There isn’t a one-size-fits-all skincare routine when managing eczema. Instead, it’s best to visit an eczema specialist for an individualized skin care plan. The right routine can help support your sensitive skin and manage your eczema. In contrast, an unsuitable skin care plan can make matters worse.
Eczema causes dry, itchy skin that’s sensitive to things like temperatures and certain chemicals. When you know how to care for your skin, it can make all the difference.
Here, at Riviera Allergy Medical Center, our allergy and immunology specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, has extensive experience helping patients with eczema care for their skin. An eczema-friendly skincare routine helps reduce eczema flare-ups and calm the skin when they occur.
Hydration is key
When you have eczema, the skin has a harder time staying hydrated. This means that your skin is prone to drying out, which can make it feel dry, rough, and uncomfortable. Without a good moisturizing regimen, your skin can crack, ooze, and even bleed. Therefore, you need to keep it hydrated if you have eczema.
Dr. Ziegner can recommend a moisturizer specially made for eczema that penetrates the skin better and is designed to seal in moisture. It’s also fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin. The right moisturizer can keep your skin hydrated without causing irritation.
Keep in mind that too much moisture isn’t a good thing when it comes to eczema. You only need to use a thin layer of moisturizer to keep your skin happy.
When flare-ups occur, Dr. Ziegner may recommend pairing your moisturizer with a corticosteroid cream to ease inflammation. But use it sparingly because it can cause thinning of the skin and other issues, if overused.
Mastering itch control
For most patients, eczema causes the skin to feel extremely itchy, which is often the first sign of an impending eczema flare-up. What’s more, many patients with eczema report itching as one of the most bothersome symptoms.
Along with using the right moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, it’s important to know what can trigger itching, like heat and sweating.
On hot days, keep your skin cool and dry to help ward off itching. Cold, dry weather can also cause problems. On cool days, keep your skin warm and insulated.
Many different substances found in skin care products can trigger itching in patients with eczema. Avoid products with fragrances, dyes, as well as alcohol-based products. Other red flag skin care product ingredients include:
- Propylene glycol
During your consultation, Dr. Ziegner informs you about safe products for your skin.
Daily eczema-friendly skincare
Because no two people have the same skin, you should work with an eczema specialist to develop an individualized care routine. Here’s a general idea of an eczema-friendly skin regimen:
Morning cleansing and hydration
The skin has a harder time serving as a barrier when you have eczema. This makes it vital to use a gentle cleanser each morning to keep the skin clean and free of dirt and buildup that may trigger a flare-up.
Follow the gentle cleanser with a hydrating moisturizer to lock in moisture, keeping your skin soothed and protected. You should also apply sunscreen daily.
In the evening, take off your makeup and other skin products, and gently cleanse the skin to remove any buildup from the day. Dr. Ziegner may also advise you to use a medicated cream before bed.
Apply a thin layer of moisturizer before bed to keep your skin hydrated and protected through the night.
Eczema can be challenging to manage, but with Dr. Ziegner’s help, you can learn how to best care for your skin. To get started, call our office today to schedule an appointment in Redondo Beach, California. Another option is to send us a message on our website.