What is Eczema?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition characterized by itch and irritated patches of skin that primarily affects children but also affects many adults all over the world.
Particularly in Singapore, the incidence of eczema is one of the highest in the world and it is the most common skin disease treated at the National Skin Centre (NSC) for three consecutive years, according to a report by Channel News Asia.
Itchy, dry, sensitive and inflamed skin – these are one of the most common symptoms of eczema. It can flare up, then fade away, only to flare up again.
Eczema can appear anywhere, although it most commonly affects the arms, inner elbows, backs of the knees, and head (particularly the cheeks and the scalp). It is not contagious and, in some cases, gets milder with age (https://www.healthline.com/health/eczema).
Other signs and symptoms include:
- Discoloration or redness
- Crusty patches
- Deep cracks or cuts from extreme dryness
Healing Eczema Using Natural Skincare Ingredients
Jessica Wu, MD, a Los Angeles–based dermatologist in private practice and author of Feed Your Face: Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days explains that, “The first symptom of an eczema outbreak may be an itch, which a patient scratches. 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 key to controlling eczema outbreaks.”
People with Eczema have sensitive skin and understand how easily their skin may be irritated, and products containing chemicals and other toxic components can leave the skin feeling dry, red, and irritable. As such, they tend to gravitate toward natural alternatives that tend to be gentler to the skin, whether it is to target spots, wrinkles, pigmentations or simply cleansing
Mugwort: A Healing Herb for Eczema & Sensitive Skin & Scalp
Mugwort is recognized as a healing herb in Korea due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and skin-protective characteristics.
Mugwort efficiently treats dry, irritated skin and scalp due to its calming, anti-inflammatory characteristics. Dermatologist Rachel Nazarian of New York City believes it’s even effective for skin diseases including eczema and psoriasis. To be more specific, she mentions vitamin E as a component of mugwort, which aids in the retention of moisture in the skin. Mugwort can also “relieve redness on skin,” she adds.
To add on, mugwort also contains antioxidants, which works as a skin barrier. This barrier can protect our skin from damaging UV rays. Another interesting fact is that mugwort can stimulate our skin to manufacture collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As a result of this treatment, the skin feels smoother and more vibrant.
Incorporating Mugwort into your Skincare & Hair Care Routine
Our Mugwort Classic Collection is infused with 100% natural mugwort herbs grown in Yuan Farm in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan – a type of herb that is traditionally valued by Asians for its medicinal properties and is known to relieve it.
Natural handmade soaps and shampoos are often packed with oils from plants and not synthetic ingredients. Furthermore, they might contain more gentle ingredients such as herbs like mugwort which is suitable for eczema and sensitive skin and scalp.
For those with sensitive skin and scalp, it is important to wash with care because products containing toxic ingredients can cause an allergic reaction or over-drying. Skincare and hair care should be used to keep the skin and scalp well-nourished and moisturised.
Free of artificial preservative, colouring and fragrance, Yuan Mugwort Classic Soap is a cold-processed bar soap that helps to relieve eczema, acne, fungal infections and itch on the face and body.
Yuan Mugwort Classic Shampoo is formulated to nourish, repair, and rejuvenate the scalp using 100% natural oriental herb extracts grown in Yuan Farm in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan. The shampoo is also watery in texture as it is free of artificial foaming agent and thickener.
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