As we enter Eczema Awareness Week, we want to bring attention to this skin condition that so many people in our community live with. Characterized by dry, itchy areas of skin that may have red or gray patches, Eczema can be uncomfortable and challenging to manage. Up to 1 in 10 people will experience eczema in their lifetimes, so it’s much more common than you may think.
Although we always recommend consulting a dermatologist first, we’ve compiled a list of 5 easy steps to manage and soothe eczema flare-ups at home.
1. Use a Nourishing Hand Wash
Hands are especially affected by eczema breakouts because they are washed so often. Regular handwashing is crucial but can become a daunting task when your hands are dry, irritated, or cracking.
Selecting a nourishing hand was can be one of the most important steps in reducing eczema flare-ups on hands. Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s Antibacterial Hand Wash is an ideal formula to use since it contains moisturizing Coconut and Jojoba Oil, both of which will not strip your hands of their natural moisture.
2. Moisturize Daily
Using an unscented lotion consistently is one of the best ways to prevent and help heal eczema flare-ups. Not only does body moisturizer make your skin look healthy and glowing, but it also helps to calm dryness and prevent skin irritation.
We love using Acure’s Soothing 24 Hour Lotion because it’s 100% scent-free and contains nourishing ingredients such as Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera, and Colloidal Oatmeal. Generously apply this lotion after your shower and feel the rich ingredients comfort your skin.
3. Draw Yourself a Bath
When your skin is feeling particularly dry or inflamed, it’s a great idea to draw yourself a warm bath and use a soothing milk bath to calm your skin. We know that the ritual of having a bath provides benefits to your mental well-being, but it also helps to comfort dry, overworked skin.
Bathorium’s Little Charlie Bubble Bath Milk is formulated for the most delicate skin. We love using this on a weekly basis to enjoy a gorgeous, creamy bath while soothing any skin irritation. This dreamy bubble bath features ultra-calming Oat Kernel Infusion, Organic Chamomile, and Organic Coconut Pulp.
4. Avoid Heavily Scented Products
Artificial fragrance is the number one irritant for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. When you’re experiencing an eczema flare-up, you’ll want to stick to simple, unscented products with no filler ingredients. Province Apothecary’s Healing Eczema Balm is a perfect example of a comforting, unscented formula.
5. Love Your Skin
It can be challenging to feel love and appreciation for your skin when it feels less than perfect. Whether it be an eczema flare-up or an acne breakout, showing your skin patience can go a long way in building a relationship of self-love.
Spending the time to apply a rich, calming lotion or taking a soothing bath are just some of the ways that you can show love to your body that does so much for you.
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