Top 10 Gifts NOT To Give Someone With Sensitive Skin

The No-Go Gift Guide For Your most “Sensitive” Friends Choosing a gift can be fun ‚ÄĒ who hasn’t smiled instantly at finding the perfect gift for someone they love? But shopping for people with very sensitive or allergic skin¬†can be difficult. What was a thoughtful gesture¬†can morph¬†into the cause of an angry rash or trigger …

Top Recommendations for Patients With Eczema

Eczema is characterized by¬†inflammation, barrier defect, blistering, itching,¬†and very dry skin. Eczematous skin can¬†get so dry that it cracks…and then microbial infection can become an additional problem. What to do to keep skin with¬†eczema smooth, happy, and healthy…and steroid free? Let’s start with what not to do. What To Avoid: Harsh soaps; Hot water; Frequent …

Eczema Flare-Up? Here's What To Do…

If you’re noticing a flare coming, try staving it off with a steroid-free soothing balm or anti-inflammatory balm. If you experience a flare-up, follow what your doctor prescribes. First, practice mindfulness. Eczema is an inflammatory condition. Panic and stress can¬†fuel inflammation. Make your first action to practice your calming techniques such as meditation and breathing …

What Causes Eczema?

Eczema¬†causes include… a. Contact dermatitis From… Allergens in skincare and makeup; Clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, accessories; Phone and computer¬†materials and protective cases; Flowers, plants, and fruits; Insecticides, dishwashing liquids, laundry detergents, house cleaning solutions; Airborne allergens from perfumes, room sprays, even vaping. There are many more common contact allergens than you might think. This is why …

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is… …not any “sensitive skin.” Eczema is a general term for atopic dermatitis, which is the inflammation in¬†the upper dermis of the skin. This inflammation brings about¬†“edema,” which is swelling from fluid retention. The fluid then moves upwards to the epidermis (the skin‚Äôs topmost layer), collects in between cells, and eventually becomes fluid-filled “bubbles” …

How Is "pH" A "Thing" In Skincare, And Can It Help Eczema?

Marcie Mom from EczemaBlues.com interviews Laura, CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics, to find out more about product¬†claims and why they’re important when choosing your skin care…particularly if you or your child have eczema. pH Q: Is pH important in skincare for eczema? What does it mean if something says that it is “pH-balanced?” A:¬†pH-balanced¬†is an interesting …

Are "Non-Drying" Products Important If I Have Eczema?

Marcie Mom from EczemaBlues.com interviews Laura, CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics, to find out more about product¬†claims and why they’re important when choosing your skin care…particularly if you or your child have eczema. Non-Drying Q:¬†What does “Non-Drying” mean, and is it important in products for the management of eczema? A:¬†Non-drying should mean just that: will not …

Is "Non-Comedogenic" Important for Eczema?

Marcie Mom from EczemaBlues.com interviews Laura, CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics, to find out more about product¬†claims and why they’re important when choosing your skin care…particularly if you or your child have eczema. Non-Comedogenic Q: I noticed that your products are listed as¬†‚Äėnon-comedogenic.’¬†Can you explain what this means? A:¬†Non-comedogenic¬†means that a formulation will not clog pores,¬†which …

On Contact Dermatitis, Sensitive Skin, and Patch Testing: Interview with an Expert

Is a rash a skin allergy or an irritation? What is a patch test and why would¬†I need one? How can I prevent rashes? To¬†get clarity, we¬†spoke to¬†Jenny Murase,¬†Chair of the CAMP Optimization Task Force of the¬†American Contact Dermatitis Society,¬†Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and¬†Director of the Patch Test Clinic at the Palo Alto Foundation …