Eczema dermatitis skin

eczema, dermatitis, dry skinEczema, Dermatitis and skin conditions

Eczema is also known as dermatitis and is a dry skin condition. A highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms. In mild cases of eczema, the skin is itchy, dry, red and scaly. It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else.


Childhood is when it’s more likely to happen at any time in one’s life. Caused by a whole variety of things, from stress to contact with chemicals. The usual treatment for eczema are steroid creams, these make the skin thin over time, so should be used in small quantities.

Emollients prevent the skin from becoming dry. You can apply them as often as you need, 2-3 times a day or more. If your skin becomes very dry and can prevent eczema from flaring up, as can keeping cool.

Stress reduction for eczema

Reducing stress can significantly reduce the inflammation, and hypnotherapy can help the process, reducing flare-ups too.

After a particularly stressful time, I started to suffer from eczema, but it cleared up to almost nothing after about 5 sessions of hypnotherapy. It only reappeared when I went to Singapore, and the heat flared it up. On leaving the hot moist environment, eczema calmed down again, and I only need to put emollient on one hand now, on occasions.

Case Study for eczema

Nina came to see me with Eczema covering a large part of her body, particularly joints, hair and hands. I assured her that hypnotherapy could help. She came out in hives when hot or in close contact with her partner.

At the first session, she found that listening to the CD had not only helped her sleep, but she had not broken out in hives from that moment onwards. There was an improvement in her skin condition at every session.

Overcoming stress

We had a few blips due to Nina being involved in a number of stressful situations, which she recognised and so was able to change the way she approached certain tasks. One incident was when out shopping for bridal dresses with her mother. She realised her frustration at the traffic, parking, finding the shop and arguing with her mother had all caused a flare-up.

Hot baths and showers also had an effect and so did participating in Zumba classes, so she had to change some of the exercises she was doing to minimalise her sweating.

The last dip came about as she stopped listening to the CD at the end of the therapy and realising that she had to carry on for a long time yet. By her eleventh session, she had very little reddening of the skin and she was very happy.

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Penny Ling is a widely experienced hypnotherapist who has worked with everyone from top executives to stroke victims since 2007. She has been editor of Hypnotherapy Today Magazine and is a supervisor and mentor for members of the AfSFH and NCH.

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