6 Tips to deal with Eczema Flare-Ups
6 Tips to deal with Eczema Flare-Ups
Are you struggling with a sudden eczema flare-up?
We are experiencing a wonderfully cold season, which is guaranteed to wreck havoc on sensitive/already hurting skin. The cause of this is mainly the air being much drier than normal, which causes the eczema’s already sensitive areas to just go haywire! But luckily there are ways to live with this condition as well as lessen the effects on your skin.
What is eczema?
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes a dry, scaly, and itchy rash on the top of the skin. Eczema can be so itchy that someone with the condition can have trouble sleeping.
If you have eczema, you may experience the following symptoms:
• severe itching, especially at night
• dry, scaly patches that are red to brownish-grey on the skin
• small, raised bumps that could leak fluid and scab over if scratched
• thick, cracked, dry, and scaly skin
• raw and sensitive skin
Eczema often first appears in children. By age 5, 1 in 10 children will be diagnosed with eczema. Many children outgrow eczema by their teenage years. About 50 percent of children with eczema will continue to have it into adulthood. It’s uncommon for eczema to develop for the first time in adulthood, but it’s possible.
Another term for eczema is atopic dermatitis. “Atopic” relates to conditions that happen when someone is overly sensitive to allergens in the environment, such as pollen. “Dermatitis” describes inflamed skin.
Half of children who develop eczema are likely to have asthma or hay fever. There are many triggers that cause eczema flare-ups, though it’s suggested that it’s passed through genetics. There’s no known cure for eczema.
Why does eczema sometimes get worse in the winter?
You may find that eczema flare-ups occur more frequently or get worse in the winter. Dry air combined with indoor heating systems can dry out your skin. Eczema flares up because the skin can’t stay moist on its own. Flare-ups can also be caused by wearing too many layers of clothing, taking hot baths, or using too many bed coverings. These are all things you’re more likely to do during the cold winter months.
Eczema may also be caused by:
• skin irritants
• exposure to certain allergens, such as dust or pet dander
To combat problems with recurring eczema flare-ups, try these tips:
1. Skip Hot Baths
You may be tempted to have a bath in steaming hot water, but unfortunately this only makes the eczema worse as the heat dries out the already irritated skin. To help your skin recuperate the moisture lost, you can use warm water instead of hot, and also add a moisturising product to the water to give back to your skin, and help with itchiness and scabbing.
Also try and limit your bath time to only about 5-10 minutes, then pat yourself dry rather than rubbing the towel, to reduce irritating the eczema patches even more. It will also leave more moisture on your skin instead of rubbing it all off.
Try one of our Tissue Oils or Tissue Oil Lotion to help with moisturising your skin.
2. Use a gentle/non-irritating soap for your skin or fabrics.
If you have eczema you already have a sensitive skin which needs soaps that doesn’t have harsh chemicals or unwanted ingredients that will irritate your skin unnecessarily. This goes for your washing detergent as well, as it sits in your clothing and linen. Look for detergents for more sensitive skin.
Skip bubble bath altogether and look for moisturising soaps that are fragrance, dye and alcohol free.
3. Try a thicker / specialised moisturiser
The main issue with eczema is that it dries and cracks your skin, leaving it itchy and raw. Using a heavier moisturiser is essential to giving your skin back the elasticity and nourishment it needs to stay healthy. Make sure to use the moisturiser at least twice a day for maximum efficacy.
Disclaimer – if you are using prescribed/over the counter medicine for your eczema please first consult your doctor before starting moisturisers on affected areas of your skin. Even our own products, Ultra Bee’s Eczema Balm/Cream, should never be used in conjunction with topical medications that has synthetic cortisone.
4. Avoid contact with certain types of fabric
Your skin is in contact with all sorts of fabrics and materials 24/7, this means you can be inadvertently making the condition worse without realising it. Fabrics such as wool, nylon and many others can cause unwanted and unnecessary irritation.
Try and use breathable and natural fabrics for clothing and linen to get irritations down to a minimum. Also try and avoid wearing too many layers.
5. Crank up the humidity
Using heaters or aircons in winter will dry out the air even more than the ambient humidity drops in winter. You can try to minimise this effect by using a humidifier to try and put as much moisture back in the air to support your skin. Make sure to clean your humidifier regularly as this is the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria.
6. Drink plenty of water
All of the previous points talk about how to tackle the problem externally, but keeping your body hydrated is the best thing that you can do. Your skin needs water to combat external factors drying it out. With putting water back in your system you will increase your own defenses which you literally carry around with you everywhere!
Try and create a routine out of these tips, as eczema is recurring you would need to keep up your defenses to it every day. Setting up a regular routine would also keep flare-ups at bay as you would be constantly keeping your skin in optimal condition!
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