Eczema is a variable, unpleasant condition that causes skin to crack, dry up and itch. The latter is the symptom that causes the most damage, as the temptation to scratch the itchy skin can cause further damage to your skin, requiring assistance from a skin therapy clinic.
Treating eczema is as much about treating its effects and trying to avoid further damaging your skin or triggering further flare-ups. Here are some top tips for treating eczema and avoiding as much damage to your skin as possible.
Avoid Harsh Treatments
There is an entire spectrum of skincare products, treatments and routines, some of which are far better for your skin than others.
As a result, fragrance-free moisturising products such as creams and lotions are far more of a priority than scrubs or other abrasive treatments, which can break affected skin and intensify symptoms.
Dry skin by itself can trigger a flare-up, so keeping skin moisturised will not only help your skin but will also soothe symptoms.
Rub Rather Than Scratch
When we are feeling itchy, the temptation is always to scratch, but this can cause major issues and complications with eczema. As the skin is already inflamed and irritated, scratching intensely can make it worse by breaking the skin and potentially causing infections.
Rubbing the skin rather than scratching can help, especially when used in combination with an ointment or moisturiser.
Stress can have a major effect on our lives and can potentially trigger or worsen a flare-up of eczema. It may be worth carrying a stress ball, stress beads or another object around to occupy your hands and your mind, which can help calm you down.
As well as this, nail clippers and a nail file can help not only occupy your hands but also reduce the chance of you scratching and hurting yourself.