People with skin conditions often tell others that self image and confidence is affected. Does this sound like you personally? If it is, keep reading to learn more about properly dealing with eczema.
Avoid hot showers. Your daily shower should be short and warm. Gently cleanse the skin with a moisturizing skin cleanser rather than soap. After you are finished, pat the body dry.
Cream and moisturizes will help hydrate the skin and reduce the effects of eczema felt on the skin. They’re far better than watery lotions. Petroleum jelly is a good choice. Whichever products you decide to use, just make sure they don’t contain alcohol or fragrances. Use a moisturizer twice a day.
When you are thinking about eczema, you may not consider what kind of clothes to wear. However, what you wear will dictate your level of comfort. Wear cotton clothing that fits you loosely. Try not to expose your skin to wool or other coarse materials. Wash all clothing when you buy it new prior to wearing it using a very mild detergent, and rise them two times prior to the first wear.
Don’t scratch. Eczema can be quite uncomfortable. However, scratching only leads to more scratching. This can harm your skin as well as make yourself more vulnerable to infections. Use your moisturizer as much as possible and put on a cold compress to help relieve your symptoms.
Avoid stress as much as possible. Stress can cause eczema breakouts. Use meditation, deep breathing or exercise to feel better. You can keep flare-ups to a bare minimum by keeping stress to a minimum as well.
Find a sunscreen that is labeled PABA-free. This ingredient can cause issues for people that have eczema. Also, always look through the ingredient list carefully, even if the sunscreen is PABA-free. Finally, as a last resort, talk to your doctor regarding prescription sunscreen.
Never hesitate to moisturize. Moisturizers can be quite helpful in controlling eczema. You should do this after a shower or bath. Be sure your moisturizer doesn’t have an chemicals or additives. These additives can further aggravate skin. Creams and lotions with a thick texture work best.
Some types of clothing can be a real irritant to your eczema. Fabrics, such as synthetics, can make eczema flares come alive. Cotton is the best choice in fabrics to wear. Additionally, be sure to wash newly purchased clothing prior to wearing it. Use a liquid detergent that’s mild, unscented, and without a fabric softener when you clean your clothes.
Eczema causes skin to become dry and itchy. Moisturizers can help make dryness and itching less severe. A moisturizer does not result in hydration. They actually lock in the moisture underneath the skin. Thus, they work to keep skin from getting dried to the point of cracking.
Now you are armed with plenty of information to begin your personal battle with eczema in order to get your skin under control. If one tip doesn’t, try using another. One of them will work for you. Experiment with all that you have learned in this piece to find what helps your skin the most.