Eczema Relief – Seven Tips on
Caring For Your Skin
There are so many conflicting ideas when it
comes to getting eczema relief that you can easily get
overwhelmed with all the information out there. So here
are seven tips on relieving your dry, red and itchy
1. Follow your doctor's guidance carefully when
using topical steroids.
Topical steroids are the most common medications
used in treating eczema. Steroid creams come in various
strengths and formulas. Especially with the higher strengths,
you need to take care in how long you use the creams for. If
they are overused, they can lead to thinning of the skin. This
leads to skin which is more fragile and more likely to break.
On the other hand, if you stop using them too soon, the eczema
2. You should use a moisturizing cream every
Eczema sufferers need to make a regular habit of
using moisturizers and especially after bathing. A moisturizer
help the skin to stay hydrated and to prevent dry skin. I
recommend you choose a cream that's easy to spread. If it's
difficult to spread the regular task will become irksome. If
you are applying a cream to a fidgety child, the quicker you
can do the task the better! Refer to my article on choosing the best eczema cream. You
want to avoid harsh chemicals and perfumes.
3. Bathing advice for eczema sufferers.
If you add bath oil to the water and make sure the
water is not too hot, a daily bath can be of great help in
helping to keep the skin hydrated. At all costs avoid using
bubble bath which tends to dry the skin out. Instead choose a
bath oil that is free from harsh chemicals and perfumes. Dead
sea salts are also recommended for relieving irritation and
itching in the skin. After bathing, pat the skin dry with a
soft towel rather than rubbing which could easily irritate the
skin. Leave the skin slightly moist which will make it easier
to then apply moisturizing cream.
4. Avoid scratching the skin when
I know that this advice is very difficult to follow but it's
essential to avoid breaking the skin and increasing the risk of
infection. Always keep your fingernails short so that if you're
tempted to scratch you will do the least damage. If a baby has
eczema, a sleep suit with attached mittens is one way to
prevent baby scratching. If you follow the other six tips, they
will help to keep itching to a minimum and, therefore, avoid
the temptation to scratch.
5. Choose the right clothing.
Sweating and becoming overheated can aggravate the skin so that
it becomes more itchy. Because of this, you should avoid any
tight-fitting clothing or heavy clothing. Choose soft and
breathable fabrics if possible such as 100% cotton. Fabrics
like silk, soft acrylic and viyella seem to work well for some
people. Wool, polyester and nylon tend to cause itching and are
6. Choose laundry products carefully.
Avoid biological laundry products and any products with enzymes
since they're likely to cause itching. Avoid fragrance since it
may cause a reaction in the skin. Avoid laundry powders since
they contain bleach which is an irritant. I recommend you
choose a non-biological, environmentally friendly product and
that you check the ingredients to make sure it contains no
enzymes or perfumes.
7. Skin care is a life-long habit.
Even when your skin appears to be completely
healed, it's vital that you continue with the advice since your
skin can easily become irritated again. Continue to moisturize
daily, to use bath oil and to avoid anything which could
irritate your skin such as tight clothing.
The best eczema relief is attained by caring for your skin.
Follow my seven tips on caring for your skin and get relief
from your eczema.