Eczema is a dry skin condition that usually worsens in the winter. When the heat is turned on in most buildings, it causes a drop in humidity which can dry the skin out even more. Many people may be able to improve their eczema or prevent a winter flare by avoiding other things which can also dry or irritate their skin.
Here is what we recommend for our eczema patients:
- Avoid perfumes and fragrances.
- Do not use products which you spray in the air such as hair spray, air fresheners or cleaners.
- Change to a sensitive skin “soap”, such as Sensitive Skin Dove Bar.
- Moisturize within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower. Many people believe that bathing dries their skin out but it is actually the soap that dries their skin out. This is why we recommend a gentle skin cleanser. The water itself can actually hydrate your skin, but you must trap that moisture in by using a topical moisturizer. Some excellent moisturizers are CeraVe® Cream and Aveeno® Cream that can be purchased at most pharmacies. We also sell Epionce® Medical Barrier Cream, which our patients love. For acne prone areas we recommend oil-free lotions (instead of creams) such as CeraVe® lotion.
If you are still having problems, here are some additional recommendations:
- Stop all fabric softeners, dryer sheets and any other laundry additives.
- Change your detergent to one that is dye free and perfume free. We recommend Arm & Hammer™, Laundry Detergent, Perfume & Dye Free.
Lastly, there are many topical prescription medications and alternatives therapies which work very well. Please make an appointment for us to determine which are appropriate for you.