Only revealed in 2014, this research offers an upgrade to the understanding and treatment associated with healing from eczema.  

Eczema is now classified similar to Psoriasis, in that the body’s immune system aims to attack invading viruses, but instead mistakenly attacks bodily tissues, such as the skin. This inflammatory and incredibly itchy condition can cover much of the body in lesions, leaving it susceptible to infection. What was once suggested to be a genetic and environmental condition, has now been reclassified. 

Link to Mount Sinai Research

Immune-Driven Skin Problem

With Mount Sinai’s recent research development on the cause of eczema, where part of the body’s immune system has become overactive and attacks normal tissues in the body, it will not help you to simply buy skincare products and hope to heal your eczema.

To truly heal eczema, consult with your doctor knowing that your treatment must be three-fold, in line with the following pillars:

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Natural At-Home Treatment Options:

  • The key to eczema management is to stay ahead of the dryness. Using moisturizers, pure castor or coconut oil, and moisture-rich natural soaps help to lock-in moisture.
  • Note that traditional pharmaceutical lotions list water as one of the first ingredients – you want to avoid this, as water will draw the moisture out of your skin, rather than the goal of replacing it. 
  • Submerging in a lukewarm bath once daily with moisturizing oils and natural soaps may help the skin to maintain its moisture. 
  • Consider tracking food to understand if something eaten creates a trigger for inflammation.
  •  A toner of diluted apple cider vinegar and water can help to balance the skin’s pH and assist in eczema treatment.
  • For dry itchy, scaling, rough skin, consider colloidal oatmeal. A paste applied to skin, can reduce irritation. Adding a hint of coconut oil is never a bad idea to help lock in moisture.