Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of dermatitis. It is often considered a “genetic” condition, however, this may not be the full truth. We know that stress, diet, and environmental factors are involved in its pathogenesis or development. People with eczema tend to have very dry and itchy skin that is more susceptible to infection. Dry skin is a common feature of poorly functioning skin. Therefore, restoring proper skin hydration is the most important part of treating eczema.