There’s no doubt that eczema is a painful and frustrating thing to have. If you already one of the one in three people who suffer (or have in the past) from this common, recurring skin condition you’ll already be familiar with the annoying flare-ups of red, itchy and inflamed skin that can be dry, scaly, develop blisters, weep or peel.
The condition is caused by hypersensitivity or allergy and can occur all over the body but usually appears on particularly sensitive areas that are sore to scratch, such as the back of your knees, the inside of your elbows and your face.
Eczema typically appears in early childhood at around two months to six months of age and disappears when kids are around six, although for some of us it continues in different degrees of severity throughout adulthood.
It's important to get on top of eczema before the inflammation becomes too pronounced because affected skin tends to be more prone to infections. Your local general practitioner is likely to prescribe topical hydrocortisone to relieve the symptoms, but this can be problematic to apply to specific body areas like the face and under your arms.
Corticosteroids can also result in stinging or burning sensations, and can also dry, redden and irritate your skin even more. On the face, it can cause acne and weird hair growth. It's a case of sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease!
Fortunately, herbal remedies like real paw paw ointment can come to the rescue, achieving similar effects to steroid creams, but without the nasty side effects. The nutrients in the fruit of the paw paw include vitamins A and C plus a raft of antioxidants that work to soften and moisturise your skin deeply. This can prevent mild eczema breakouts and provide relief for stressed, itchy skin.
The University of Melbourne – led by Australian researcher Micheal Woodward – is currently studying the potential of paw paw’s healing properties and ability to relieve eczema and other commonly occurring skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis. While the results aren’t in yet, it’s expected scientific backing for paw paw as a proven treatment equal or exceeding chemical or steroidal creams will come soon.
The hundreds of thousands of eczema sufferers who’ve already found real relief from paw paw face ointments every day aren’t waiting around for science to tell them what they know works. Many are convinced that the naturally sourced creams without additives, fragrances, dyes or preservatives are the most effective in keeping skin softer, more moisturised and less irritated.
When you’re looking at the range of pawpaw treatments available, be sure to choose one that is rich in natural, active ingredients and has a high level of pawpaw extract for the most nourishing and effective results.
If you suffer from severe eczema – which presents as extra intense itching that delimits your daily life – you may need to supplement your pawpaw cream with a doctor’s prescription for oral antihistamines and other medicines. Remember that you should always follow your doctor's recommendations to gain lasting relief from this most frustrating of skin conditions.