Eczema

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

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