Living with Eczema presents its challenges – constant itching and scratching to the point of bleeding, red, inflamed skin, dry and irritated patches – it’s a vicious cycle. Eczema can affect babies, children, adults, our elders and can be mild, moderate or severe. In honor of Eczema Awareness Month, we’re sharing some of our top products and suggested ways to help manage your Eczema. There is no cure for Eczema, but it can be managed with some of the below steps:
- Care for your skin – this includes staying moisturized and using a mild soap on the body when showering or bathing. Applying a daily moisturizer like our Eczema Fast Healing™ Cream to areas with eczema symptoms right after showering can help lock inmoisture and is a great way to help manage your symptoms. In addition to our Eczema Fast Healing Cream™, our Extreme Dryness PLUS™ is another productive way to help moisturize your skin. It’s an intense moisturizer that helps heal very dry, chapped, chafed or cracked skin. Especially in the winter months, this product helps hydrate the skin and leaves a soft touch.
- Don’t scratch – Eczema itches, but continuous scratching not only further irritates skin, but it can cause damge and result in bleeding. Try clipping your fingernails so that you’re not breaking the skin if you do scratch. Or you can also try an ice pack on effected areas and apply more moisturizer.
- Wear the right clothing – avoid tight clothing, which can rub against your already inflamed skin and cause further irriations. Light and loose sweaters in winter can allow skin to breathe. Be mindful of how your skin reacts to different laundry detergant and choose a fragrance-free brand if available. Excess fragrance can irritate eczema symptoms even more than normal.
- Avoid the heat – wear loose clothing so you don’t overheat in warm seasons and don’t use too many blankets at night. Avoid extreme temperatures (hot and cold) in the house as well. Getting too hot or too cold can irritate the skin even more.
- Watch your stress – stress can cause Eczema to flare up more than ususal, so try learning some stress-reducing techniques like yoga, meditation, reading a good book, etc. to help keep your symptoms under control.