Don’t let your eczema get in the way of a fun summer. Here is how to tame eczema on your face, once and for all.
Skin Care Routine
Develop a routine and make a habit of treating your eczema daily. Over the counter options like soap-free cleaners, petroleum jelly, and biotin supplements can make a big difference. Depending on the severity of your eczema, consider visiting a dermatologist to get oral medications or topical medications to add to your skincare regimen.
Give your skin the moisture it needs by washing your face and moisturizing properly. Use fragrance-free products, like Cetaphil face wash and Cetaphil lotion or Clinique Dramatically Differentiating Lotion. Lukewarm water is less irritating and more hydrating for skin with eczema. Lay a wet washcloth on your face to lock in the moisture. Always apply moisturizer within three minutes after washing. Coat your extra dry problem areas with petroleum jelly.
Coconut oil is another form of moisturizer that goes above and beyond by coating your face with a layer of oil that will protect it from dryness, even after you wash it off. Lather some on your face and body while you’re in the shower, and say goodbye to flares from dryness.
For problem areas, dab on a little honey. Honey heals and moisturizes, and also coats the skin to protect from future flares.
Know your triggers
There are many different triggers for eczema, take note of what yours are and how to treat them.
Be mindful of sudden changes in temperature or humidity. If your skin is feeling irritated, wash your face with cool water and moisturize. Don’t itch. Blot sweat, and wear sunscreen to avoid sun damage.
Avoid itchy clothing fabrics like wool; dress in breathable materials that are comfortable.
Find a way to cope with stress, start planning and getting things done ahead of time so that you don’t feel like you have too much on your plate. Find a way to remove yourself from stressful situations and from stressful people. If you have a hard time with this and it often causes flares in your eczema (as if you needed more to stress about), consider seeing a therapist to help eliminate stress.
When your skin flares up, take note of the foods you have recently eaten or other things that may have come in contact with your skin. Recognize patterns and avoid these foods in the future.
Beware of dry skin. Moisturize constantly, especially during the summer, in altitude, after swimming, or other times where you notice your skin flares up.
Whatever you do, don’t itch!
You know this, but nonetheless, itching is a surefire way to make your eczema worse. Try patting instead, it soothes itchy flares without damaging your skin. If it’s too itchy to bear, you can also soothe the skin with cold water on a washcloth.