If you’re noticing itchy, red bumps appearing on your body, you may be suffering from follicular eczema. This is a common skin condition characterized by numerous small bumps coinciding with the hair follicles on your skin.
In this post, we’ll describe some of the symptoms and causes of follicular eczema, and give you some suggestions on how you can manage triggers to control flare-ups.
Please keep in mind that although these 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 does Follicular Eczema Look Like?
Follicular eczema describes a type of dermatitis that occurs inside the hair follicle. It causes the affected skin to thicken and tends to look quite similar to goosebumps that won’t go away. Hair in the affected area may also stand on end. This chronic skin condition is further characterized by inflammation which can cause the skin to swell, itch, and appear red and warm. It is most likely to appear on the back, upper arms and thighs, but it can appear anywhere on the body.
Other symptoms include:
- Intense itching
- Cracked, dry or scaly skin
- Crusty or weepy sores
Follicle Eczema Causes
Unfortunately, the exact cause of follicle eczema is unknown. That being said, genetics tend to play an important part in determining who gets this skin disorder. Women also tend to have higher rates of this condition. Those who have asthma and hay fever are more prone to contacting follicular eczema as well.
Finally, as with all types of eczema, certain environmental factors, such as airborne allergens, common household products, and chemical or fabric irritants, can also trigger follicular eczema. It can also be caused by stress, poor diet, and extreme weather conditions.
Natural Treatments for Follicular Eczema
The key to managing your eczema is identifying your triggers and learning to manage them. Fortunately, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to soothe irritated symptoms and avoid flare-ups.
We highly suggest you wear protective clothing such as those from Remedywear line. All clothing is hypoallergenic and is composed of TENCEL with anti-inflammatory zinc. Some pieces that can help treat follicular eczema are:
When washing, make sure you use a gentle, natural soap as opposed to a scented soap that is full of chemicals. A great rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce the names of the ingredients, they probably aren’t good for you!
We recommend this 20% Pine Tar Soap because it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It helps soothe itching and heals the skin by reducing inflammation.
This Grass Fed Tallow Soap is as natural as can be and made the old fashioned way with lye, water and grass fed tallow. Not only is it great for soothing sensitive or irritated skin, but it makes a wonderful addition to your paleo skincare routine.
A great alternative to taking a bleach bath is soothing your skin in a Conqueror Oatmeal Bath instead. Free from parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, this natural eczema soak detoxifies, hydrates, and provides regenerative benefits for sensitive, dry skin. Be sure to take shorter showers or baths using warm water (rather than hot) and gently pat your skin dry instead of wiping it with a towel.
Finally, whenever your skin comes into contact with water, don’t forget to moisturize afterwards! Conqueror's Soothing Dry Skin Balm is a 15-in-1 formula made with ingredients that were hand-picked for their soothing abilities. It’s sure to provide long-lasting relief and hydration to inflamed skin. And as always this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is the perfect natural treatment for reducing inflammation and eliminating bacteria.
For another excellent itchy skin relief, try our Grass Fed Tallow Balm. One of the world’s earliest forms of skincare, it’s extremely nourishing for sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
Stress should also be avoided as much as possible. To learn how to better manage your stress, check out our post Eczema and Stress: How to Break the Cycle.
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.