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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Eddins

8 Tips for People Who Suffer from Eczema

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

  1. Refrain from using any product that has any fragrance in it. Fragrances such as Perfumes, lotions, shower gels, soaps, and laundry detergents; can cause the skin to be irritated or to cause an Allergic reaction. When you use a product that has fragrance in it sometimes the product does not disclose all of the ingredients that it may contain, which can cause more problems with the skin with someone who has eczema. The key to combatting eczema is keeping your skin hydrated, most of your scented products dry the skin out.

  2. Stay away from any known allergens. If you have taken an allergy test and you know what you are allergic to, try to avoid those things. If you have not had one, It might be a good idea to get one. You can also do a process of elimination. Keep a food journal, Pay attention to what you have come in contact with and or consumed when you started to notice the irritation. Eliminate one thing at a time to narrow what may have been the cause of the irritation.

  3. Limit your shower and bathing time. Try not to use very hot water as these things will irritate and dry out your skin. When your skin is dry it is not because your skin does not produce enough oil. It is because it does not retain the oil it needs to keep your skin moisturized. People with eczema and or dermatitis generally have dry skin. When you take long showers or long baths to rob your skin of the moisture it needs to prevent flareups.

  4. Stay away from citrus and dairy products these are known to be common sources that causes allergic reactions. The chemicals found in citrus have been found to increase the symptoms of eczema.

  5. Avoid stress. Stress provokes symptoms of eczema, the body releases a hormone called cortisol when under stress, cortisol increases inflammation throughout the body which can then cause eczema flareups. Everyone has different ways in which they handle stress such as listening to music working out, reading, lighting a candle, and meditation. Whatever your vice is to relive stress you should do it.

  6. Avoid direct sunlight. To much sun exposure can worsen your condition with eczema resulting in flareups. If you do decide to get a little sun exposure, keep in mind the amount of time you are in the sun. You do not want to over do it. Make sure to use sunscreen. A sunburn can cause a flareup as well.

  7. Avoid excessive use of prescribed medications. Most prescribed medications have steroids in them. Topical steroids can cause thinning of your skin as well as dark spots when you have long term use of it. If you feel as if you need to use a topical medication. try not to use it for long periods of time.

  8. Keep your skin moisturized. Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the most important things you can do when you have eczema. eczema causes your skin to have a barrier, which makes you're skin more sensitive to irritants, allergens and other invaders. All moisturizers are not good. I have developed a concoction that has helped me keep my skin hydrated using all- natural essential oils with carrier oils. These oils do not clog your pores. It keeps your skin moisturized as well as restoring any damaged skin you may have.

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