If you have eczema, then you know how tough it can be. Not only does an eczema flare up cause extreme dryness and itchiness, it can also cause changes to skin colour, leave open wounds prone to infection, cause scarring and have a massive knock on your confidence. For some, it is a daily battle.
Certain ethnic groups, particularly those from the South Asian region are more prone to developing eczema related conditions (Sutter Health). However, by developing a routine that works for you, you can help to manage any flare ups through having consistency for your skin. Here are some of the most important steps you should include:
Use lukewarm water
Lukewarm water helps your skin absorb some of the moisture as opposed to hot water which dries out the skin. Getting your skin used to a cooler temperature as part of your skincare routine would mean less chances of a flare up or even triggering the skin immediately.
The 3 minute moisture rule
Every eczema sufferer knows that the key to managing eczema is to moisturise. The most effective way to lock in moisture is to apply to damp skin, which is usually within 3 minutes of stepping out the bath or shower. Allowing your skin to dry out completely before applying moisturiser gives the moisture in your skin time to evaporate. Remember the 3 minute moisture rule and build it into your skincare routine. Moisturising throughout the day as part of your regular routine is also essential so remember to carry a moisturiser with you (our body balms are a great travel-friendly solution).
Cleansing your skin regularly is a great way to ensure that your skin is clean and fresh. Including a gentle cleanser in your routine is a good idea especially as it can help dry, cracked areas of skin from getting infected. If you shower or bathe in the morning you may not even want to wash your face with soap. Instead, remove any oil gently with a simple cleanser.
Apply sunscreen daily
This is one of THE most important skincare rules for everyone but if you suffer from eczema, it is vital you use SPF daily as part of your routine to help protect your skin. Dermatologists say that excessive exposure to the sun can compromise the skin barrier, which is already compromised in people with eczema, and therefore lead to flare ups. Regularly using sunscreen can help prevent this from occurring. However, it is important to find a sunscreen that is for sensitive skin and does not contain any skin drying ingredients such as alcohol.
Ayurvedic practitioners highly recommend the use of simple but powerful natural ingredients to help manage eczema. Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine that originated in India and has been practiced for many years. It uses a holistic approach for treating health problems, including eczema and other skin disorders. Natural remedies can be used alongside your existing skincare products and include ingredients such as sweet almond oil as an emollient and colloidal oatmeal baths to help calm and soothe the skin. These can even be included in your night time routine.
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