Can eczema cause wrinkles? Both eczema and wrinkles have the power to change the way your skin looks and feels. In addition, they both result from dryness. However, it’s incorrect to assume that the chronically dry skin of eczema causes wrinkles. In truth, eczema only highlights wrinkles. Read on as we explore the relationship between eczema and wrinkles in more detail.
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that results from a damaged skin barrier. This damaged skin barrier has trouble retaining moisture which leads to chronically dry skin. A common condition, it affects roughly 10-20% of the population. It’s characterized by rough patches of red, itchy, and raised rashes. Scratching can cause symptoms to worsen, and potentially lead to infection, especially if the skin cracks or bleeds.
While researchers aren’t sure of the exact cause, it’s believed to be linked to hereditary and environmental factors. This is why common triggers include stress, pet fur, certain fabrics (such as wool, polyester and nylon), changes in temperature, sweat, and chemicals or toxins found in beauty and household products.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Many people have a fear of developing wrinkles. The amount of wrinkles you will develop is actually genetic but there are ways to prevent signs of premature aging and decrease the impact of your intrinsic wrinkles.
One way is to avoid damage caused by the sun as sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles. In addition to staying in shady areas, wearing a lotion of SPF of 30 or above can help with exposure.
Other activities that can contribute to dehydrating and damaging the skin over time include smoking and drinking excessively. Using harsh products can also have a damaging effect. A way to avoid this is by adding an oil-based cleanser to your skincare routine. This will help remove makeup without depriving your skin of its natural, protective oils.
Wrinkles and Eczema: Are They Connected?
As mentioned above, eczema does not cause wrinkles. However, it does accentuate the lines that already exist. As eczema involves dry, flaky skin, lines caused from dehydration will appear deep, even if they are only minor.
In addition, those with eczema have extra sensitive skin. Ingredients such as retinoids or glycolic acids should be avoided in any anti-aging routine as they can draw attention to the inflamed patches by making the areas not affected by eczema to appear brighter and smoother in comparison.
Treat Eczema Naturally: Tips for Smoother Looking Skin
While there is no cure for eczema, there are fortunately ways you can manage and control your symptoms to protect your skin and prevent flare ups. You can start by making changes to your daily skincare routine.
We are strong believers that natural products make for happier and healthier looking skin. That's why we recommend this Calendula Facial Cream. Containing high concentrations of calendula resins, this soothing cream helps reduce itching, minimizes scars, and even aids in wound healing. MSM helps with skin-repair and reduces hyper-pigmentation while helping moisture deeply penetrate the skin. Finally, DMAE is not only anti-inflammatory, but it provides skin firming and anti-aging benefits as well!
When showering, we recommend taking shorter showers and using lukewarm water instead of hot. Wash with a natural soap such as this Grass Fed Tallow Soap. Not only is it nourishing and moisturizing, but it’s perfect for those with eczema or sensitive skin. When finished, pat dry with a towel to avoid rubbing or scratching your skin. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizing cream to hydrate your skin and combat the dehydrating effects of water when you're finished.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.