How to Soothe Sensitive Skin When You Have Eczema

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How to Soothe Sensitive Skin When You Have Eczema

With any skin condition, your body’s immune system reacts to foreign invaders in ways that cause inflammation and other symptoms, including eczema. That’s why it’s so important to take extra care of your sensitive skin when you have eczema, especially since many of the potential allergens are airborne rather than physical irritants like some people experience with allergies. Here are some of the best ways to soothe sensitive skin when you have eczema.

Moisturise your skin after bathing

If you have eczema, you’re likely used to spending a good chunk of time drying and moisturising. To reduce irritation and prevent dry skin, it’s important that you moisturise your skin immediately after bathing or showering. It’s best if you use a gentle cream with no added fragrance or alcohol. Put it on right away, while your skin is still damp but also still slightly warm from bathing.

Use specially formulated eczema creams

It’s no secret that eczema creams are one of, if not THE most important step in soothing sensitive skin. At its core, eczema is a reaction to an external irritant – be it heat, stress or diet – which can cause inflammation and irritation on your skin. The best way to manage sensitive skin (and help prevent irritation) is by using cream specially formulated for eczema-prone skin.

Apply moisturisers before going to bed

Applying moisturisers before bed can keep your skin hydrated while you sleep. Moisturisers with ceramides and hyaluronic acid will help protect and repair your skin's moisture barrier. Avoid products that contain fragrances, which may irritate sensitive skin, as well as those with alcohol, drying preservatives or detergents and dyes.

Avoid scratchy fabrics

Natural fibers, like wool or silk, are less irritating than their synthetic counterparts. Also avoid rough materials—including wool socks, which tend to be itchier than cotton ones—and rough fabrics like denim. Wash your clothes with hypoallergenic detergents and replace them often if they’re getting old. In addition, wear loose-fitting clothes made of soft materials.

Use lotions and mists with cooling effects

For decades, dermatologists have recommended applying mists and moisturisers with cooling effects during hot weather—and for good reason. Cooling lotions help calm inflammation and prevent skin from becoming irritated and itchy. 

Know when you need medical attention

If you have eczema, it’s important to know when you need medical attention. Many people try to treat eczema with over-the-counter remedies and neglect seeing a doctor. If symptoms are severe or not improving after a few weeks, don’t hesitate: see your doctor. The sooner you address your symptoms, the better off you’ll be.


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