While follicular eczema/dermatitis is a relatively uncommon type of eczema, its unusual appearance (as far as eczema is concerned) can also resemble other unrelated types of skin conditions and so tends to make itself a widely searched subject.
As the name suggests, follicular eczema is a condition which affects the skin around the hair follicles over the body, however is found mainly loitering around the upper arms, back, and thighs. Like any type of eczema however, this type is no different in its ability to embarrass and shame us into summer hibernation.
Follicular eczema appears as patches of small bumps surrounding the hair follicles and can become red and inflamed. As is tradition with eczema, it also comes with dryness and an itch which means that these bumps can also become easily infected from introducing unwanted bacteria or fungus through that feel-good sport of scratching, forming tiny pimple looking spots all over the skin.
WHO IS PRONE TO FOLLICULAR ECZEMA
If you’re looking for something to blame, then blame genetics because it’s generally accepted to be an inherited condition which can unfortunately cause break-outs over the course of people’s entire lives. That being said, your genes can only be held partially accountable when one’s lifestyle is less than adequate for good health.
Although anyone can have symptoms of follicular eczema, women seem to have higher rates of this condition. But like all individuals with eczema, those with follicular eczema also need to give extra care and attention to maintaining a healthy body.
CONTROLLING FOLLICULAR ECZEMA
Don’t be afraid to eavesdrop in on the conversation that’s happening between your environment and your body. If you’re having a flare-up, then take note of the changes that were made in the lead-up to this happening.
Were you wearing different clothes? Did you use change your washing detergent or soap? Had you eaten different food? Was your stress load increased? Were you exposed to more dust mites or other allergens? Is the season changing? All these factors can potentially contribute to an eczema flare-up and by default, to a follicular eczema flare-up too.
As far as topical products go, there are many natural options being used by eczema sufferers which can help tame the itch and reduce inflammation and infection. While not every natural product is going to work on people the same way, some of the options that have been reported to have helped people include Aloe Vera, Zinc products and Sudocream.