If you have eczema-prone skin, then you’re familiar
with the discomfort that a skin flare can bring, both because of the skin
irritation and also because of the unpleasant physical appearance. Here are some
helpful habits that you can adopt that will help to keep your skin as healthy
and eczema-free as possible.
1. Avoid sudden temperature and humidity changes
Be careful not to take too hot or too cold of a shower or bath, and be cautious about heading into extreme temperatures outdoors without dressing properly to create a buffer to protect your skin from temperature shock. When you exercise, be sure to warm up gradually and to take the time to cool down before hitting the shower.
2. Steer Clear of Irritating Fabric
Wool and synthetics are very irritating. Fashion is not worth an eczema break out. Tencel® is the best fabric for eczema but 100% cotton is also soft and breathable.
3. Say No to Perfumes
Avoid perfume in any form, including soaps, detergents, and cleansers.
4. Stay Away from Allergens
Dust, mold, pollen, and mites should be avoided as part of your regular, automatic habits. If you smoke, it’s time to quit.
5. Pay Attention to What You Eat
Learn about and accept your food allergies and stay away from those foods. You can go through allergy testing and also conduct an elimination diet to determine what foods you’re best to stay away from. Become attuned to what foods you should just never eat, and make other foods that are non-allergenic part of your regular meal planning.
6. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Maintaining properly hydrated skin at all times is a key to eczema management that should become part of your regular lifestyle. Drink plenty of water, and use hydrating emollients and oil-rich creams to lock in your skin’s hydration. Get into the habit of applying your emollients several times a day.
7. Always moisturize your skin immediately after bathing while your skin is still moist
Your skin acts as a protective layer, but to do its job properly, your skin needs to be strong and to remain intact. When you avoid triggers and keep your skin hydrated, you’ll give your skin the best chance it has to be a strong, healthy, natural barrier for your body. When you make these seven habits part of your regular lifestyle, your skin will be better equipped to defend itself against every day irritants.
Make these habits part of your regular routine to help decrease eczema symptoms and live a healthier, more comfortable life.