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Eczema triggers

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Eczema is a common dermatological condition characterized by inflammation, redness, or itching of the skin. It often develops into boils or rashes and the itch tends to become worse after scratching. There are several types of eczema, and in many cases the cause is partially or entirely environmental factors. Individuals who are sensitive to allergens are often the ones who experience the most severe symptoms.

Some of the most common eczema triggers include

  • Stress – Although not a direct cause of eczema, stress is known to aggravate the condition
  • Environmental conditions – Cold and dry conditions, or heat and humidity can aggravate eczema
  • Alcohol – According to recent study of Danish adults, consumption of alcoholic beverages can nearly double the risk of atopic eczema, and mothers who consume alcoholic beverages during pregnancy had an increased risk of having a child with atopic dermatitis
  • Injury and illness – Because eczema is associated with inflammation in the skin, injury or other conditions causing inflammation can aggravate symptoms
  • Contact allergens – Topical medications, lotions, cosmetics, jewelry, household cleaners, and other objects and substances that contact the skin can result in an allergic reaction known as contact dermatitis, which is another form of eczema
Shade out wrinkles

Sunglasses are an ever-popular summer fashion accessory, and they are often worn to protect the eyes. However, you may not be aware that they have an additional benefit of slowing wrinkles. Sunglasses perform two important functions for protection of the skin. The first is shading your eyes from the bright light, which prevents the squinting that can lead to crow’s feet. The second, and most important, benefit of sunglasses is UV protection.

The fragile skin around your eyes and is especially susceptible to damage from UV rays, which can lead to wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Even more importantly, this UV exposure increases your risk of skin cancer.

Although you may assume that dark or reflective lenses would provide the greatest protection, that is not always the case. When choosing sunglasses, be sure to look for a label stating that they offer UV protection. It is important to remember that wearing sunglasses does not reduce the need for sunscreen in the eye area.
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