Warm Weather Eczema - Tips to Minimize Symptoms

Warm Weather Eczema - Tips to Minimize Symptoms

Anne Fairchild McVey

Warm Weather Eczema - Tips to Minimize Symptoms

Does Your Eczema Flare in the Summer?

Most eczema sufferers know that summer heat, humidity and the salt in sweat can start an eczema flare. The salt in sweat irritates eczema or worsens existing eczema. Sweaty skin, especially in skin creases (behind the knees and inside the elbows) are so susceptible to eczema. What is an eczema sufferer to do during the summer months when their eczema flares with hot weather?  Below are a few easy tips.

Turn On the Air Conditioning

Keeping it cool indoors can help with eczema and make sure your air conditioner has an allergy friendly filter. 

Always Rinse OFF After Spending Time Outdoors

Skip the soap, and moisturize immediately after rinsing off. This will rinse off any potential allergens and make sure to use a moisturizer approved by the National Eczema Association such as Vaniply.  Keep the shower water warm not hot (hot water is drying).  Keep in mind that the salt in the ocean or the chlorine in the swimming pool should be rinsed off as soon as possible.  Use a hypoallergenic soap to remove sunscreen.

Wear Tencel® Eczema Clothing

Tencel® clothing can minimize summer eczema flares. Tencel® fabric is proven through verifiable testing to be superior for eczema and sensitive skin. Tencel® is an eco-friendly fabric that is softer than silk, cooler than linen and more absorbent that cotton.  Worn over an eczema emollient, it wicks sweat off the skin, which cools the skin and the itch. Worn in the evening, Tencel® can calm itchy eczema and help with nighttime itching. Worn during the day, Tencel® can keep the skin dry, even in hot weather. Tencel® eczema sleeves for problem areas on arms and legs can be a lifesaver for eczema sufferers who want to spend time outdoors or enjoy warm weather sports. 

Tencel® fabric also greatly inhibits the growth of bacteria on the fabric. This is a wonderful feature for individuals that suffer from skin infections. For tencel® eczema clothing visit

Drink Water and Stay Hydrated

To keep your skin hydrated, you must drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If spending time outdoors, drink 10 glasses of water daily. If you have eczema, your dry, cracked skin needs hydration. Drinking water is a must for eczema sufferers.

Use Eczema Friendly Sunscreen

Be cautious of chemical sunscreens and make sure they are approved by the National Eczema Association. Here is an article on the best sunscreens for eczema sufferers at