Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that affects roughly 10% of the worldwide population. A chronic condition, it typically develops during childhood, although it’s possible that adults may develop it as well. In this post, we’ll describe the healing stages of eczema so that you know what to expect when treating this condition.
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.
Eczema Symptoms and Flare-Ups
Eczema is characterized by red, rough, and incredibly itchy skin that results because of a damaged skin barrier. The skin barrier’s inability to retain moisture is what leads to the chronically dry skin. The skin may also appear scaly or flaky. If relentless scratching occurs, the skin may crack or bleed, which can lead to infection. Symptoms may come and go with varying degrees of intensity. This means that there may be times when your eczema is barely noticeable and others where you’re experiencing severe flare-ups.
Will My Eczema Go Away?
Eczema is a life-long condition for which there is currently no cure. That being said, there are ways to manage and treat symptoms so that life is more comfortable. One of the best ways to do this is by avoiding the many triggers that can lead to flare-ups. Another thing to note is that age may have an effect.
For many, symptoms subside as they grow older. So if you develop eczema as an infant or child, it’s possible that your symptoms may improve and flare-ups may be less frequent as you age.
How Long Do Flare-ups Last?
If you’re wondering when your eczema flare-up will subside, the truth is that it’s different for everyone as each person is unique. That being said, your eczema healing time depends on the underlying cause. For example, if your eczema is triggered because of direct contact with a certain substance in the environment, you can expect the rash to disappear within a few weeks of treatment.
Common triggers include fragrances, animal dander, dust mites, cosmetics, and pollen. An allergic trigger, on the other hand, may result in a longer flare-up.
Healing Stages of Eczema
There is no set timeline for eczema healing and the progression of eczema through the various stages isn’t always linear. For example, the same rash may cycle through the same stage over and over again.
Acute: This refers to an eczema rash at its beginning phase. You can expect this short-term eczema to last for a few weeks before your skin heals. It typically comes about as a result of the skin coming into contact with an irritating substance. Itchiness is one of the first signs of acute eczema, and is often very intense at the beginning.
Subacute: Consider this the transitional phase between acute and chronic stages. In this stage, itching may be more subdued by a burning or stinging sensation. You may notice that the borders of your rash are not as distinct as they were in the acute stage and that your skin may be more flaky or scaly.
Chronic: These eczema flares are long-lasting and may take three to four months to appear. Symptoms of the chronic stage include thick, leathery looking skin also known as lichenification. Skin may also appear dark or discolored, with more cracks. Itching tends to be intense again.
Moisturize: Use our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream to hydrate even the driest of skin and soothe itchy patches of eczema. Made with just six ingredients - all natural - this nourishing oil-based balm is gentle enough for babies and adults alike.
Oatmeal Bath: Soothe itchy skin by soaking in our Conqueror Oatmeal Bath for Eczema. Made with simple, effective ingredients it helps fight skin sensitivity and reduce visible redness.
Elimination Diet: If you need help identifying your food triggers, try an elimination diet for eczema. This involves removing certain foods from your diet from a set amount of a time (usually a month) and then slowly incorporating them back in to see which caused a reaction.
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.