The causes of eczema-prone skin are not perfectly understood, but it can often be seen to run in the family, and goes hand in hand with allergies like asthma and hay fever. Eczema-prone skin can have an impact on the skin-barrier function, breaking down some of its protective elements.
Flare-ups can be triggered by various factors, including dry or dusty air, cold weather, and irritants in certain soaps and shampoos. Skin suffering from eczema is often very dry because it is unable to retain moisture, unlike normal healthy skin.
Food allergies can also sometimes cause eczema breakouts — these can include reactions to anything from cow’s milk to eggs, peanuts, soya or wheat. Contact with certain materials, such as wool worn next to skin, can trigger eczema-prone skin to break