Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, itchy, scaly, red skin. It can occur in infants, children and adults, and seems more common in certain families.
The cause of eczema is not completely understood, although many environmental triggers can play a role in the frequency and severity of flare-ups and outbreaks.
Please find below a few kind ways we have compiled to help stay in control of eczema symptoms.
Always cleanse skin gently.
Eczema prone skin and sensitive skin can be very reactive to harsh soaps, scrubs and bubble baths. Cleanse skin with simply warm water or a very mild, fragrance free soap and rinse really well with fresh, warm water.
Maintain skin's moisture and protect it from the environment.
Dress in 100% cotton clothing.
Read your clothing labels! Did you know that even a 5% synthetic ingredient negates it's breathability? It is so important for eczema prone skin to breathe. Sweat on skin also increases the sensation to itch and itching can lead to infection. Always choose clothing that is 100% cotton, especially sleepwear for bedtime. See our Managing Eczema at Bedtime section for more bedtime tips.
We know, we know ... we all love things that smell nice but many commercial fragrances omit chemicals into the air that can cause eczema flareups and skin irritation. Avoid scented candles, air freshening sprays and plug in scents in your home and consider more natural, non irritating ways to make things smell yummy. We like using cinnamon sticks in water on the stove.
Choose laundry soap wisely for every load.
Try using a fragrance free, gentle laundry soap (or simply white vinegar) for every load to ensure your washing machine is free from harsh scents and irritating chemicals. Even stain removing sprays can contain additives and scents that can really affect eczema prone skin. Melissa Maker at Clean My Space has some really great natural cleaning methods that you may find useful, too!
Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
Often used to prevent static cling, fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain fragrance and chemicals which may irritate sensitive skin. Wool dryer balls are a chemical free method to prevent static, especially in our Canadian winters.
Avoid wool and fabrics that itch and irritate the skin.
Wool and some synthetic fabrics can cause itchy skin to feel even itchier, especially for babies and small children. Check bedding as well to ensure it is also 100% cotton.
Drink lots of water, eat well and keep a food log.
Because eczema is an autoimmune disorder, doctors and naturopaths suggest that it can be caused or worsened by poor nutrition and gut health. Keep hydrated with water, eat healthy foods and keep track with what you eat by using a food log to see if there is any correlation between certain foods and eczema flareups.
Moisten the air around you.
A cool mist humidifier in your home, especially bedrooms to help add moisture to the air. The winter months can be especially drying due to both gas and electric heat running often. Dry air can worsen dry, eczema prone skin.
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