For eczema sufferers winter can play havoc with your skin. The dry air and harsh temperatures can trigger eczema flare ups more than usual. We know this all too well and have the scars to prove it. The flaking, cracking and itchy skin is something we can relate with and fully understand.
Flare-ups can be caused by wearing too many layers of clothing, taking hot baths, or using too many bed coverings. Plus, the dry outside air combined with indoor heating systems doesn’t help us. These are all things you’re more likely to do during the cold winter months which is why many of us find our skin is drier during this season.
We’ve shared a few tips for our fellow eczema sufferers to reduce the season’s impact on your skin and help treat your winter eczema.
- Moisturise waaaay more than usual. We’re talking thick layers of cream in the morning and evening with reapplications throughout the day. Use unscented moisturisers and one that doesn’t contain a long list of ingredients. Keep it simple
- Use moisturiser on your eczema when your skin is damp. This is when your skin can retain moisture the most. So as soon as you’re out the showe just rub it into your skin
- Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Keep your nails short and make sure that you also clean beneath your nails every day. Bacteria and germs only make itchy skin worse
- Sweating a lot or being overheated may make eczema symptoms and aggravate your skin. So if you exercise you need to shower ASAP
- Ensure that your home remains at a comfortable temperature. Using a humidifier will help prevent the skin from drying and feeling itchy
- As tempting as it is in winter months, avoid hot showers. All us eczema sufferers have been there when the water gets too hot and you’re literally burning your skin but – OMG it feels amazing and soooo soothing. Then you get out the shower, you’re red rare and itchy as f**k. Yeah. Stick to lukewarm.
Hope this helps, happy healing.