Managing eczema requires a gentle and consistent skincare routine to keep your skin moisturized and minimize irritation. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you build a skincare routine tailored for eczema-prone skin:
1. Consult a Dermatologist:
Before starting any skincare routine, it's essential to consult a dermatologist. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific type of eczema and its severity.
2. Use Mild, Fragrance-Free Products:
Choose skincare products that are mild, fragrance-free, and specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, fragrances, dyes, and other harsh chemicals that can worsen eczema symptoms.
3. Gentle Cleansing:
Use a Gentle Cleanser: Cleanse your skin with a mild, non-soap, fragrance-free cleanser. Avoid hot water, as it can strip your skin of natural oils. Opt for lukewarm water instead.
Pat Dry, Don’t Rub: After washing, gently pat your skin with a soft towel to avoid irritation.
4. Hydrate Your Skin:
Apply Moisturizer: Apply a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer immediately after bathing while your skin is still damp. This helps lock in moisture. Look for products with natural ingredients, especially colloidal oatmeal which can be found in our Zax's Original Eczema Repair Cream.
Frequent Moisturizing: Moisturize your skin throughout the day, especially your hands if you frequently wash them. Keep a travel-sized moisturizer with you for easy access.
5. Avoid Irritants:
Avoid Allergens: Identify and avoid triggers or allergens that worsen your eczema. Common triggers include certain fabrics (like wool), harsh weather conditions, and specific foods.
Choose Soft Fabrics: Wear soft, breathable fabrics like cotton. Avoid rough, scratchy materials that can irritate your skin.
6. Manage Stress:
- Stress can exacerbate eczema symptoms. Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to manage stress.
7. Keep Nails Short:
- Keep your nails short to prevent accidental scratching, which can break the skin and worsen eczema.
8. Avoid Hot Showers and Baths:
- Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Opt for lukewarm water when bathing.
9. Stay Hydrated and Maintain a Healthy Diet:
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can benefit overall skin health.
10. Regular Follow-Ups:
- Regularly follow up with your doctor or dermatologist to monitor your skin's condition and make necessary adjustments to your skincare routine.
Remember that eczema management varies from person to person, so it's crucial to find what works best for your skin through trial and error, guided by the advice of your healthcare provider.
Written by Alyssa Rolnick, Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Products, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.