Redness, itchiness and dry skin are some of the most common symptoms of eczema. But, for some with more severe eczema, it can get even worse, with the development of acute lesions filled with fluid that then weep when scratched. Using regular skincare on such painful, blister-like lesions can cause further irritation.
What are eczematous lesions?
These blisters, or "vesiculobullous eruptions", to give them their official name, are small sacs filled with clear - sometimes yellowish - liquid that often develop over the top of red, inflamed skin. These lesions are not present in all forms of eczema, but are most commonly associated with dyshidrotic eczema, allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. They often cause extreme itching and, when scratched or opened, become even more painful and risk infection. The most common parts of the body where lesions develop are the sides of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of the feet.
What skincare should you apply to help heal eczema lesions after it has begun to heal?
Once your lesion starts healing, it's important to reduce itching and prevent potential scarring. Many skincare products contain fragrances and other ingredients that can sting and exacerbate the sensitive skin of an eczema sufferer, so it's important to carefully choose products formulated for eczema prone skin. Once the lesion has begun to heal, look for a pH-neutral topical ointment such as La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5, specifically created for sensitive skin after irritative dermatitis and epidermic alterations. The itching feeling is soothed, and the balm also works on helping the skin heal itself by repairing its protective barrier. Apply twice daily to clean and dry skin. As with any skin condition, your first step should always be to visit a qualified dermatologist who will be able to diagnose exactly what type of eczema you have, and thereby the best treatment.