Dealing with eczema can be frustrating. It makes you itchy which can be miserable because you know that scratching it will only make it worse. It can also be embarrassing and make you self-conscious when wearing anything that shows skin and reveals the unsightly patches of eczema. So here are some great tips to help you deal with your eczema and get it under control.
Avoid hot showers. Instead, showers need to be quick and warm. Use a gentle cleanser rather than soap, and use it on your skin gently. Do not rub too hard. Pat your skin to dry it.
While you cannot always control this, try to avoid sweating as much as possible. If you work out or you find yourself getting overheated, jump in the shower as soon as possible. It should help with your skin. Otherwise, pay attention to the weather forecast, dress appropriately and cool off as much as you can, whenever you can.
You should always use sunscreen. This is even more important when you have eczema. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 so you don’t get a sunburn. Having a sunburn can make your skin even itchier than usual. You could use sunscreens specifically formulated for the face on the entire body. These are generally more gentle to use.
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.
You don’t want to put on clothing that can be irritating to your skin. Some fabrics, especially synthetic ones, can trigger flare-ups. If you suffer from eczema, cottons are the healthiest fabrics. You should also wash any new clothes before they are worn. You want to use a detergent that is mild and with no scent, and be sure that no fabric softener is used.
Eczema typically results in itchy, dry skin. Moisturizers can help make dryness and itching less severe. Moisturizers are believed to hydrate the skin, but this isn’t always the case. Frequently applying them can lock a person’s natural oils into their skin to keep it hydrated. Doing this regularly helps prevent dryness and the skin from cracking.
Keep your fingernails trimmed and tidy. Most likely you know better than to scratch, but you may unknowingly engage in scratching while you sleep. This will make your rash get worse, and having long nails only creates more of a problem. Also, clean your nails each and every day.
As you probably already know, eczema come with many issues. It can be very irritating because of the itching and unsightly which make you self-conscious. The persistent nature of eczema makes it hard to treat. But if you keep the above tips in mind and make them part of your daily routine, you will see a reduction in the issues with your eczema. So take these tips and get started on a pro-active approach to dealing with your eczema today.