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Local dermatologist offers professional advice on treating eczema



Noblesville, Indiana – In honor of National Eczema Awareness Month, Dr. Melanie Kingsley, a board-certified dermatologist at Noblesville’s MK Dermatology, offered insightful tips on how to take care of sensitive skin and those who suffer from eczema.

Over 10% of Americans suffer from eczema, a persistent skin illness that is marked by redness and irritation. It typically affects the hands, inner elbows, knees, and area around the eyes.

Dr. Kingsley made it clear that these symptoms are manageable by pointing out the connection between seasonal variations and flare-ups of eczema. She advises those who have the skin ailment to keep a journal in which they record the most severe flare-up that occurred in the last 24 hours. Dr. Kingsley claims that this technique can assist a person in recognizing triggers, such as irritants or allergies.

She also suggested using particular body care products to treat eczema. “Using the right body product is crucial,” Dr. Kingsley said. “My favorite is Cetaphil Pro because it contains ceramides, which help rebuild the skin barrier. When you wash your skin and then apply the moisturizer, it makes the skin stronger and more resistant to the factors that cause eczema.”

Dr. Kingsley also suggested Dr. Doug’s Miracle Balm, a lotion based on coconut oil that serves as an allergy barrier and skin healer. “Applying it to affected areas will help the skin heal and act as a barrier, preventing allergens from penetrating the skin and exacerbating eczema.”

Dr. Kingsley emphasized that there isn’t a single strategy that works for all eczema patients, since several strategies may be needed for more severe cases. She believes that in these cases, seeking advice from a dermatologist regarding different treatment choices might be essential.