Manage your eczema in a healthy way this summer by knowing how to combat common eczema irritants.
Hot Showers or Baths
Even though a hot shower or bath sounds relaxing after a long summer day, and may offer relief temporarily, it ultimately will dry your skin out and strip your skin of essential oils. It is recommended to take cold or lukewarm showers or baths. These temperatures allow the water to absorb into the skin instead of drying it out. Afterwards, apply an eczema emollient to lock the moisture in and apply natural fabrics such as tencel® eczema clothing that is free of dyes and chemicals including metals such as zinc or silver that can irritate existing eczema.
Getting outside on a beautiful hot day can sound perfect after a long cold winter. For some eczema sufferers, the summer weather can relive common eczema symptoms and for others, summer months can trigger more flares. If hot temperatures are a trigger for you, bring along a water bottle to cool yourself off. Eczema sleeves for arms and legs can prevent eczema flares in the common places behind the knees and inside the elbows.
On the contrary, air conditioned rooms can dry out the moisture too much. Consider using a humidifier to regulate indoor temperatures. And always use an allergy friendly furnace filter.
Sweat is a common trigger in the summertime, and often cannot be avoided. The salt in sweat can dry skin out and be extremely irritating. Sweating can also dehydrate you quickly. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after sun exposure to keep your skin hydrated. After sweating it is important to rinse off with fresh water immediately and apply a moisturizer to avoid flares.
As the weather transitions from winter to summer, allergies are known to make their annual appearance. Here are a few tips to minimize pollen since pollen is the main irritant this time of year. Allergies to pollen can cause your eczema to flare. After being outdoors, rinse off immediately and apply an eczema emollient and dress in clean clothing.
Before venturing outdoors, check the pollen levels at https://www.pollen.com/ to see if allergies are manageable in your area.
Invest in hypoallergenic sheets and pillowcases for more allergy relief. TENCEL® sheets are ideal for eczema sufferers with their ability to naturally itch suppress along with moisture wicking qualities in addition to controlling common household allergies. Shop here for relief.
Although some sun exposure can help eczema symptoms, burning the skin barrier can make your eczema worse over time. Invest in a hypoallergenic sunscreen to protect your skin from burning and as a moisturizer while being outdoors. You can find an excellent eczema sunscreen here. If you are outside for a long period of time wear a hat or bring an umbrella to protect yourself from too much sun exposure. Sitting in the shade can not only protect the skin but also minimize sweating. Shade is a friend of sensitive skin.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.