eczema in the elderlySkin conditions affect people in different ways and there are many different forms and causes which can create havoc with our skin. As we get older, our skin becomes drier and thinner, which contributes to skin problems. Atopic eczema is thought to be hereditary as there is often a family history of atopic allergy such as eczema, asthma or hay fever. Approximately 60% of sufferers develop atopic eczema before the age of one year but fortunately most grow out of it by the age of 16. However the inherited tendency to eczema never goes away and it can return in later life.

Types of eczema common in older people are:

Varicose/gravitational eczema

This is more common in women than men and tends to develop in later life due to poor circulation. This type of eczema, as the name might suggest, affects the lower legs and ankles and results from gravity’s effect on the pressure of blood within the veins. It can lead to increased risk of ulceration in those areas.

Discoid eczema

The cause of discoid eczema is unknown. It usually affects adults, often in later life. The affected skin appears like coin-shaped red scaly patches, usually on the lower legs.

Asteatotic eczema

Also seen on the legs of elderly people this type of eczema is very itchy and red, with superficial scaling. The pattern this type of eczema forms can look like crazy paving.

Pompholyx eczema

This type of eczema can be extremely itchy. It manifests itself with small to large blisters which affect the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet.

If not very mobile try to encourage people who suffer with these conditions to do simple armchair exercises that will aid the circulation whilst seated. If it is possible to walk around even a little, then this carried out regularly will also help the circulation.

A variety of solutions to keeping eczema for the elderly under control are available through your GP and if you can use products made from natural and organic ingredients , long term it will hopefully be more beneficial and help keep conditions under control. Elena’s Nature Collection Routine Pack is an ideal starter. By deep cleansing the skin with the Trinity Soap Shampoo to remove the bacteria eczema thrives on, then lubricating with the Ultimate Body Oil to also help with circulation by using massage, followed by the Day Cream Special or Night Cream Extra for moisturisation and to help reduce inflammation and itching. Introduce the Eureka Cream or Illumination Cream to help get the skin under control if the problem persists.