If you suffer from eczema, then you probably know how painful flare-ups can get. Your skin is often left irritated and inflamed from dryness, rashes, and itching. In the United States, 1 in every 10 people suffers from eczema in some form at one point in their lives.
Eczema is not one specific medical condition, but instead, includes several different forms. First and foremost, the most common form of Eczema is Atopic Dermatitis. With atopic dermatitis, your skin’s barrier function is disrupted, which allows irritants and allergens to penetrate the skin. This causes painful flare-ups. There are several different things that you can do to avoid these flare-ups and even soothe the symptoms.
Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizing your skin regularly is very important. You should always apply a good moisturizer on your skin while it is damp to make sure that you are maximizing the efficiency of the product. A good time to apply moisturizer is after cleansing your face or bathing. There are many studies that have proven regular moisturizing is effective in helping prevent flare-ups of eczema. When moisturizing areas other than your face that are prone to flare-ups, it is important to use a lotion or cream that is not heavily fragranced or full of irritants. Many brands such as CeraVe and Cetaphil have great products for sensitive and dry skin.
Use Gentle Soaps
Many soaps are full of ingredients that are harsh on the skin. Using gentle, non-scented soaps is the best bet for avoiding eczema symptoms. If your symptoms are already painful, then you may skip the soap and just rinse until your skin is calmed down to avoid further irritation. Avoid soap that dries your skin out. Our skin is acidic and soap is alkaline, which is a big factor in eczema symptoms worsening. The best thing you can do for your skin is to skip the popular, name-brand, super scented stuff and use something gentle like our honey and oatmeal soap bar or another natural soap.
Don’t Neglect Your Hands and Feet
When you suffer from eczema or sensitive skin in general, it is important to make sure you give your feet and hands special attention. After bathing, try applying some good, moisturizing lotion to your hands and feet and then covering them with socks or mittens for about an hour. This really helps the lotion to penetrate the skin and make sure your hands and feet are getting plenty of moisture. You do not have to go to bed like that, but there are products for your hands feet specifically for overnight treatment that work great.
Take A Lukewarm Bath
Baths are great for eczema because there are so many additives that are shown to help combat flare-ups and symptoms such as apple cider vinegar or baking soda. If you avoid irritating soaps and moisturize right after you bathe, then your skin will thank you. Avoid having the temperature up to high, though. Taking really hot baths and showers is not good for your skin. Lukewarm water is the best way to go. Hot water will strip your skin of its natural oils, which causes symptoms to appear or worsen because the protective barrier is no longer in place.
Try Our Oatmeal & Honey Eczema Soap
If you have Eczema and are still trying to find a good skin cleanser that doesn’t cause flare-ups or irritate your skin, you might try our natural soap bar. It’s full of natural ingredients with a subtle honey fragrance that’s gentle on your skin and can be used daily. We know what it’s like to have so many considerations when buying products for your skin. While I may miss some of the heavily-fragranced soaps I used to use, my skin sure doesn’t! If you’re not happy with our soap just let us know and we’ll make it right.