Eczema leaves skin scaly, dry and itchy, and the sporadic flare-up only intensifies symptoms. Besides seeking medical attention, making lifestyle changes and adopting a skincare routine are two of the most effective and efficient means of relieving symptoms. The simplest way to both prevent future flare-ups and to provide relief from this condition is to moisturize frequently. It may be overwhelming at first in the sense that it feels inconvenient, but taking one step at a time will make a great difference in how you look and feel.
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- Avoid Foods that Cause Eczema
Food allergies may trigger “flare-ups” or intensify existing eczema. Foods known to cause eczema include dairy products, coffee (with or without milk), soybean products, eggs, nuts, wheat, and maize (also known as sweet corn).
- Avoid Detergents
Detergent is one of the most common household irritants of Adult Eczema. Instead, opt for hypoallergenic detergent and detergent-free skincare products to help prevent “flare-ups” or any other reaction.
- Avoid Irritants
Limit contact with soaps, perfumes, and other body care products with large amounts of chemical ingredients. Jewelry can sometimes cause outbreaks as well.
- Avoid Tanning and Be Wary of Sunscreen
You may have noticed that your eczema seems more controlled come summer; although some sun exposure helps clear up eczema, cover up! Sunburn may further irritate your skin, so taking cautionary steps to prevent further outbreaks is essential. But while the using sunscreen seems to be the smart and logical thing to do, those suffering for eczema (or simply has sensitive skin) should be wary before slathering anything – sunscreen and otherwise – onto their skin. Sun block may contain chemicals that will further irritate your skin and cause flare-ups. Again, consult your dermatologist for further information.
- Install Hard Surfaces Instead of Having Carpeted Floors
- Regulate Room Temperature and Humidity
Extreme temperatures as well as sudden change in temperature can irritate sensitive skin. Regulating room temperature and dressing in layers are simple but beneficial preventative steps. Keep temperatures cool in sleeping areas, and invest in a humidifier to prevent your skin from further drying out.
- Never scratch.
Scratching and picking will only further worsen your symptoms, leaving skin raw, open, and irritated.
- Control Itching with Cool Compresses
- Wear Loose-fitting, Cotton Clothing Instead of Synthetic Fabrics
To reduce further discomfort, non-irritating materials should be worn next to the skin. Opt for loose-fitting cotton and avoid wearing fabrics such as wool, rough synthetics or silk.
- Bathe in Warm – NOT Hot – Water
- Reduce Stress
Stress is one of the main triggers behind eczema, especially in adults. By taking the time to exercise (release those endorphins!), meditate, or even engage in stress management courses, while eating a healthy,balanced diet and sleeping well, you can reduce stress and prevent further outbreaks.
- Moisturize Frequently and Immediately
Your skin is often dry and itchy – apply moisturizers, lotions, and creams to hydrate and nourish the skin, especially after sun and baths. Follow the “3-Minute” Rule after a shower: apply on an oil-free, fragrance-free moisturizing cream or lotion to help your skin retain its moisture. Do consult your dermatologist before using any products: certain ingredients may irritate your skin.
- Develop an Efficient Skincare Regimen
Again, always consult your dermatologist before adopting any new products for your skincare routine. Developing a consistent regimen with products that help treat and relieve eczema is crucial in making you feel happier, more confident, and beautiful in the skin you’re in.