At Sarna, we’re very proud of the fact that our Sensitive Anti-Itch lotion product has been approved by the National Eczema Association (NEA). This is not an award that’s given out to just anyone, as any product needs to go through rigorous medical testing in order to be endorsed and this popular anti-itch moisturizer certainly made the grade.
In order to meet the NEA’s strict clinical standards, our sensitive lotion had to demonstrate that it contains only approved ingredients. As well as being steroid-free, our sensitive lotion is also paraben-free, dye free and fragrance free, meaning that application doesn’t result in those irritating eczema flare-ups. Instead, all that you’re left with is comfortable and moisturized skin.
Perhaps it is no wonder then that the lotion – that contains 1% pramoxine hydrochloride – is both dermatologist recommended and the number one product of its type on the market. With a safe and effective formulation that’s ideal for daily use, it makes it that much easier to live with the often debilitating condition that is eczema.
In the words of our Vice President, Steve Gallopo, in July of 2020 when the approval was made official, “We have long been aware that steroid treatments can become problematic if used for long durations. Eczema is a chronic condition that warrants long-term therapy. With the NEA’s Seal of Acceptance™, Sarna Sensitive Lotion users can rest assured they are purchasing a quality product that is supported by this highly-regarded and independent organization.”
A Little Bit About the NEA’s Seal of Acceptance™
The National Eczema Association was founded back in 1988 and it’s the largest non-profit patient advocacy body in the United States of America for people suffering with eczema. Their sole aim is to help to improve both the health and quality of life of those living with eczema. They do this by providing education and support, as well as by conducting research into the condition.
Their Seal of Acceptance™ Award is there to recognize products suitable for use for those with sensitive skin or eczema. It’s a seal of approval that tells those suffering with severe sensitive conditions and eczema that the product has satisfied all their criteria and is therefore one of the gentlest creams available. Elements covered include testing data relating to toxicity, safety and formulation.
Far from being a marketing move, this seal of approval shows that Sarna Sensitive is a safe and reliable choice for eczema sufferers. Peace of mind indeed for anyone wanting to improve their own eczema to know that there is a solution available that’s endorsed by the primary body in the field.
The NEA’s Recommendations for Treating Eczema
Treating eczema on face areas or anywhere else on the body is something that needs to be approached with great care. The condition that affects over 15 million Americans often begins in early childhood, but it can show its face at any point during your life. By far the most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, which can also be hereditary.
Eczema can be classed as an inflammatory condition and is associated with other immune-related conditions like asthma and seasonal allergies. It’s initially characterized by dry skin, which then develops into eczema as it becomes redder and sorer.
Protect Yourself During Dry or Cold Weather
The telltale dry and brittle skin that comes with eczema can be made to flare up and become inflamed when dry or cold weather hits. This can make the sufferer feel like their skin is tight and rough, which is why it’s so crucial to keep skin that’s prone to eczema moisturized during these spells.
Sarna Sensitive lotion is ideal for this purpose and will keep your skin moist and supple without irritating it or blocking your pores.
Watch Out for Certain Fabrics
In some instances, people often find that other factors like the clothes they wear can have an adverse effect on eczema. Any scratchy or wooly clothing can cause an issue, particularly if there are any fragrances or cleaning products that aren’t eczema-friendly in the fibers.
The NEA’s advice for clothing is to avoid wearing any non-breathable fabrics or any materials that might cause friction or sweating. Natural fabrics are preferred in this situation, as synthetic materials like polyester can cause problems.
Exercising is OK If…
Some people also find that sweating can cause an eczema flare up, which beggars the question – is it ok to exercise if you’re likely to sweat as a result? Of course, exercise is an important part of staying healthy and the good news is that eczema shouldn’t stop you from being active and getting all of those health benefits that come with it.
You can get around the problem if you use a barrier cream before you begin exercising. It will allow you to minimize any problems relating to irritation that result in sweating.
Take Care When Going Out into the Sun
When looking for how to relieve eczema itching, some people actually seek out the sun, as direct sunlight is known to help with the issue. Phototherapy is used in the medical industry in this way, with narrowband light employed to reduce the symptoms and clear up the inflammation.
There are a small number of people whose eczema is made worse by the sun, but even those that don’t have this problem need to be wary of sweating and overheating caused by being in the sun. Medically speaking, you shouldn’t stay out in it too long though, so you should limit your time in it and use a sensitive skin sunscreen to protect yourself.
Try & Control Your Itching
Ask anyone who has or has ever had eczema or dry skin and they’ll tell you that itching can be a real problem and when it’s allowed to persist, it can aggravate the condition badly. The best way to curb this impulse is to use Sarna Sensitive lotion as part of a gentle daily skin care routine.
The fact that it’s free of additives, perfumes and emollients make it ideal for this purpose and the topical anesthetic (pramoxine) it contains will temporarily put a stop to the urge.
Advice for Parents of Children with Eczema
When you’ve got kids, eczema can be tricky to deal with, as you’re not always in control of what they’re doing and how they’re treating their skin. There are some things you can do in addition to using Sarna Sensitive products to help things along.
Buy Natural Fragrance-Free Soaps & Detergents
One place you can start is to complement using Sarna moisturizers for sensitive skin by also buying preservative-free and fragrance-free soaps and washing detergents. By exposing them to products that aren’t eczema-friendly like bath soaps and washing powders, you can end up undoing the good that your paraben, preservative and fragrance-free Sarna products are providing.
Stopping the Itching at Night
As we’ve covered, heat can cause eczema to flare up, so it’s important that your child’s bedroom has a nice cool temperature. You can help things further by giving them some antihistamine before bed and reduce irritation with the numbing effect of pramoxine-enriched moisturizers we mentioned earlier.
Some parents even resort to putting light mittens over their child’s hands in order to stop the scratching. Whatever clever way you stop it, if you can, you should see an improvement in their eczema symptoms.
The Importance of Dealing with Eczema
Aside from the obvious issues relating to irritation and discomfort, eczema can lead to more complex, chronic issues. When children suffer from it, it can result in poor sleep due to irritation and itching, which can then impact on their schooling and increase the likelihood of problems like ADHD. If this is the case, we’d recommend using Sarna sensitive lotion and perhaps talking to a dermatologist to create a treatment plan.
A daily skin routine can stop this from happening as an adult, but if it’s not treated in this way, you can find that the quality of your skin, to include its color and texture can change. It can also thicken when eczema reaches the ‘lichen simplex chronicus’ stage. Rubbing or scratching problems affect adults too, so it’s strongly recommended that you don’t to avoid further skin trauma.
Is There a Cure for Eczema?
Sadly, no. Despite there being great advances in treating eczema on face and body, there is no current cure for the issue. It’s believed that there are new treatments in the pipeline that may get released in the future, but for now, eczema-friendly moisturizers, soaps and washing detergents are the way forward.
Traditional types of treatment like the use of steroids can be effective, but when repeated over and over again to deal with flare ups, it can lead to skin thinning and other issues. Our Sarna lotion allows a more balanced and healthy condition to be maintained, greatly reducing the need for harsher treatments.
Sarna Sensitive Is a Market Leader For a Reason
The fact is that Sarna Sensitive lotion is the most powerful anti-itch product you can buy over the counter without prescription and it’s perfect for relieving dry skin issues that include eczema. Designed specifically with sensitive skin issues in mind, it contains no harsh chemicals, fragrances, parabens or anything that might cause irritation.
The fact that it has been endorsed by the National Eczema Association is evidence that it’s the real deal and so you can use yours with complete confidence that it will provide the relief it claims. We’re delighted to be able to offer a product that delivers so much relief to many eczema sufferers around the world.
So, if you want to keep yours or your family’s eczema under control, your takeaway from reading this article should be the following:
- Do whatever you can to control both nighttime and daytime itching
- Be mindful of the effect of heat and sweating on the problem
- Ensure you use eczema-friendly products on anything likely to touch the eczema sufferer
- Avoid scratchy or itchy fabrics
- Use sensitive skin sunscreen when you’re out in the sun
- Speak to a dermatologist for a treatment plan if you’re struggling
If you choose Sarna Sensitive for your daily routine and combine it with all of these measures, you should find that your flare ups reduce and your skin returns to a healthy, unblemished state.
Research will undoubtedly continue and until there’s a cure, we know that our super-effective, gentle lotion will provide you with the relief you need.