Top Five Eczema Treatment Tips
Here are a few tips that I learned over the years and now swear by. There’s lots more and I will post them soon as well.
1. Avoid chlorine at all costs. Sure, I love to swim as much as the next person but having eczema and dipping into a pool filled with drying chemicals can sure turn the fun into torture. For those with eczema, your skin is already naturally dry and has a difficult time maintaining moisture. Add to that some harsh chlorine and you just sent your skin to the desert, and it is super dry and no fun. So skip the pool and hit the ocean instead.
2. Take as cold and short of a shower as you can possibly stand. Hot water can really irritate your skin and cause your eczema to flare up. The longer the shower the more irritating it becomes to your fragile skin. Make it quick and pat your skin dry leaving your skin damp. Immediately slather on a good moisturizing cream or lotion. I am using a product called SebaMed Moisturizing Lotion currently and I like it very much. It is thin and easy to apply yet doesn’t leave you feeling like you have an extra “coating” on your skin, nor do your clothes stick to you with what feels like glue. http://www.sebamedusa.com/
3. If you have eczema on your hands, use a mild unfragranced soap to wash and immediately apply a hand moisturizer such as Aquaphor. This helps your skin to retain moisture and really helps decrease the rash and the pain.
4. Drink a ton of water. As mentioned previously, your skin is drier than most people’s and drinking water helps to keep you and your skin better hydrated. Not to mention all the other great benefits of drinking lots of agua.
5. Dump the fragranced body lotions, oils and creams. I can’t tell you how many gifts I received over the years that contained the most beautiful scented products that I had to give away or dump. Don’t bother thinking that you can find the ONE that won’t bother your skin. They all will, trust me. If you’re lucky, you can still use perfume if applied in areas where you don’t usually develop rashes, but this can be risky too.
Well these are my top five tips and there are lots more to come.