New Year Checklist for Eczema Sufferers
When you or your child suffers from eczema, the amount of information that you receive can be overwhelming. There are so many products, studies, and guidelines that it can easily become information-overload. Here is a quick and handy eczema checklist to refer to for the basics of eczema management. As we approach the New Year, this list is a great reference point to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to manage your eczema and keep flare ups to a minimum.
- Moisturize your skin and eczema several times every day.
- Moisturize immediately after bathing. We recommend Vaniply and so do most allergists and dermatologists in the U.S.
- Keep moisturizer in convenient locations: bathroom, kitchen sink, nightstand, on your desk, near the front door, purse/bag, diaper bag, child's backpack, at the nurse's office at your child's school, in your child's sports bag, on your child's nightstand, etc.
- Shower or bath nightly and apply an emollient or moisturizer like Vaniply immediately while your skin is still damp. Wear eczema clothing over your emollient or moisturizer to stop the itch and keep the moisturizer/emollient's mess on the skin to do its job.
- Make baths and showers lukewarm, hot water strips natural oils off skin and eczema.
- Use mild soap or a non-soap cleanser from the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance list.
- When toweling off, pat skin dry with a soft towel and avoid rubbing.
- Choose Tencel® as your fabric of choice for eczema, followed by 100% cotton as a second choice. Tencel® is wonderful when used for eczema clothing. Tencel® is anti-itch and extremely soothing to eczema.
- Avoid rough, scratchy fibers like wool or synthetic clothing that is not breathable and no tight clothing.
- Rub - don't scratch your eczema.
- Keep your fingernails short to avoid damage from scratching itchy eczema.
- Drink plenty of water to help your skin stay hydrated from the inside out.
- Avoid sweating, and if you do sweat, rinse off as soon as possible to avoid letting the sweat dry on your skin, and moisturize immediately afterwards. The salt in sweat is an eczema trigger
- Avoid swings in temperature, which can irritate your eczema.
- Avoid perfume in any form, including soaps, detergents, cleansers, moisturizers, etc.
- Learn your eczema triggers and avoid them: dust or dust mites, mold, pollen, food allergies, pet dander, chemicals, fragrances, dry air, humidity, sweat, etc.
- Use a humidifier, especially in dry or cold weather.
- Wear appropriate gloves in a variety of situations: winter gloves outdoors, non-latex, waterproof disposable gloves for washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, etc. and Eczema Treatment Gloves over Vaniply at bedtime.
When you follow the basic eczema tips outlined in this checklist, you’ll give yourself the best possible chance to minimize your eczema and avoid eczema flares. Keeping moisturizer around your house so it’s visible can help to create good eczema management habits. The same goes for having a humidifier in your bedroom. As you follow these tips, they can start to become part of your daily routine, and you’ll set yourself up for the best possible skin in 2016.