The scaly, pink skin patches associated with an eczema outbreak can cause discomfort and embarrassment. The goods news for sufferers is that by working with your dermatologist and practicing a good home skin care regimen, you can control your eczema symptoms. Along with your dermatologist’s recommendations, put these eczema prevention tips into action.
Manage Your Baths and Showers
Showers and baths can have a positive effect on your eczema under the right circumstances. They can moisturize your skin, wash away skin irritants that may be inflaming your symptoms, and even help ease stress that can make outbreaks worse. However, limit yourself to 10-minute showers or baths and use lukewarm water. Longer sessions and water hot enough to redden your skin will strip away vital moisture.
Moisturize While Wet
Post-shower, you can further improve hydration by moisturizing your skin while it is still wet. Blot your skin to dry gently—don’t rub with your towel, as you’ll remove essential oils. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is damp to lock in some of the water from the shower. Aim for moisturizing within three minutes of showering or bathing.
Although lotions can help people with mild eczema, people with severe cases should use ointments to soothe their skin. Ointments contain a high level of oil, which helps ease cracked, irritated skin. Keep in mind that ointments can be greasy, so use with caution on areas that get particularly sweaty.
Employ Application Smarts
Don’t irritate your eczema outbreaks by roughly rubbing your moisturizers into your skin. To properly moisturize, start by applying any topical medicines prescribed by your dermatologist. Then, apply your moisturizer in gentle, downward strokes, and allow to absorb completely before dressing.
Try a Humidifier
Humidifiers help create moist air, which eases eczema symptoms. Some systems release steam while others set off evaporated air. Just be sure to clean your humidifier regularly to avoid the spread of bacteria and fungus.
Your Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology doctor can help you keep your eczema symptoms in check. Our dermatologist also offer cosmetic treatments, including laser treatments, Zeltiq, and anti-aging care. Make your Chicago dermatology appointment today by calling (877) 410-3027.