10 THINGS NOT TO DO IF YOU HAVE ECZEMA
AVOID WEARING UNNATURAL FIBERS
Active wear is comfy and practical but the harmful chemicals in fabrics like lycra (spandex), nylon and polyester can penetrate and aggravate sensitive skin. Breathable fabrics like cotton are best.
Alcohol is dehydrating. With eczema, the skin is experiencing extreme lack of moisture, so we need to reduce dehydration as much as possible. Booze also dilates blood vessels in the skin, further triggering the itchy redness associated with eczema.
Easier said than done, we know. Your skin’s job is to facilitate balance between our internal and external environments. To do this, it communicates with our immune, nervous, and endocrine systems, all of which are thrown out of whack with stress. Try walking and mindful breathing to help calm down during times of stress.
DITCH SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS & FRAGRANCE
The more chemical ingredients listed on a product, the more likely something in that product will irritate your skin. Fragrances are also common irritants, so you should avoid those as well. From laundry detergent to window cleaner, try and reduce chemicals and fragrance as much as possible.
DON’T USE SOAP
Believe it or not, our skin doesn’t really need soap. Often just water and a good scrub will do the trick, oil cleansers are also a good alternative. The problem with soap is that it strips the skin of its natural oils and can dry it out even further.
USE FEWER PRODUCTS
We’re told we need a new product for everything we do. In fact, many of these products are essentially the same, with a different label. As a result, we are exposed to all sorts of needless chemicals. It’s overwhelming for most skin, let alone sensitive skin. Take it easy and save a few bucks at the same time.
DON’T BLOCK YOUR SKIN
Popular products like mineral oils and petroleum jelly serve as super thick barriers when applied on your skin. But they’re so thick, they can block pores and lock in irritating forms of bacteria sometimes associated with eczema. This can further aggravate the skin and make it worse.
LOWER THE TEMPERATURE
When you bathe or shower, don’t blast the hot water–this can strip your skin of its protective oils, triggering eczema. Similarly, steer clear of direct sunshine or saunas. Since sweat can also trigger eczema, be sure to wear cool, breathable fabrics when you work out and stay in the shade.
BEWARE OF DRY CLIMATE
If you live in a dry climate your skin may need a little extra TLC. Try using a humidifier to keep moisture in the air, and keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
GET RID OF DUST
Allergens like dust mites and pet hair collect in our homes very quickly and can trigger allergy-related skin conditions. Regularly vacuuming and dusting will help remove allergens from your home. Getting rid of dust-collecting items like carpets and drapes can also help.