Eczema is a very common skin condition, yet many of us know little about it. Learning the facts about eczema can help you better understand your condition and how to live with it comfortably and free from embarrassment.

Myth: Eczema is the same as acne

Fact: Eczema and acne are two completely different skin conditions. But, it is important to understand that getting an acne breakout during an eczema flare-up can further irritate your skin. In this case, it is a good idea to consult with your skin care professional for the best treatment solution.

Myth: Eczema is caused by an emotional disorder

Fact: Eczema is not an emotional disorder but can be triggered by emotional factors such as stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stressful and intense situations can help reduce the occurrence of your eczema symptoms.

Myth: Eczema is contagious

Fact: You cannot develop eczema by coming into contact with a person who has it, nor can an afflicted person spread it to anyone else.

Myth: If you have eczema you can't go swimming

Fact: Every person with eczema reacts differently to certain agents. For example, the various chemicals often used in swimming pools can really irritate a person's eczema. On the other hand, some eczema sufferer's can go in a swimming pool and not have any reaction. So, it really comes down to your specific condition and what triggers it.

Myth: Topical corticosteroids can eliminate eczema

Fact: There is currently no cure for eczema. But, topical corticosteroids have been known to help alleviate eczema symptoms such as itching and inflammation. Before using topical corticosteroids it is important to consult with your skin care practitioner who can prescribe the appropriate dosage and monitor your symptoms.

Myth: Eczema can cause permanent scarring

Fact: Although eczema can be an unsightly and irritating condition, it does not leave permanent scars

Myth: Eczema is caused by dirty skin

Fact: Many people associate a variety of visible skin conditions with having unhygienic skin. However, this is not the case, especially with eczema. Eczema is a predisposed condition and no matter how many times you wash your face it will not go away. In fact, excessive cleansing and scrubbing can actually make eczema worse.