When facing eczema, there are some actions and practices that can harm you more than they can help you, without you even knowing. What may seem like a trivial factor to others can be a major trigger for your atopic dermatitis. By educating yourself on these triggers, you can find the potential cause of the problem more quickly and efficiently.
1. Not Moisturizing:
With the many joys of the winter season, there also comes one downfall: dry, winter skin. One of the best things you can do for your eczema is to keep your skin moisturized, especially during the cold winter weather. One way to ensure your skin is getting more than enough moisture is by applying a thick layer of moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing or showering. This simple practice locks in your skin’s moisture and forms a protective barrier from the elements.
2. Household Cleaners & Detergents:
Could the fresh laundry scent you’ve come to know and love be making you itch? Although laundry detergent can make your clothes smell like fresh rain or a day at the beach, it can also cause your skin to become inflamed. Many detergents contain chemicals and added fragrances that can cause dryness, itchiness and redness. Common household cleaners could also be a culprit, so make sure to wear gloves and wash the affected area if any contact with the irritant should occur.
3. Touching Fruits, Vegetables, and Meats:
Preparing a meal for family and friends can be stressful, even without an eczema flare. So while you’re prepping the menu for your upcoming holiday gathering, be sure to protect your skin from fruit juices, vegetables, and raw meat. Wear gloves when cutting fruits and vegetables and while you’re seasoning meat. This small task can help keep eczema flares at bay.
4. Long Showers or Baths:
Are you one of those “my best thinking is done in the shower” people? If so, you could be causing your skin to become itchy due to prolonged water exposure. As contradictory as it sounds, water can actually dry out your skin. To avoid this, take short, lukewarm showers and baths. Then, apply a layer of moisturizer, like Sarna Sensitive, and you’re ready to face the day.
5. Your Clothes:
If you’ve tried switching detergents and your skin is still getting irritated, it may be the materials themselves your clothes are made of. Polyester and wool are two common agitators for those with eczema, and they can cause itchiness and redness that can lead to an unfortunate flare. If you can’t give up your favorite wool sweater, try adding another layer of clothing underneath to protect your skin.
Adjusting to life with eczema can be tough. But with the knowledge of these common triggers, you can know when and where to be wary when it comes to your eczema.
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