Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers: what is dermatitis?

Occasionally, you may experience patches of dry, flaky or irritated skin without knowing what is causing it. While this irritation may be caused by certain products, ingredients or allergic reactions, it may also be a sign of a bigger issue known as dermatitis. In this post, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains what dermatitis is and how you can deal with the symptoms.

Dermatitis is a broad term that refers to skin inflammation, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dermatitis refers to skin inflammation that causes red, dry, itchy and flaky skin and can refer to a broad range of issues. Some individuals experience dermatitis that is caused by allergic reactions while others experience dermatitis caused by skin conditions.

One of the most common types of this condition is atopic dermatitis or eczema. This condition causes skin to become red and itchy and in severe cases it can cause blisters. Other issues such as asthma, allergies and stress can cause eczema to worsen.

Another common type of dermatitis occurs when an individual comes into contact with plants such as poison ivy. The contact causes an itchy rash that can spread and worsen as the individual continues to itch. Contact with certain fragrances, dyes and other harsh ingredients can also cause dermatitis in those with sensitive skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends FixMySkin balms to deal with dermatitis.

FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented contains 1% hydrocortisone, a topical steroid that helps heal the skin. This ingredient relieves itching, flaking, redness and irritation caused by conditions such as atopic dermatitis. The balm also helps soften and smooth skin on the hands, feet, body and face.

You can also apply PCA SKIN Apres Peel Soothing Balm pHaze 11 (0.5 Hydrocortisone), a moisturizing cream that helps heal damaged skin.

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Posted Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Filed Under Category: Dermatology
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