Eczema is an annoying, itchy skin condition that is associated with and more common in people who have allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and keratosis pilaris. Infants and children are the most likely people to experience eczema, but it is not limited to them; adults can get it too.
Children are fortunate in that many of them experience a decrease in the severity of their eczema as they age, however, most people who have eczema as a child will still experience it to some extent in adulthood. Finding the right routine to both get your eczema under control and then the right routing to KEEP it under control in so important in helping you to live an itch-free life.
Recent studies show a preventive benefit to moisturizing the skin of infant children who are statistically very likely to get eczema BEFORE they get eczema. In many cases, using a good skin barrier optimizing moisturizer can actually prevent eczema from developing in these studies.
For those who already have eczema–adults and children, your routine really won’t be much different. The key is to optimize the skin barrier and to help it to repair itself. Your skincare routine must soothe the skin and prevent flare-ups from recurring once you’ve calmed down the eczema.
This starts with controlling eczema’s main symptom….the itching. This is priority number one for any eczema skin care routine. Like with chicken pox, scratching just makes things worse with eczema.
Example of an Eczema Skin Care Routine
Follow the following routine, and your skin should be feeling much better in no time. This eczema skin care routine is effective for many people and can be adapted to suit most adults:
- Wash your face. Use a hypoallergenic cleanser if your skin is oily. Otherwise, just splash on some water.
- Apply a hypoallergenic moisturizer 2 to 4 times a day to all affected areas—even the skin on your trunk that may have really prominent-looking follicles; moisturize there too. More frequent moisturization is important when you have eczema. This will help the skin barrier to repair itself.
- Wash your face again. As with the morning wash, use a hypoallergenic and vegan cleanser or plain water, depending on your skin type.
- Apply more hypoallergenic moisturizer.
This form of eczema treatment, followed every day, should provide relief and eventual alleviation of eczema. You can also add the use of bleach baths 2-4x per week depending on how flared your eczema is at the moment. At any rate, always be sure to discuss your eczema skin care routine with your dermatologist before starting it. You want to be sure it’s the right thing for your unique skin.
Also, be sure to read labels on skin care products to avoid harsh, irritating chemicals like sulfates, lanolin, fragrances, PEGs, bisabolol, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, phenoxyethanol, MCI/MI, gluten (from oat) and more. The TrueLipids line has been formulated to be perfect for all skin types. It is 99% vegan and 100% hypoallergenic, free of harmful chemicals.