The specific cause of eczema remains unknown, however it is believed the condition develops due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Pollen is one of the many potential triggers and children are more likely to develop eczema. A 2018 study led by Doctor Donald Leung of the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical campus looked at bacteria-infused creams that counter-acts harmful bacteria in a patient’s skin.
Doctor Leung said: “The beneficial bacteria actually make natural antibiotics that kill staph aureus, the bad bacteria on the skin.
“We know that eczema patients don’t have the good bacteria on their skin that’s needed to kill staph aureus.
“Our research has also shown that their skin immune system is also ineffective at eradicating staph aureus, so there is a double whammy plaguing these patients.”
The study concluded that applying good bacteria to the skin in a cream to eczema patients a healthy bacterial balance will be restored.
Researchers hope that using the microbiome crime will offer a long-term solution where other treatments fail.
Doctor Leung concluded: “In addition to strengthening the skin by using the good bacteria to restore a healthy micro biome, the study could also ultimately help people with antibiotic resistant staph infections such as MRSA who are running out of treatment options.”
Skin microbiome is the community of all the bacteria and other micro-organisms living on the surface of the skin which plays a huge role in soothing the aggravated skin.
The microbe improves the barrier function in the skin in order to seal in moisture and had an ability to keep allergens like pollen out to protect against becoming allergic.
The microbe also improved eczema-like rashes.
Creams that have microbe in them include:
- La Roche-Posay Lipikar balm and intense repair moisturising cream
- Aveeno eczema therapy
- Marie Veronique pre probiotic daily mist
- Laflore probiotic concentrated serum
- Columbia skincare probiotic concentrate
Other treatments of eczema include:
- Aloe vera gel
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Tea tree oil
Soaking in a warm bath/hot shower and then applying moisturiser immediately after will help to calm the symptoms of eczema.
It’s suggested that adding vinegar, salt or baking soda will help the condition even more.
The NHS said: “See your GP if you have symptoms of eczema and your doctor will usually be able to diagnose yourself by looking at your skin.
“Treatment can help to relieve the symptoms and many cases improve over time.”