Anyone who has skin problems will tell you how negatively it affects their self-confidence. Do you know how that feels? If so, you need to keep reading to get some useful eczema tips.
As you may already know, when you have a flare-up with your eczema, the itching associated with it is almost unbearable. You want to scratch the affected skin, but you know that if you do it will only make the situation worse. A cold compress can curb your desire to scratch. The compress provides some relief because it reduces inflammation of the affected skin cells.
Don’t take too many hot showers if you have sensitive skin. Instead, take warm showers. Use a body wash instead of soap and avoid rubbing your skin too hard. Once your skin is clean, gently pat to dry it.
Understand what makes your eczema act up. It could be that there is a certain type of soap that gets you every time, for example. In most cases, you do not want to use anything that has a scent attached to it. That means it may be necessary to avoid perfume, some body lotions and even certain types of make-up.
Dress in cotton, or at least wear a cotton blend. This type of fabric usually does not irritate people who have eczema. Avoid things like polyester, which can cause an outbreak. In addition, when you purchase new clothing, make sure you put it in the washing machine prior to wearing it.
When buying a detergent, look for something that is not scented. If you are having trouble finding one that works for you, look for products labeled “free and clear” and see if they work. In addition, it may be best not to use a fabric softener at all. This product can cause an issue for people with eczema, so it is usually not worth the risk.
If you have been prescribed medicine for your eczema, take it as directed. When all else fails, your doctor may be able to help ease your symptoms by prescribing you something a little stronger than what you can get over the counter. While no one really wants to rely on medication, sometimes it is necessary.
Lotions and creams do not usually work as well as ointments. Ointments have a bit more oil in them, which generally helps them moisturize more effectively. They are a little harder to apply than creams, however, but they are much better at adding a protective layer to the skin and easing your symptoms.
Choose a PABA-free sunscreen. This ingredient can irritate the skin of people with eczema. Be sure to look at the ingredients, even when it says on the label that PABA is not used. If you can’t find an over-the-counter sunscreen that works for you, ask your physician about the prescription variety.
Now you can take control of your eczema and get back to enjoying life! If you try one thing and it is not successful, try another. A solution is out there for everyone. Continue trying new things until you find what works for you.