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Tips by Dermatologist For Preventing Eczema Flares



 
Can you believe that emotional stress can cause eczema? Eczema is a chronic skin condition. It is characterized by redness, inflammation, dryness, and slight skin discoloration. Sometimes, these skin flakes, cracks, and blisters can also bleed. But, besides stress, eczema flares can be caused by several different factors like

  • Temperature
  • Bacterial or yeast infection
  • Humidity
  • Exposure to some allergens or irritants

 
Tough, in most cases, eczema is triggered when one’s own immune system goes wrong and starts over reacting to certain environmental factors.
 
According to a New Jersey dermatologist, Ellen Dabela, there can be close genetic connection between asthma, seasonal allergies, and atopic eczema – a type of different other eczema rashes.
 
Carley Fowler, a Tennessee dermatologist has an interesting perception to define eczema. According to her, eczema is triggered by damaged skin barrier.
 
Just like we need bricks and mortar to build up a wall, for creating a skin barrier or skin wall; we need cells as bricks and skin’s natural oil as mortar.
 
Now, this skin wall acts like a barrier between outer world and your body. When this barrier gets damaged due to the absence of mortar or skin’s natural oil, you are more likely to develop eczema. It is a chronic skin condition in which blisters or flakes are observed as an attempt at skin’s self-healing.
 
So, people with eczema have sensitive skin to anything like fragrance, soaps, smoke, or various other irritants as they can creep across the broken skin. So, whatever can restore this skin barrier can be a possible cure to eczema. There are many such means that can treat eczema. This post brings to you seven excellent ways to deal with eczema.
 

Keep Your Skin Moisturized Throughout the Day

Dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali from New York believes that keeping the skin moisturized is one of the most effective treatments. This can help the area heal. He urges to maintain daily moisturizing routine after every shower.
 
According to him, one should apply good quality moisturizing lotion on their body. This is after patting the skin dry as skin locks in the moisture best when it is still damp.
 

Consider Using Heavy-Duty Moisturizers

Sara Moghaddam is a dermatologist in Maryland. She advocates the use of a thick cream over lotions to treat eczema. She says that moisturizing lotions, due to their high alcohol content, evaporate and hence provide less moisture to the skin. Because of this fact, typical moisturizing lotions cannot soothe eczema. Thus, sufferer may need some heavy-duty moisturizers.
 
Besides to that, Monica Valentin, dermatologist in Virginia suggests emollient based products or thick creams instead of typical lotions to treat eczema. Take for instance; Vaseline is an effective solution for keeping your skin hydrated.
 
According to her, it is best to use Vaseline after every shower or bath. This is as good quality petroleum jelly helps lock in the water for the skin absorbed during shower. But, for other times in the day, ceramide containing moisturizers are the right choice for eczema skin.
 
Eczema skin lacks ceramides. It is a natural building block of the skin. It uses the ceramide containing moisturizing cream can help rebuild this fat layer of skin that naturally keeps the skin moisturized.

 

Steer Clear Of Certain Products

To keep your skin happy, steer clear of certain products that can trigger eczema. This says, dermatologist Marisa Garshick from New York. Since, people with eczema have sensitive skin; anything with strong fragrance can make eczema itchy and worse. So, she encourages people to avoid perfumed products and harsh chemicals. This is because they can strip off the natural oil from the skin and cause it to become dry and irritated.
 
Not only scented creams or body wash, people with eczema should also avoid using

  • Fabric softeners
  • Harsh detergents
  • Soaps
  • Dryer sheets

 
They also steer clear of bubble bath, says Kelly Conner, a dermatologist in Texas. She also warns that different sorts of scented products, parabens, plant, flower, nut oils, lanoline, formaldehyde, etc. can also cause skin irritation and trigger eczema.

 

Consider Taking Shorter Shower

A dermatologist in Washington D.C., Sarika Snell urges people to take shorter showers with lukewarm water, once in a day. This will help keep the skin hydrated as longer shower can strip off skin’s natural oil. Hence, changing your shower habits can be an easiest and effective method to deal with eczema. She emphasizes on using lukewarm water as hot water can make the skin dry and the disease worse.
 

Switch to Healthy Eating

Dermatitis or eczema woes are more than skin deep. And, hence changing eating habits can also help reduce eczema. Foods that are high in antioxidants can do wonder on eczema symptoms.
 
Mariana Atanasovski is a dermatologist from Michigan. She says that certain food can aid in improving this skin condition in sufferers.
 
Drinking lots of water and eating plenty greens such as Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, and cabbage can help ease the problem. In short, alkaline diet is excellent not only for preventing eczema symptoms but also for maintaining one’s health.

 

Having a Humidifier in the Room

Another dermatologist from New York, Lauren Levy says that it’s a humidifier that can help reduce the inflammation in sufferers.
 
Putting a humidifier in room, especially in winter months, can do wonders for eczema skin. Actually, in winters, our skin gets dry due to excessive heat and lack of moisture. A humidifier sends moisture into indoor air to maintain humidity in the room. And this way, a humidifier helps you keep cold air from drying out your skin.
 
People with eczema may feel that their eczema flares intensify in winter months when outside air is dry and indoor air is heated. A humidifier can maintain the humidity inside the room and helps soothe eczema skin.

 

Keep From DIY Methods to Treat Eczema

Brenda Dintiman practices dermatology in Washington D.C and says that natural is not always better. So, sometimes when people think of taking up a natural way for treating their eczema flares, it may go wrong and do more harm than good.
 
Allergies to lavender, tea tree oil, and other sorts of herbal oils can intensify the eczema flares especially in children. So, you are better off without herbal oils.