Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition in which people have naturally drier skin that is predisposed to developing a rash. Eczema is a chronic condition that is sometimes absent and sometimes flares up. Much of the time eczema flares are caused by conditions that we can control or react to. If the eczema is severe one may need to get a prescription treatment from a board-certified dermatologist, however, here are some things you should know about what flares up eczema.
- You don’t moisturize- a common reason eczema flares up is because a person’s skin is dry. People with atopic dermatitis have naturally drier skin, but anyone can get an eczema flare-up if their skin gets dry enough. Moisturizing, especially after taking a bath or shower, is an important part of the treatment for an eczema flare-up because it helps seal the water in the skin. Here is an articlefeaturing Dr. Strachan that focuses in on a new way that may change your moisturizing habits.
- It’s on your hands- eczema flares up on the hands is a very common problem, especially for people who work in healthcare, food services, and new parents as they wash their hands frequently. Frequent hand washing strips the oil from the skin which allows the water in the skin to evaporate. Although we encourage hand washing, it’s important to apply moisturizer to the hands
- It’s winter- Eczema flares up more in the winter. Why? Because eczema flares up when the skin gets dry and winter creates these conditions. Dry, cold air outside, dry warm air from artificial heat, and lingering in a hot shower or bath create dry skin that causes an eczema flare. The initial treatment for this type of eczema flare-up is to practice gentle skin care: bathe not more than once a day, use gentle cleansers, moisturize, and use a humidifier.
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- It’s summer- We talk about eczema flaring in the winter, but does eczema flare-up in the heat? For some people, the extreme humidity and sweating in hot summer months cause eczema flares- especially in the folds of the neck and armpits. The excess moisture breaks down the skin barrier leading to an eczema flare. In this case, the way to.
- You overuse products- What flares up eczema? Overuse of skin care products. Although it is good to use a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer to prevent eczema flares, using too many products on the skin can cause irritation and allergies leading to eczema flares. If you have eczema it is best to keep things simple. Here are some recommended products for eczema.
- You are a newborn- If you just emerged from the aquatic environment of your mother’s uterus, you are more likely to have an eczema flare-up, baby (pardon the pun). Newborn skin has to adjust to the dry, dry world. This is why many people with eczema initially present in the newborn period and eczema improves over time. Babies with eczema need gentle skin care, and a good dermatologist if a moisturizer isn’t enough.
For further reading:
What Your Dermatologist Wants You to Know with Dr. Dina Strachan.