Eczema: Winter Tips
As temperatures begin to drop, people who struggle with eczema are likely to experience more flare ups. Eczema is caused by a genetic variation that impacts the skin’s ability to retain moisture and protect itself from bacteria, irritants, and allergens. Understanding the causes of eczema can help prevent flare ups. A variety of things can set off eczema. Your triggers may not be the same as someone else. It’s always a good idea to try to figure out what triggers your symptoms. Consider starting a journal to help identify what triggers you. Try writing down what you ate, wore, and any cosmetics you have used during a flare up. Here are a few tips to help prevent future outbreaks:
- Avoid dramatic changes in temperature.
- Use a humidifier to help moistened the air during the winter.
- Avoid using harsh cosmetics. Check with your dermatologist to figure out which chemicals can irritate skin.
- Moisturizers containing alpha hydroxy acids help remove dead skin cells, and boost skin thickness.
- Establish a skin care routine with your dermatologist and moisturize frequently.
- Hot water can cause irritation always to use lukewarm water.
- Avoid excessive sweating.
- Avoid itchy or rough textured fabrics.
- Avoid foods that you have sensitivity to.
- Avoid itching as it causes infections.
- Stay hydrated as water helps keep your skin moist.
- Remember to relax! Stress and anxiety can cause flare ups.
- Try bleach bath therapy to reduce exposure to bacteria. Follow this link from the American Academy of Dermatology for exact instructions: Bleach Bath Therapy