I’ve been battling eczema for decades. It wasn’t until recently, when I started seeing a naturopath, that I saw real relief from the painful itchy patches associated with this inflammatory skin disorder. While I truly believe that a total internal health overhaul is the key to eradicating eczema, I’ve also learned some things along the way that can help alleviate a flare up. Here are a few things you should avoid when fighting eczema.
Taking Hot Showers
I love a good steamy bath or hot shower at the end of a long day, but it can seriously inflame your eczema. Hot water is super drying and can trigger your body’s inflammatory response.Try to take lukewarm showers instead.
I know it sounds super painful to take a scrub or loofah to your eczema. And you’re right—scrubs and physical exfoliators can cause painful abrasions that worsen your symptoms. Try a gentle body peel instead. It helps the skin regenerate and heal quickly, shedding dry and flaky eczema patches. I use my TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel when I experience a flare up. It contains lactic acid, which actually hydrates as it exfoliates to reduce irritation.
Whether you know your allergies or have yet to get tested, you need to pay attention to what’s going on with your body! Most eczema sufferers I know have seen a huge difference in their condition when they remove problem foods and environmental allergens. Go see an allergist and try to keep your house minimal and clean (that means no carpet or drapes!) to reduce dust.
When you get all wigged out at work, your body releases cortisol, which in turn causes an inflammatory response. If you have eczema, inflammation equals flare up. Try to meditate and get plenty of me-time to avoid anxiety-induced skin issues.
Breaking A Serious Sweat
I know it sounds counterintuitive but try to exercise gently when you’re experiencing a flare up. While endorphins help lower inflammation, a serious sweat can make your skin feel super itchy. It’s mostly due to the natural salt in sweat, which dries and irritates eczema. Instead of a spin class, go for moderate hikes, bike rides, or gentle yoga. Be sure to wear loose,breathable clothes to keep your skin comfortable.