The weather is changing and for anyone with a little thing called eczema, fall is the precursor to a bad skin season. Eczema shows up as those impossible scaly patches that are often inflamed, red and itchy. They’ll be the first to let you know it’s getting colder by showing up and saying hello. Nice of them right? And they don’t just show up during the winter, these dry skin rashes will show up throughout the year, so avoiding eczema triggers and taking care of your skin is very important year round. Eczema treatments range from using natural remedies to anti-inflammatory creams prescribed by a dermatologist. Since you can’t exactly excavate eczema from your skin, it’s vital to know how to manage it for better comfort.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that can cause skin to be swollen, itchy and irritated causing a lot of discomfort. Unfortunately, there’s no cure and the direct cause of eczema is still unknown. However, we do know that it’s similar to an allergic reaction and usually goes hand in hand with asthma and allergies. Millions of people are affected worldwide and can begin as early as 3 years old! Since the weather is changing here’s a few tips to help deal with eczema.
- Avoid excessive heat! (very hot showers especially)
- Keep your stress levels as low as you possibly can.
- Use a humidifier in your house-low humidity can trigger eczema to flare up.
- Avoid harsh skin care products that contain artificial fragrance & colors, harsh detergents or harsh exfoliants.
- Looks for products to reduce inflammation with ingredients like; ginger, chamomile, licorice & lavender.
- Help repair your barrier function with ingredients like; oat extracts, avocado, evening primrose, argan oil, shea butter, silicones, vitamin E.
- Gently cleanse, gently exfoliate and always moisturize!
If you’re unsure about having eczema, be sure to visit your local dermatologist to find out. The more you know the better and the easier it gets.