6 tips for dealing with eczema flare-ups
Itchy skin, redness and sensitivity? Sounds like an eczema flare-up. We understand how uncomfortable skin conditions like atopic dermatitis can be, so read on to discover our tips on how to manage (and avoid) flare-ups.
Be aware of your triggers
When your eczema flares up, there’s always a reason. Identifying your personal eczema triggers will help you manage your symptoms while you work on healing your skin barrier. Use this guide as a checklist and take note of any lifestyle changes. Stress can affect skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, so managing your mental health is an important factor in caring for your skin.
Stay away from harsh soaps and products
Harsh soaps and fragrance play havoc with a delicate skin barrier, and can irritate dry skin and all types of dermatitis. Choose without fragrance and soap like DermaSeries by Dove Nourishing Body Cleanser, formulated to be mild and soothing on atopic, eczema-prone skin. Follow with the Replenishing Body Lotion to strengthen the skin barrier and replenish your natural lipids.
Use a gentle emollient made for atopic, eczema-prone skin
Emollients (moisturisers) are essential for calming itchy skin. They seal in moisture and soothe the uncomfortable dryness that comes with eczema. DermaSeries goes beyond moisturising, penetrating the stratum corneum to help rebuild a healthy skin barrier from within. So, reach for our Soothing Itch Relief Cream as often as you need when you’re experiencing itching and rashes.
Adjust your bathing routine
Bathing can be irritating for very dry skin and eczema. When your skin barrier is weakened, hot temperatures and even soaking in the tub can trigger itching and rashes. Avoid long, hot baths and showers, and never scrub your skin. Instead, opt for a five-minute shower daily in cool water. Pat your skin gently with a soft towel and apply our DermaSeries Replenishing Body Lotion while your skin is still damp.
Be mindful of your clothing
Surprisingly, your clothing and detergents can be eczema triggers. Wash new clothes before you wear them, but avoid heavily fragranced laundry detergent and fabric softener. Tight clothing or synthetic fibres can catch and rub on scaly skin, so instead choose soft, loose-fitting clothing in natural fibres like cotton to minimise itching and rashes on your body.
Don’t ditch your skin care regimen
When you experience an eczema flare-up, it can be tempting to stop using skin care products to avoid further irritation. But if you’re using the right products, a consistent routine should benefit your skin condition. DermaSeries has a gentle three-step face care routine for dry, sensitive skin: our hydrating facial cleanser, overnight face cream and SPF 30 will help restore your skin barrier.