The symptoms of eczema can be really uncomfortable. If you have this skin condition, here are skin care recommendations that can help you manage and control it.
Tips for Controlling Eczema
1. Prevention is the Key.
You may have heard this before but prevention is really the key to controlling eczema. To prevent your eczema from flaring up, you should avoid or at least minimize your exposure to things that can cause irritation to your skin. Household cleaners, detergents, strong soaps, as well as wool clothing are some known skin irritants.
2. Moisturize and Moisturize
You should make it a priority to keep your skin moisturized. Dry skin can trigger your eczema to act up. Dry skin also tends to be itchy compelling you to scratch which can also trigger a flare-up. Keep a bottle of moisturizer handy wherever you go.
Extra Tip: A very potent skin moisturizer is the Argan oil. It is packed with nutrients that have strong moisturizing properties such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and sterols. It also contains a number of nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Do Not Scratch
We know it’s hard to not scratch an itch especially the itchiness brought about by this skin condition but muster all the control you have and more to stop yourself from scratching. Scratching will only irritate your skin further and can even cause your skin to break, crack, and bleed, making you more prone to infection.
4. Get to Know Your Triggers
One of the best things that you can do to prevent your eczema from flaring up is to note down what things actually trigger a flare-up. Once you have identified certain items that are triggers, you can now avoid or limit exposing your skin to these offensive items. If you think certain foods are triggering a flare-up, you can consult your doctor about getting an allergy test. You can also try doing an elimination diet to get to know which food items are triggers.
5. Keep Your Hands Dry
Most of the time, the hands are affected by eczema. Keeping your hands dry after washing them can help prevent flare-ups.
6. Wear Protection
When doing house chores that involve water and strong products such as dish washing soaps, detergents and other household cleaning products that can irritate the skin, be sure to wear gloves.
7. Learn How to Manage Stress
Stress is a part of living. You should learn how to manage stress and stressful situations better. Instead of dwelling on the negative and sulking, do something positive and get moving. There are simple and effective ways of managing stress such as regular exercise, meditation, yoga, and breathing techniques.
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