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Eczema: Quit Smoking and Quit Scratching

Suwit Ritjaroon /

Eczema is an umbrella term used to cover a wide array of itchy dermatitis manifestations. Eczema symptoms can generally be mitigated and controlled, but they have a tendency to flare up when exposed to internal and external irritants. Some of the main eczema enemies are food allergies and pollen, but many people do not realize that smoking cigarettes can actually trigger and intensify eczema symptoms as well. Hence, people who have eczema need to quit smoking in order to find relief from all the redness, itching and scratching. Let’s have a more in depth look at how and why this can be done.

As anyone suffering from the condition will tell you, eczema is no fun. The following symptoms accompany an eczema outbreak on the skin:

  • Rashes
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Flaking
  • Cracking
  • Bleeding
  • Dryness

Though not fatal, eczema is extremely uncomfortable and unsightly; the redness and swelling often lead people to be embarrassed or ashamed of their eczema-filled body parts. Eczema cannot be cured; instead, it must be controlled by way of treatments that include various creams and ointments. Eczema treatments can either be homeopathic (herbs etc.) or mainstream (various doses of steroids).


Controlling eczema is all about keeping the skin away from irritants. Lotions, the sun, junk food, and perfumes can all trigger an eczema attack. Cigarettes are also extremely irritating to eczema, as tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 toxins waiting to attack every pore on the skin. And cigarettes not only affect smokers—tobacco smoke also triggers the eczema of people in its vicinity. This is why it so important eczema sufferers to quit smoking. Cigarettes smoke makes it too difficult to control the all the itching, burning and even bleeding and cracking.


The good news for eczema smokers with a tobacco habit is that there are many ways to quit smoking. One that is particularly helpful is hypnotherapy; this is because it gets to the core of the smoking issue by helping people re-shape the thoughts and beliefs they associate with this dangerous psychosocial habit. Hypnotherapy can really help anyone who is affected by eczema quit smoking for healthier skin.

If you are stuck in the muck of a tobacco habit there are people who can help empower you to make the choice to quit smoking. To learn more about strengthening your willpower for weight loss purposes, contact us or visit our Facebook page to get in on the conversation.

Customer Testimonials

Hi Maureen. Just a quick note to say thank you. I have not had even a puff of cigarette since our session on 10 May 14. Any desire or thought flits straight out again. This is certainly a much less painful way to stop smoking. I recommend you to anyone who is interested, even had someone ask about weight loss. Hope all is well for you.  Regards
Gail Wilshire

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